Disappointment will fuel Power’s hunger

WONTHAGGI Power will use the disappointment of a close loss to Maffra to fuel its hunger for a finals finish this season.
The Power succumbed to the Eagles by just two points – 62 to 60 – at Wonthaggi on Saturday, with Maffra scoring from turnovers at the hands of Wonthaggi in the dying minutes to emerge victors.
Despite the narrow loss, Wonthaggi’s Dominic O’Connor celebrated playing his 100th senior game with a superb performance, including three goals to top Power’s goal tally.
Power led by two goals with just five minutes to play but bad errors cost them dearly, as the Eagles booted several goals and points to suddenly take the match from under their hosts.
Wonthaggi opened the match with the advantage of a south-westerly wind but struggled to make a mark on the scoreboard, despite a team effort with all players fulfilling their roles.
Power booted two goals four in the first term but wasted several opportunities to bolster its scoreline further.
Maffra kicked challenging goals, with majors from the boundary and snaps from packs, while Power could not convert simple set up kicks to goals.
Power began to control the game after shutting down Maffra’s Jack Johnstone’s influence on the game.
Jack Blair starred for the home side in the forward line and midfield throughout the match.
At the end of the first quarter, Wonthaggi led by two points – 16 to 14.
Maffra enjoyed the advantage of the wind in the second term but came up against a passionate Wonthaggi attack.
Power backmen Shannon Bray and Jarrod Membrey hindered Maffra’s forward entries by playing strong one on one footy and winning the ball at ground level.
Wonthaggi’s Aiden Lindsay dominated in the middle and was so influential that Maffra ran a tagger on him, but still he remained competitive and tough.
Yet Maffra managed to convert more possessions to points to lead Maffra 5.2.32 to Wonthaggi’s 3.7.25 at half-time.
The third quarter opened with a change in momentum to Wonthaggi’s favour, with the hosts receiving free kicks and appearing to finally have the match under control.
The Power’s midfield was on top of its play and made the most of the wind to push the ball into their forward line, allowing the backmen to move forward into the attack and keep the Sherrin in Wonthaggi’s attack zone.
Jack Ridewood and other forwardmen worked hard to boost the Power’s mark on the scoreboard and seize control of the game to lead 52 to 47 at the end of the third quarter.
The final term was low scoring for both sides, but 100-gamer O’Connor booted a long goal to give Wonthaggi confidence that the game was its’.
Maffra had other ideas though and surged forward in the dying moments of the game by making the most of Power’s fumbles and kicking well to score.
The final score of Wonthaggi’s 8.12.60 to Maffra’s 9.8.62 now sees Power in sixth place on the ladder and hoping for a win against Warragul at Warragul on August 5, well rested after this week’s bye.
However Warragul is hard to beat at home, despite Wonthaggi comfortably winning during the sides’ previous encounter at Wonthaggi earlier this season.

Vigorous tackle: Wonthaggi Power’s Dominic O’Connor wrestled with Maffra’s Sam Pleming for the ball on Saturday. O’Connor was Power’s leading goal kicker and played his 100th senior game.

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