Mid-Season Report

This is 2018 so far… where are we at the halfway point?

With a bye weekend coming up week we take a look at the season to date. It’s been a tough 2018 for the men of the House, but the Women are flying! There’s been some great performances on (and off) the field, here is a snapshot of the season so far…

Seniors

What’s gone right? Back-to-back wins in rounds 4 & 5 has us positioned nicely at the start of the season.

What’s gone wrong? Many games this season have seen the House unable to run out a full game, most of the games we have been in early. The unavailability of senior players through injury has not helped our cause either.

Where can we improve? There are always areas to improve, most of it starts at training. There’s no secret that in football the best trainers are generally the best players. A big focus was put on the last training session this week before the break.

Tackling intensity and pressure will be a challenge for us in the second half of the year also.

Players to watch: Luke Stubbs is back to his 2015 Best and Fairest winning form and leads the goals kicking with 25 majors. Ben Circosta and Adam Collett have been consistent as always along with Steve Devine.

Rhys Gregory has played every game in his return year to the club while first year players Vinny Tassone and Brent Ritchie have also been solid contributors.

Focus for second half of year: If you look at the ladder you will see we are in a tight relegation battle. The obvious focus is to do enough to stay up in division 2.

Key games coming up against Eltham, St Johns and Emmaus will determine our fate.

 

Reserves

What’s gone right? It’s been a tough year for the men in the twos, but a win over Eltham at home in Round 4 was a highlight. It was funny to see more guys in the middle of the song than there was in the outer circle!

What’s gone wrong? Player availability has been difficult all year with no less than 58 players having a run in the Reserves so far. At times we have started the game with 17 on the field or played games with no bench.

Where can we improve?

Players to watch: Tim Arlington has been a solid performer in his first year at the club; earning a senior call up on a few occasions. Jai Fernandez has played every game in his debut season and has provided some much need pace… and youth!

Sten Weislander has brought an international touch to the team and has played every game this year, the big Irishman John Cannon has also made an impact.

Focus for second half of year: The boys will be keen on getting a couple more wins and finishing the season strong, many of the guys have never played before; so skills and learning the game is focus in the next 2 months.

 

Women’s

What’s gone right? The girls have been a hit on and off the field! They have brought so much enthusiasm and energy to the club. Many girls are playing football for the first time and they have really embraced the challenge.

What’s gone wrong? Not too much so far, the girls will be disappointed with coughing up a last minute goal in round 7 which cost them the win! They had to settle for a draw in the end.

Where can we improve? Being the first year for the women there is still much improvement to be had, general ball skills and the rules of AFL are not easy for some of us who have played all our lives… let alone ladies in their first year!

Improved ball skills as well as positioning on the field are key priorities for the second half of the year.

Players to watch: Steph Bell has brought some of her Ice-Hockey experience showing great physicality, she also lead the goals kicking with 8 majors for the year. Sarah Dash has made an impact with 6 goals in her first 2 games.

Captain Anna Kennedy has been solid as a rock across the back line and Ashley Myles has provided much run through the midfield.

Focus for second half of year: Sitting in 3rd place the girls are primed for a finals berth in their maiden season. Much emphasis will be on improving skills and team cohesion, some accuracy on goal will also be a focus as the finals draw near.

Here’s to a big second half of the season and a few more wins!

GO HOUSE!

Round 5 Results

 

Power House vs St Johns

Power House made it two in a row when they defeated a hard fighting St Johns side at the Ross Gregory. Luke Stubbs lead the way for the House, kicking six of their 12 majors, however, they struggled to get on top of the Jocs early, who were neck and neck in a low scoring first half. Power House missed a massive 20 scoring shots resulting in the final outcome being closer than the way the House dominated. Both sides had a high scoring last quarter, where the House kicked 6 goals and the Jocs kicked five. The defenders prevailed for the House, led by Fiachra O Deasmhunaigh and Rhys Gregory, who held the Jocs to 10 goals. Dec Nannery was also important for Power House. For the Jocs, star forward Timmy ‘Timbo’ Edwards kicked a stellar seven, with Keith Ash and Liam O’Connor as able support.

POWER HOUSE AFC
Goal Kickers: L. Stubbs 6, B. Circosta 2, V. Tassone, D. Nannery, W. Gleeson, A. Collett
Best Players: F. O deasmhunaigh, R. Gregory, D. Nannery, A. Collett, L. Stubbs, R. Yak

 

For the Reserves it was a gutsy effort as the went down by a couple of goals; the boys were in it all day but ultimately fell short. A stand out performance was that of Sean Marshall with a career high 3 goals, new player Eoghan McNutt not only has one of the best surnames going around but he also slotted a couple of snags.

POWER HOUSE AFC
Goal Kickers: S. Marshall 3, E. McNutt 2, T. Arlington, D. Blamey, G. Cunniffe, S. Shanks, C. Browne
Best Players: M. Nicholson, S. Marshall, T. Arlington, J. Cannon, T. O”Sullivan, P. Dignan

 

Round 6 Preview:

Bulleen Templestowe vs Power House

The House have showed for two weeks now that they can and will compete in Division 2, however, the Bullants will match up very well against them and are more comfortable at their home fortress. This game is a make or break for the House who have a chance to push for top four, as well as Bulleen who need to avoid dropping into the bottom two. Mohandas (Bulleen) and Stubbs (Power House) will be shooting it out in front of goals, so it will come down to which sides defence holds up for four quarters and stops what could be an on slaught of goals.

 

Women’s Results:

Power House Women’s team stormed into 2nd place on the VAFA D3 Women’s ladder. They were never challenged as they kept South Melbourne Districts Scoreless.

It was a Bell and a Ferrari who dominated with 2 goals each as the girls ran out 64 point winners.

The House now play a crucial game against Prahran Assumption who are also on 2-2 for the season.

POWER HOUSE
Goal Kickers: S. Bell 2, M. Ferrari 2, A. Myles, K. Benson , K. Crowley, R. Mason, B. Madigan
Best Players: K. Crowley, B. Madigan, L. McGowan, M. Duane, M. Ferrari, A. Gillbee

Hi There PHAFC peeps!!!

Saturday the 19th May will see a big event take place at Cushion in St Kilda, it is the PHAFC COCKTAIL PARTY.

The date for this event is the 19th May, tickets are $20 per head (or $25 on the door) and includes drink specials and food all night

The party will rage from 7.30pm – 12:30am.

Partners encouraged Cocktail attire Tickets pre paid and selling now.

See Charlie Betts for tickets and also advice on how to look sharp!

https://www.powerhouse-afc.com/2480-2/

VAFA Women’s Grading Tournament – Details here!

Tomorrow will see the PHAFC Women’s team run out together for the first time in a match. The round-robin format will determine what grade the girls are entered into for the 2018 season.

It would be great to see a lot of support down at the matches as the girls take the field.

Details are below:

VAFA Women’s grading tournament
Keysborough Playing Fields
738 Springvale Rd, Braeside

RD 1   9:40am        Powerhouse v MCCFC       OVAL  3

RD 2  11:40am     Powerhouse v Aquinas       OVAL 2

RD 3  1:40pm         Powerhouse v Whitefriars  OVAL  3

GF  3:00pm- 3.40 pm    GRAND FINAL       OVAL 2

Matches will consist of:
•       2 x 15 minute halves with no time on and a 5 minute half time
•       5 Minute break between rounds
•       18 players per team on the field and an unlimited bench

Power House Premiership Star Appointed New Reserves Coach

Some big news here at Power House with the announcement that 2006 Senior Premiership Star Bernard Brady has been appointed as our new Reserves Coach for Season 2018.


Bernard joins us after a long, successful playing and coaching career with South Yarra in the Southern Football League where he has coached the club across all teams, Seniors, Reserves and Masters with great success including a Premiership and 2 Grand Finals.

As a player, Bernard was a passionate, pacy, skilled, nuggety and determined footballer who played hard and tough. He played over 300 games, won 4 Premierships and played in 10 Grand Finals.

As a coach he was close to his players and worked on developing his teams both individually and collectively.

Last week, Bernard and his wife Jaime had their first child, Hope Isabella.

We are delighted to have secured Bernard as our new Reserves Coach and welcome him back formally to the Power House FC.


(L-R  
Director of Football – Ant Voyage, Senior Coach – Dave Matthews,  Reserves Coach – Bernard Brady, President – Nic Pavlou,)