Demons warm up for Blues showdown

PREMIERSHIP contender Corryong tuned up for its top-of-the-table clash with Cudgewa in a fortnight by disposing of Federal by 80 points at Corryong on Saturday.

After a tight opening quarter, the Demons booted 15 goals to two to run out convincing 20.11 (131) to 7.9 (51) winners.

Corryong hosts the winless Border-Walwa before travelling to take on the undefeated Blues the following week in what many pundits are tipping as a grand final preview.

The Demons welcomed back utility James Paton, who had missed a month after being crunched late against Cudgewa in round 5.

Paton was the springboard for many of the Demons’ attacks across half-back and picked up plenty of touches through the midfield.

He was narrowly pipped for best on ground honours by Brenton Low, who also provided plenty of drive from half-back.

Coach Andrew Reid capped off the good work further afield with eight goals.

Reid said the Demons were finally starting to hit their straps in the countdown to finals.

“We are starting to get things right and getting the results on the field,” he said.

“We are close to full-strength, which makes a huge difference.

“Paton is crucial to our structures and having him back was pivotal.

“As much as Cudgewa is the team to beat, they are beatable.

“We will spend the next fortnight planning to have a red-hot crack at them and see how we stack up.”

Bullioh had a 63-point win over defending premier Tumbarumba.

Key forwards Jade Culph and Tom Hickey led the onslaught, with Culph booting 10 goals.

Cudgewa belted Border-Walwa by 134 points.

Brendan McEvoy kicked 12 goals to take his season tally to 36 and within three of teammate Bill Deery in the league goalkicking.

We are starting to get things right and getting the results on the field. We are close to full-strength ... As much as Cudgewa is the team to beat, they are beatable. We will spend the next fortnight planning to have a red-hot crack at them and see how we stack up.

ANDREW REID

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