By MADDY McCASKILL
It was the Mitch Maguire show at UNSW Canberra Oval on Saturday as Canberra toppled the GIANTS to win by 51 points.
Maguire was everywhere with 35 disposals, six clearances, five inside 50s and two goals as the Demons asserted themselves from the first bounce eon their way to a 18.17 (125) to 11.8 (74) win.
The visitors knew they were in trouble as the margin continued to grow throughout the game but they couldn’t stop the momentum of the Demons as they dominated the clearances and on the ball pressure.
Despite dominating the hit-out count 74-19, the GIANTS couldn’t turn this into anything more as the Demons sparked up the intensity.
Andrew Swan and Thomas Faul racked up four goals each for Demons, helping punish the scoreboard while Mitch Maguire had another standout week in the midfield.
Zach Sproule played well for GIANTS, coming away with 29 disposals and one goal, while Jonathon Patton managed to snag three majors.
Playing-coach, Kade Klemke, was happy to lock away another win for the team which could see them rise on the ladder.
“We were good today in patches. I still think at times we made costly skill errors but our pressure was great all day and a win’s a win,” he told neafl.com.au.
“I think the great thing for us is we don’t have just one focal point. Every week someone else is kicking goals and I think that would be hard for defenders – teams would question who our major goal kickers are and each week we’re different.
“Their goals were from our mistakes. It’s something we need to get out of our game, it happened with Sydney Uni too and its our mistakes which are costing us.”
The Demons have a week off with the bye before they face Redland, and Klemke says they have a few things to work on if they want to continue to be competitive each week.
“We need to fix simple skill errors at training and working on our defence and tackling too. At times when they won the stoppages they had guys running out and we got caught,” he said.
“Our midfield has been good but there’s lapses at times. We need to make sure we don’t get caught out by them getting goal side on us.
“Other than that, I’m really happy. Every week we’ve been in the game, last year we were up and down but this year our pressure is key.
“We pride ourselves on our ruthless pressure and our inside 50 tackles. I think we’re up as one of the top teams in the comp, which shows we’re keeping the ball in our forward line and we want to keep that up each week.”
Round 8 sees the Demons have a bye and the GIANTS host Redland at Spotless Stadium.
Canberra Demons v GIANTS at UNSW Oval Canberra
CANBERRA 5.3 10.5 13.12 18.17 (125) GIANTS 2.3 4.5 6.6 11.8 (74)
GOALS – Canberra: A Swan 4 T Faul 4 M Maguire 2 N Richards 2 C Milne 2 M Hardie A Bruce I Taylor J Powell. GIANTS: J Patton 3 Z Sproule A Bonar J Buchanan W Spencer T Evans B Daniels N Coxall T Banuelos
BEST – Canberra: M Maguire A Swan C Milne T Faul K Klemke I Taylor. GIANTS: Z Sproule B Daniels D Simpson M Buntine N Shipley J Patton.