BIG GRAB: Bay Power's Jadon Fredericks somehow held on to this mark in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.
BIG GRAB: Bay Power's Jadon Fredericks somehow held on to this mark in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. Matthew McInerney

Fredericks an unheralded leader of young Power

AUSSIE RULES: It was a remarkable grab taken in the final quarter that could have been a game-changer.

The Sherrin was sent deep into the forward line, and one Bay Power shirt stood out among a throng of black and red guernseys.

Leaning back, his arms outstretched above and behind his head, Jadon Fredericks plucked a seemingly unwinnable ball out of the air as the Power's comeback intensified.

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While he sprayed his set shot wide of the big sticks, Fredericks' value to the young Power side was made clearer with a small act just a few minutes later.

Fredericks stepped in while a Power player was reprimanded and warned by the match umpire for backchat.

The Power veteran told the young player, a regular starter who has featured in more than 10 games this season, to "keep quiet or leave the field". It is a small, unremarkable moment usually lost in most games, but showed Fredericks' value through calmness when in a big game situation.

Power captain Josh Wheeler described Fredericks as an on-field leader.

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"He brings a cool, calm head, experience, he's tough over the ball, good skills. He's another voice, he's been around for 10 or 15 years and is another leader in that forward line or anywhere on the ground," Wheeler said. "He's more of a leader, has good skills and can get the job done.

"He can take a mark like that up against three blokes and it shows what he can bring."

Fredericks is not a player you will regularly find in the best on ground discussion in seniors - he has appeared once in the Power's top six performers once this season but 10 times in the reserve grade team - but he is not afraid to slot into any position on the field and get his job done.



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