Kinglake were 17 points up at halftime before Powelltown regained the lead to win by ten points. Powelltown 15.15 (105) defeating Kinglake 14.11 (95).
Powelltown’s Dan Rees took the opening shot for goal kicking a behind. This was quickly followed by Matt Lord kicking Powelltown’s first goal from 40m out.
Powelltown 5.5 (34) to Kinglake 3.3 (21) at the first break.
At the quarter time break Kinglake coach Wilkinson said, “that despite opening with pressure we (Kinglake) tailed right off.”
“We only managed 13 tackles and 15 inside 50s to (Powelltown’s) 11 but we are butchering the thing going inside (50m)”
Kinglake’s Zac White (3) opened the second quarter with a diving, running mark in the forward 50 kicking a goal and quickly followed this up with another goal, with Kinglake winning most centre ruck contests. Zac then kicked the third goal of the quarter to see Kinglake take the lead by three points.
This was soon followed by playing coach Brad Wilkinson (2) kicking another goal to see Kinglake up by nine points. Just as the siren sounded Kinglake’s Michael Fitzclarence snapped from the boundary to see Kinglake go into the main break with a 17 point lead. Powelltown 7.7 (49) Kinglake 10.6 (66).
Powelltown came out determined in the third quarter having the first shot at goal, but missed. Kinglake soon followed with the first goal of the third. Before long Powelltown had found their feet, kicking two quick goals to narrow the margin to just eight points. This quarter would be tight with the lead continually changing. Powelltown’s James Rohan and Scott Carter then kick two quick goals to see Powelltown lead by four points.
Just before the siren Kinglake’s Zac White (3) goals with Kinglake going into the final quarter with a three point lead. Powelltown 12.11 (83) Kinglake 13.8 (86).
With no bench Kinglake would go into the final quarter undermanned with both teams trying to extend and keep their narrow lead. With ten minutes left Kinglake were leading by two points until Powelltown kicked for goal and missed, making it a one-point game.
Kinglake keep trying to penetrate their forward 50 but Powelltown’s defence keeps Kinglake from scoring. With a few minutes left it’s Powelltown 97 to Kinglake 95 as Powelltown slow down ball movement to ‘run out the clock.’
Powelltown have three more shots at goal with one hitting the post and one missing the goals for a point. Then just as the siren sounds the footy is kicked through the Powelltown goals to see the demons win by 10 points in a close game that either side could have won. Powelltown 15.15 (105) defeated Kinglake 14.11 (95).
Kinglake currently sit sixth on the ladder with Powelltown in fifth.
This week Kinglake are at home to Alexandra and Powelltown play Seville away.
Goal Kickers: Mitch McLaughlin 3, Matt Lord 3, Scott Carter 2, Dan Rees, Mitchell Wood, James Moore, Grant Newing, Nathan Moody, Russell McCrimmon, James Rohan.
Best Players: Troy Hallmark, Lindon Walker, Ben Tronerud, Matt McArthur, Steve Sanders, Matt Lord.
Goal Kickers: Zac White 6, Brad Wilkinson 3, Cam Arnott 2, Hadrian. Preist, Will Graf, Michael Fitzclarence.
Best Players: Michael Fitzclarence, Zac White, Jack Crowe, Jamie Chalmers, Luke Hannah, Jayden Butterworth.
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Article first published in The Local Paper, May 24, 2017.