Round 6 Match Results

It was a good weekend for the House with the club getting two wins.

After a very disappointing result the previous week the Reserves bounced back to record a big 88 point over South Melbourne. Patty Arnold continued his good year with 4 goals, Daniel Buckley kicked 2 goals as did Pat ‘Kenny Powers’ Hutchinson.

It was great to see a couple of old timers return for a kick in Joe Cunsolo and Nathan ‘The Fist’ Moresi, although Nathan was questioning his football return after struggling to kick more than 15 metres!

Even though it was a big win it was still a hard fought contest with the boys feeling very sore afterwards, Dom Fogarty ran all day and Ollie Gravelle played his best game for the club to date.

In the Seniors South Melbourne really took it up to the House and played some good football. It was a tight tussle in the first half  and Coach Voyage had some strong words at half time. The boys responded to the challenge and kicked 10 goals in the second half to record a 55 point win.

The Seniors now sit 6-0 and next week take on the also undefeated UHS-VU at the Ross Gregory Oval. The UHS Reserves are also undefeated, so next week looms as a HUGE challenge for the club!



Round 5 – Match Reports

Round 5 kicked off with the Reserves getting an absolute hiding against La Trobe Uni. In the Seniors though it was a different story running out winners by 39 points.

Seniors Report

River Carroll continued his hot form from the previous week by kicking 4 goals, in Nick Nagel’s absence he really has stepped up. Pat Healey provided a great target up forward booting 2 goals and Luke Stubbs also kicked two majors.

Figs was again dominant across half back rebounding everything, Darren Baker turned back the clock with a vintage performance and Ben Circosta was back to his best form.

The win was setup in the first term with a 4 goal to nothing opening and then again in the 3rd quarter as the House slammed on 6 goals to 2.

The seniors now go 5-0 and 2 games clear in second spot, UHS-VU are also undefeated and looking dangerous.


Goal Kickers: R. Carroll 4, P. Healey 2, L. Stubbs 2, R. Yak, S. Circosta, A. Collett, S. Devine, B. Circosta, D. Nannery, D. Baker
Best Players: R. Carroll, F. O”deasmhunaigh, B. Circosta, A. Collett, D. Baker, N. Brown

Reserves Report

After a tough first quarter the boys trailed by 3 goals, Patty Arnold and Grant Lester got on the scoreboard early; but from there that was ‘all she wrote’!. The boys really struggled on the massive ground as their younger Uni opponents ran into space and switched all day.

La Trobe Uni piled on 6 goals in the 2nd term and then 8 goals in the 3rd, Coach Phil Mackney asked the boys for a better effort in the last and they responded by limiting the home team to only one goal.

Dom Fogarty ran all day, Micheal ‘MOG’ O’Gorman played his  best game for the year and Gordon Conochie gathered a heap of touches in just his 3rd ever game of AFL.

It wasn’t a great day to celebrate Bucks’ 100th game, but the boys still chaired him from the ground.

We now face South Melbourne in a must win game next Saturday and look forward to welcoming back a few key players!


Goal Kickers: G. Lester, P. Arnold
Best Players: S. Marshall, D. Fogarty, M. O”Gorman, P. Mackney, D. Eastey, G. Conochie


We celebrated a another 2 wins on the weekend as both teams got the job done against Point Cook.

The Senior game got off to a bad start with Nick Nagel injuring himself in the opening minute and then didn’t take any further part in the game. This affected the team setup and they went into the first change with only one goal on the board.

It was a better second term as the House slammed on 6 goals to 1, Pat Healey was a great target up forward and even Charlie Betts got amongst the goals!

Point cook got on top in the 3rd term and kicked 5 goals to 3, Figs was rebounding beautifully off half back as was Aidan Reynolds, Point Cook may have kicked more if it wasn’t for these boys effort!

The last term was a sight to behold as the House slammed on 9 goals to 1. Ryal Yak chipped in with a couple of goals but the star of the day was River Carroll who ended up with 8 goals.

All in all it was a huge team effort but the good news is there is still plenty of improvement left in the boys, this point was driven home by Coach  Ant Voyage after the game.


Goal Kickers: R. Carroll 8, R. Yak 2, P. Healey 2, C. Betts 2, L. Stubbs 2, B. Murray, S. Devine, D. Baker, E. Edwards
Best Players: R. Carroll, F. O”deasmhunaigh, A. Reynolds, B. Murray, P. Healey, L. Stubbs


In the Reserves it was a real arm wrestle for the first half before the House kicked out to a 7 goal lead at 3 quarter time. Point Cook came back hard in the last but the boys managed to hold on. Patty Arnold was best on ground in his 200th with 4 goals while Dec Nannery continued his push for a senior recall with 2 goals.

Matty Trounce was good again providing run all day and Jarryd Brutonn was also in the best.

At 2-2 we face another big challenge this week against La Trobe who are in some ripping form.


Goal Kickers: P.Arnold 4, D.Nannery 2, S.Circosta, J.Brutonn, B.Kyne, A.McKewen
Best Players: P.Arnold, D.Nannery, D.Fogarty, S.Circosta, J.Brutonn, M.Trounce


David “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick

It is with a very sad heart that the Power House Football Club announces the shock passing of David “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick.

Fitzy passed suddenly at his home last week.

Fitzy came to Power House in 2005 and has been a fixture at the club in his role as Match Day Manager for 13 years.

He had many friends at the club and around the VAFA and was one of the hardest working people at Power House.

In his role he would set up the ground, set up the rooms, mark grounds, set up goal posts, benches, support and escort umpires, complete paperwork, enter online scores, arrange officials for the day and when needed, would wave the flags or time keep and would also wash uniforms… each week he did “whatever it takes” to get things done.

He lived by the Power House ethos of “Service without Recognition”

He will be remembered for his passion for all things Power House and was a friend to all he met.

One of his greatest joys was getting into the post match circle and belting out the team song each week with his mates!

Always willing to lend an opinion, tell a story or offer advice, Fitzy had a heart of gold.

He would often be the last one at a club function, sitting at the end of the bar telling stories of his heyday.

He will be truly missed by everyone at the club and the whole Power House community.

Funeral Details are as follows:

The Main Service Date: Wednesday May 10th

Time: 1pm Place: Sacred Heart, Kew

Wake: after the service at the Power House AFC facilities

Private graveside burial Date: May 11th Time: tba (morning) Place: Springvale Cemetery

Round 3 – Match Reports

The Seniors continued on their merry way with a devastating 7 goal first quarter against a previously unbeaten Canterbury.

Nick Nagel was pulling down everything that came his way and ended up with a huge bag of 12 goals, his performance even got him a write up on the VAFA website ($2 fine on Thursday night!). He even managed to kick the 12 despite Captain Adam Collett cleaning him up in an effort to snag a goal! (again $2 fine on Thursday!)

Euan Edwards was solid across half back along with James Huf who has started the season in good touch.

Veteran Darren Baker was everywhere, kicked 2 goals, and waived his hands in the air like he just didn’t care.

Tal Sardone ran all day and his attack on the football was fantastic. Figs also relished his new role as an attacking back man…. you wouldn’t want to be in his way when he is charging off half back!

All in all it was a huge team performance as the boys ran out 58 point victors. The boys now sit equal top at 3-0 with UHS-VU with another must win game against Point Cook at home on Saturday.

Coach Ant Voyage debriefs the boys after a big win.



Goal Kickers: N. Nagel 12, D. Baker 2, S. Confait, C. Betts, S. Devine, R. Yak
Best Players: N. Nagel, E. Edwards, J. Huf, F. O”deasmhunaigh, L. Stubbs, T. Sardone


In the Reserves it was a hard fought contest, those in attendance marvelled at the quality of the match as both teams ran the football well and shared the momentum.

Nick Brown was HUGE in his PHAFC comeback, he marked well over head and gave the forwards first use of the football – he even ended up with 2 goals himself.

Dec Nannery made the most of his opportunities up forward with 4 majors while Patty Arnold in game 199 slotted 3.

Old timers Phil Mackney and Greg Bell were solid all day and threw their weight around, Phil was even ordered by the opposition umpire to take it easy on some of the Canterbury players!! They also managed to give themselves votes…. ($2)

We were right in it up until the last quarter but couldn’t quite come home with the points. Once again it was a game we could have won but we now find ourselves 1-2 and a win this weekend is a non-negotiable!

A big thank you must go out to Canterbury FC who helped observe a moments silence before the game and didn’t sing their song post game as a mark of respect for our loss of Fitzy.

Players from both Reserves sides observe a minutes silence before the game for our mate ‘Fitzy’.


Goal Kickers: D. Nannery 4, P. Arnold 3, N. Brown 2, D. Eastey 2, G. Lester
Best Players: N. Brown, G. Bell, C. Browne, P. Mackney, S. Circosta, D. Nannery

Round 2 – Match Reports

The Seniors continued their impressive start to 2017 with a thumping 69 point win over Albert Park.

After a tight first quarter PHAFC eventually got a hold of the contest. Nick Nagel was marking everything and ended up with an 8 goal haul (he could of had 13 had he kicked straight!).

New recruits Tal Sardone and Darcy Grasby were everywhere and really contributed to a big win, Big Sauce Steve Devine rucked magnificently and River Carroll played an eye catching game taking out the Lakeside Medal.

It was a good crowd at the Ross Gregory to see the game, Essendon Captain Dyson Heppell came down to watch his mate Nick Nagel kick a bag and was even in the rooms for the post match song. Dyson also posed for a couple of photos with a few young fans – great stuff!

We now head to Canterbury next week who have been equally impressive with 2 wins to start the year, we were beaten soundly at the same fixture last year – a point not lost on the Senior coach, so we will be out for some retribution.

For the Reserves it was a disappointing day at the office, with 10 changes to the round 1 team it was always going to be tough getting the team to gel.

We had many players playing their first game of Footy for the club, some who haven’t played in years – so it’s going to take time to get into the swing of things.

Josh Auchettl played well and ran his guts out all day, Matty Trounce also played a fine game and snagged a couple of goals. Patty Arnold scored 3 goals but missed a few he would have liked to have kicked; while Dan Stuart also popped up with a couple of goals.

We will have a few senior players back into the team this week which will give us every chance of knocking off the Canterbury 2s.

Seniors result:


Goal Kickers: N. Nagel 8, R. Yak 3, S. Devine, D. Baker, B. Circosta, P. Healey, A. Collett, T. Kenneally, B. Murray, R. Carroll
Best Players: R. Carroll, R. Yak, N. Nagel, P. Healey, D. Grasby, T. Sardone

Reserves result:

Goal Kickers: P. Arnold 3, D. Stuart 2, M. Trounce 2, J. Auchettl

Best Players: S. Circosta, D. Stuart, M. Trounce, H. Miller, J. Auchettl, P. Arnold


Round 1 Match Reports – PHAFC Kick off year with 2 wins!

2017 season underway with two huge wins on a day of sunshine and rain!

It was a huge day for the club on Saturday with the unveiling of the Heritage jumper and two big wins!

It was a day of contrast as the Reserves battled it out in the glaring sunshine while the Seniors slugged it out in some extreme wet weather.

As you can see from the scores below both teams battled it out all day to get the win.

For the Seniors Steve Devine was magnificent all day in the ruck and managed to jag a couple of goals, Nick Nagel and River Carroll we also busy up forward kicking 7 goals between them. Tim Kenneally was tenacious in his attack on the football while Adam Collett and Charlie Betts racked up possessions at will.

The game was in the balance in the last quarter with Westbourne taking the lead out to 10  points, but to the boys credit the dug in and kicked the last few goals of the game. Westbourne are one of the favourites for the D3 flag this year, so it’s a massive boost for us to knock them off.


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Power House AFC 3.2-20 8.5-53 13.7-85 15.16-106
Westbourne Grammarians 4.6-30 9.8-62 12.10-82 14.12-96

Goal Kickers: R. Carroll 4, N. Nagel 3, S. Confait 2, S. Devine 2, L. Stubbs, B. Circosta, T. Kenneally, A. Collett
Best Players: T. Kenneally, C. Betts, A. Collett, R. Carroll, S. Devine, E. Nyary

In the Reserves Westbourne started very strongly before we pegged them back and there wasn’t much in it at quarter time. It was an arm wrestle all day with the lead not getting away from us at any stage. The Third quarter was huge as we rebounded off half back thanks to the vice-like hands of Greg Bell, New players Jarryd Brutonn and John Temme provided some great run.

Pat Healy was also clunking all the balls kicked in his direction, it was an impressive start from Pat which also included a nice left foot snap goal in the last quarter. Old timers Patrick Arnold and Daniel Buckley were accurate in front of goal with 3 majors each and provided good targets up forward.

On the back of Saturdays win in the reserves game we are saddened to hear that one of Westbourne’s favourite sons Mitch Herman has remained in hospital with head injuries after a tackle in the First Quarter.
Powerhouse President Nic Pavlou has offered the clubs full support to Westbourne and the family and has spoken to both the Westbourne President Wayne Flemming and Mitch’s Father Steve.
Steve Herman was very thankful of the care we took to assist Mitch from the field, thanks to Fiachra o deasmhunaigh for assisting Mitch from the field and providing expert medical advice.
Mitch is in our thoughts and prayers and we wish him a full and fast recovery.

It was a rough game with a few tussles, when the final siren went it was pure jubilation! It was a magnificent way ti send off club favourite and life member Paddy Barrett, he was chaired from the ground the sound of thunderous applause. In the room after President Nic Pavlou lauded Paddy for his contribution to PHAFC and presented him with the match ball.

The festivities kicked on well into the night as we gave Paddy a fitting farewell bash, Paddy gave one more emotional speech (maybe it was the beer talking) and then we partied the rest of the night way.

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon! Paddy will be back again one day, even if just for a quick visit I am sure!


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Power House AFC 3.0-18 5.2-32 7.4-46 10.8-68
Westbourne Grammarians 4.3-27 7.5-47 7.10-52 9.10-64

Goal Kickers: P. Arnold 3, D. Buckley 3, P. Healey, C. Browne, J. Bruton, P. Ellis
Best Players: J. Temme, S. Circosta, D. Eastey, C. Browne, J. Bruton, P. Healey

Heritage Guernsey 2017 – it’s here!

After months of advertising and fundraising the Heritage kit is here! Celebrating 70 years in the VAFA is a huge milestone for the club and one that we are extremely proud of.

This is a tribute to those players who first donned the Green and Gold PHAFC Guernsey way back in 1947, this is the famous photo that hangs in the PHAFC rooms.
Wearing the Heritage jumper which our 1947 team adorned is a special feeling for the whole group and an honour. Captain Adam Collett had the following to say:

“Power House has a long and proud history in the VAFA so to be able to wear the heritage jumper is a huge privilege for the current playing group.
The heritage jumpers are a great initiative by the club to acknowledge the history of our great club.
I love the historical element of the club and catching up with players from prior years and eras, so it is really special to be able to lead the boys out in the heritage jumper this week to start the 2017 season.
As is always the case at Power House we have had another big influx of new players this year, so for them to immediately be introduced to the history of the club is fantastic as it helps build the link to the past players and those who have been involved in the club in years gone by.
Let’s hope this year’s group of players create their own slice of history for the club!”

If anyone would like to purchase a Heritage PHAFC Guernsey please contact Daniel Buckley – or 0400 304 544. They are available for $75 each.

2016 – PHAFC Season in Review


In a nutshell
The boys believed finals were achievable this season, but a host of injuries and dropping some games to lesser sides saw PHAFC languishing in 9th spot at 4-8. With the news from VAFA that 3 teams would be going down this year it looked as though we were in for a relegation battle if we didn’t lift; and lift we did! With every week a must-win game the boys managed 6 in a row to make the finals for the first time since 2010, they then turned around a 3 qtr time deficit against UHS to storm into the Preliminary Final before eventually going down to the D2 bound Hawthorn.

What we said in the pre-season
We thought that with our best team on the park we could challenge any team. Losing Ben Leske, Rhys Gregory and Ricky Webb was disappointing and the great Dave Burnside’s retirement left a big hole to fill. Nevertheless we were determined to make 2016 a big year, pre-season camp was a great start and the recruitment machine went into overdrive! Finals was always the aim for this season.


PHAFC Boys enjoying the pre-season camp at Lord Somers camp.

What worked
For one, getting youth into the senior team was a key part of the success this season. River Carroll, Ryal Yak, Eddie Nyary, Ben Circosta, Luke Stubbs and the others in this age bracket are what we can build the future senior team around. Also the additions of some likely Irish footballer helped the cause, the ‘Fig’ was a revelation this year and we also saw improved efforts from players like Dec Nannery, Barry Cox, David Kilmartin and Darragh Leonard.

What failed
At times this year we failed to stop the top sides getting a run on, earlier in the season some games were over in the blink of an eye as the opposition slammed on too many unanswered goals. PHAFC will also spend a fair chunk of its pre-season working on its accuracy after its poor goalkicking cost it a couple more wins this year.

Overall rating
B-. In wins and losses it was a tale of two halves. The boys would lament some losses but will also be buoyed by the barnstorming finish to the season winning 7 games in a row at one point, there is still much to work on but season 2016 might be looked back upon as the rebirth of PHAFC.

The coach
Coach Ant Voyage steered the ship beautifully in 2016, by his own admission it was a make or break season for him. Ever the optimist he went back to basics mid-year to arrest the side’s form slump. In his 4th year at the club the coach definitely matured and grew even more into the role. The game plan worked brilliantly for the second half of the year and was clear vindication for all the hard work Ant has put in over the years, both on-field and off-field.

Voyage enjoyed his best year at the club in 2016.

Voyage enjoyed his best year at the club in 2016.

The leaders 
The captaincy once again went to Adam Collet and he led from the front in every game, the leadership group of Ben Circosta, James O’Neill and Aidan Reynolds were also well performed, particularly in the 2 games where Adam was out injured. The leadership group was at all the training sessions and supported their team mates all through the year.

Very hard to call this one! Ben Circosta stepped up this year and played every game, Ryal Yak had a sensational debut year at the club, Euan Edwards trimmed down and was a rock across half back and Adam Collett was his usual dominating self – it’s going to be a fascinating vote count come tomorrow night!

Ryal Yak was a revelation in the 2016 season.

Ryal Yak was a revelation in the 2016 season.

Surprise packet
Dom Mitchell: after 4 years at the club Dom switched to his favourite No.15 and had a breakout year for the club. Dom played every game for the season either in the midfield or on the wing. His run and carry were a crucial part of the team’s performance in the latter half of the year. Dom (along with Adam Collett) was rewarded with selection in the D3 team of the year.

Get excited
River Carrol: River came to us and has had terrific support from the club in finding a new job and a place to call home; in return he delivered an excellent debut year for the club. River played all 20 games and kicked 26 goals, he was a livewire around goal and we look forward to big things from him in 2017.

Luke Stubbs shoulder injury against Hawthorn was one of the low points of the year, the reigning Best & Fairest was taken out by a Hawthorn player and didn’t feature again in the 2016 campaign.

Best win
Elimination Final: UHS 9.14 68(80) defeated by Power House 12.13 (85) @ Garvey Oval
There are so many games that could have been mentioned here, but a come from behind victory in a final takes it! PHAFC were superb in the final quarter of this game led by Nick Nagel who bagged 5 goals.

The House celebrate defeating UHS to advance to the Preliminary final.

The House celebrate defeating UHS to advance to the Preliminary final.

Low point
a Round 10 loss to bottom of the ladder Parkside was definitely the low point, the 5 point defeat really stung as we did everything possible to throw away the game. An inaccurate 7.14 cost us dearly.

The big questions
How will the boys attack the 2017 pre-season after a thrilling end to the year? 
Which of the youngsters/oldies will hold their spots in next year’s best side?
Who can PHAFC recruit over the offseason to bolster the Senior side?

At the Bar with … Reece Humphreys

Reece HumphreysReece Humphreys played 107 games for Power House in a career that spanned 11 seasons between 2003 and 2013. He was a key member of the 2006 Senior Premiership team while also successfully coaching the Reserves that same year to Premiership success. Reece was senior captain in 2010 under Martin Pike and has spent the past two seasons as Senior Assistant Coach supporting Ant Voyage.

Pav: Reece, you’ve been around a while now, how did you first get to Power House?

Reece: A friend of mine Dave Galakos played one season here and was mates with Craig Richardson. When I moved to Port Melbourne in 2003 he told me to give Craig a call and come down to training. It was a great time as my two housemates, Matthew Taylor (Tails) and Damien Glanville also came down and played which was great fun. After a while a few more mates and my cousin (Chris “Dools” Doolan) came down to play and it was an awesome place to be around – playing football with your mates is the best thing you could do which is still noticeable today in the group!

Unfortunately four games into my first season I did my ACL on my left knee and had a reconstruction, missing the rest of the year and came back the following season.

Pav: Ahh Dave Galakos…now he could play.

Reece: He was probably one of the best players ever to play at Power House. An absolute gun player who – by his own choice – never played Seniors at Power House. He must really have loved Richo’s coaching!

Pav: So you walked in to the club when Brett Devlin was coach. What was he like?

Reece: Brett was an intense fella. He actually played at one of my old clubs (Melton South) in the Ballarat League. I later found out that his nick name was ‘Psycho’ which was fitting as he certainly had white line fever! I think we started that year at 3-0 and looked like it was going to be a big year. Unfortunately we had a number of injuries that year and we really fell off.

Pav: And Patrick “Nobby” Haselar was Senior Captain. How did that work for you?

Reece: One of the all-time great blokes. He was a player that didn’t let you down on the field, he gave you everything and you knew he was going to give you 100% in everything he did. I remember having many a chats with him and his enthusiasm was certainly infectious.

Pav: You were kind of a swingman in your playing days, half back to half forward and anywhere in between. Where did you prefer to play?

Reece: I started as a midfielder which is where I enjoyed playing at first. After coming back from the knee reconstruction, I injured my shoulder, came back six weeks later and injured the other shoulder – after that I realised that playing in the midfield was going to be a challenge so ran around as a half back flanker which was fun, although playing with Scratcher was always a challenge when we played as a spare man in defence! The last couple of years I played as a half forward flanker which I really enjoyed bagging a few goals.

Pav: You were injured a fair bit throughout your career. I would say you were unlucky but Patty Arnold thinks you were just soft.

Reece: But yeah, there were a number of injuries as described above. Others included ankles, knees and the usual back related hammy and groin injuries. It got to a point where I was using so much tape to play with both shoulders, ankles and a knee strapped it actually restricted my movement!

I would have loved to be able to play some more but another ACL injury ended it all unfortunately!

Pav: Speaking of Patty Arnold…how do you get on with him. He’s an interesting character…

Reece: Patty Arnold started the same year as me. …He reminded me when we first spoke that we went to school together and I still can’t really remember him….He has done well to win the reserves goal kicking on 23 season goals—a great effort by him!

One thing I do remember of Patty was putting him through the toughest fitness test on the eve of the 2006 grand final and he strained his hamstring on the last drill of the night. It was disappointing for him to miss out but from a coaching perspective meant less selection headache for the game!

Pav: Besides Brett Devlin, you played under a few coaches during your career, Rob Sarosi, Darren Cooper and Martin Pike. We will get to Sarosi in a minute…let’s talk about Coops…but let’s try and keep it short…he’s already got a big enough ego!

Reece: Yes Coops needs no introduction, he can give it all to you himself! He is one of my great mates and one of the best leaders I have had – both on and off the field! His first year of coaching he took us to third and we missed out on the grand final by a 50m goal after the siren to Eltham Collegians. What was most disappointing was the fact that there were four of us in the stands watching the game through injury and were ready to play the following week. Very heartbreaking.

Pav: What about Martin Pike. Was he as tough and hard as his reputation? What was he really like?

Reece: He was tough and scary, particularly when he gave some sprays in the breaks. The biggest thing that stood out for Pikey was that he hated to lose. If we won, he would come up for a beer, but if we lost he would take it very hard. He demanded a lot from his players and he had so much football knowledge that I reckon we only scratched the surface of with him, when he really opened up about his football knowledge it was some of the best stuff that I was ever taught.

I think the hardest thing for him was coming from a structured and professional environment in the AFL the amateur nature of our club was too far removed.

Pav: In your time, you would have seen some great players pull on the famous green white and black. Who really stood out?

Reece: There were a number of great players. In my first few years we had James Marshall from Tasmania who was an amazing player, I think against Syndal he took something like 25 marks. He also brought his brother down in 2003 who had just been delisted by Melbourne Football Club and just wanted to play amateurs with James!

I really don’t want to offend anyone….Paul Edwards was an amazing player, kicked 100 goals in our premiership year and even started a few games as full back! My good mate Matthew Hill was a tough on baller, Tails could certainly play, and Alan Foster was a great mark and tough player, someone I loved playing with…..Damian Boland, Coops, and seeing the player “Ace” Collett has become is great to see!

Pav: Let’s talk about 2006… a great year for the club. A great year for you personally. What do you remember?

Reece: Rob Sarosi coming to the club and bestowing his managerial approach to coaching the team was refreshing and something we needed at the time. We recruited well and Rob was someone who could talk the ear off anyone so was able to generate a lot of excitement for the group.

The seniors actually finished equal top but third on percentage so had to do it the hard way, beating Box Hill North by a few points in the first final, then we smashed Eltham Collegians in the Prelim and our arch rivals Hawthorn in the Grand Final. It was an amazing turn around as we lost to Hawthorn by over 100 points earlier in the year so was very satisfying to win the return match!

In the reserves we lost the first final to Eltham who also reported our captain (Rocket Marshall) who was subsequently suspended for the rest of the finals series. We turned the game around in the grand final by beating Eltham and making it a memorable day and year.

The Youtube clip of Scratcher also makes me smile….

Pav: The way I remember it, you were close to retiring at the end of 2005 after a bad injury and I recall sitting at ET’s pub in High Street Prahran with you and Rob Sarosi with Rob begging you to play and then asking you to coach the Reserves.

Reece: Correct, given my poor injury run over the previous three years, I actually decided not to play at the start of the season and was going to be the Reserves coach only. Rob managed to talk me out of retirement and I think I missed only one game for the year.

I am forever grateful that I was able to win two premiership medallions and will go down as one of the greatest weekends of my life!

Pav: I was Chairman of Selectors that season so I spent plenty of time with you, Sarosi, Glenn Scotland and Darren Cooper in the selection room. We had some “interesting” discussions.

Reece: Selection nights are some of the most interesting nights that can be held, they are fun, tense and very challenging and to tell you the truth they haven’t changed at all in 2016!

One thing I remember in 2006 was the level of pre work by Jason Nicholls with every member of that committee room. He was the consummate “back room politician” ensuring that he had enough votes to make the side in the final as from memory he was coming back from injury and was nervous for his spot!

Pav: We had a fair team back then. Any thoughts on some of your teammates. Let’s see… Alan “Fossy” Foster?

Reece: Fossy was amazing, such a gentle and nice bloke, very casual in his approach, and some of the sharpest elbows going around. He missed a few games with injury but I reckon it was simply to rest his body when it was getting tight.

Pav: What about Preston Miskelly.

Reece: Preston came from nowhere to be a very reliable pack mark in our backline. I think from memory he lost something like 30kgs from the start of preseason to make it into our senior side. Then two years later he was gone!

Pav: Tell me about Matt “Tails” Taylor. He was certainly a character…he could also really play

Reece: It was great to play with Tails. As I mentioned we lived together and are great mates. I used to play against him in the Ballarat League so was awesome to play alongside him.

Off the field he was and still is a funny cat – and on the dance floor his pistol dancing is some of the best stuff you have every seen!

Pav: And Darren Cooper?

Reece: Coops this, Coops that, can we talk about someone else now?!?!….Just kidding, he was captain of our side in 2006 and a great leader. He even won the medal for best on that day which I think we might need to do a re-count!!

Pav: What about Damien Boland. “The Blanket”

Reece: Looking at DB you would think it would be a great day out as he looked about 50 and had zero body fat on him. But to see his opponents demoralised at the end of the fourth quarter was something that we loved to see in the backline. Paul Sosic would always remind the full forwards of this in the most polite way!

Pav: Lastly, Let’s talk about Rob Sarosi. Can you give me your insights?

Reece: Rob Sarosi is a great real estate agent, and he coached our 2006 side….Seriously, he did such a fantastic job in 2006 bringing a club that the year before had only won a handful of games to two premierships is something else. His coaching technique was a little different but it certainly worked!

Personally he was a great mentor for me in 2006 as it was my first year coaching and he really assisted when I needed it.

Pav: You had a fantastic Reserves team that won the flag that year. Tell me about some of the players.

Reece: Did we what! I think we had almost every player in the twos bar one of two at some stage play senior football throughout the year. Where do I start, Chris Stevens in the ruck (he could have been anything) Chris “Bowls” Bowley at centre half forward, Bathy, Neil Seewang at full back and Roachy in the middle, Spudda, Dave Mullen, Nugget, Tim McFarlane, the list goes on!

The best thing about coaching that side was that they genuinely wanted to play for each other and most of all win. There were some really tight games that could have gone either way but running out with the senior side and slapping high fives with all the players was an awesome feeling.

Pav: Rod “Rocket” Marshall was captain…he missed out on the Premiership after being suspended in the Preliminary Final right?

Reece: Yes as mentioned earlier it was one of the most criminal injustices of the last decade. A free kick was not awarded in the incident, the umpires did not see anything, the opposition player managed to play out the game and then a letter was submitted to the VAFA from the players mother. A disgrace!

Pav: How have you seen the club change over your time at the club?

Reece: The club as gone through a massive change which is reflective of society as well. The football club used to be the heart of the community, but these days, there are plenty of other activities and hobbies for people to choose. The playing group we have right now have a real sense of community, which is something that has been missing the past few years, and no surprise it is being reflected by the way we are now playing.

What I also love about Power House, is that we know that the players really WANT to be there…which is what makes us a great club.

Pav: How is life as Assistant Coach working with Ant Voyage as the current Senior Coach?

Reece: Ant has a great passion for football and wants to succeed so much. He is a genuine person who in his four years here still has so much respect of the playing group. It is infectious being with him and I love being a part of the coaching staff with him (although sometimes have to calm him down!!!).

During the games I throw ideas at him and some of them stick some of them don’t (when they do I certainly take credit from him), but all in all, we do work well together and I back him 100%. He tries to squeeze as much out of the playing group as possible and I am so happy for him that we are playing finals this year.

I would have loved to have seen him play, as he tells me how good he used to be…..

Pav: Thanks Reece for your time…