Timboon Demons prepare for final with Nirranda after ending South Rovers' season

Always consistent: Timboon Demons goal defence Cloe Marr continued her impressive season with another strong performance. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Always consistent: Timboon Demons goal defence Cloe Marr continued her impressive season with another strong performance. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Timboon Demons are confident they are ready for finals.

They easily accounted for South Rovers 55-29 in ordinary conditions at Timboon, ending their opponent’s hopes of playing finals.

Coach Kelly Gowland said post-match she was happy with the “four-quarter effort” but admitted the Demons must lift their intensity ahead of next week’s Warrnambool and District league qualifying final with Nirranda.

"We just have to be prepared going into the game knowing what they (Nirranda) are going to throw at us,” she said.

"We have played them twice now so we certainly know their strengths but they don't have many weaknesses.

"They are really determined for the ball and that is something that we sometimes don't match with them, so that's something I want the girls to go into the game and be prepared for. We need to be hungry for the ball.”

The Demons coach said they would use the last round of the home and away season to prepare for finals.

Gowland admitted it was not a perfect performance though felt it was a solid final hit-out.

"South was always going to come out fairly competitive, so the first quarter I was really happy with how we started," she said.

"We started with good intensity which we hadn’t always been able to do throughout the season, so I was happy with that.

"We were certainly able to put four quarters together, we still had a few patches that weren't ideal, but in terms of the overall quality of the game I was happy with it.”

The Demons started strongly and with the intensity their coach had been calling for.

In the second term Timboon made some positional changes but then reset after they didn’t pay off.

South Rovers dropped off in the second half, which wasn’t helped when playing coach Jess Rohan was forced from the court with cramps in the final term.

The always-consistent trio of Cloe Marr, Hayley Plozza and Melissa McKenzie again performed brilliantly for the Demons.

But the coach said it was one of those players who impressed her the most.

"Melissa McKenzie was outstanding for us today,” she said.

"She is usually extremely helpful in attack because she is so fast.

“But defensively I think she got about seven or eight intercepts so I was really happy with her performance."