Saturday was one of those dream days in football where everything just goes to plan! It all started with the Reserves having a thumping win over their Canterbury counterparts, the boys put the game to bed with a 10 goals to 1 first half. Patty Arnold was in vintage form kicking 7 goals while Dan Stuart played his best game for the club in defence marking everything that came his way. The end result was a 70 point thumping to the PHAFC boys and the song was sang with gusto.
An interesting stat on the day was that 14 of 22 players were Irish, there may be a movement to add a Shamrock to the playing jumper if this keeps up! Or perhaps a change of club logo?????
The main event was one of the most important games for the club in many a year, it was a chance to move into the top 6 and also Captain Adam Collett’s 150th game; and as Brian Taylor would say “Boy oh boy” did they rise to the challenge!
Canterbury were fast out of the blocks with 5 majors, but the PHAFC boys reeled them in to face a 16 point half time deficit. The 2nd term saw the House kick 6 goals to 3 to lead by 15 at the long break.
Coach Voyage implored his team to stay the course at half time; but a big 3rd term by Canterbury meant the fellas were 5 points down at the last change. Things didn’t look to good as Canterbury Scored the first goal and then turned the game into a ‘stoppage fest’; and with 8 minutes to go the game looked to be slipping away as the House trailed by 13 points. It was at this point that something clicked and the boys found another gear, the next 6 minutes saw PHAFC slam on 5 unanswered goals which had the local crowd screaming pure bloody ecstasy!
Nick Nagel was the star with 8 goals, Adam Collett was brilliant in his 150th and kicked 3 (including a goal late in the game to seal the deal), River Carroll was enormous with 3 goals of his own; but one of the highlights of the day was Paddy Barrett sneaking forward and kicking his first every Senior goal in 10 years at the club (also his first goal since 2011), it was a sight to behold as the boys all got around him.
It was a fantastic day for the club and a really meaningful performance as we stormed into the top 6, with matches against the 2 bottom teams to come we will be expecting to play finals for the first time since the 2010 Martin Pike era.
The boys kicked on in the night as we celebrated in style with the club’s 80’s night; see below for some photos of the magic day!
|Power House AFC||3.1-19||9.3-57||12.4-76||17.6-108|
|Canterbury Football Club||5.5-35||6.6-42||12.9-81||13.12-90|
POWER HOUSE AFC
Best Players: N. Nagel, R. Carroll, A. Collett, R. Yak, J. O”Neil, J. Haynes