Round One: U8 Black

U8 Black vs Newtown Swans

Round 1, Saturday 1 April 2017, Russell Park

With a fast pitch and a change of location from Alan Davidson to Russell Park it was all smiles for a reunited team on a picture perfect autumn day for the AFL season opener.

Right from the opening bounce Hamish showed the intent of a player that had not had a touch of the ball since his final game of 2016.  This intent, along with searching kicks out of defence from Tom (aka ‘Tomahawk”), created a momentum that was unstoppable and within minutes, goals flowed for the Power.

Alex, Austen P and Dimitri worked together brilliantly in the opening quarter to set up a healthy lead and have pundits reeling in the odds on the Power to take out the U8 flag. The highlight of the quarter was a triple play from Alex to Austen on the right, followed by a centring kick to Dimitri and a sweet strike for a major. The wristbands that read BFF matched the intuition that grows between “Best Friends Forever” and it clearly showed.

With Austin D harassing the Swans at each centre bounce, and Evie taking a panoramic view of the field and searching for space each time she got the ball, the season’s promise continued to blossom as we approached the first break. With Arnaud to return after an on-loan quarter the prospects were limitless.

After a few words of wisdom at the our universally loved coach Mark, Lachlan showed the benefits of his off-season sprint training with Usain Bolt, burning off multiple Swans defenders that were left grasping for thin air.

The brace of goals that followed was match by Dimitri’s ability to wear his Swan’s attacker like a shadow and the commitment of Alex G to put his body on the line under the high ball. Akira also did some great work while on loan to the Swans, a fact that did not go unnoticed on the sidelines.

With a successful season opener ensured as we entered the third quarter, and Arnaud running his man around in anticipation of an impending match-up, the smiles on the Power players showed that another season of fun was here – and that they’re a bunch of growing kids that will love their footy together in 2017.

Round One: U9 Teal

U9 Teal v East Sydney Bulldogs Red

Round 1,  1st April 2017

Trumper Oval, Paddington

What a great start to the season, with our U9 Teal team taking on the East Sydney Bulldogs (Red)! The boys looked strong from the start and it wasn’t long before we had our first goal thanks to Lachlan C! Spectacular marks and tackling were made by Lucas, Caleb and Angus and both William W and Benjamin wowed the crowds with brilliant kicks in the second quarter!
Ned, Otto and Finn all displayed super strong defence and managed to keep the ball out of the Bulldogs goal a number of times. William R passed the ball like a pro and both Dylan and Lachlan T kept up the pace and delivered some awesome kicks throughout the game. Max slotted into the team nicely and played a great first game, showing off some nice hand balling skills early on.
Congratulations to Lucas for taking out the Best of Field award and Caleb for Coaches Encouragement!

Here’s to an awesome season! 

Messages from the coach being taken on board for a big 2nd half!

Round One: U8 Teal

U8 Teal vs Easts Bulldogs

Round 1, Saturday 1 April 2017

After a long off-season and a preseason interrupted by rain, the first game of the season took place on a beautiful sunny morning at Trumper Park, Padddington where Drummoyne Power Under 8 Teal took on East Sydney Bulldogs. Playing at the north end of the field, Drummoyne Power was very strong in the first term of the game scoring plenty of points and defending well.

The first term started with a good mark being taken by Isaac from a big clearance kicks from Sam. Some good team work from a clearing kick from Adam to find Freddie who then kicked it to Leif who then kicked a goal. Some excellent marking in defence by Freddie and Xavier saw a close finish to the first term.

In the second term, the team clicked into gear with marks, handballs and kicks going from player to player, resulting in a goal. Freddie was involved again kicking the ball to Thomas who marked then played on to Adam who kicked a behind. Dean and Sam combined to deliver a behind for Drummoyne, then other combinations started to form. Dean, Adam and Xavier working hard together to fight for the ball.

Drummoyne tried really hard in the third term, with Power scoring one goal from a nice kick from Max to Leif to Isaac who scored. Freddie tried to smother ball, winning possession for his side.

All in all, Drummoyne played really well, with excellent hand passing, kicking, marking and calling team mates names.

Report by Noble Haddad