Round 13 Match Reports

14th July, 2010

1st Grade vs Balmain Dockers

31.17.203. – 0.0.0.

The scoreboard just about sums it all up. Quarters of 8,8,6,9 goals showed the Power were completely dominant all day in the most one sided game seen this season.

Right from the start it was apparent the Dockers were in for a long day when they lined up very defensively and then flooded even further back from that position. This allowed the Power midfielders and back flankers to do as they pleased as the ball was never going to travel past them. There was not a bad player for the Power although some found it tougher to get into the game than others mainly due to the lack of ball in certain areas of the ground. Matty Graham continued his recent good form in the midfield and Al was at his best in the forward line kicking 14 goals in a best on ground display. This gives Al a huge lead in the goal kicking table with 81 for the year and he is nearing his second successive 100 goal season needing just 19 with 5 games to go. Some other standout performers on the day included Ian who kicked 5 goals, Leon, surprising everyone by managing to kick the ball straight 3 times for his 3 goals. Big Simo and little Rhysy were also key contributors. In the ruck Bill continually beat his bigger opponent to give the Power on ballers first use of the ball all day. Tails was the other multiple goal scorer with 2 majors. The game was rather predictable as the Power would take the ball through the centre and kick down to Al who would often mark and goal. Occasionally Balmain got their hands on the ball but rarely strung 3 possessions in a row together before turning over the ball for the Power to run away with it again. Cookie also played very well and is proving to be rock solid in the backline while a big thanks to young Brandon and Tom who both backed up from the earlier Under 18’s game. Special mention to Tom and Nick Noonan who both made their 1st Grade debuts in the match.

Reserve Grade vs Moorebank Sports

The reserves game was a much more entertaining affair with top of the table Moorebank Sports taking on the second placed Southern Power at Gwawley Oval. The clash lived up to expectations early with both teams extremely hard at the ball and plenty of pressure was applied to the man with the ball. The game saw two similar styles of play being utilised as both sides looked to break to run and carry the ball rather than trying to kick long to packs.

The first quarter saw Moorebank skip away to a 3 goal lead at the break due to some strong hands and accurate kicking in front of goal, it was generally an even contest around the ground and both sides were in the game at quarter time.

The second quarter was again similar as the 2 big forward targets for Moorebank really troubled the Power defence. The Power forward line however was functioning well with Cav getting his hands on the ball as well as crumbing to himself for a few goals. Motty was excellent in the first half getting plenty of ball as well as stopping his opponent. Dylan was also playing well in his first game in the reserves for the year. Accurate kicking by both sides saw Moorebank hold a 10.2.62 – 5.0.30 lead at half time.

After half time Offal and Butch really stood up for the Power with Offal providing some inspirational acts in the centre of the ground to try and lift his teammates and Butch continually using his great hands to take plenty of marks in the defensive 50. Despite this Moorebank were able to get another 5 goals for the quarter and restrict the Power to just 2 as Moorebank’s experience and ability to read the play just that touch quicker than many Power players saw them continually in space and forcing the Power to work extremely hard across half back to stay in the game. Experienced defenders Thommo and Paul were able to do this however the Power would need an extraordinary final quarter to win this one. This did not eventuate as despite Marksy’s efforts across half forward the Power were unable to get enough quality ball forward to apply scoreboard pressure and Moorebank were able to come away with a hard fought but convincing victory 132 – 46.

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