Round 5 – Match Reports

12th May, 2010

First Grade vs Nor West Jets

Another glorious day at Gwawley Oval greeted the North West Jets as they arrived to take on the table topping Southern Power side which saw Thommo, Motty, Simo and Youngy as inclusions from last weeks side that defeated Balmain.

The first quarter saw the Power get off to another great start with Bill controlling the ruck contests and being able to get the ball down to Tongs who was everywhere to begin the game. The Power had all the ball early but had Al had left his kicking boots in the sheds early and the Power kicked 5 behinds before a goal was finally able to be put on the board. This started an avalanche towards the end of the first quarter as the Power were able to kick another 3 goals for the quarter and hold the Jets to just 1 solitary behind.

The second quarter was a similar story as the Power were able to shut North West completely out of the game keeping them to just 1 goal for the first half through Aggets and Simo, who is fast becoming the premier defender in the competition. Matt Graham was showing his best form for the year picking up plenty of touches and unloading his booming kicks into the forward line. With Al’s boots back on he was leading the way up forward as usual and the Power were able to kick another 4 goals for the quarter and set up an unassailable 63 – 9 lead at half time.

The third quarter was again all the Power as Ian, Luke Jansson and Newy continued to run over the top of a tiring Jets team who due to some hard tackling and awesome manning up were unable to string together any passages of play that would force Power players to expand much energy in chasing. The 5 goal to 1 quarter was a reflection of the game so far as the Power were just too classy for the Jets.

The final quarter continued in much the same vein with another 5 goal to 1 quarter. All players on the field were queuing up to get amongst the goals but it was the regulars who came up trumps with Al bagging 6 for the day, Newy 3 and M.G, Luke and Clarkey all with 2 each. Special mention to Bill who was unlucky not to kick 15 but a lack of talent kept him to just 1. The Power won easily by 129 – 35.

Reserve Grade vs Pennant Hills

Mother’s Day saw the Reserves team take on a winless Pennant Hills side who had fallen agonisingly close in their previous 2 games. A win for the Power would see them get within a game of the top 4 and be in a strong position to challenge the leading teams.

The first quarter saw the Power get the jump on Pennant Hills with Leigh dominant in the ruck and the midfield led by Pedo able to get plenty of ball down to Offal who was sensational early in his return from injury managing to kick 3 for the quarter and set up a 26 point lead at quarter time.

The second quarter saw the skipper Ryan Murphy come into his own from centre half back and dominate the game. Murph provided great run through the centre of the ground going forward but was also in crucial positions when needed in defence. Offal, on his way to 6 for the game, bagged a few more along with Chris and Jeffro to extend the lead out to 72 – 15 at half time to see Pennant Hills needing more than a miracle to win from that position.

The third quarter saw much of the same from the Power as Clint continued to be dynamic in the middle of the field and Porka, who must have bought his own footy to the game, were able to cut the opposition midfielders to ribbons. Lyndon got in on the action up forward and started to take a few grabs and kick some goals while Harley was in the thick of the action all day. The Power banged on another 4 for the quarter against a rapidly deflating Demons side.

The last quarter saw Murph continue his dominant best on ground performance while Lyndon kicked a few more to give him a match tally of 5 as the Power laid on another 4 goals to extend the margin beyond 100 points. All players were good today as the Power midfield pressure hardly allowed Pennant Hills to get inside their attacking 50 all day. The final score finished 131 -22.

3rd Grade vs Nor West

This week the Power were back at home too take on the Nor-West Jets who finished third in the comp last year. With our strongest side too date we were always a great chance of winning this game – it just came down to how much the boys wanted it and how much of a toll the hard fought win the week before had taken on the team.

Once again the side were behind the 8 ball early when Nor-West put on 3 quick goals because players were not manning up and not being hard enough at the ball. It doesn’t matter what grade you play if your not accountable for your opponent you will be found out. Fortunately Nor West were wasteful with their opportunities and the side went into quarter time only a goal down. During the break Stu made some key changes to get the match ups more in line and Cheyno gave the guys a good old rev up.

With this the side went out in the second quarter with more sting in their tail and this showed with more contested ball, harder body’s, harder running and the skills also picked up and so did the talk. All things which we work on at training. This improved performance saw the side go into the long break 2 goals up but we all knew it wasn’t enough if we wanted the win.

At half time the players spoke about how hot it was and how important the need to get early goals in the third quarter was to shut out any sniff from the jets. This the side did after putting on 3 early goals to break the game wide open.

The last quarter was no different with the Power running away with a 10 goal win… Yes 2 from 2 over quality sides… Again a little slow out of the blocks but this could be blamed on the hangover from the celebrations the week before… It was a good performance where every player step up in the 2nd half too play some quality football… the type of football we pride ourselves on.

Best on ground were Shaun (ill kick a lazy 5 goals) Higgerson, Adam (high voltage) Stacey, Chris (what heat) Turner, Jason (quality) Dunbar, Cheyne (feeling old) Anderson and Andrew (major) Paine. Special mentions also must go to Paul (silver fox) Love who lead the way by shutting down the Jets midfield and kicking 3 goals of his own and Brad Cavanagh who once again was solid in the back line, and as reward got a goal of his own late in the last quarter.

Next week we take on Manly at Pittwater. Manly have been knocking off some good teams so far this season so this is going to be a great test to see where we are at but if the boys play the way we have been the past 2 weeks then it is going to be a fantastic match.

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