As the lure of the finals looms the boys of Black travelled across town to meet a Newtown Swans team that had, to this point, struggled throughout the season.
Under a sparkling, clear blue sky the promise of a fast pitch and an undermanned opposition brought expectation of the percentage-boosting victory for the Power. A big win would all but guarantee a finals spot that looked unlikely after an 0-4 season start and the sounds of September dreaming rung in the air.
As of the first bounce, a strong effort by the Swans reminded all and sundry that expectation can be the mother of disappointment. The Swans pressure, coupled with a lack of passing continuity from the Power delivered a goal-free first term, despite the strong efforts of Lucca and Mikhail up front.
Following a review at the first break the Power came out strongly in the second quarter. Soon after the restart Luke found the big sticks and a Denver pick up and disposal led to a further goal soon after. Mikhail and Cooper also got in on the action and a dominating half-time lead created the promise of the win the Black was seeking.
As if on cue, the lessons of underestimating an opposition were rewritten again as the Swans dominated the third quarter. Damian did a great job at the back but with Alex ‘you’re not getting past me’ Hewitt further up the field the Swans kept on coming and won the championship quarter 21-0.
After a final huddle that no outsiders dared enter, the Power walked out looking a little dishevelled, with Damian being the clear exception. Perhaps it was the idea of having to sit next to coach on the red-light drive home – and it did work.
Great work from Toby in the ruck along with on-ball pressure from Russell got the Sherrin moving in the right direction again and the forwards had shot after shot on goal as the clock wound down.
Unfortunately the desire the kick with the side of the boot rather than with the laces (soccer is a scourge on the game) meant that it rained behinds, not goals. Ethan and Denver both had multiple shots before Ethan did find the middle and Luke continued to perform strongly as the Power took control and a very comfortable win.