Match Reports – Saturday 9th July

13th July, 2011

First Grade vs Sydney Uni

On a sunny yet very blustery day at Gwawley 1st Grade took on the previously high flying Sydney Uni team with both teams looking for a win to cement a position right near the top of ladder and all but assure a finals berth.

The first quarter saw the Power running with the breeze towards the Taren Point Rd end and kicked the first couple of goals for the day with Al able to mark and goal from outside 50. The Students hit back with a couple of goals of their own to narrow the gap and it was only a late goal to the Power that gave them a 7 point advantage going into quarter time. The first quarter also saw Ian come off the bench to make his 1st Grade debut for the Power in his first season of AFL.

The second quarter was again a tight affair with both teams combining flashes of brilliance with some sub standard play. Clarkey was having huge influence around every contest winning plenty of hard ball while Murph was also doing a spectacular job as the number 1 ruckmen in a team lacking height, dominating his opponent both in the ruck and around the ground. Both the Power and the Students kicked 2 goals for the quarter and the Power led 35 – 26 going into the main break.

The third quarter saw the Power lift the intensity with Aggett and Rod providing good run out of defence and Rhys and Clarkey winning plenty of their own ball through the middle. Sydney Uni tried to go with the Power and were successful for most of the quarter but could not hold it for the whole term. Towards the end of the quarter the Power were able to string together multiple goals with Al taking some strong marks kicking a few more goals on his way to 6 for the game and the Power stretched the lead out to 40 at the final change.

In the last quarter the Power were able to get the first goal and from there always had the game in control. Jake across half back was able on several occasions to stop Sydney Uni from getting the ball into their forward 50 and was launching counter attacks giving the Power forwards a few more chances for late goals. It was 3 goals each in the final term leaving the Power winners 14.8-92 to 8.2-50.

The 42 point victory was the Power’s 6th on the trot giving them some real momentum. Best players on the day were Rhys, Al and Clarkey whilst major goal kickers were Al with 6 and Clarkey and Holdsy with 2 each.

Reserve Grade vs Campbelltown

Earlier in the day the Reserve Grade team took on Campbelltown in even windier conditions and were looking for their 3rd win in a row. A spate of injuries through the club saw premiership player Adam Carmody come out of early retirement to play.

Running into the strong wind in the first quarter the Power were for the majority of the quarter able to hold their own against the Blues however a 3 goal burst in just 3 minutes by Campbelltown saw them able to escape to a 4 goal lead at the first break. Denyer in the ruck was doing magnificently early in the game against a taller opponent.

The Power needed to use the wind well in the second quarter to bridge the early lead and despite kicking 4 goals with some strong marking and accurate kicking by Lyndon and Carmo, Campbelltown were able to kick 2 goals themselves to hold onto a 12 point lead at half time. Butch and Paul Johnson had been good in defence in the first half restricting the scoring plays of the Blues while Marksy was also providing a good target across half forward.

A couple of players were asked to perform big roles into the wind in the third quarter and they certainly delivered. Skipper Nick was asked to play tight on Campbelltown’s best player who was dominant in the first half and he did just that with his man hardly getting a touch in the second half. Cult hero “The Rig” also stepped it up in the third quarter winning a lot of hard ball in the centre of the ground. With Josh up forward also coming to life with a few goals in the third term the Power were able to win the quarter by 4 points and trail by only 8 points going into the last quarter setting up a thrilling finish.

As the quarter started the Power’s momentum continued, kicking an early goal through Rig who bounced it through from about 65m out. Goals to BJ and Carmo saw the Power pull out to a handy lead and with a midfield working tirelessly were able to keep Campbelltown to just 1 goal for the quarter. A few more late goals to the Power saw the final margin creep out in what was a tough game.

The final score finished with the Power winners 13.6-84 to 9.5-59 in a great come from behind victory. Best players were given to Rig, Nick Noonan and Troy “Denyer” Shean with major goal kickers being Carmo, Josh & Lyndon with 3 and BJ with 2.

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