Gippsland Power’s late season surge continued at the weekend when it crushed the Northern Knights 12.13 (85) to 5.8 (38) at Preston Oval on Saturday.
The Power went into the match with only one change to the team as Will Stephenson was rested and highly talented youngster, Tyrone Hayes, returned from school football commitments.
After recording two impressive wins over top teams Geelong and Calder, the Power had an off week against Eastern.
The side’s desire to bounce back was obvious in the opening minutes of the match and its hardness in contested issues was back in full force.
Aidan Quigley applied more forward pressure to win a free kick deep in the pocket and he coolly slotted the side’s second.
From the resultant centre bounce, the Knights scored a goal to remind the Power they were in a contest.
The Power had a 20-point lead by the end of the first quarter with three times as many forward 50 entries as the Knights.
Northern struck first in the second, but the Power responded well when Voss turned provider for Trent Armour to take full advantage and reply. Armour then made second and third efforts in contests to win possession and combined with Josh Patullo and Ben Ainsworth, who snapped an impressive goal.
Later in the term, Ainsworth took a contested mark and full advantage of a
Led by Leslie and Cody Henness, the Power attacked long and direct and once again after half-time and Voss took full advantage.
Costigan won a tight contest and used his pace to break clear and provide for captain Ainsworth who snapped his third for the match.
The Knights scored a major of their own which prompted the Power to up the intensity in the contest.
Patullo belied his
Armour started the fourth in fine form with his one-percenters and allowed Kade Renooy to score with a rare move into the forward line.
Overuse of the handball allowed the Knights to split the sticks twice in a row as the Power began to slow down.
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