Demons return to winners’ list in style

MILAWA returned to the winners’ circle after a disappointing loss to Glenrowan last week, crunching King Valley by 109 points at Milawa on Saturday.

Tim Lewis spearheaded the Demons’ attack with a return of 5.1, and found support from Matt Walsh (four).

“Traditionally they’re tough games against King Valley, they’re a good contested side,” Demons co-coach Luke O’Keefe said.

“I was really pleased for the most part with how we played.”

The Demons signalled their intent with an 8.4 opening quarter that gave them a commanding 45-point buffer.

“We had a really disappointing start against Glenrowan,” O’Keefe said.

“So it was a real focus to start well and I was pleased with that.

“We felt against Glenrowan our midfielders pushed too far into our forward line so we made a conscious effort for them not to go too far and that gave us options.

“When King Valley cleared we had the numbers to flick it back in, which worked quite well.”

The Roos fought back in the second and third quarters, even outscoring the Demons in the third.

But the damage had been done and Milawa finished in style.

“They’ve got some really good players,” O’Keefe said.

“Adam Williams, Jono Rea, Simon Hunter — they’re as good as it gets in the O&K and if you let them get away they’ll certainly do some damage.

“The contest was really tight and the scoreboard didn’t do it justice at times.

“But we finished well which was pleasing.”

Wang Rovers recruit Andrew Hamilton was best for the Demons.

“He’s been fantastic,” O’Keefe said.

“He plays a midfield, half forward role and he’s been outstanding — he really thinks about his game, his efficiency with the ball was fantastic and his work rate is second to none.”

Milawa regained captain Scott Pell after a six-week injury.