Round 6 – Match Reports

20th May, 2010

1st Grade vs Manly

The undefeated Power side took the longest road trip of the season across to Narrabeen to take on Manly in Round 6 in what is always a physical clash. A cool breeze greeted the team which was blowing across the ground and was a nice change compared to the warm weather experienced in the first 5 rounds.

A strong side took the park (although the Manly side would have been relieved to see Stu Brierty in the trainers uniform rather than a jersey) which included Adam Cook who after recovering from a pre season injury was making his debut for the club in First Grade making him the 4th of last years Under 18’s side to play 1’s.

The first quarter saw the Power red hot and they were able to get off to their best start for the season to kick 10 goals straight while keeping Manly scoreless. Some great run starting from the backline from Marsh and MG combined with some slick hands saw Al getting plenty of the ball up forward and he had 5 goals by quarter time. With the quarter time score 60-0 the game was as good as over but the challenge now was to keep the momentum going.

The second quarter however saw the Power drop their intensity which allowed Manly to enjoy a lot more possession which resulted in the Wolves getting on the board with a couple of goals. A rare sight during the second quarter was full forward Al working back to the backline a couple of times. The Power were still dominating however some inaccurate kicking (Newy kicking the first behind for the team) saw the Power only score 2 goals themselves to go in at halftime leading 78-12.

Fortunately the Power boys started the second half like the first quarter and were dominating all around the ground. Bill was dominating in the ruck giving first possession to Mick, Hamer & Tongs who were able to give plenty of ball to the forward line. On the rare occasions when the ball did make it into the Power backline Simo, Liam and Sting were proving rock solid and were easily able to get possession and then move the ball forward with Marsh giving plenty of run again. The Power were able to kick 7 goals for the quarter with Al claiming another 3 and only allowing Manly a solitary behind to go into the final break 111 points in front.

The final quarter saw much of the same with the Powers running game proving too much for Manly however only 3 more goals were scored. Despite a number of cheap shots Duane saw plenty of the ball while Phil Hamer worked tirelessly as he always does. A final cheap shot to Cookie on the siren saw some push a shove to finish the match but in the end the Power were far too good and ran out easy winners 144 – 13 with big Al kicking 8 for the match while MG also chipped in with 4.

3rd Grade vs Manly

Round 6 of the 4th division Sydney AFL saw the 3rd grade side take on the Manly Wolves at Pittwater Oval number 6. It was an early start for the side as the gents needed to be there at 9.30am for a 10.30am game but most made it on time although a few did get lost causing an interrupted warm up session…. (make sure you know where you are going before you leave)….

A special mention must go to Nathan Lenehan who missed out on a game even though he made the trip out. Unfortunately there was a mix up when one player got a late call up to the 2nds on the Friday but didn’t know which saw him turn up to Pittwater when he should have been in Penrith. The coaches would like to apologise for the miscommunication and as a token of our appreciation Nathan will be automatically selected for next week’s game. Not only did he take it on the chin but still had the team in mind and became the runner for the game. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words and this was dually noted by all coaches.

The game itself was always going to be a hard one but it was going to be a good test to see where the Power were at after 6 weeks. Things weren’t made any easier with key position players missing and most of the regular tall’s out of the side leaving an average height of about 4 foot….With an average height of less than 5’10 it was going to be an uphill battle and things were not made any easier when cult figure Cheyne Andersons day was done in the first 3 minutes with an quad injury, Ryan Libbis with a shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter and Jake Mahoney with neck complaints – not to mention Manly had a number of 1st or 2nd division players coming back from injury to boost their ranks.

In the end the Power went down by 10 goals. This could have been a lot more but none of the players dropped their heads and everyone fought the game out to the very end. As the coaches and leadership group discussed after the game, 4 weeks ago the side probably wouldn’t have put up much fight and would have gone down by more than what we did so that is a real positive too come out of it. Another positive is the blooding of new players to the side like Joel Sokkar for his very first game of AFL and the return of Doug Showell and Matt Crowe.

Best on ground this week were Doug (checking out the surf) Showell, Joel (first game) Sokkar, Scott (hard at it) Barton, Neale (tats) Sterling and Rodney (captain) Bloomfield.

Next week the Power take on the Mac Uni Kookas which is the 2nd side for Mac Uni in 4th division. The Kookas may have only won one game so far but they will be no walk over especially when they are at home so all players will have too bring their A game if they want the W next too their name.

This week we finish off on a bit of a sad note… but with a happy ending. Trent McMillan unfortunately has advised that he can’t play the remainder of the season as his leg has flared up again which is very unfortunate as not only is he a top player but also a top bloke and well liked by the boys. The great news though is that he still wants to be part of the side and we know he would do anything for the Power. Therefore I would like to announce that Trent will now be the Assistant Coach for the 3rd grade side and a liaison for the u/18 players who have stepped up into senior footy this year. As you may have seen already this year, Trent has been coaching the side when Stu and Cheyne have been playing and has been doing a great job and with his past years of coaching the u/18’s he’ll have a few tricks up his sleeve…

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