Round 18 Match Reports

25th August, 2010

3rd Grade vs Penrith

The last round of the season for the boys as we didn’t make finals saw everyone keen for a big one to finish the year. A couple of wins over recent weeks saw the boys full of confidence ( or was that still the alcohol in the systems from a massive team bonding/end of season get together from the previous weekend?). Never the less the boys took too Gwawley bright and early on Saturday morning to tackle the dust storm… and the Rams.

Team captain Rod Bloomfield won the toss and elected to kick with the wind in the first quarter so the boys could get the upper advantage but the boys were a bit wasteful and didnt use the wind to full advantage but still managed to be up by 4 points at quarter time which probably should have been a bigger lead.

The second quarter saw the wind pick up even more so the boys knew they had to slow down the play and keep possession of the footy as much as they could which is exactly what they did with plenty of run, short kicks and taking their opportunity when they came. With this hard work ethic the boys had managed to stretch the lead out to almost 3 goals which had Penrith rattled as they started going the player instead of the ball.

At half time Cheyno praised the boys for their hard work but also told them that its going too take a lot more than what we had shown to win the game as Penrith were still in the finals hunt and they needed to win this game to keep it alive, so they weren’t going to go down wondering.

The boys came out firing in the third quarter putting on a few quick goals but for some reason they went into cruise mode thinking that they had done enough which was not the case as Penrith pushed and started getting first to the ball causing us to get frustrated and give away silly free kicks, letting them right back into the game.

At the third quarter huddle the boys knew what was coming…..One of Cheyno infamous sprays…..( trust me i don’t like to do it…. ) but for some reason the boys always respond, and this was what i was banking on…. and sure enough i was right…. we came out with a determination i hadn’t seen since round 4 when we took on Moorebank…. A never say die approach where every player left nothing in reserve.

The Power weathered Penrith in the last quarter and despite the Rams hitting the front and looking the likely winner, Brendan Andrews used the Powers only opportunity in the forward line to kick the winning goal with less than 2 minutes on the clock to get the boys over the line by 3 points… A bloody great effort by all and this was evident in the sheds after the game where every player was spent. It was a much deserved win for the side as it has been a tough season at times but the boys stuck at it…..

Best on ground for the game were Ryan “Kirky” Fornasari, Joel Sokkar, Cheyne “ox” Anderson, Craig “gearie” Gear, Chris Turner and Chris Way who before doing his hammy again was killing it…

I urge all the team to still come down and train tuesday and thursday nights and support the U/18’s, Ressies and Firsts in their finals campaign…..

Once again congrats on the year and i’m sure if most players return next year the side will be bigger and better than ever….

First Grade vs Manly

The final home and away game saw The Power take on Manly in what would hopefully be a nice tune up for the finals. The westerly breeze that had been blowing all day put pay to that and the game was destined for a bit of a dogfight. The Power were welcoming back Bill, Doug, Youngy and Benny Johnson into what was already a strong side.

The first quarter saw Manly get first use of the 4-5 goal breeze and they made the most of it kicking 3.3 to the Powers no score. The “people’s president” Bill Oakley started the game well in the ruck using his muscular frame to full advantage whilst hitting contests hard all over the ground. Although Manly did all the scoring the Power were probably the better team actually having more inside 50’s, (9-8), than Manly but were unable to capitalise.

The second quarter saw the Power have the breeze and they were able to get back into the game through Duane and Newy who with the ball on the ground a lot were able to even up their usual height disadvantages and compete on even footing with all players with both players able to get the ball regularly both in the middle of the ground and around the goals. The Power were again often wasteful in the forward line having 10 scoring shots for the quarter but could only manage 3.7 and with Manly able to kick one into the breeze they took an unlikely 27 – 25 lead into the main break.

The third quarter saw Manly again kicking with the breeze knowing they would need a big lead at three quarter time for any chance of a victory. Milky across half back took numerous marks interrupting the Manly play as the Power were again playing the better footy. With Cookie, defending on the last line, and seemingly able to get his fist to the ball from anywhere the Power were looking good with an early goal to take the lead however a few late goals by Manly saw them take an 8 point lead into the final change.

With it all to do to avoid a first loss at home in nearly 3 years the Power were fired up for the last quarter. A couple of snap goals to Al, who was otherwise kept quiet, saw the Power take the lead back and with the wind behind were never going to surrender it. Duane continued his great game for the four quarters while Doug and Clarkey were also instrumental in the last quarter. Late goals to Rod and Carmo saw the game put out of doubt and the Power were able to kick away to win 72 – 46 in a hard fought, close encounter.

Reserve Grade vs Penrith

Reserve Grade took on Penrith in what both teams already knew was a preview of next weeks semi final clash. The earlier game this year saw the Penrith win convincingly out at Greygums Oval and the Power were looking for a much improved showing this time around.

With the aid of the strong breeze in the first quarter the Power were able to get the early jump on Penrith kicking 3 goals to nil in the first quarter with Lyndon, looking to cement his spot as the 3rd division leading goal kicker, getting amongst the goals early. Ian was also having a good first quarter and this allowed the Power to dominate possession and they should have been further in front except for some poor shooting for goal.

The second quarter saw the Power hold their own into the strong breeze. With Duffy on fire all over the ground the Power were able to kick 2 goals into the wind and restrict Penrith to 3 to hold a solid 39 – 20 lead at half time. Clint was having a good first half while Porker was also handy.

The third quarter was nearly the reverse of the second quarter as Penrith played some good footy to kick 2 goals into the breeze and the Power were only able to manage one more than that. Lyndon was again in the goals while Libba was providing strong leads out of the goal square and a good target in the forward line.

The way the game was going a 32 point three quarter lead appeared to be enough for the Power to win however Penrith had other ideas. Against a tired looking Power outfit they were able to get hands on the ball in the centre stoppages and from there couldn’t be stopped. Penrith rattled on 6 goals in 14 minutes to take the lead as the Power just could not seem to touch the ball. A goal to the Power saw them reclaim the lead and once again give hope to the players and supporters however with the aid of the strong breeze Penrith were able to control the game and a couple of goals saw them sneak home by 12 points.

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