WAYBACK 22.10 (142) DEF BOSTON 6.15 (51)
Wayback secured top spot on the ladder with a 91-point win against Boston in a match where the margin did not reflect the efforts shown by both teams.
Boston went on the attack early and got the first several inside 50s with good attacking pressure and winning the contested ball, however with their first five scores, only one was a goal which the Tigers would be ruing as the match continued.
This was in part due to a skilled Wayback defence with Jaxen Norton leading the way with his turnovers, asisted by Ian Jericho who was key to getting out of the 50.
In the centre Raheem Betts was setting himself up for a big day with his excellent ball handling and pace, proving tricky to catch while Jayden Roderick once again charged to win the ball at every opportunity.
Wayback eventually started to get inside their 50 however Boston applied their own defensive pressure, with Zac Eustice in particular having a great quarter with his turnovers.
The Demons were rewarded with Dannen Blacker goal and despite Aaron Dunn scoring an exciting goal near the end of the quarter, a pair of James Blewit goals saw Wayback lead by one point at quarter time.
Wayback started to pull away in the second quarter, starting with a goal from Jonty Seal, the first of three for the quarter.
Ruckman Levi Konitzka was tapping really well and feeding his teammates in the centre including Xavier Watson, Shaun and Greg Maxfield as well as Jericho who was also active in the centre.
The Demons set up many of the forward passages off turnovers on the half back flank and were more effective with their disposals through the middle while targets including Liam Rix, Brayden Martin and Sam Heinjus off half forward were getting the ball into the 50.
Thomas Easson was also having a big presence, coming up to help win the ball and driving the ball forward while S. Maxfield was clearing the ball from the packs.
Wayback finished with eight goals for the quarter while Boston were kept to three behinds as they extended their lead to 46 points at half time.
The game was very physical in the second half as both teams fought hard for every possession, however it did not equate to many goals with Seal's fourth goal being the only one for a while.
Betts continued to shine for Boston in the midfield while in the back half the Browns, Levi and Billy were key in moving the ball back into the centre and young guns Eustice and Justin Carey had an impact in defence.
For their efforts Boston outscored Wayback in the third quarter, kicking three goals to two, including a pair of exciting goals from Roderick to bring the margin down to 40 points at the final break.
Reflecting the ebb and flow of this game Wayback with a dominant quarter, with the Demon midfield effective with their disposals and finding the gaps to provide options.
Boston did not relent with their tackling pressure and pace, but couple with a strong defence and effective passages through the middle Wayback set up nine goals for the quarter, three coming from Seal while Tigers managed just the sole, exciting goal from Sanjayson Hanuman in the pocket.
A strong performance from Wayback, who are two from two to start the season. Seal with seven goals was on fire with Watson and S. Maxfield playing a big role with their clearances, Easson was a standout with his possessions and three goals and Norton starred in defence.
For Boston Betts shined in the midfield, Roderick and Hanuman top scored with two goals each while Eustice, Carey and the Browns were a big part of the Tiger defence.