The Gippsland Power over came a 28 point half time deficit to defeat a disappointing Bendigo Pioneers outfit on Saturday. At half time it looked a case of how far for the Pioneers but the Power took total control of the game ,kicking nine of the last ten goals. The Pioneers were looking dangerous as they continually put the ball into their forward line early in the game. Bottom Ager Dane Grace kicked two early goals and the busy and at times brilliant Brent Daniels had 4 goals by half time. The ball was being pumped in by players such as Angus Schumacher, Koby Hommelhoff and Darby Henderson. Bailey Henderson was also busy as a hard working centre half Forward. Gippsland were being kept in the game through the work of Nick Hogan, Matthew McGannon and Callum Porter.
After half time the lack of defensive pressure from the Pioneers allowed the Power to control the game and they repeatedly ran the ball out of their back half without any pressure once the ball hit the ground. The Power had 27 more uncontested marks allowing them to spread the Pioneers defensive structure. Forwards Will Broadbent, Jack Hudson and Will Stephenson hit the scoreboard with 8 goals between them whilst Irving Mosquito became busy up the ground sending the ball into their forward fifty 8 times, placing the Pioneers defense under pressure despite the efforts of the Pioneers Keelin Betson.
The Power’s run and fines seemed superior to that of the Pioneers who were looking for their best start to a season for over a decade. The contested ball statistics saw the Power also outnumber those of the Pioneers.
Clearances: Gippsland 39- Pioneers 31
Tackles: Gippsland 61- Pioneers 43
Inside 50s: Gippsland 54- Pioneers 42
Gippsland: Hogan 32 (21K,11HB), McGannon 27 (14K,13HB), Stephenson 18 (9K,9HB, 3 Goals)
Pioneers: D Henderson 35 (12K,23HB), A Schumacher 26 ( 17K 9HB), B Daniels 17 (10K,7HB, 4 Goals)
Best Gippsland: Hogan, Stephenson, McGannon, Duursma, Porter, Lowden
Best Pioneers: Harvey, Schumacher, Betson, Daniels, D Henderson, B Henderson