High flying Eagles strike down Power
SATURDAY'S tilt between Bay Power and Across The Waves frequently revealed the missing piece in the Power puzzle.
The two teams took turns taking their best shots at one another, but far more detrimental to the Power's hopes of upsetting the Eagles was the fact they too often broke down going forward.
The Power had just as much footy as its opposition, but burned the ball going inside 50m on too many occasions, with basic skill errors and costly turnovers letting them down in the 16.8 (104) to 10.11 (71) loss at Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday.
The Eagles, using their speed and skill to their advantage by tearing through the middle, jumped out to a 29-point lead at half-time, but couldn't shake the Power off until early in the final quarter with two quick goals running into the breeze.
Hard-working midfielder Marty Orchin admitted they struggled to put the ball in quality spots and hit up key targets with the Eagles' pressure forcing turnovers and converting them into scores.
"We always get it down to our full forwards, but basically it comes straight back out again just as hard and fast as it goes in," he said.
"We just need to keep improving it."
Orchin also believed the lack of lighting at their ground, which prevents the team practising full-field drills at training, has stopped the Power's game from reaching its full potential.
Either way, it's an area of the Power's game that needs to be corrected quickly if they are to gain a spot in this year's finals.
Despite the loss, the Power clung on to third spot on the ladder with a 3-9 win-loss record, ahead of Brothers Bulldogs on percentage.
After last week's disappointing 80-point thumping at the hands of the Bombers, Orchin said he was satisfied with the improvement, but admitted the Eagles seemed to have an answer every time they looked to make a charge.
"We were confident we could come back because usually the Bay Power, all throughout the years I have played, fight back in the last half, but this time they were just too hard and wanted the ball and we didn't," he said.
While the Power's midfield lacked cohesion at times, the same could not be said of Glenn Krohn, whose work off the halfback line almost single-handily kept the Power in the contest.
With the Power's next two games at home, Orchin was confident they could seal a finals berth before their final game of the regular season against the Eagles.