Match Report – Round 4

5th May, 2010

First Grade

The majority of the first grade side caught the bus out to Drummoyne to take on the Balmain Dockers. It was a confident mood before the game as the team on top of the table took on the team at the bottom and the Power expected no trouble from the Dockers in this game. The Power team welcomed Ian, in for his first game for the club.

The first quarter saw a fired up Balmain side come out and attack the ball hard and kick both the first and third goals to have an early lead before a couple of sweeping plays for the Power saw the ball get up to Al who, as he usually does, marked and goaled from inside the 50 to give the Power a 5 point advantage at quarter time.

The second quarter saw Rhys moved onto the ball with immediate results, Rhys was able to get his hands on the ball and linking with his brother Tongs, saw the Power start to win the midfield battle. Stinger down in defence was good, attacking the ball and providing plenty of drive from half back. A six goal quarter to the Power saw them take a 58 – 28 lead into half time although no one at the ground actually knew this as there was no scoreboard operational from the club with millions in the bank.

The third quarter saw Balmain continue their attack on the ball while a lacksidasical Power outfit struggled to have any continuity in their game. Al continued to be a danger up forward grabbing another few goals in the third quarter on his way to six for the match, he was well supported by Tails who showed strong hands in contests as well as Ian, showing plenty of valuable attributes in his first run with the club. A good defensive effort saw the Power restrict Balmain to just one goal for the quarter and extend the lead out to 7 goals at the final break.

The last quarter saw the scrappy game continue with Rhys continuing to excel, Tongs also bobbed up for a few goals in the last quarter. Mick Bellman continued his excellent season and was again good all around the ground while Benny Johnson was solid also. Overall it wasn’t the best performance by a Power team but more than enough was done to secure a win with the final score being 106 – 55 against a spirited Balmain side.

Reserve Grade

Reserve Grade, playing under lights out at Rosedale Oval were coming up against the undefeated Moorebank side in a game where they would see where they stand in the competition. Despite quite a few changes from last weeks side, including the coach, the Power were able to field quite a strong side with 8 players having had first grade experience.

The first quarter saw Moorebank dominate around the ground but fail to capitalise on this as due to pressure from the last line of Power defence they could only manage 3.8 for the quarter to the Power’s 1 straight goal.

The second quarter saw the Power have a much more even share of general play with Youngy getting plenty of the ball through the middle of the ground, however an inability to take marks forward of the centre was costly for the Power as they struggled to kick goals. Tim Harvey was a constant danger with his speed on the wing causing headaches for the Moorebank players. A 3 goal quarter to the Power saw the half time margin narrowed to 34 -19.

A strong start to the third quarter including a great running goal to Thommo who took 4 bounces running off half back before slotting the ball through the big sticks saw the Power get to within 2 goals with Motty and Thommo providing great run of half back and Leigh giving plenty of options out of the ruck. A late flurry of goals to Moorebank as the Power were just unable to maintain their pressure saw the three quarter time score get out to 60 -25 leaving the Power needing a miraculous comeback for the 2nd week in a row to win. Alas it could not be done as despite Clint and Youngy continuing to battle in the middle the lack options created up forward resulted in the Power not been able to kick enough goals for a winning score.

The final score finished Moorebank 73 Southern Power 25.

Third Grade

Round 4 of the 2010 season for the 3rd grade side saw the boys were still looking for their first win of the season and this was going to be another tough game coming up against the undefeated Moorebank Sports side at their home ground Rosedale Oval at Warwick Farm… This is always a great match as it is played late afternoon/early evening with half a game under daylight and half under lights – and as we all know footy steps up another level when playing under lights…

The coaches picked a solid core of players for this match but still had players missing through injury so once again there was a few new faces in the side including Cameron Bowen, David Bardon and Richard Swanton and we also welcomed back Brad Cavanagh, Neale Sterling, Alex Theophanous, Chris Gibson and Trent Mcmillan who had all been injured over the previous weeks.

This week before the game the players were asked to do their best and enjoy their footy and that it didnt matter what the scoreboard read as long as we give it our all, hold our heads high and help each other out If we did this we could really give Moorebank a run for their money. Last week we got too caught up in trying to win and we forgot what joy AFL can bring regardless of whether you win, lose or draw, so with that the boys took the field.

After the first 5 minutes of the game the Power were down by 2-3 goals with Moorebank jumping us but to the boys credit they steadied the ship and went into quarter time even.

The 2nd quarter was a great arm wrestle of end to end football and with some great switch plays and hard running the boys were in front by a goal at halftime.

The 3rd quarter was no different and after some good football the Power were now 3 goals up.

The first 10 minutes of the final term saw Moorebank throw everything at us but the back line stood up and took whatever they dished out (some people calling it the Rope a Dope move ha ha…i like to call it the heart stopper) but the boys must have known what they were doing cause they kept Moorebank goalless for the final term while putting on 2 more goals ourselves to run out victors by 5 goals.

YES WE WON……CONGRATS GUYS A WELL DESERVED VICTORY!!!

The win was even more impressive when you take note of the injuries during the game. Chris Gibson was out within the first 5 minutes with injured ribs (didn’t play the rest of the game), Jude Middlemiss and Sam Gault with injured shoulders in the 3rd quarter (Sam didn’t play after that), Chris turner with dislocated fingers in the 4th quarter (didn’t play after that), James Perrett with ligament damage to his ankle but kept playing, Neale Sterling and Cheyne Anderson coming down with cramps in the 3rd and 4th quarter and last but not least Richard Swanton breaking 2 fingers in the 3rd quarter but kept playing and not only that still kicked 2 more goals…..what a legend.

As Stu Cloney said after the game, picking the best on ground was very very hard as everybody played to the best of their ability and there were no passengers in the side. Never the less it must be done so here goes – Jason (hard nut) Dunbar, Tom (work horse) Condon, Brad (pay backs a b!tch) Cavanagh, Glen (i can do everything) Marks, Richard (what pain?) Swanton and James (i can kick straight) Perett but as mentioned before everybody was in the mix.

Next week we are at home against another tough side, Nor-West Jets and one not to take lightly as they finished 3rd in the comp last season. Both sides are sitting on the one win so both will be fighting hard to stay in touch with the top 4.

To end this week id just like to mention how much passion there was when singing the team song. I’ve been around the club for 5 or so years now and I’ve never heard it sung so proud and so loud….. its great to see the players take the hard road, put their bodies on the line for the jersey and for themselves, and reap the rewards of a hard match…..CONGRATS

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