Premiership in reach as Power surge through
MARK Motlop has coached a team to an NTFL premiership but he has never seen a football team as quick as his Pyramid Power of 2018.
The Gordonvale-based Power entered the AFL Cairns reserves competition in 2016 and after a near miss last season, will play in their first grand final this Saturday afternoon.
Power absorbed waves of South Cairns’s efforts in the preliminary final before kicking away in the final term to secure their maiden spot in the decider.
Goals to talented trio Henry Mareko, Daniel Mooka and Danny Floyd early in the final term secured the 25-point victory and handed the Cutters their second of three finals exits on Saturday.
Power coach, Motlop, in his first season at the helm of the club following a lengthy and successful career in the Northern Territory, knew his playing group had the talent to make the final day of the season. It was just a question of whether they could put it all together over four quarters.
“Since I have been coming over, I have noticed they are a special talent,” Motlop said.
“But, at times, their discipline lets them down but when they focus on their footy and that is their main object, they are unbeatable.
“They are as quick as any team as I have been involved with and skilful too.
“It was a good contest, Cutters kept coming at us, but we got there.”
Mooka and Floyd both finished with four goals each out of the Power’s 12 goals.
Power will now face Port Douglas for the 2018 reserves premiership, a side they went close to beating the last time they met at Crathern Park late in the home and away season.
AT TIMES THEIR DISCIPLINE LETS THEM DOWN BUT WHEN THEY FOCUS ON THEIR FOOTY, THEY ARE UNBEATABLE.