Willunga are one of those sides fighting at the bottom end of the five and it could be the case where percentage plays a part.
The Demons recognised this and were clinical in disposing of the Magpies convincingly by 118 points.
The first term belonged to Willunga as Beath and Boyd got their hands on the ball through the middle.
They didn’t have it their own way as the home side through Casey, Cuthbert and Hayward defended hard, but they looked unlikely to score.
Although winning and finding the ball, decision making going forward was poor.
Cook and Bass looked good forward and at the first change it was Willunga by 15 points.
The second was much like the first where Willunga had control, but just couldn’t quite put the foot fully on the throat.
Harper goaled for the home side, but again it was their disposal that really cost them.
The likes of Alexopoulos took full advantage of this as he was laced out plenty of times in that kick behind play role and utilised his mids well, as they again gave their forwards good opportunities.
Cook, Beath, Burdett and Stewart-England hit the scoreboard and at halftime it was 50 points in favour of the Demons at the half.
A decent third term by the Magpies as Cuthbert bobbed up for two goals, but they were still outscored with Willunga kicking five.
Martin looked lively and strong over head and could have been more damaging if he’d kicked straight.
Beath in Mail Medal formInterchange Bench
Stanford worked in to the game nicely, as did Docking in a workmanlike display.
Casey was very solid for the Magpies after an injury stricken year and Harper and Walling continued their development.
At three quarter time it was Willunga by 69 points.
The Magpies had worked hard defensively and steadied the ship in the third. The team showed a lot of spirit and is something the side can work on for season 2019.
A win wasn’t likely, but they really needed a competitive last quarter.
They didn’t get it as Willunga just simply outplayed and outworked the home side.
The Magpies did throw up some late highlights as Casey continued to take some big grabs and Wallling kicked a spectacular goal, but Willunga had contributions from everyone as they piled on the goals.
Beath in Mail Medal form, Boyd in everything and Cook was able to kick his fifth in a good day out.
He was awarded the MAC Road Safety Round Medal for the most positive impact on the game.
He wasn’t alone as Willunga had a very good team performance.
The Magpies will still find positives.
Casey looks like a good type, D Fry back was a great sight to see and Harper continues his development and competes well against the best ruckmen in the league.