Match Reports – Round 1

13th April, 2010

First Grade

After a long preseason the first round was finally upon us and 1st grade saw the local derby with St George be played out in stifling conditions. The Power missing a few regulars still sent out a strong side made up mostly of last years side which went the whole home and away season undefeated along with a few of the Power’s under 18’s grand finalists from last year who made the step up into first grade. Congratulations to Aggett, Clint, Clarkey, G and Tongs who all made their first grade debut for the club. It was also a milestone match for captain Phil Hamer who was playing his 100th First Grade game for the club!

St George came out firing early, putting tremendous pressure on the Power players around the contests but despite the ball not getting onto the Powers attacking half for close to 10 minutes St George could only manage 2 behinds before the Power got their handballs working through the middle of the ground and big Al found space up forward to boot 3 goals before quarter time and see the Power lead by 4 goals. The second quarter saw the Power have the perfect opening to a quarter scoring a goal after just 8 seconds with Bill winning the tap and getting the ball wide to Stuey who beat a couple of Saints players, 2 handballs saw the ball in Captain Phil’s hands and he kicked truly from 40 out to complete an amazing play. The scoring didn’t stop for the Power as they kept St George goalless for the entire first half with big Simo everywhere in the back line and Aggett providing plenty of drive from half back. Phil and Stuey were getting plenty of the ball in the middle giving the forwards plenty of opportunities and it was Mitch New who bobbed up for a couple of goals late in the term to extend the Powers lead out to 40 points at half time.

After the much needed half time break in the hot conditions St George got their first goal of the game but any chance of a second half comeback was quickly shot to pieces by the Power midfield who were running rampant with new recruits Clint and Tongs among the best players with their slick handballs to the speed men of the team in Stuey, Mitch and Youngy which was just to much for the Saints players. The highlight of the 3rd quarter saw Al, who despite being double teamed, take a huge speccie on the head of one of his unfortunate opponents, definitely the mark of the day. The Power led by an unattainable 68 points at ¾ time and the question was how big the final margin would get. Al continued to dominate up forward bagging his 10th for the game early in the last quarter while Tails also got involved up forward. The game deteriorated towards the end as both sides were going through the motions at the end of the first real game of the season but all signs looked good for the Power as their running brand of football was too sharp for St George finishing up 114 point winners.

Aggett who made his First Grade debut was given best on ground for his flawless display across half back whilst Newy also had a great game playing exclusively on the renamed ‘Mitch New’ side of the ground. The superstars Al and Phil were also back in fine form with Al kicking 11 goals and Phil racking up 42 possessions to go with his 2 goals.

It was a solid start to the season for the Power who this week take on the newly promoted UNSW side.

Ooh aah!

Sydney AFL 4 Division – Southern Power VS Macquarie University

The first match of the 2010 season for the new 3rd grade Southern Power side was at home against Macquarie University who finished 6th last year in the competition just missing out on a finals birth. It was always going to be a hard task beating them, not made any easier by not having at least 15 players too choose from due to injury or work commitments. Never the less, the side that hit the paddock was made up of a number of old boys returning to the club this season including Brad Cavanagh, Daniel Stanton, Cheyne Anderson, Stu Cloney (yes Stu put the jersey back on) and Rodney Bloomfield who pulled an all nighter at the hospital as his wife gave birth. Also in the mix were new guys like Scott Burton and Glen Marks and a lot of last years under 18 side stepping up to make their first step into senior footy.

Before the match the team was asked for one thing and one thing only – to give a contest….and every player did that. Yes we got beat by 12 goals, but you can guarantee most of the Macquarie Uni guys would be nursing some sore and sorry body’s after the match – especially the player that got in the way of new recruit Neile Sterling who put on one of the biggest hits you’ll ever see in afl footy. Sure our skills weren’t up too scratch and our game structure wasn’t the best but these are things we can work on at training (or even by yourself at the park). The one thing which was most pleasing was that no one dropped their head and this was shown in the sheds after the game and watching the 2nd’s and 1st’s with most players hanging around to have a beer, laugh and socialise with their team mates.

Best on ground for the day were Toby (i’ve got flair) Pemberton who gave us great run from the backline all day, Alex (baby face) Theophanous, Rodney (new born) Bloomfield, Chris (jet lag) Gibson, Jude (hospital pass) Middlemiss and Sam Gault who was awesome in the ruck when he got his chance. Also a special mention to Jake Mahoney who worked hard all day and Brad Cavanagh who was solid as a rock….

This week we play another new team in the competition in Auburn… Hard to know what to expect but with some players coming back the team will do there best to get the victory.

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