2013 Round 10 v Albert Park

Seniors 

Power House 8.12-60 defeated by Albert Park 13.15-93

Goal Kickers: A. Collett 4, L. Stubbs 2, L. Johnston , J. Gatti
Best Players: S. Shanks, B. Leske, N. Moresi, A. Collett, R. Hobson, M. Conomy

The returned to the Ross Gregory to play long time local rivals Albert Park for the Lakeside Cup – a huge game to decide which team was the “King of the Lake”.

The ground was pretty good but a bit soft in places when the teams ran out to do battle.

It was great to see a couple of key players back for the House with James Walsh and Nathan Moresi taking their respective places in the lineup.

The game was tight for the first quarter whith both team having plenty of opportunities and Albert Park turned clear by 11 points at the first break despite squandering countless chances.

The second quarter was all Power House as the boys lifted their intensity and drive to play some great football holding Albert Park goalless while kicking away to a 10 point half time lead. The boys looked solid with their commitment and chase and carried the ball through the lines to give their key forwards the best opportunity of competing one on one with their opponents. The hard work was paying off as the team took to the sheds to recover and lift again.

Maybe what happened in the rooms at half time should be revisited because it was a different and disappointing Power House team that took the field in the third quarter. Lack of chase, lack of run, lack of commitment, no intensity or pressure acts and the players were happy to allow their teammates to fight the battle alone resulted in a dismal effort which saw Albert Park kick 7 unanswered goals and turn at the final change with a 40 point lead in a 50 point turnaround.

With the game effectively gone, the Power House team regained some composure and structure and outscored Albert Park in the final stanza but went down by 33 points.

A disappointing effort from the team which has had promised so much over the past couple of weeks yet failed to deliver when the pressure was on.

Adam Collett was again in great form this time posting 4 goals in a great effort. Luke Stubbs also managed a couple of goals. Down back, Stuart Shanks was the best with his hard work and physical pressure dominating his opponents. Ben Leske, Nathan Moresi and Rowan Hobson all saw plenty of the ball while Mark Conomy was good.

The weeks are running out for the team. This week, they are afforded another chance of redemption when they take on Swinburne University at home

Reserves

Power House 9.16-70 defeated Albert Park 6.6-42

Goal Kickers: J. White 3, D. Eastey 2, B. Lonsdale, C. Barratt, D. Buckley, G. Murphy
Best Players: C. Plazzer, C. Barratt, S. Devine, D. Eastey, E. Edwards, G. Murphy

Another big game and a chance to make it 3 in a row while nabbing a spot in the top 6 were on the agenda this week as the boys took to a frosty Ross Gregory Oval to play old rivals Albert Park.

Key players Nathan “The Fist” Moresi and James “Playboy” Walsh had been promoted to the Seniors so it was a new look Power House that took to the field.

Bouyed by the return of veteran Chris “The Rock” Plazzer in his new role in the last line of defence, the team started well but innacuracy kept Albert Park close at the first change. The team looked solid throughout the second stanza and increased their lead to a handy 5 goals at the main break. The boys were playing some inspired team football winning most statistical catagories.

“Danger” Dan Buckley, the teams most self-hyped footballer was causing mayhem across half forward with his blistering pace, great hands and creative ball skills.

The third term was a tight affair as Albert Park lifted but the boys held firm holding back the opposition with great team efforts and a unified approach. The margin was 19 points at the final change but the boys lifted again to run out comfortable winners by 28 points.

Constantly injured and unavailable Justin White decided to honour the team with his presence this week and dominated with 3 goals. It’s likely we wont  see him play again for another 4 or 5 weeks.

Duncan “Slam” Eastey continued his mid season revival with 2 more goals to add to his first club goal last week.

Chris “Don’t call me Paddy” Barrett was clearly the best player on the ground dominating in every position and creating opportunities at will for his teammates.

Winner of the 2012 Power House Goal of the Year Award, Ben “Ned Kelly” Lonsdale put up his hand again for this season’s award with a stunning effort kicking a miraculous goal on the run after evading the clutches of 3 opponents and cooly slotting home from the near impossible angle on the boundary line…while burning “Danger” Dan Buckley with a handball option in the process. All round a great goal as Lonsdale’s stocks continue to rise.

In true controversial style, Gerry “Cameron Ling” Cleary was sorely missed but his choice to travel to Brisbane ti support the British and Irish Lions instead of playing and supporting his team mates showed a definite lack of loyalty and commitment and should be looked at closely by the selection panel in upcoming weeks.

Grant “Irish” Murphy was also amongst the best.

Euan “Brownlow” Edwards played a shocker.