SITTING higher on the ladder than Sale, Wonthaggi Power was tipped to record a much-needed victory at home on Saturday but that’s not how the match started with Sale having the better system away from the stoppages and up to Jarrod Freeman or another leading forward.
They had three goals to one on the board to quarter time but that’s when Power flicked the switch and the second quarter was all Wonthaggi.
Troy Harley started the surge at the five minute mark with a strong lead up mark and goal and they immediately looked better.
Dom O’Connor to Harley soon after could have been the follow-up but a point resulted.
Wonthaggi was pressing, rebounding well off half back or starting to get the better of Sale at the stoppages, but the Magpie’s big ruckman Jack Lipman was doing plenty of good work around the ground, stopping some of their progress.
On the ball Logan West, Tom Davey, Mick Kelly and Kane McCarthy were opposed to Lipman, Wallace, Martin and Glenane, while in defence the Power’s Bray and Dryden were teaming together well with a no nonsense approach to initiating the rebound.
Bray figured strongly in the next scoring run, getting the ball to Harley who marked a 50-50 ball in the centre and drove it forward to where O’Connor and Kelly combined to scramble it through.
Next it was ‘Netto’ Ferreira who swooped on the loose ball up forward, steadied and goaled in classy style and the Power was winning in all departments all of a sudden.
McCarthy to Netto on the wing was good play but the attack broke down and Sale reduced the margin to 10 points with a goal against the run of play to Freeman who received a laces out pass from onballer Wallace.
Sale’s Kane Martin was being more accountable on Ferreira and won a contest between the two on the wing but the Power kept attacking through Aiden Lindsay, Netto and Curtis Gilmour. Netto to Zac Gilmour deserved better than a point but Gilmour more than made up for it with a really nice kick for goal from the angle, 40 metres out, for the Power’s next.
Then it was party time for the Power when Troy Harley bombed one high out of the centre and the smallest man on the field, Jumping Jack Blair came from behind the pack to take what looked to be a spectacular mark until it jarred free on impact.
Any umpire with a sense of theatre would have paid a grab that he clearly controlled during the aerial aspect of the climb.
But it put the exclamation mark on the Power’s revival and they went on to record a convincing 38-point win against good opposition, for a team languishing in second last spot with only the one win.
Overheard near the Sale bench on Saturday were many compliments about the superb condition of the Wonthaggi oval which is a credit to grounds staff.
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