AFL London Men’s Premiership
West London Wildcats v Wandsworth Demons
18.05.19 Chiswick 15:30
Two of Europe’s powerhouse teams battle it out again this weekend, with the West London Wildcats versus the Wandsworth Demons headlining Round 2 of the AFL London season.
Specifically showing how dominant these two sides are in AFL London, is that since this competition began in 1990 only two of the possible 28 seasons have resulted in neither of the teams appearing in the Grand Final.
The two rivals are even close in the head to head premiership count where the Demons have nine and Wildcats 11.
Taking home the chocolates in recent seasons, Wandsworth has won the last two Men’s Premierships, last year the Demons edged out West London in a nail biter for the flag by one point.
Wandsworth Demon’s Coach Frank Caldow shares some astonishing statistics about this iconic rivalry over the years.
“Wildcats are our biggest rivals and these games always carry significantly extra weight. Over the last three seasons, they are the only team to beat us and hold a 6 – 5 record against us over this period. In the last two years we have played three finals against each other, all which have been decided by less than a kick.”
Still feeling the loss from last year’s Grand Final, the Wildcats will be using this emotion to get revenge on the reigning premiers this round.
“It’s quickly apparent to all new players at the club that the Demons are a strong rival and have been since the foundation of the league. The games are still worth four points but there is no doubt some added incentive when playing the Demons given the history of the two clubs,” said Wildcat’s Men’s Coach Rhett Kerr.
With this added emotion and the extremely high skill level that both teams have to offer, this should be one of the matches of the season.
This passion will also build from the Wildcats’ round one “Heritage Round” that welcomed the club’s new players last week.
Past players, from all the way back to 1996, were able to present the Wildcat rookie players with their jumpers before the game.
With such great connection to the club’s past, the players of today will want to make them proud in this upcoming season, both on and off the field.
“We have a great culture at the club. First and foremost, footy in London is about having fun, meeting new friends and broadening networks. We take pride in fostering an inclusive culture that promotes this and really adds an extra element to the London experience for members of our club,” Rhett said.
Wandsworth Demons are also an exciting side of AFL London and with many of the players knowing how it feels to win the premiership, the hunger for another continues to grow and will show on the field through wanting the footy in contests.
Demons Coach Frank elaborates on their exciting yet poised game style, “We are looking to play a game that focuses on winning 50/50 contests, then once in possession, it’s about finding the balance between speed and composure.”
The Demons are off to Chiswick this weekend to the Wildcats home and with the AFL Europe community knowing how big the games are between these two sides and the Cat’s Ladies Day on during the matches, it should bring in a large boisterous crowd to watch some high-quality footy.
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Liam McAllion – AFL Europe