Weekends Match Reports

16th May, 2011

1st Grade v Illawarra Lions

Following a tight win against Wests the previous week the Power’s 1st Grade side made their first trip down the F6 for a number of years to take on Illawarra at the pristine North Dalton Park. The Power welcomed back a few regulars to the starting side and were again led by Clarkey in the absence of Phill Hamer.

After winning the toss the Power kicked with the aid of the strong breeze in the first quarter and despite kicking an early goal were under pressure from an enthusiastic Lions outfit as the Power struggled to get the ball out of their backline leading to a number of behinds for the home side. Eventually the Power were able to use the wind to their advantage with Newy bobbing up for a couple of great goals from the pocket and the team finished the quarter off strongly to lead by 23 points at the first change.

Running into the wind in the 2nd quarter the Power knew they would be up against it and despite the ball spending much of the quarter in the Lions half forward line the Power managed to hold Illawarra to 3 goals for the quarter with the backline lead by Cookie, Sting and Rosco foiling many goal scoring opportunities while kicking 3 themselves to hold a 4 goal margin at half time.

With the wind at their backs in the 3rd quarter the Power knew that they needed to open up a big lead but again the Power didn’t play great in the conditions but with the run from Jake off the half backline, great ball use from Matty Dowling through the middle and a huge workrate from Enners up forward the Power managed to kick another 4 goals for the quarter and concede only 1 to hold a reasonably comfortable 43 point lead at the final change.

2 goals in the opening couple of minutes in the last quarter from the Lions and with the wind at their backs it seemed that the Power could be in danger however the side finally started clicking into gear and finished off the game with probably their best quarter of the day kicking the final 4 goals. The biggest moment of the match though came when Sting was pushed into the forward line and kicked his first goal for 3 seasons to get off the nudie run on Silly Sunday later in the year.

Despite tricky conditions and an inconsistent first 3 quarters it was a good hitout for the Power, in particular those returning from short layoffs, and the side will look to build on their last quarter effort as they face a tough road trip to Sydney Uni next week. Enners was clearly best on ground for the day as he didn’t stop working up and down the ground all day and was the link for many of the Powers goals while Jakey and Matty Dowling were solid contributers. A special mention to Milky who rucked all day on his own while the goal sneak Newy kicked 3 goals with Holds and Matty Dowling kicking a pair each.

The Power now face last years Division 1 runners up Sydney Uni at the tiny St Pauls Oval in what is a crucial match for the side as they look to consolidate their position on the ladder.

Women’s Team vs Western Wolves

Saturday morning saw the women’s team host the Western Wolves at the immaculate Rosedale Oval at Warwick Farm in what was the first real test for the season. It also provided a great opportunity to see where the team was at and how far they had progressed as in the past the Wolves had beaten the power convincingly.

In the first quarter the Wolves were kicking with a 3-4 goal wind and they used it to their advantage with long bombs into the forward line to put on 3 quick goals in concession which was caused by their fast movement of the footy and the lack of talk and structure by the Power around the stoppages. At the end of the first quarter the Wolves had 6 shots on goal for a return of 3 goals 3 behinds.

At the quarter time speech Ox addressed the issues that the Power were having with their structure and talk and they came out a different side keeping the footy in their forward half for most of the second quarter but ill discipline made it hard work at times to put a score on the board. The Power did however manage to score one major through Bek to go into the half time break only 3 goals down.

The third quarter saw the Power flood the Wolves forward line with every player moving one position back which worked a treat, suffocating the Wolves to only one behind when they had a 3 goal breeze at their backs.

With spirits high going into the last quarter all players thought we were a good chance of a comeback and the opening 10 minutes saw the Power push as hard as they could but the forward line just couldnt find the sticks to kick a major. In all this hard work the Wolves managed to kick 2 goals of there own to shut the game down running out 41 to 6 winners.

In summary the first quarter hurt the Power who just couldn’t recover but there were a lot of positives to come out of the loss. Managing to keep the Wolves to only 20 points for the last 3 quarters was a great achievement and it showed we can mix it with the top teams when we’re on our game. With more learning through training we are going to be a team that you cant take lightly and will demand RESPECT.

Best on ground for the day were Amy, Jenna, Huggies, Brin, Chippie and Colesy with special mention to Pops who rucked all day and Ash and Big Jess who showed some real venom when attacking the footy.

This week i’d like to announce the newest award to the team “The Muppet Award” to honour a player on game day that does or says something random. This week it goes to Holli with this comment, (Ox) “Holli, get ready i’m going to play you in the forward pocket” (Holli) “Oh so that’s down back then” (Ox) “No its up forward”. The Ladies have yet to come up with a punishment or reward for this effort but i’m sure its going to be good!!!!!

Hope to see you at Saturday nights game back out at Rosedale and don’t forget to keep an eye out in today’s Leader for our youngest star Alex…

Go Power

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