Round 11 Match Reports vs Sydney Uni

28th June, 2010

First Grade

A nearly full strength team ran out for the Power in the first game at Gwawley in what seemed an age against a Sydney Uni side who were holding down a top four position. Conditions were perfect for footy by the time the opening bounce came around at 2.30pm after a dreary start to the morning and the Power were on fire right from that first bounce. An early goal from Clarkey was the harbinger of what was to come for Sydney Uni as the Power piled on 9 unanswered goals in the first term with MG and Phil providing great drive through the middle and Al was as always a continual threat forward of the centre. It was the best quarter of footy from the Power all year as every player was working for each other and the run this created was unstoppable. The game was all but over at quarter time with the Power in command at 58-0 and the only question left was by how much.

A much more spirited Sydney Uni side came out in the second term and by dropping players back, nullifying some of the Powers attack, they were able to at least compete for periods of the quarter. The Power did however manage 4 goals for the quarter to outscore the Students 4 behinds.

After half time nothing changed with Sydney Uni, having given up hope of victory, throwing more and more men behind the ball. Often they left just 1 or 2 players forward of centre at any time, thus making it difficult to get a clear possession in the congested Power forward 50. This ploy however resulted in the ball never leaving the Sydney Uni back half as Bill, Duane and Youngy were creating a literal wall across the centre line and spearing the ball back in. It was the smaller, quicker players who were now doing most of the scoring for the Power with Carmo and Luke Jansson popping up everywhere for goals. The Power again kept the Students scoreless while booting another 4 goals themselves.

The fourth quarter saw the Power backline challenge themselves to keep Sydney Uni to just 4 points for the game. It was a challenge they easily succeeded in doing as the ball barely made it to the Sydney Uni forward line for the quarter. Simo, Stinger and Cookie were all sensational in the backline never beaten once between them. Up forward it was a similar story to the third quarter as the crowded forward line made it tough for goals to be scored. However with the amount of ball coming in thanks to the midfield there had to be scoring chances. Al made the most of a few more chances finishing with 7 for the day while Carmo grabbed 4 in his return to firsts and Mick and Luke kicked 3 each. The final score reflected the game in which the Power gave Sydney Uni a horrific flogging to the tune of 153 – 4.

Reserve Grade

The Reserves side also took on Sydney Uni with the Power looking for their fifth win in a row. The first quarter saw the Power get the jump on the Students, having all the play early and the ball camped in the Power forward line. Some desperate defence from Sydney Uni as well as plenty of missed opportunities by the Power saw a score of 2.6 kicked by the Power to no score from Sydney Uni. Dougy was at his sublime best early getting plenty of ball across the middle of the ground.

The second quarter saw much of the same with Leigh getting his hands on the ball first in the ruck providing Mudge and Clint with plenty of opportunities at ruck contests. The Power again dominated general play but again could not capitalise as the Students 4 straight goals brought them closer to the Power who could only mange another wasteful 3.4 for the quarter. Troy was a shining light for the Power at centre half forward taking plenty of marks however his Andrew Dunkley style of delivery by foot was not well received by teammates. The half time score had the Power leading by 16 points.

The third quarter was a tough affair as the Students kept making the most of their chances applying scoreboard pressure to the Power. Murph and Motty were again strong across half back while Lyndon and Pooh were proving solid targets in the forward line. A see sawing third quarter saw the Students straight kicking bring them within 6 points at three quarter time with the score at 55 – 49 despite the Power having had 11 more scoring shots.

The final quarter saw Dougy and Mudge controlling the centre of the ground for the Power as up forward Lyndon was able to kick a vital goal to extend the lead to 12 points. Butch and Paul were solid as ever down back in the final quarter, with the backline keeping Sydney Uni goalless, this ensured the Power of the win and another goal to Lyndon sealed it with a few minutes to go.

The final score finished 10.13-73 to 8.3-51, the Power were the dominant side for the whole of the game however the inability to capitalise on all the possession kept Sydney Uni in the game, but although they drew within a goal at one stage, the Power always looked to have enough in the tank to hold on for the victory.

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