U11 Black v Newtown Swans Red
Round 9, Drummoyne Oval
The boys were back at the Power Fortress on the familiar turf of Drummoyne Oval on a cloudy day for the first game of winter.
Newtown was short of numbers so in the first quarter Oscar and Alex P turned the guernsey inside out to front up for the Swans.
The first bounce had a very familiar outcome with Toby tapping down to Damien who picked up the ball, did a blind turn out of the pack and kicked the ball long for our first of what was going to turn out to be many entries into the forward line.
Cooper gathered and gave a quick handball to Lucca to kick into full forward where Newtown were able to repel but only long enough for Luke to pick up the ball at half forward and send the ball back from where it came to get the first goal on the board.
Russell sent a message to the opposition early with a strong tackle acros half back which resulted in a holding the ball decision. The kick went forward and Mikhail got in on the action with feirce tackling to spill the ball and allow another kick forward.
Luke was all over the ground in the first quarter and he found himself with ball in hand to send a raking kick forward which found Ethan who turned and snapped to get the second goal on the scoreboard.
Out of the middle, the Power centre’s were continuing their dominance to send the ball forward again where Jonty stood strong and took a great mark at centre half forward. He passed to Cooper who under pressure slapped the ball on the boot with a shot on goal but was offline and registered a minor score.
Newtown kicked the ball in and Toby continued his dominance by gathering and kicking it back from where it came for a 3rd goal to Drummoyne for the quarter.
Jarvyse who is proving to be one of a very strong and dominant back line, tackled the Newtown player to spill the ball and with assistance from Alex, repelled the Newtown attack to find Toby in the middle who busted through the pack to get the ball to Jasper.
The ball was held in our forward half until Lucca stepped up and slotted a great goal whilst under pressure from the Swans defenders who were working overtime.
Denver stepped into the middle for the ruck and straight away picked up from where Toby left off with a great tap down which was followed up by the Newtown midfield to kick forward for only the second time in the quarter. Unfortunately, they met the resistance of Alex and Jarvyse yet again to stop the attack just before the quarter time siren.
At quarter time, Power was ahead by 26 points.
Second quarter started with a southerly wind at the backs of the power boys and a change in the ruck with Alex getting a go to display his deft touch with a clean tap down to Oscar who was running and bouncing his way out of the middle and down the wing.
Hamish presented with a great lead out of the forward line and was unluckily beaten by a bad bounce on two occassions but didn’t stop him from bottling the ball up and keeping it in our forward half.
Help arrived in the form of Mikhail who was very strong over the ball and with a quick gather farmed out a handball to Oscar who was again on the burst and with a snap across the body was able to register a point to the near side of the goals.
Newtown kick in was intercepted by Toby who pushed through two Swans to get the ball over to Alex who also beat two tackles and passed to Oscar with another snap at goal and a similar result with a second point.
The ball was kicked in again by the Newtown full back who was racking up some serious possessions thanks to the Power wayward shots. The ball went to ground and was gathered up by Lucca who pushed the ball forward to Jackson who was quickly set upon by the Newtown backs, but not before he paddled the ball out to Alex P who picked up and snapped for a great goal.
Another clearance out of the middle by Oscar, saw the familiar dash and bounce down the wing and with the wind behind him, he was confident with a shot on the run from 35m out but with the wind starting to swirl in the Power cauldron, Oscar was slightly offline for a third point of the quarter.
Oscar was to go on and kick five points for the quarter, but after another kick in from the Swans full back, and a strong run down and tackle by Damien, the ball went forward with a long kick from Denver to the top of the square. Oscar took a great contested mark right in front and finally saw him get the goal that he deserved.
The half time siren went and the Power headed into the sheds with a dominating lead.
Ethan and Jonty were good enough to help bolster the Swans numbers in the second quarter and for the third, Jarvyse and Luke turned the tops inside out to help the other side.
The Swans came out for the 3rd quarter with a great attitude and got the first centre clearance to send the ball forward for their first score on the board which was a point.
Alex took over the kick in duties from his familiar position of full back and when the ball was picked up by the Newtown player, Jonty was there to lay a strong tackle and be awarded the free for holding the ball.
Denver was back in the mix with a strong run through the middle and a penetrating kick back into the forward line where Cooper gathered off the ground and with quick hands to Hamish he snapped over his should to the goal square where Mikhail was front and centre, picked up the ball and kicked a great goal.
The centre bounce saw the ball come out of the middle again and thanks to Toby who was dominating the tap work in the ruck contest, got the ball to Ethan who kicked quickly under pressure to Cooper in the square for another goal to the Power.
Hamish and Jasper worked well together across the middle with a series of handballs which allowed Lucca to break through with the ball and kick to Denver at centre half forward who swung onto his right foot to just miss to the far side and kick a point.
The ball was kicked in and Jackson stood strong across half forward to take mark of the day and keep the pressure on the Swans. A quick kick went into the square where Ethan picked up and kicked another major for the power just before the three-quarter time siren.
In the final quarter, the Power sent Jackson, Alex, Russell and Mikhail over to the Swans to bolster their side just as the rain started to fall.
Denver was still full of run and started the final quarter strongly to kick the ball to Jonty who passed to Oscar with a great mark. Oscar played on quickly and with a disciplined kick to the top of the square, Damien picked up and dribbled the ball through for a great team goal.
Another strong clearance out of the middle saw the ball in, you guessed it, Oscar’s hands again who passed to Cooper deep in the forward pocket who took an uncontested mark on a tight angle. Cooper played on to open up the angle and sent the ball through for his second goal.
Jarvyse was proving impossible for the Swans to get past half way and after he single handedly beat three opponents, sent a clearing kick forward which was marked by the Swans who were still in the fight. They kicked forward but only to see Jarvyse mark again stopping another potential attack at the Swans goals.
Denver was starting to rack up possessions and with a great kick forward, Ethan gathered the half volley and kicked to the top of the square where Oscar who was dominating took another strong contested mark and goaled.
The final quarter was drawing to a close, but the Power were relentless with Jasper standing strong across half back, he gathered and passed to Hamish for a great mark. The ball went into the square where it was gathered by Newtown but Cooper who was hungry for another goal, tackled hard and was awarded the free kick right in front to finish with three goals for the game.
The final siren sounded with no doubt that Power was the dominant team on the day.
Luke – 1 Goal (1 Pt)
Ethan – 2 Goals (1 Pt)
Cooper – 3 Goals (1 Pt)
Toby – 1 Goal
Lucca -2 Goals (2 Pts)
Oscar – 2 Goal (5 Pts)
Alex P – 1 Goal
Mikhail – 1 Goal (1 Pt)
Denver – 1 Goal (2 Pts)
Damien – 1 Goal