PHAFC into 2017 D3 Grand Final!

It’s official! Power House have earned promotion to D2 and a spot in the 2017 VAFA D3 Grand Final!

It was a big day out at Garvey Oval Bundoora, there was great support behind the goals from the PHAFC fans as they cheered on every score.

Westbourne threw everything they had at us and looked the goods as they took a 19 point lead into the half time break. Coach Ant Voyage asked his players to lift and they responded, in the 3rd quarter we produced an 8 goal to 1 goal onslaught, it was some of the best football we played all year.

In the last quarter we kicked 3 goals to 1 goal and ended up running out 42 point winners.

All in all it was a fantastic TEAM effort and a just reward for a great season to date.

This week we are up against one of our oldest foes in UHS-VU, they have been ultra-impressive all year and we will need to play at our absolute best to have any chance in taking out the premiership.

The match is scheduled for a 2:20pm start this Saturday at Elsternwick Park! Details of pre-match functions to be released shortly!

GO HOUSE!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former player President and Life Member, Harry South.

 

Harry passed away this morning after a long illness.

 

Harry came to Power House in 1957 and first played in the Under 19 team.

 

He showed great promise and was a member of the famous 1959 Immortals Champion Team.

 

Harry continued his career at Power House playing his last game in 1984 – 26 years after he commenced.

 

Harry became Club President for 3 years in 1984/5/6 and was elected to Life Membership.

 

Harry was famous for his booming voice behind the goals cheering on the House.

 

He was a big man with a big personality, a big heart with a generous demeanour.

 

He will be sadly missed by all his Power House and Lord Somers Camp friends and family.

 

Harry turned 77 last week.

 

Funeral details to follow

 

https://www.powerhouse-afc.com/2308-2/

Round 14 – Match Reports

Round 14 – Match Reports

Contrary to rumours circulated by unnamed club sources, the boys trained at an excellent level; the 1’s buoyed by the recent success against South Melbourne, and the 2’s with their season on the line.

 

For the second week running, the boys took to the field with a serious breeze at their backs. This week however, it was accompanied by some severe weather warnings form the Bureau of Meteorology. The conditions did beg the existential question: if a player kicks the ball and it goes backwards, has it even been kicked? Undeterred by any silly questions, the 2’s ventured out into Hurricane Katrina’s little sister and began what would become the blueprint for both games – a hard  fought contest where the boundary line was everyone’s best friend.

 

The Reserves began the game strongly, with the likes of Jarryd Bruton and Darra Conlan winning it through their sheer hard work, and even contributing a goal apiece on a day where everyone found it hard to get a kick, and even harder to get it to go straight. Stalwart Patty Arnold went about his business in a systematic manner, leading the goal kickers with 2 important majors.

 

Led by best on ground Greg Bell, the backline was gallant all day, with more repellent power than a brand new can of Mortein. But even with strong performances from Rick Cowper and Conor Costello, nothing could stop the mighty forces that be. It has been rumoured that after a particularly strong gust, an umpire’s shirt became untucked, revealing some blue, white and red stripes underneath. Regardless, it truly was Christmas in July for Point Cook. Of their grand total of 6 goals, 4 were gifted to them from whistles unkind to Powerhouse. Despite scrapping it out all day, it was a disappointing result for the Reserves.

 

In the Seniors, it was milestone madness. The baby faced killer Jimmy Theofanis ticked off a great 50 games for Powerhouse and in his tenth year at the club, Darren Baker became the 50th player to reach 150 games for Powerhouse. The team went all out and secretly spent all week making a huge impressive banner for him to commemorate the milestone. Unfortunately, we tasked the slim pair of Tal Sardone and Ryal Yak with holding it up in the wind, and their young hands just couldn’t stop it blowing away. The banner disappeared so unfortunately Darren had to run out the same way he has for the last ten years. Despite this pre-game disappointment, the 1’s were chomping at the bit to repeat their clinical performance from last week and headed out to begin what would eventually become a thrilling match.

 

The breeze was behind the House to begin the game, and the most was made of it. The ball barely left the forward 50, but with almost every player on the field around the frequent stoppages, goals were still had to come by. The midfielders were impressive with their attack on the ball, and the cleanliness of Charlie Betts shone through in trying conditions. Declan Nannery had the ball on a string, finishing with a team high 4 goals and taking some impressive marks as a loose man in the backline when the House were under the pump.

 

The milestone man, Darren Baker was everywhere. It was a great game for his personal legacy. The conditions forced him to handball almost every time, which helped make a dent in his historically unbalanced kick to handball ratio. Skipper Adam Collett was up to his usual tricks, barging through packs and setting up a goal from the first centre bounce of the third quarter with his sublime crumbing.

 

Heading into the final term with a precarious 5 goal lead, the 37 minute quarter saw Point Cook take advantage of their continuous inside 50’s. But it was the heroic gut running of midfielder Dominic Mitchell and his teammates beside him that delivered Dom his first major of the year. The only goal scored against the wind for Powerhouse all day stemmed the bleeding and carried the seniors to a 2 goal win over Point Cook. Bruised and battered from one of the most physical games all year, the team is looking the good as we head into next week’s huge clash with top of the table UHS-VU.

 

 

 

 

Round 9 Match Reports

It was a glorious trip out to St James Park on Saturday as both the PHAFC teams came away with the points!

In the Seniors, it was a case of a ‘River burst’ as River Carroll kicked 6 goals, he was well supported by Nick Nagel (4 goals) and Sam Confait (2 goals), Sammy even managed to take the ‘Impact Trades’ mark of the day as he straddled a Swinburne players’ shoulders in a pack contest.

Darren Baker continued his good form as did Nick Brown and Tal Sardone.

For the Reserves, it was a memorable day as we played a solid 4 quarter match for the first time in weeks! AJ McKewen was a standout performer with 5 goals, Greg ‘Swingman’ Bell switched to the forward line and starred with 3 first half goals and Dave ‘Kirk’ Cameron also kicked 2 goals.

Then there was Phil ‘Princess’ Mackney put on a monster performance and must of had Gary Ablett like stats come games end.

It was a great win as we finished the game with half a bench, to lose the lead in the last quarter and come home strong was a really pleasing performance from the boys.

Seniors

Reserves

 

Apologies to all, there are no photos available this week as Gerry Cleary was left in charge – suffice to say none were up to the high standard we keep here at PHAFC!

 

Round 8 – Match Reports

In Round 8 action we saw the Seniors back on the winners list as they slugged out a good win over Richmond Central.

Eddie Nyary played his best game for the club and Figs continued his damaging 2017 form, Tal Sardone, Nick Brown and Dec Nannery were also amongst the best.

All in all, it was a wonderful team performance and keeps the boys 2 games clear in 2nd spot, UHS came from behind to eventually run out comfortable winners over Canterbury and remain a game clear on top.

For the Reserves, it was a tale of two halves. The boys played a great first 50 minutes with the 2nd quarter being some of the best footy we’ve played all year. Dom Fogarty and Cillian Browne were providing much run, newcomer Dave “Buckets” Cameron was marking everything that came his way and Lee Johnston (playing his first 2017 game) wound back the clock with a couple of classy goals.

In the Third quarter, it all went pear-shaped as Richmond wend on a rampage, they kicked the first goal inside 20 seconds and the PHAFC boys lost their way.

In the end, it was a 9 goal to 1 second half, Coach Phil Mackney was very disappointed as was the rest of the playing group. We have much to work on in the 2nd half of the year – starting with some fitness!

We’ll get down to training and keep working hard as we head into the Queens Birthday weekend break.

GO HOUSE!