I’ll start off with the third grade match this week, as I believe it was match of the round. The Southern Power 4th division team has had mixed results this year after winning division 5 last year. With an array of new, inexperienced players, it was always going to be a tough ask for them to emulate their incredible 2011 premiership season. But in their match against a strong Nor-West side, they showed glimpses of a very exciting side.
Last time these two sides met, Nor-West ran out 118-60 victors, but the Power were determined to turn the tables and put in a good performance. I don’t know whether they were inspired by their ‘TV game’ time slot or the fact the Cheyne Anderson decided to don the normal Guernsey as opposed to the long sleeve version on the coldest, and wettest game in years, but there was something different about them. The Power side were simply harder at the football and were intent on providing second efforts at every contest that allowed them to gain the ascendency early, and never let go. Roey worked hard all game dominating in the centre, with the help of B.O.G Ian cross, giving the forwards first use of the footy which made a huge difference in the end. Southern Power ran out 50-22 victors; a great win in horrible conditions.
The under 18s bounced back tremendously after a below par victory last week, to absolutely dominate a young and inexperienced Maroubra Saints side. In a quiet day for the Southern power 18s backline, the ladder-leaders dominated all around the ground showing no mercy as they picked up a valuable percentage booster, even without two of their young guns in Liam Hamling and Liam Pollard. The Power went into the main break leading 93-0, and to their credit, didn’t get complacent. Promising young forward and Brian Cairnduff scholarship winner Timmy Cashman kicked a 10-goal bag in a B.O.G performance and was ably assisted by Hayden Maclean with 5 goals. But it was only with the help of the Southern Power’s dominant midfield who showed why they’re on top of the ladder undefeated.
Second grade were coming up against one of the competition’s heavy weights. Although they are the youngest club in Sydney, they have had a very successful opening year. Blacktown Magic came into the match sitting in 3rd, with some big wins under their belt, but the Southern power side gave them everything they had, with wayward kicking being the only factor stopping them from leading at the first break. They did their best to match the Blacktown Magic’s skills and structure, but intensity around the contest could only keep them in the game for so long. Some unlucky umpiring decision and some ill-discipline cost the Power in the second half as Blacktown ran away with a 76-33 win. Timmy Jensen continued his impressive maiden year of AFL footy with another strong performance, with Kenny contesting strongly in the centre.
First grade were looking to come away with a strong win before the bye, coming up against a struggling Pennant Hills side. Southern Power squandered most of their opportunities in front of goals in the first quarter, kicking 1.4 in a scrappy start. After a quick rev up at quarter time, the Power returned with a new intensity at the contest and quick ball movement, taking a 34 point lead into the main break. Pennant Hills fought valiantly all day being down on numbers, but they were no match for a Power side determined to get a percentage boost. The Power fielded two debutants, in under 18’s stars Liam Pollard and Liam Hamling. Both looked at home in the side, even in the wet and tough conditions and we are looking forward to seeing them dominate the 18s competition and slot into the senior side too. In the end, the Power ran out 68 point victor, led by Liam ‘I don’t remember the game’ Davis and Stuey in the middle in a strong performance.
The Southern Power Women’s team were handed a tough task in taking on a red hot Western Wolves outfit and the task was made harder by the fact that they were laying with only 17. Regardless, the Power girls fought hard for every contest and forcing the Wolves to play quality football to win. In the end it was the Wolves’ bigger bodies and physicality that won them the game. Bailey found a more physical side to her game and little Jess scored her first goal for the season, surely positive signs for both of their games. The Power showed great potential in terms of ball movement, testing the Wolves. Jenna fought hard all day in the centre, with Huggies and Jess combining in the ruck. The Wolves put in a strong performance, handing the depleted Power side a 79-16 loss. In an inexperienced side that is still learning the game, there are plenty of positives to take from the game, before they rebuild for a push in the second half of the season.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, including Blum and Runnulla, because without their help, these games wouldn’t have been able to take place. Make sure we get around our sponsors and support them, as they support the club a great deal. The full list of Southern Power sponsors can be found at http://www.southernpower.com.au/partners/