The Perth Power will be looking to inject some real energy into their first AUL campaign when they face the Sydney Suns this Saturday.

Following a hard-fought loss against a razor sharp Canberra Freeze in their first clash, the Power will need to step up in a big way to claim victory against one of the competition favourites.

It’s a scary proposition considering Sydney’s first-round loss to the Melbourne Flames will likely have them smarting and chasing hard for a win.

On the homefront, Perth are stacked with weapons all over the park. But they’ll need to put all the pieces together to beat the Suns.

A collection of players from around the nation, the Power entered their first game short on time together as a team and as it turned out, a little short on chemistry. The blustery and wet conditions certainly didn’t help but Perth had a bunch of drops and throwaways.

There were a few flashes of brilliance to take heart from. Rebecca Brereton flung her body in all directions to keep the disc alive and Pete Eley managed to catch a dipping Ryan Davey pass at his shoelaces for a score.

Eley sits on top of the goal scoring table after grabbing four goals in round one and he’ll be looking for more of the same to get his team ahead against Sydney. Tall timber Hugh Osborn also managed two scores of his own, and he’ll be a key target once again.

Alex Gan will be chomping at the bit to get one up on his native Sydney after contributing four assists in his first outing. Perth fans will be hoping the speedster can combine well with the likes of Brereton, Davey and Ash Martens to slice the Sydney defence wide open – then it’ll be raining goals for the Power.

The Power will have a tough assignment at both ends of the field to restrict Sydney’s key throwers and down field targets.

Coach Sarah Brereton spoke of bringing a “strong, aggressive vibe” to their first clash with Canberra. There will need to be more of the same to stop a Suns side full of Australian representative talent.

Early pressure will be key to blunting the effectiveness of Sydney’s experienced handlers Tom Tulett and Mark Evans.

Smart defence will also be pivotal to keep Sydney’s scoring targets out of the game including Rob Andrews, Rachel Parsons and Rosie Dawson.

Perth are in for a mighty battle but they certainly have the firepower to cause an upset.

You can catch all the action on Saturday, September 15 from 7:00pm!


Written by: Hosea Luy

Photo by: Pat Thorpe