Power smashed at Maroochydore as slide continues
BAY Power has slipped out of the top three for the first time this season.
The Urangan club is now fourth, and well in fifth-placed Across The Waves' crosshairs, after it was humiliated by Maroochydore 20.13-133 - 5.1-31.
Power coach Michael Gay said his kicked the first goal of the match, but it was all one-way traffic from the next bounce.
It was a tough day for the club as a whole.
The senior squad was missing up to 10 players, including the likes of leaders Josh Wheeler, Glenn Krohn and Dale Burt, meaning the club's reserves were forced to forfeit its clash with Maryborough to ensure players were available for the trip to Maroochydore.
"We tried to move a few games around so we had players available but it didn't work out," Gay said.
"We missed quite a bit of experience but it was a good opportunity for some of the other players to face such a well-structured, well-drilled team."
The heavy loss, the club's first triple figure margin of the season, means the Power is in its most vulnerable position of the year.
The Power started the season with four consecutive wins, but have since won only one of its last five games.
"We've created a more challenging pathway (to the finals) but it's a similar thing to last year. We fought hard to get in," Gay said.
The Power host Pomona on Saturday.