Power laments slow start in 10-goal loss to Eagles
BAY Power player-coach Joey Johnstone didn't need to search hard to find where it went wrong for his team on Saturday.
"That first quarter, they blew us out of the park," he said after his team's 10-goal loss to Across The Waves.
"We didn't even want the footy in the first 10 minutes and that's what killed us without a doubt."
Kicking with the aid of a strong breeze, the Eagles booted 8.5 to 1.1 in the first quarter. They won the remaining three quarters of the match but only by one goal in each term to run out 19.10 (124) to 9.10 (64) victors.
The Eagles' constant run and pressure was impressive.
Even when the rain bucketed down on Keith Dunne Oval the visitors' fast ball movement was lethal.
In contrast, the Power midfield battled hard without the services of Dean Backwell, Rob Searle and ruckman Paul Heffernan.
Cameron McCormick and Matthew Iudice toiled hard in the ruck but could not blunt Eagles big man Russell Vandenberg, who gave his on-ballers first use of the ball.
Evan Fulton kicked three goals for the Power, who slipped to consecutive defeats in the AFL Wide Bay competition and a 1-2 win-loss record.
While happy with his teams' fight and determination, Johnstone said the Power's lack of discipline was costly.
The Power was hit with 46 free kicks and received just 25, but it was the five 50m penalties they gave away in the second half that resulted in Eagles goals most times that hurt the most.
"We're definitely addressing that," Johnstone said about is team's discipline.
"Those 50s, it's meant to be you come straight off, but it didn't happen because we didn't have the stock, we didn't have the cattle to do that.
"It's just discipline, you can talk about it, talk about it, talk about it but until they take it on board it's never going to work."