Round 14 vs South Mornington
It was a big trip down the highway in Round 14 as PHAFC squared off against South Mornington – a club yet to register a win in season 2014. It was an overcast and cold day and the rain came and went as it pleased.
The Reserves were up bright and early and headed down the peninsula knowing they needed a win to keep their finals chances alive. The Sough Mornington 2’s came out very fired up and the PHAFC boys were a little shell shocked in the first quarter, the Tigers led the House by a couple of goals at the first change. Coach Webb was furious with the effort and demanded more and to their credit the boys responded with a 4 goal 2nd term to go in 3 points up at the main break.
It was a real arm wrestle in the second half and tempers flared as they contest heated up, PHAFC kept kicking away only for South Mornington to peg them back. The boys did enough to get over the line and ended up running out winners by 26 points. Big Cat Matt Devine was fantastic and best on ground in his 50th match for Power House.
Goals: H.Miller 4, D.Buckley 2, C.Reid, M.Devine, R.Tolliday, C.Devany, C.Barratt
Best: C.Barratt, P.Mackney E.Edwards, G.Cleary, H.Miller, M.Devine
For the Seniors it was a procession from the start to finish. Many players got on the score card including Andrew ‘Kappa’ Kuhanez who kicked a personal best 4 goals. The Boys set up the win with a 6 goal First Quarter and 9 goal Second Quarter. Coach Voyage was less than impressed with a sloppy 3 goal Third Quarter as the rain tumbled down, he turned up the heat on his charges and the boys fired up in the Final Quarter with 6 goals to none. The eventual margin was 145 points – a handy little percentage booster which is vital with the competition being so tight.
Goals: S.Confait 6, A.Kuhanez 4, D.Burnside 2, R.Gregory 2, B.Kyne 2, S.Watson 2, D.Baker, A.Collett, T.Collett, S.Devine, R.Hobson, B.Leske, G.Tubridy
Best: A.Collett, D.Baker, A Kuahnez, S.Devine, S.Buultjens, S.Confait
After 3 straight home games the House travelled to Whitehorse for another tough game against an inconsistent Eley Park side. The focus for the week was our poor away record and it was time to break the winless streak on the road.
Although not playing their best football a solid 2nd quarter had Powerhouse up by 3 majors at half time. Some undisciplined football cost the side at times in the 3rd quarter and the boys were up by the barest of margins at 3 quarter time.
It was goal for goal in the last quarter and some inaccurate kicking late in the quarter left the door open for Eley however Powerhouse were able to hold on to a well deserved win.
An important game this weekend as we try to consolidated our position in the top half of the ladder before the break.
|Eley Park Sharks||2.3-15||2.8-20||6.11-47||9.11-65|
Goal Kickers: T. Collett 2, L. Johnston 2, D. Burnside 2, M. Webb , S. Confait , A. Collett
Best Players: D. Burnside, D. Baker
The Reserves went into this crucial clash again Eley Park with a point to prove, a win away was a must for their finals chances this season.
PHAFC were wasteful in the first quarter and should have been further up, Christy Devaney snapped a nice goal after a great smother, then Patty Arnold took a contested mark and kicked truly.
The 2nd quarter was a bit of an arm wrestle early before Power Forward Daniel Buckley kicked 2 goals in a row to help set up a nice half time lead.
Eley Park made a bit of a comeback in the 3rd quarter with 3 goals to 2. It could have been more goals but for the brilliance of Greg Bell who marked everything down back and Barry Cox who was everywhere and really setting up some good play.
The Italian Stallion Jade Fiorini played a great game in his comeback match with 2 goals and a hand in a few others.
Coach Webb asked the guys for one more big effort in the last quarter.. and the boys delivered in spades! 4.4 to 0.0 was a great way to bring the points home in the final term. Big Phil Mackney kicked the sealer with a bomb from outside the 50 and everyone got around him!!!
It was a satisfying win but there is still much to be done as the boys now face Emmaus St Leos in another ‘crucial, must-win’ game.
Let’s Go House!!!
|Eley Park Sharks||1.3-9||3.3-21||5.9-39||5.9-39|
Goal Kickers: P. Arnold 4, D. Buckley 2, C. Devaney 2, J. Fiorini 2, P. Mackney
Best Players: P. O’Grady, J. Fiorini, P. Mackney, J. O’Doherty, G. Bell, B. Cox
The PHAFC seniors made it 3 wins on the trot against a bottom of the Ladder South Mornington side. It was an even contribution from the entire team as Power House racked up both one of the greatest scores kicked in the clubs history and also one of its biggest victories by margin.
The team was well serviced by a dynamic midfield that didn’t relent all day and the goals were well spread as 13 different players hit the scoreboard. The game was effectively over with a 14 goal to 2 first half, but a 10 goal 3rd Quarter put the result beyond doubt.
Coach Voyage implored his team to keep attacking and not let the foot off the gas at the final change, The boys went on to kick 6 goals in the last quarter and went one short of the magic 200 point mark. The Seniors now go to 3-3 record and are well and truly in the mix, The next game against the equally placed Eley Park Sharks looms as a season defining match as the boys look to make it 4 wins in a row for the first time in a long time.
Make sure you get down to the Eley Park game and cheer the boys on!
Goal Kickers: A. Collett 6, L. Johnston 3, G. Tubridy 3, T. Hinck 2, S. Circosta 2, B. Leske 2, R. Gregory 2, L. Stubbs 2, D. Burnside 2, R. Webb 2, D. Baker 2, S. Watson , T. Collett
Best Players: D. Baker, S. Buultjens, A. Collett, R. Gregory, G. Tubridy, L. Johnston
Power House Reserves bounced back in emphatic fashion this week after a sub-par performance against Albert Park. Coach Webb didn’t just want a win, he wanted a BIG win.. and the boys delivered in spades against an undermanned South Mornington 2’s.
Big Sauce Steve Devine was unstoppable both in the Ruck and up forward where he pulled down everything, Nathan ‘Don’t argue’ Moresi was everywhere and snuck forward many times throughout the game to finish with 4 majors.
The forward line played exceptionally well with relentless pressure and unselfish football, rumour has it that this match produced the most ever goals assists in PHAFC history! 12 players got on the scoreboard including the Jumping jack Irishman Christy Devaney who managed his first goal for PHAFC followed soon after by his second. Postman Patty Arnold delivered a few handballs inside the forward 50 which resulted in goals, with his yearly quota met he was smiling from ear to ear post match. South Mornington didn’t hit the scoreboard much, but managed a good hit on Power Forward Daniel Buckley, after firing out a 20m handball to the wing Bucks was cleaned up by a shirtfront that would make lovers of the old VFL days proud, luckily for Bucks after sucking in a few big ones he played out the rest of the game!
Long sleeves Rob Mackay pushed his claim for a senior berth with a tally of 6.7, Speedy Gonzales Jimmy Thoefanis mopped up everything, Michael ‘Snap Chat’ Webb made a big impact in his first game back after his USA tour of duty.. and Phil Mackney continued his good 2104 form with another polished performance.
The 2’s boys sit one game out of 2nd spot with currently the 2nd best percentage in the division, a massive game against Eley Park next week will go a long way to determining the fortunes of 2014 for this group.
Goal Kickers: R. Mackay 6, N. Moresi 4, S. Devine 3, P. Mackney 2, P. Arnold 2, C. Devaney 2, J. Theofanis 2, D. Buckley 2, B. Cox , D. Kilmartin , D. Mitchell , J. Cheney
Best Players: D. Kilmartin, C. Devaney, J. Theofanis, M. Webb, N. Moresi, R. Mackay
It had been some time since Powerhouse had finished the game victorious over our Albert Park Lake co-tenant and it was evident early in the game that the boys were keen to make amends.
Goals were very difficult to come by and it was a tough slog in the wet conditions. The game was heated at times and the Powerhouse boys weren’t about to take a backward step. Although not the best 4-quarter performance of 2014, the senior squad are to be commended for their endeavour to win the contested ball and fight til the final siren.
Another dominant game in the middle was had by our ruck divison and out midfielders stood up when it mattered.
In a low scoring game a special mention goes to Mich ‘Golden Boot’ Duignan for his match sealing point which had to be seen to be believed!!
The boys are looking forward to a big week on the track and getting their season back to an even win/loss ratio against Sth Mornington next week.
Goal Kickers: G. Tubridy , D. Burnside , B. Kyne , R. Webb
Best Players: B. Leske, M. Devine, B. Kyne, W. Slater, M. Lynch, S. Circosta
After a stirring win last week against La Trobe the Reserves let themselves down against Albert Park and played their worst game of the season. Albert Park to be fair are a very handy team and will go close to winning the flag this year, but Coach Webb has implored his troops to show a more dedicated and hungry effort going forward.
In sloppy overcast conditions Albert Park got out of the blocks early and the PHAFC boys couldn’t peg them back. Steve Devine continued his good form in the Ruck, Nath Moresi was back to his damaging best in the midfield and Dom Mitchell was showing some good run also.
PHAFC only kicked 3 goals for the day, Cam Beck playing his first 2’s game hit the scoreboard and Patty Arnold added to his yearly tally also. The boys tried to fight it out but Albert Park were just too strong in the end.
It’s been a big week on the track with lots of tackling and skill based drills, it will be a different and more fired up 2’s that take the field this week.
A win this week will see the boys 3-3 and nicely placed for a shot at a finals second consecutive appearance.
Goal Kickers: C. Barratt , C. Beck , P. Arnold
Best Players: N. Moresi, A. Reynolds, P. Mackney, J. O”Doherty, J. Theofanis, D. Mitchell
Round 4 – Seniors
Power House 8.12.60 def. La Trobe Uni 7.10.52
The Seniors took to the field in bright sunshine for their first home game of the season against Latrobe University to the delight of the massive home crowd swelled by the packed Ladies Day luncheon that was being held upstairs.
The early sunshine soon turned to steady rain as the weather changed during the first quarter and set in throughout the game. The first quarter was tight as both sides played hard. Power House took the early lead but was pegged back by a dogged Latrobe team. The House led by 3 points at the first break.
The second quarter saw more tight football and Power House stretching the margin out to a 7 point lead at the main break. Captain Ben Leske was doing a great job while Sam Confait was in and under the packs.
The third quarter was another battle. Power House kicked away but let Latrobe in for 3 late goals to cough up the lead just before ¾ time.
An impassioned plea from coach Ant Voyage had the boys fired up and to their credit, the side took the game on and didn’t back down. Inspired by some Luke Stubbs brilliance early in the last quarter, the boys used their physical strength to win key contests and heold on for an 8 point victory. The song was sung with plenty of voice!
Adam Collett dominated all day picking up crucial possessions and kicking 3 goals while Ben Leske and Sam Watson were solid down back.
Matt Devine continued his form improvement while big Dave Burnside continued to present up forward and in the ruck booting a crucial long range goal in the final quarter.
A great team performance by the boys to kick start their season.
|La Trobe University||2.1-13||3.5-23||6.7-43||7.10-52|
Goal Kickers: A. Collett 3, T. Hinck , D. Burnside , M. Duignan , L. Stubbs , L. Johnston
Best Players: B. Leske, L. Stubbs, S. Watson, T. Hinck, M. Devine, A. Collett
Round 4 – Reserves
Power House 11.7.73 def. La Trobe Uni 10.9.69
The 2’s went into this game knowing nothing less than a win against La Trobe would be acceptable, poor starts and a lack of intensity early had coast the boys in previous weeks. The first quarter was a tight contest, Power House played a spare man back in defence- Chris ‘Barra’ Barrett had a field day and cleaned up everything that came his way. Steve Devine was putting on a clinic in the middle with ruck dominance to defy the ages, Stuart ‘Silent Bob’ Shanks was relishing his role across half back and Patty ‘Swing man’ Arnold was on the end of some great passing, although a little inaccurate early Patty managed to find the goals eventually. Daniel ‘Power Forward’ Buckley marked and kicked truly and the boys started to look in control of the game.
Power House were a goal up at half time, but injuries to Bucks and Dom Mitchell in the 3rd quarter limited rotations – in spite of this the boys went on with the job with Patty Arnold, Steve Devine and Padraig all hitting the scoreboard. Power House lead by 22 points at the final change with Stevie Circosta providing great run in his comeback game.
Coach Webb implored his troops to go on with the job, but with a few injuries and a younger opposition the House boys were run over in the final quarter, La Trobe were full of run and started piling on the goals. All looked lost as La Trobe hit the front in the dying minutes. Power House kicked a point and trailed by 3 points, La Trobe then tried to keep possession of the ball and chipped it around, one of their players inexplicably switched the ball across the goals and put his teammate under pressure, the PHAFC boys ascended on him and a holding the ball decision was awarded. Rhys ‘Iceman’ Gregory (new to PHAFC in 2014) was awarded the kick 35 metres out on an angle in the pocket with 5 seconds to go, the siren went and the crowd collectively held its breath. Like a seasoned professional Rhys went back an slotted the goal (his first for PHAFC) which then sent the PHAFC players and supporters into unbridled ecstasy, the players got around Rhys and injured players stumbled from the bench to join in the celebrations! This truly was a win for the ages. The PHAFC song was belt out with gusto and the team celebrated well into the night.
Hopefully this can be the catalyst for a serious tilt at the finals this year for the PHAFC 2nd XVIII, sitting at 2-2 the boys have their destiny in their own hands. Out rivals Albert Park await this week as we head Sports Cover Arena – home of the VAFA! Go House!
|La Trobe University||3.4-22||4.6-30||6.8-44||10.9-69|
Goal Kickers: P. Arnold 5, J. Theofanis , D. Buckley , P. Mackney , R.Gregory , S. Devine , P. O’Grady
Best Players: . Gregory, P. Arnold, C. Barratt, S. Devine, S. Circosta, S. Shanks