FOLLOWING a disappointing first half last week against Maffra, Wonthaggi Power impressed their well-attended Good Friday crowd against Leongatha – securing a 14-point win.
Both sides were keen to begin well, as Leongatha started with the wind and a tough
attack on the ball.
A well-contested first quarter saw Power manage
two goals, to the visitors’ three.
Parrots’ John Ginnane was firing early on, running hot in his long sleeves he saw his fair share of tussles and the ball in the first quarter, he looked to make a big impact on the game.
Taking the game with a strong and well-structured backline, Power was able to limit Leongatha’s potential forward dominance with discipline and player responsibility.
Into the second term, Power started with the noticeable wind, Toma Huther was moving around the ground with strength in the ruck, skillfully winning the ball and converting on the scoreboard.
Power kicked three goals while the visitors managed a point, showing the Parrots that they weren’t taking passengers.
Winning the contested ball, Power was able to capitalise with low, yet precise kicking to presenting players moving into open space.
With midfielders like Tom Davey who took the game on, running with the ball delivering it forward, reliable hands of captain Aidan Lindsay, the return of Fergus O’Connor and work of Josh Bates; Power were constructive out of defence.
But Leongatha’s efforts weren’t enough to weather the Power’s second quarter dominance, their inaccurate goal kicking somewhat to blame.
The third quarter saw Leongatha wrestle for momentum, they made their ability known as they converted three goals and four points, to Power’s one goal and three points.
The in-form Chris Dunne made his way to three goals, following a five-goal haul last week against Traralgon.
Power continued their intensity at the ball in the last term, finding ways to crack the Parrots’ defence – with three majors on the board while the Parrots managed one.
Intensity by players like Troy Harley, who ran the game out suffering from cramps late in the final term, showed that Power are prepared to work hard for their wins.
Both teams are now two wins and one loss, Leongatha in third and Wonthaggi in fourth, the two sides meet again in round 12.