Power House 17.18-120 def. Albert Park 11.7-73
Goal Kickers: P. Edwards 6, R. Webb 3, D. Baker 2, N. Brown , G. Norris , A. Foster , B. Leske , T. Saraw , G. Papalas
Best Players: B. Leske, R. Webb, D. Burnside, S. Beardall, N. Brown, C. Phillips
The season opener saw the “House” play traditional local rivals Albert Park for the Lakeside Cup.
A tough encounter saw the scores very close at quarter time and Albert Park led by 7 points at half time.
Darren Baker was in fine form kicking two goals and keeping the House in touch.
Burnside was strong in the ruck and newcomers Webb and Browne were showing some good signs.
In the third quarter, coach Pike made some changes and with Leske moving into the midfield, the House took control with an 8 goal quarter.
Edwards helped himself to 4 in the quarter as the House slowly wrested control.
In the final term, Power House held Albert Park scoreless and kicked away to a 47 point win.
Leske, Beardell, Burnside, Nick Brown, Webb and Phillips were among the best while Edwards (6) and Webb (3) were among the goals.
Power House 15.13-103 def. Albert Park 9.8-62
Goal Kickers: J. White 3, N. Stone 2, L. Nevett 2, D. Buckley, D. Counsel, L. Johnston, J. Fiorini, J. Cunsolo, S. Davidson, S. Shanks, P. Nevett
Best Players: B. Counsel, M. Chylinski, J. Dwyer, R. Macumber, S. Brown, J. White
The season opener saw no less than 13 new players make their full Powerhouse debut against our local rivals Albert Park. On a sunny but windy day at Ross Gregory oval, Powerhouse won the toss and took advantage of the breeze in the first quarter.
Last season’s full back Brendan Counsel played an unfamiliar role in the ruck, but quickly got his bearings winning the majority of the taps and giving the new blokes in the midfield first crack at the footy. Powerhouse took a lead into the first break and the defence, lead by Michael Chylinski and James Dwyer, held firm in the second quarter to ensure that the lead was maintained at half time. The coach demanded more from his players in the rooms at half time, and the team responded in style in the third quarter opening up a 7 goal lead by the final change.
Experienced campaigner Russ Macumber lead the midfield dominance with new boys Sean Brown and Justin White making a big impact in their first game, the later leading 11 individual goal-kickers with 3 of his own. Powerhouse kicked of the first goal of the final quarter to effectively kill off the contest, but let the foot off the pedal a little to let Albert Park kick the next 4 goals. However a couple of late steadiers meant that Powerhouse ran out 41 point winners.
A great team effort in the first game, with every player making a contribution – a tough night at the selection table looms for the coaches who have indicated they’re keen to rotate the large squad. Special thanks to Ben Lonsdale for running the water (for both reserves and seniors) and all the blokes that didn’t get picked but still came down and supported.