Power-ful win for women

Easter break: Men's and women's Power have a bye over the Easter weekend, with the next round being played on April 28. Photo: Shutterstock.
Easter break: Men's and women's Power have a bye over the Easter weekend, with the next round being played on April 28. Photo: Shutterstock.

Collie Power women's squad were very few but proved their worth in Sunday's match against Bunbury United.

With only nine players against Bunbury United's full squad and subs, the Power emerged the victors with an incredible 1-nil win.

Collie knew they had play smart in order to conserve the energy of all their players as they were faced with a daunting 90 minutes without subs.

An early goal from forward Sarah Vansnick put the pressure on both teams and Collie worked extra hard to protect their lead in the game.

Young right wing Bree Allen played exceptionally well in both attacking and defending that proved valuable for Collie.

With 15 minutes left in the first half, defender Lauren Ingram suffered from an unfortunate blow to her calf, leaving the Power with 8 on field.

Despite having an extra player down, the Power continued to show their strength and held off a number of shots at goal from Bunbury United, closing the half with the lead.

Substitute keeper Samara Dunning learned her role quickly, her confidence growing in the position as the game progressed.

At the start of the second half, Ingram returned to field, holding the forward position while Vansnick moved down into defence with Tahya Magill and Alison McSporran.

Midfielders Bonny Berridge, Jade Martens and Goya Olecki continued to stave off their opponents from attacking, leaving Dunning with a clean sheet; an incredible feat for a first-time keeper.

The Power have to be commended for their outstanding efforts in protecting their early lead and now have the top position on the reserves ladder, followed by Australind Blues whom they will be facing off against on April 28.

The Collie Power men's side kicked off their reserves season with a gutsy draw against a strong Busselton City side.

The Power went ahead early through young gun Jac Hollins but were pegged back and trailed most of the game 2-1.

With only a few minutes to go, Collie were awarded a penalty. Jovan duricic stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to give the power a 2-all draw.

Even though Busselton dominated the play, it was a great defensive team effort from the Collie side to keep them at bay.