WONTHAGGI was looking forward to playing ladder leaders Sale, aiming to test itself against the best, but in horrible conditions, it could not be said the best football was on display – Wonthaggi overpowered by one point.
Back into the Power side was strong backman Shannon Bray but out were Troy Harley and Jack Blair.
Wonthaggi was kicking with the wind and started well with Nathan Jones taking the first goal.
The Power’s tackling again was a feature of their game, putting pressure on Sale’s ball carriers.
Aiden Lindsay, Lachlan Jones, Aaron Ware and Kane McCarthy were busy around the packs and Wonthaggi looked to be in charge.
The Power was first to the ball and was rewarded for their endeavour.
Ware goaled and N Jones weaved some more of his magic up forward to score another.
It was a great contest between Power ruckmen Earl Shaw and Sale’s Jack Lipman, who were working hard.
The second term began with a great mark and goal to Dom O’Connor to put Wonthaggi further ahead.
Conditions were getting worse as the rain kept falling and it was becoming increasingly difficult to identify players.
The next two goals went to the visitors from free kicks and with a narrow lead to the home side it was anyone’s game at half time.
The third quarter saw the Power push hard with a strong wind behind them but it was still difficult to score in the wild conditions.
Membrey, who had done a good job down back, moved forward and was rewarded with an important running goal.
Ware got the next goal to give Wonthaggi a four goal edge going into the last quarter.
A free kick in front of goal saw Sale edge closer and they had another soon after.
Power were under pressure and this was causing costly turnovers in defence.
Another free kick in front gave Sale yet another goal, while Wonthaggi struggled with the wind.
In the end Sale secured victory by one point against a gallant, young Wonthaggi side on the rise.
Next week Wonthaggi look forward to their clash against traditional rivals Leongatha under lights at Leongatha.