Shock loss puts Power on the blink

CDHBU’S top six aspirations took a big hit after Culcairn inflicted a 22-point upset defeat at Culcairn on Saturday.

The Lions stunned their more-fancied opponents kicking seven goals to three in the first-half and showed no signs of stopping on their way to an 11.10 (76) to 7.12 (54) victory.

The loss leaves the Power seventh with a 5-6 record, but they are expected to replace sixth-placed Jindera inside the top six with a friendly draw against Walla, Murray Magpies and Billabong Crows before meeting Howlong in the next month.

Culcairn coach Chad Hamblin said it was rewarding to claim another big scalp after also stunning ladder leaders Osborne earlier in the season.

“CDHBU are a good side but were missing their main targets up forward in Luke Cowan and Doug Lavis and we were able to capitalise,” he said.

“The boys put together four quarters and we were able to get the result we were after.

“If we can win every game we can still make finals so we intend to fight out the rest of the season and not give up.”

Defenders Will Haines and Hamblin were the architects of the upset and provided plenty of drive from across half-back.

Azzi medallists Graham Fruean and Brent Barber also picked up plenty of possessions in the slippery conditions.

James McNeil has proven to be a handy recruit for the Lions in his first year of senior football.

Aaron Ray, Brad Talbot and Josh Lewis battled hard for the visitors.