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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!

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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,)

2018 Major Sponsor Announcement: Chapter House

Power House Amateur Football Club are delighted to announce CHAPTER HOUSE as their major sponsor for the 2018 season.

Chapter House offer modern and traditional funeral services. With years of experience behind their team, they are proud to be known for their compassion, integrity and the utmost care.

Chapter House is owned and operated by the parents of PHAFC player Oli Knight-Gravelle, Oli’s Step Father Troy Upfield is the Founding Principal of Chapter House and recently spoke to us about his excitement of coming on board with the club:

“Chapter House is excited to be part of the PHAFC as its commitment to the broader community and celebration of life. I spoke to Nic Pavlou several times during the 2017 season and was impressed with his enthusiasm for football, commitment to the club and to the welfare of the players off the field. PHAFC’s rich history and community ties with the Lord Sommers Camp made the decision easy for us to sponsor the club”. 

Services at Chapter House are guided by you, so that they can provide the appropriate support to respect and honour you and your family. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the services at Chapter House you can learn more about the company on their website: www.chapterhouse.com.au

Troy will be around the club during the season and will also be a guest speaker at our Past Players day in 2018. Please make Troy and the Chapter House team feel welcome in joining the Power House Community.

On behalf of the Power House AFC, we welcome Troy and the team at Chapter House on board and look forward to a successful partnership going forward.

 

2017 Best and Fairest Winners

Last Saturday night the club held its 2017 Vote Count Night.

A boisterous crowd including the complete playing list and coaches attended and reviewed the season and watched the Best and Fairest votes tally round by round.

Over the vote count, the tension built as the rounds were tallied.

Tal Sardone and Fiachra O’Deasmhunaigh TIE to share the 2017 Keith “Bluey” Truscott Seniors Best and Fairest

Tal and Figs both polled 79 votes to defeat Nick Nagel by 1 vote.

2012 winner Adam Collett finished third with 69 votes while 2016 winner Ben Circosta finished fourth on 68 votes.

In his first year at the club, Tal had an excellent season polling in 11 games playing through the midfield. He led the way for his teammates with his fierce attack on the ball and an uncompromising standard and willingness to put his body on the line. He played a number of different roles through the year either attacking or shutting down when required. A great season and a great future at the club.

In his second year at the club, Fiachra was selected in the VAFA Division 3 Team of the Year at Centre Half Back. His ability to close down his opponent while consistently attacking made him a hard match up for opponents and his long kicking was a feature of his great year.
After finishing 8th in the count last year, Figs was moved to defence and has developed as a fine player and the cornerstone of the defence. He polled in 10 games.

Runner up Nick Nagel had an outstanding year polling votes in 11 out of 14 games including 4 best on ground performances on his way to Team of the Year selection and 70 goals. He was selected in the VAFA Victorian Team and will leave this weekend to tour Ireland..

This is only the third tie for the “Bluey” in the clubs history.

Les Gordon and Peter Hutchinson tied in 1962 while Fred Stafford and Glyn Evans tied in 1978.

Steve Circosta wins the 2017 Wal Davie Reserves Best and Fairest

To cap off a great season, Steve Circosta polled 69 votes to defeat Phil Mackney by 12 votes.

Dom Fogarty finished third while Patrick Arnold finished in 4th place.

Steve polled in 8 out of 9 games for the season and managed to play 5 senior games. His form was excellent and he is a deserving winner. Steve has always put the club ahead of his own interests and is the consummate clubman. A great competitor on the field, he leaves everything out on the park each time he pulls on the green, black and white. This is a great reward for a great season

The whole club congratulates Tal, Fiachra and Steve on their outstanding seasons.
The awards will be formally presented to the winners and runners-up at our
Gala Presentation Night on Saturday 28 October 2017

Details of the night are below

This will be a huge night where all award winners will be recognised.

Top 10 vote winners for each team are below.

Seniors 2017 Keith “Bluey” Truscott Best and Fairest Award

T. Sardone 79
F. Ó Deasmhúnaigh 79
N. Nagel 78
A. Collett 69
B. Circosta 68
L. Stubbs 48
R. Carroll 42
S. Confait 35
N. Brown 35
E. Nyary 31

Reserves 2017 Wal Davie Best and Fairest Award

S. Circosta 69
P. Mackney 47
D. Fogarty 43
P. Arnold 42
C. Browne 35
T. O’Sullivan 33
O. Gravelle 32
J. Temme 30
J. Bruton 28
N. Brown 24
H. Miller 24

 

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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

 

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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.