Match Report – Round 2

20th April, 2010

First Grade vs UNSW Bulldogs

A big turnout for Ladies Day saw all 3 grades take on unfamiliar teams in what was another sweltering day at Gwawley Oval.

In the 1st grade game the Power were up against a UNSW team that had been promoted after winning the premiership last year in the division below. The game saw another couple of first grade debutants for the club with Duffy and Motty playing their first games for first grade, Motty after several consistent years in the reserves. UNSW looked to have picked a big side and the first minutes were expected to be hotly contested however a blistering start from Mick Bellman in the middle of the ground set up a masterful first term by the Power. Micky was everywhere and had managed to get forward enough to kick 3 goals before quarter time. This was the inspiration the Power needed to lay on a 6 goal to 2 first quarter with the attack on the footy great by all players.

The second quarter saw the Power really put a hold on any forward movements by UNSW with Big Simo and Stinger restricting the Bulldogs to just 1 goal for the quarter and 3 for the half. Newy continued to find space wherever he went and had a field day carrying the ball down his wing and kicking long into our forward line. Al was a continual danger up forward keeping his goal kicking tally ticking over and the ladies favourite Tongs was proving a handful in the middle and despite being 4’1” no one could lay a hand on him. The Power had several opportunities in the quarter but were slightly wasteful in kicking 3.5, despite this they took a 61 – 19 lead into the half time break.

The third quarter again saw the Power kick 3.5 but by keeping the opposition goalless it was enough to ensure a big win was on the cards. 3-phase captain Marsh was getting plenty of the footy around the ground to be among the Power’s best whilst the 3rd phase of the crew, Youngy, was also having a solid game. Clarkey was strong across half forward using his penetrating left foot kick to be able to move the ball quickly into the Power forward line and really put pressure onto the UNSW defenders who couldn’t cope with the Power’s attacking options. By three quarter time the lead had blown out to over ten goals.

The final term saw Micky Bellman continue to take marks all over the ground and doing as he pleased in a best on ground performance. The big lead allowed supercoach Simon to throw a few different players forward and it was great to see Andy Paine, Simo, Tongs, and Luke Jansson get among the goals. The Power finished the day winners 110 – 40.

Reserve Grade vs East Coast Eagles

Reserve Grade were looking to chalk up their first win for season 2010 when they took on an East Coast Eagles side that had dropped down a division and were very much looking forward to the game on the flawless Gwawley surface. The Power got the early jump on the Eagles with Lyndon up forward kicking 2 goals before East Coast registered a goal. Some resilient defence by the Power through Butch and Pedo kept waves of attack at bay before a goal late in the term by Jeffro saw the Power take a 10 point lead to the first break.

The second term again saw great defensive efforts by Chris Way and Harley, again keeping the Eagles to just one goal. With Rhys starting to get his hands on the footy in the middle of the ground and Lyndon again looking great up forward, the Power were able to kick another 2 goals for the quarter and stretch the lead at the main break out to 46-18 and the game looked like it was about to be broken open in the premiership quarter.

This was not the case though as the Eagles fought back strongly and with the tiring Power constantly falling off tackles East Coast were able to kick three goals for the quarter to the Power’s one, which was a great team passage of play finished of by Stacey. Benny Johnson was starting to exert his influence on the game taking many strong marks overhead and offering a great target to Pedo who was regularly forced to rebound the ball out of defence. The margin at three quarter time was just 2 goals and the game was right in the balance.

The final quarter saw the Power pull out all stops to get home with old man Roey willing himself into every contest and Rhys continuing to get vital possessions around the ground. The game turned into an extremely tight affair with both sides not giving an inch and every play becoming crucial. Both teams traded a goal early in the quarter while Benny continued to make some huge plays. A mark and goal by Pappas late in the quarter saw the Power sneak out to a 3 goal lead and with the back six holding strong the Power were able to hold on for a great 68 – 48 victory.

Third Grade vs Auburn Tigers

Round 2 was always going to be a tough game for the newly formed Power 3rd grade side for many reasons, firstly because we didn’t know much about the Tigers who were also new too the comp (apart from the fact they recruited pretty well over the off season and picked up a few premier and first division players) and secondly there were over 39 players for the coaches too choose from on Thursday night (that’s not including players who are injured at the moment). Never the less a team of 22 were picked which was made up of a good mix of youth and experience with 4 emergencies also chosen for the game…

Game day started off on a low point with one of the Powers women’s players Charlotte Crosby breaking her leg within the first minute of her AFL career thus causing Nathan Lenehan to pull out in the last minute to go to the hospital with her. (All players and coaches from the 3rd grade side wish Charlotte a speedy and full recovery). This wasn’t made any easier with the withdrawal of Chris Gibson as well on Friday with knee soreness, so two of the emergencies got the call up to the bench.

Once again before the match Cheyno asked the boys for one thing and that was to give a contest all day, and once again the coach was happy that all players put there all into every contest. Players like Tom Condon, James Perrett, Sam Gault, Brad Cavanagh and Michael Bates were all hard at the ball and made every contest a tough one, but in the end Auburn just had to much strength around the field and ending up winning by 15 goals. As head coach Simon Closter told the boys on Tuesday night’ its not about what the scoreboard reads at the moment its how high you can hold your head at the end of the game. If you think you’ve had a good game then you probably have, but also take into consideration that we had no one left on the bench in the last quarter and a half through injuries to Brad Cavanagh, Trent Mcmillan and Sam Gault and one player who decided to leave at half time without telling the coaches until half time. (more on that story at the bottom of the page).

Best on Ground for this week were Paul (silver fox) Love who presented all day in the centre, Jude (playboy) Middlemiss, Brendan (head gear) Andrews, Cheyne (sandpit) Anderson, Ryan (present all day) Parsons and Jake (high tower) Mahoney. Also a special mention must go to Michael Bates who played on one of Auburns former Premier League players and kept him goalless in the second half.

Next week the boys take on last years premiers Sydney University at St Paul’s Oval, with both teams winless so far it should be a fantastic game of footy.

As mention above, one of the players selected in the 22 left at half time without telling the coaches until he was leaving. This is unacceptable at most times (unless there is an urgent emergency) but this weekend so many players didn’t get a game and this player did not advise the coaches he could only play half a game. This is not fair on the other players (both playing and non playing) as well as the coaching / selection committee and therefore this player will not be available for selection for the next 2 games. Yes it is a tough call but also a fair call as 99% of players take the time to let the coaches know if they are available for game day and most even let the coaches know if they can train or not. There is a great mateship and culture in the side and will be working hard to keep it that way.

We don’t like to end on a negative note but to regain the respect of the players it was something we had too. Once again the coaches apologise for what happened on the weekend, and we also appreciate the players letting us know on there availability (which as i said 99% of players do).

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