Today’s 16s grand final was a game played in two distinct halves.
For the first half the Bullcreek Leeming Bulls were the more effective side and rushed out to a 10 goal lead by half time. The Bulls were able to find space more often and as a result they penetrated their inside forward 50 with greater frequency, kicking six unanswered goals in the second quarter to setup a match winning lead.
A stirring speech from Coach Joe Minervini at half time inspired the players and parents alike, asking the boys to dig deep and attack at every opportunity. The Power side that took to the field in the second half excelled in the contest and worked hard as a unit to comfortably outscore the Bulls in the second half, playing the game more on their own terms. Unfortunately the Bulls lead proved too large to overcome. The Power boys did themselves and the club proud fighting the game out until the final siren.
The second half turn around was based on the great ruck work of the Power’s twin towers in Kyle Hosking and Bill Frampton. Taking advantage of their dominance at ground level were players like Connor Read, James Raynor and Matthew Dart. Marcus Radford had toiled hard in defence for the first half, but a move forward saw him play a key role in many of the Powers forward thrusts and score two goals himself. Another shining light up forward was Christian Deller who marked strongly all day and kicked three goals, the last of which was after the final siren. Michael Zoiti provided the run off half back and was rarely beaten in a one on one battle. Team captain Matthew Minervini had worked tirelessly at half forward, but a shift to half back in the second half saw him stamp his authority on the match with a number of strong marks and telling kicks from defence.
Courage and commitment were the theme for the Power in the second half and no-one demonstrated this more than Tayleur D’Alessio who charged into a marking contest running with the flight of the ball to be hit front on by his opponent. Not one to take a backward step his efforts ensured the ball was released to the Power’s advantage before he was crunched in the marking contest against an opponent as equally committed to the ball as him. Tayleur was then forced from the ground under the blood rule. This type of commitment saw the Power keep the Bulls scoreless until the 17 minute mark of the final term and ensured that they outscored them in that final term.
Although the Power 16s did not win on the day, this is a side on the rise. They had twelve new players this season and took some weeks to knit as a side. Another pre-season under the guidance of Joe and his team and they will no doubt be there again on that final day in September 2013, well done boys.
Author: Daniel Richards