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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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Round 7 – Match Reports

It was a disappointing weekend for the club with both teams going down to UHS-VU.

The Seniors suffered their first loss of the season after a dreadful first quarter which saw UHS kick 7 goals to 1. The second quarter was not much better as we kicked 1 goal to 3. 

The House fought back hard in the 3rd term but he deficit was too great as UHS ran away with it in the end. 

One positive was the return of Nick Nagel (4 goals) and Darcy Grasby who played well in their first games back from injury.

In the Reserves, it was always going to be a tough ask against an undefeated UHS. The end result was a 61-point defeat but there were plenty of positives to take out. Sean Marshall played his best game for the club, Gerry Cleary rucked all day, Phil Mackney suffered leather poisoning due to a stack of possessions and Steve Circosta was everywhere.

We have much to work on as a club and we will have to train hard all week as we face a determined Richmond Centrals next week.

Seniors

Reserves

Round 6 Match Results

It was a good weekend for the House with the club getting two wins.

After a very disappointing result the previous week the Reserves bounced back to record a big 88 point over South Melbourne. Patty Arnold continued his good year with 4 goals, Daniel Buckley kicked 2 goals as did Pat ‘Kenny Powers’ Hutchinson.

It was great to see a couple of old timers return for a kick in Joe Cunsolo and Nathan ‘The Fist’ Moresi, although Nathan was questioning his football return after struggling to kick more than 15 metres!

Even though it was a big win it was still a hard fought contest with the boys feeling very sore afterwards, Dom Fogarty ran all day and Ollie Gravelle played his best game for the club to date.

In the Seniors South Melbourne really took it up to the House and played some good football. It was a tight tussle in the first half  and Coach Voyage had some strong words at half time. The boys responded to the challenge and kicked 10 goals in the second half to record a 55 point win.

The Seniors now sit 6-0 and next week take on the also undefeated UHS-VU at the Ross Gregory Oval. The UHS Reserves are also undefeated, so next week looms as a HUGE challenge for the club!

Seniors


Reserves

Round 5 – Match Reports

Round 5 kicked off with the Reserves getting an absolute hiding against La Trobe Uni. In the Seniors though it was a different story running out winners by 39 points.

Seniors Report

River Carroll continued his hot form from the previous week by kicking 4 goals, in Nick Nagel’s absence he really has stepped up. Pat Healey provided a great target up forward booting 2 goals and Luke Stubbs also kicked two majors.

Figs was again dominant across half back rebounding everything, Darren Baker turned back the clock with a vintage performance and Ben Circosta was back to his best form.

The win was setup in the first term with a 4 goal to nothing opening and then again in the 3rd quarter as the House slammed on 6 goals to 2.

The seniors now go 5-0 and 2 games clear in second spot, UHS-VU are also undefeated and looking dangerous.

POWER HOUSE AFC

Goal Kickers: R. Carroll 4, P. Healey 2, L. Stubbs 2, R. Yak, S. Circosta, A. Collett, S. Devine, B. Circosta, D. Nannery, D. Baker
Best Players: R. Carroll, F. O”deasmhunaigh, B. Circosta, A. Collett, D. Baker, N. Brown

Reserves Report

After a tough first quarter the boys trailed by 3 goals, Patty Arnold and Grant Lester got on the scoreboard early; but from there that was ‘all she wrote’!. The boys really struggled on the massive ground as their younger Uni opponents ran into space and switched all day.

La Trobe Uni piled on 6 goals in the 2nd term and then 8 goals in the 3rd, Coach Phil Mackney asked the boys for a better effort in the last and they responded by limiting the home team to only one goal.

Dom Fogarty ran all day, Micheal ‘MOG’ O’Gorman played his  best game for the year and Gordon Conochie gathered a heap of touches in just his 3rd ever game of AFL.

It wasn’t a great day to celebrate Bucks’ 100th game, but the boys still chaired him from the ground.

We now face South Melbourne in a must win game next Saturday and look forward to welcoming back a few key players!

POWER HOUSE AFC

Goal Kickers: G. Lester, P. Arnold
Best Players: S. Marshall, D. Fogarty, M. O”Gorman, P. Mackney, D. Eastey, G. Conochie

 

We celebrated a another 2 wins on the weekend as both teams got the job done against Point Cook.

The Senior game got off to a bad start with Nick Nagel injuring himself in the opening minute and then didn’t take any further part in the game. This affected the team setup and they went into the first change with only one goal on the board.

It was a better second term as the House slammed on 6 goals to 1, Pat Healey was a great target up forward and even Charlie Betts got amongst the goals!

Point cook got on top in the 3rd term and kicked 5 goals to 3, Figs was rebounding beautifully off half back as was Aidan Reynolds, Point Cook may have kicked more if it wasn’t for these boys effort!

The last term was a sight to behold as the House slammed on 9 goals to 1. Ryal Yak chipped in with a couple of goals but the star of the day was River Carroll who ended up with 8 goals.

All in all it was a huge team effort but the good news is there is still plenty of improvement left in the boys, this point was driven home by Coach  Ant Voyage after the game.

POWER HOUSE AFC

Goal Kickers: R. Carroll 8, R. Yak 2, P. Healey 2, C. Betts 2, L. Stubbs 2, B. Murray, S. Devine, D. Baker, E. Edwards
Best Players: R. Carroll, F. O”deasmhunaigh, A. Reynolds, B. Murray, P. Healey, L. Stubbs

 

In the Reserves it was a real arm wrestle for the first half before the House kicked out to a 7 goal lead at 3 quarter time. Point Cook came back hard in the last but the boys managed to hold on. Patty Arnold was best on ground in his 200th with 4 goals while Dec Nannery continued his push for a senior recall with 2 goals.

Matty Trounce was good again providing run all day and Jarryd Brutonn was also in the best.

At 2-2 we face another big challenge this week against La Trobe who are in some ripping form.

POWER HOUSE AFC

Goal Kickers: P.Arnold 4, D.Nannery 2, S.Circosta, J.Brutonn, B.Kyne, A.McKewen
Best Players: P.Arnold, D.Nannery, D.Fogarty, S.Circosta, J.Brutonn, M.Trounce

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