Pre­mier­ship in reach as Power surge through

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JORDAN GERRANS

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.

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