Match of the week: Southern Power Youth Girls

25th June, 2014

YG First Win sqSouthern Power Youth Girls 8.6.54 to Drummoyne Power 6.3.39

It was Power v Power last Sunday when the Southern Power U14’s Youth Girls team took on Drummoyne Power Youth Girls at Waratah. The Southern Power girls really stood up and worked together for the whole game to bring home their first ever win in front of their record crowd.

The game was opened by Drummoyne’s strong midfield who’s big boot and strong fend off saw the first goal of the match. This woke up the girls from the Shire who then switched on for the remainder of the match.

Carmen worked great as the Power Tower in the ruck, and together with Kyla, Annie, Megs and Sam were able to adjust their ruck work throughout the day to ensure that Southern Power won the majority of the rucks. The girls were able to change their plays and showed variety and depth in their options while being able to respond and adjust to the opposition defence.

Solid defence and team work restricted the effective scoring shots from Drummoyne. Caitlin led the defence for Southern Power and has mastered the art of effective shepherds to protect her team mates in both defence and attack. Special mention to young Sam as well who, while only little, is a tackling machine and put lots of pressure on the opposition throughout her work in defence and in the middle.

Olivia had a blinder in her first game back from injury (netball, it’s dangerous!) and was able to provide lots of pace in the attack and notched a couple of goals. Emily supported her in the forwards as well and the girls worked well together to ensure that there were numbers at the ball in the attacking half.

Kyla is the baby in the team at 10 years old but took on Drummoyne’s most lethal player in the middle by outrunning her but when size became an issue, Carmen provided great second efforts with her tackling and defence.

 

Annie was again proving her value and provided a great and accurate left boot all day to bounce the ball out of the half back flank as well as providing the run into the attack. One wouldn’t believe that Megs was only playing her 3rd game of AFL as she was able to be in the right place at the right time, as well as helping out in the rotations in the centre.

 

The coaches (Lozz and Huggies), couldn’t be more proud and along with the families and friends of the girls, they were rather vocal and animated on the sideline as the clock ticked down!

 

With the scores level at 3 quarter time, being so close to their first win (as well as some lollies at the final break) helped put fire in their bellies. Drummoyne were kept goalless in the final term but Southern Power slotted two late goals, coming home with a 15 point victory 8.6.54 to 6.3.39. It showed perseverance, passion and determination that will see them slot right into the Women’s team after they have seen a few more winter seasons of footy.

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