Power-ful win sounds warning

Power coach Brad Talbot.
Power coach Brad Talbot.

CDHBU has emerged as a serious premiership threat after claiming the prized scalp of Henty at Coreen on Saturday.

In their biggest statement this season, the Power made amends for a narrow defeat against the defending premier Brock-Burrum with a courageous 11.9 (75) to 10.12 (72) victory.

Leading by four goals at the final change the home side had to withstand a fierce fightback from the Swampies who went within four points of staging a miraculous comeback.

Burly spearhead Doug Lavis could have sealed the match when his set shot missed and extended Power’s lead to four points with less than two minutes remaining.

A last ditch coast to coast attempt from the Swampies narrowly failed when Derek Singe missed a set shot from 35 metres out on a slight angle to hand the home side a thrilling victory.

The Power sit fifth with a 5-3 record and can rocket further up the ladder after this week’s bye with matches against Lockhart, Rand-Walbundrie, Culcairn and Walla.

They will start favourites in all four encounters.

Coach Brad Talbot said it was a good reward for his charges to finally claim the scalp of a genuine heavyweight.

“We have sort of have been competitive against these top-four sides without actually beating them,” Talbot said.

“So we will take a lot of confidence and belief out of the win.

“The victory would be right up there with any since we joined the Hume league.

“But hopefully there is plenty more to come and we know if we keep working hard the results will come.

“The boys have got some real confidence at the moment and are taking the game on and backing themselves which is the way we have to play against these top sides.”

After a slow start to the season livewire Jeremy Stevenson was damaging in the midfield and his two goals proved invaluable in a low-scoring contest.

Matt Ross, Josh Lewis and Tim Cooper also impressed.

Holbrook nearly caused one of the boilovers of the season when it was in front of ladder leaders Rand-Walbundrie by 13 points at the final change before eventually losing by 22 points.

The Brookers lost midfield maestro Brett Doswell in the warm up in his first appearance at Walbundrie since hobbling off the ground with a leg injury in the opening seconds of last year’s decider.

Jindera kept its flickering finals hopes alive with a 18-point win over rival Culcairn while Brock-Burrum scored a thrilling one-point win over Lockhart.

Osborne once again kicked badly in its 10.15 (75) to 4.2 (26) victory against Walla.