Power’s depth to be tested against ATW
BAY Power coach Joey Johnstone has challenged his fringe players to make the most of their opportunity against Across The Waves at Keith Dunne Oval today.
With top liners Josh Crowder and Nathan Lambert not expected to be back from injury until next round, and Ashley Jenkins a 50-50 chance of playing today, Johnstone said the lesser lights would be the players to snap its two-game losing streak.
With a 3-8 win-loss record and sitting equal third on the AFL Wide Bay ladder, the Power will be aiming to pull off a big upset over the Eagles, who have strung together two straight wins.
The Power was the last team to beat the Eagles, but since that win its form has slumped, falling to Brothers and the Bombers.
Johnstone said injuries have revealed the true depth of the Power's talent pool.
"We don't have the depth we need at the moment and we still can not field a side no where near what's required," he said.
The Power has used 46 players so far this season, and between its Round 8 victory over the Bombers and its Round 11 loss, has been forced to make a total of 14 changes to its side.
The spate of injuries has allowed Johnstone to sift through the players at his disposal, and this week has given three players another crack at first grade.
Guy Benson, arguably the Power's best player in reserve grade this season, has been identified as a player who will play an important role in the Power's charge towards the finals, while Brad Enders and Damian Jinks have earned a spot in the 22 after continual good form in the seconds.
Johnstone was confident the trio could slot into the side well for today's clash and provide the Power the steel to get over the line.
"It's a big test against them (ATW), but by selecting those blokes hopefully we can challenge them and if not knock them off," he said.
First bounce at 2pm.