By Maddy McCaskill
BY THE NUMBERS
Position: 5th Win-loss: 5-4 (112.56%) Streak: L-L-W-L-W-L-W-W-W
Top 5 NEAFL MVP Votes:
44: Mitch Maguire (3rd in comp) 29: Alex Smout 18: Mitch Hardie 13: Angus Baker 10: Aaron Bruce
It has been an up-and-down rollercoaster season for the Demons after suffering some big losses and some huge victories. However, this has been the Demons best season to date and they continue to surprise the competition with their strength, fitness and pressure. They’ve already created history with three wins in a row for the first time ahead of a big second half of the year.
The Demons 83-point victory over Redland at Scottsdale Park in Round 3 has to be their biggest win to date, not only this season but perhaps in their entire history. They were accurate, fit and fast and really stepped up around the contest, something they struggled with last year. This win showed the rest of the competition that they’re here to make finals this season.
While the Demons average losing margin (26.25) is considerably lower than what it has been in previous seasons, there was one unfortunate loss that put a damper on the start of their season. This was when Southport Sharks smashed Demons 115-53 at home in the season opener in front of their friends and family. Canberra went in to the match full of confidence after a strong pre-season, but were quickly handed a reality check by a new-look Sharks outfit.
Mitch Maguire has undeniably been Demons’ most influential player on the field. Ranking third on the NEAFL MVP voting, Maguire has also landed himself a Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination due to his consistent performance throughout the midfield each week. He’s averaging 27.75 disposals, 4.2 tackles and 1 goal a game which is the reason he is continually among their best players each week.
The Demons have given a lot of their young players a run this season which has been the influencing factor in their fitness and strength on the field. Angus Baker is one of these young guns consistently dominating each week alongside Mitchell Hardie who is a regular in their best players.
THE RUN HOME:
The Demons have six more games at home and four games away to finish the season. Their biggest challenge will be facing Southport at Fankhauser Reserve but they have a strong chance at making finals if their form continues at this level.
NEXT FOUR: NT Thunder (home), Aspley (away), Sydney Uni (home), Redland (home).