Coaches Report from Marshy (standing in for Cos and Dan)
A mixed bag of results for those down at Wildcat Land this week with the Emu's getting up by 33 points the Raiders by 10 or so goals but unfortunately a undermanned Wildcats had a very good 3/4 effort but ran out of legs and went down by 27 points.
Going with a very strong wind advantage in the first quarter, our new batch of "EU's" started the game in a blaze of glory with 3 of our 4 first goals coming from them, with Brazilian Phil grabbing 2 of them.
Having 8 first gamers in for the wildcats wasn't hindering our performance and we went in the first break up by 25 points and looking very good.
With Putney coming at us hard in the 2nd quarter, our midfield was winning the hard ball and we were managing to stem the tide of the wind advantage and put a few goals on the board ourselves and we maintained our lead going into the half time break.
Our new boys were certainly showing some good form with Theo and Charlie running the wings with style and moving the ball our way as best they could, work horse Spuzz was putting his battered body in along with Harry they were trying there hardest to get us first use of the ball.
Wardy was doing an absolute blanket job on Slevo with him starting to chase kicks up the ground moving the dangerous player away from their forward line, we might have to start calling Wardy 'Blanket" the 2nd.
The 3rd quarter seen Putney come right back into contention with only 4 points separating the teams at 3 quarter time.
Putney, having the strong wind advantage in the last quarter, with such a slender lead, was always going to be dangerous and they started to flourish in the conditions. We were starting to run out of legs with a hard season starting to take its toll on some of the wildcats more senior players we were eventually overrun by 27 points.
Not the result we were looking for but some very good signs if the "EU" boys can continue to be around the footy club.
Best players for the cats were Draf who was at his battering ram best along with stable mate Bully who never stopped providing a contest and putting his body on the line every time it was needed, the "Blanket" Wardy who was reading the play better than he does to his students at school, The workhorse Fez who never stopped running and in his first game back after a short trip back to land of Oz David "Soup" Taylor. Special mention again to all of the EU/ROW contingent that came along and helped out hopefully we'll see all of you again soon.
West London Wildcats 12.10. (82) Lost to Wandswoth Demons 16.13. (109)
Goals: Bull, Nicholls, 3, Perry, Taylor, Triggs, Veeran, Witek, 1
Best: Tom Draffin, Stuart Ward, Cal Nicholls, David Taylor, Anthony Bull