Celebrate 1984 premiership reunion with us on AFL grand final day

19th September, 2014
1984 Premierships Reunion Celebration Day at Club Kirrawee-page-001The AFL Grand Final. That one day in September when heroes are made and legends are born.
So you didn’t get tickets to the MCG? No stress! Get on down to Kirrawee Bowls for the next best thing!
All are welcome from 11AM on Saturday 27 September, free entry, food and drinks available.
Get around our great club as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our 1984 premierships, the ladies’ 2014 undefeated premiership, Denoon’s Hart medal, reminisce on the year that was and look forward to a cracking 2015. Mates, partners, family are all welcome. Where your team colours and we’ll see you there!

Come and watch the AFL Grand Final at Club Kirrawee, Saturday 27 September and help us celebrate the following:
- 1984 Premierships Reunion
- Andrew Denoon: AFL Sydney U19 Hart Medal (Division 2 Best & Fairest)
-  Women’s Premiership: AFL Sydney Division 2

Southern Power is proud of its history as THE SHARKS and in 1984 the club won not only our first but also our second premiership!
Who ? Calling all current and past members and supporters of the Power/Sharks especially those who played in the 1984 teams & those who want to celebrate that memory.
11am Start
12pm Presentation to the past players attending
2.30pm Watch the AFL Grand Final.
5pm Finish. Meals ordered from the bistro and drinks available at the bar.
Cost is Nil…..Free entry (Buy your own food and drinks)
Club Kirrawee Mezzanine Function room 101 Oak Road Kirrawee.

Let Brian Cloney /Dave Tremain or Terry Cummins know you are attending

RSVP early so we know you’re coming!

Brian Cloney (Club Vice President) 0418900052
b.cloney@optusnet.com.au Home; 0295434319
Terry Cummins (Super Coach) 0418673120 tcelectronics@bigpond.com
David Tremain (Super Player) 0419124304 dtremain@hfasurveyors.com.au

Southern Power Preso Night

18th September, 2014

Power Preso Flyer-page-001Southern Power invite you to the annual Presentation Night!

Saturday 18th October
6.30pm till late
Cocktail Dress
Gymea and Miranda Bowls Club, The Kingsway
$95 (18+ years)
$65 (Under 18s)
Pay by cash to Milky or EFT to the club account

RSVP Friday 10th October

Download the event invitation: Preso Night
Event page on facebook: Preso Night
Or email: president@southernpower.com.au

The AFL Sydney Phelan Medal Awards 2014

17th September, 2014

DenoonThe setting was Doltone House on Monday night, 15 September 2014.  The event was AFL Sydney’s night of nights, the Phelan Medal awards. The room was filled with a mix of current players and old men who (I assume) had once played. Our own Cameron “Fossil” Roe wouldn’t have looked out of place1

The Southern Power tables took a little time to warm up. Evidently there were some sore heads and tired eyes after just getting back from footy trip earlier that afternoon. Some boys were struggling so much that they didn’t make it to the event (*cough* Gooba *cough*).

Have you heard of Gillon Maclachlan, the Chairman of the AFL? Well, the MC for the night was his younger brother. I forget his name, so let’s call him Younger Gill.  Young Gill was pretty funny. Although everything he said struggled to cut through the obvious fact that he would always be the less successful sibling.

Without too much ado, YG kicked off the night with the naming of the AFL Sydney Women’s Team of the Year. It went something like this: “Back Pocket: some chick, Sydney University. Full Back: someone else, some other university. Back Pocket: Kathryn Hull, Southern Power.”  The cheers erupted. It was loud. I honestly didn’t hear the rest of the team, I assume it consisted of the remainder of the Southern Power women’s team, because the cheering was so loud and sustained. At the end of the naming, YG came back on the mic and said: “Which one is Kathryn Hull’s table? *big cheer* Righto, table 33 currently have a $5K tab at the Star for making the most noise, and any other table can get involved in that competition to try to beat it.” Needless to say, it was never beaten. Young Gill seemed to disappear very quickly at the end of the event. I assume the cheque is in the post. Keep an eye out for that cheque, Milky.

The night progressed to handing out the AFL Sydney women’s coach of the year. YG must be illiterate because in naming the coach of the year, he seemed to mispronounce the name “Matt Crowe” and accidentally said some other name. The room seemed confused, given that Crowe had coached the Southern Power women’s team to win the 2014 premiership, undefeated. Anyway, we moved on.

Out came the entrées, which were some weird lasagne thing with too much egg, and the consistency of jelly. Mmmmm….. Egggg jellllyyyyy…….

Next came some plugs for sponsors. It was a good plug, except that I don’t remember who the sponsors were. One thing I do remember is the plug for a great charity, White Ribbon, Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. Get around them.

A few videos were played, and other awards given, although it all seemed like “filler” on the way to one of the highlights of the night, the naming of the Hart Medal. This medal is awarded to the best and fairest player in the under 19s competition.

And the winner of the 2014 Hart Medal is Andrew Denoon, Southern Power.”

*crowd erupts*

They say the proudest moment a man can have is when he looks into the eyes of his first born child. Now, I don’t know exactly what that feels like, but I now have an idea. We all do. Because hearing the name of our boy Denoon named as the best and fairest player in the competition brought such a sense of pride to all of our hearts that I don’t think will ever be topped. It brought tears to glass eyes all around the room.

As humble as he is, Denoon managed to look genuinely shocked when his name was read out (even though we all know that he dominated the competition all year). He had even taken his jacket off shortly before so that when he walked to the stage he could be seen to be putting his jacket on, shaking his head and saying “I had no idea”.

Young Gill called Denoon to the stage to accept his award, and what followed was one of the best interviews to ever take place (perhaps only rivalled by this one2):

YG: “We’ve got a new top of the leader board for the loudest table.”

Come on Young Gill, it’s the same club you muppet. You should know by now, Southern Power support our own, LOUDLY.

You can watch the interview in full here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8r_ZeTQE4U starting at about 1hr 20 min. Needless to say, the young backstreet boy did us all proud, and the future of our great club is in very capable hands.

Again, I don’t remember what happened next. I think some other nipsies were given some other awards.

The main meals came around. Steak or chicken. Dicko let me have my choice, what a great guy. Milky was given chicken He looked confused and I think he even asked the waiter why he didn’t get steak? Feed. the man. meat.

Anyway, shortly after the dishes were cleared, we reached the next best moment of the night, the naming of the AFL Sydney women’s rising star award. I don’t know who won the final award, I stopped listening after I heard3:

“Round 14, Bianca North, Southern Power.”

A well-earned nomination, Anca! This young woman found her way into all of our hearts in 2014. With the effort with which she trains, and then the way that she is able to produce on game-day, we know that she’s got a huge career to come. Well done Bianca!

The night moved on, a few more awards were given, and we arrived at the Best and Fairest of AFL Sydney Women’s Division 2. Congratulations to our own Kathryn Hull, who came in 4th place in the league best and fairest. Huggies, you are our Captain Courageous!

Next came the Snow medal. The Power has a strong history in this medal count. Again in 2014 we were well represented by Liam Davis. Tongsy came equal 3rd in the count with an impressive 20 votes. It’s arguable to say that he was bumped up to equal 2nd after the leading vote-getter was ineligible due to suspension. Well done mate on a great result!

I think there might have been another award on the night. I can’t be sure. No one really paid much attention, as the highlights had already happened. Well done to Huggies, Denoon, Anca and Tongsy. We are all very proud of your efforts this year, and I’m sure you will all feature at the Power Presentation Awards Dinner (Gymea Bowling Club 18 October 2014, get your tickets now).

#PowerInUnity
Murph

1 Because he’s a current player. Did you think I meant because he’s old? You are an unkind person.
2 Funny interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSFWgKl-O-A
3 I stopped listening, and Young Gill stuffed up by reading the winner of the award before he had read the nominations. Nailed it mate.

A spectacular season for the Power Women!

15th September, 2014

Huggies and CroweyAh September. The greatest month on the footy calendar. Finals footy has once again come upon us.
After recent success in the last few years, Southern Power continued its Grand final run with the Womens Division 2 Championship being wrapped up like a hot tortilla by Coach Crowe’s troops.

With Blacktown International Sports Park deemed venue of choice it left no home ground advantage for either Southern Power and the Wollongong Saints. The sub-par weather was about as popular as a snake in a sleeping bag, however despite this, it was the Power girls who maintained their undefeated season, 18-0, to be crowned Champions after defeating fellow heavyweights, Wollongong, by a blow out score of 2.6-18 to 1.2-8.

Repartee began early as the Saints banner consisted of the phrase – “Time to flick the switch and turn off the Power!” which left Power fans seething with fury. Determined not to be put off by this poor attempt of classic lingo, Captain Huggies led the team onto a sloppy BISP. It was all happening; the tension, the drama, the buzz, the crowd, the atmosphere. The start of the 2014 Grand Final was underway.

The first quarter was an arm wrestle, coast to coast footy. The conditions made it extremely tough for either side to snag a goal. Dom’s fantastic tackle was as sweet as one of Mike Hussey’s cover drives, one of the highlights of the quarter. Huggies led from the front, keeping the stats man busy; possessions a plenty for the gutsy on-baller. Kristy kept it steady at the back and showed no signs of nerves in her first grand final, who was well supported by Mel C, Tui and Linda. 2 huge points were scored during the opening term, both for the Power – taking a healthy lead into the first break, up 2-nil.

The second quarter was much like the first. The conditions were as welcome as a bacon sandwich at a bar-mitzvah. A change up in the middle saw Pops, Dom and Britt take on the on-baller duties; who did a great job shutting the gate for the raging Saints. Pops made some terrific spoils and Dom was applying great pressure on the Saints players, leaving them sweating like a bag of cats at a greyhound meet every time they touched the Sherrin. Big Jess up front continued to look threatening with the footy as did Junior and Anchor. A few passages of razzle dazzle footy saw the footy work its way from the defensive end to the attacking, with Kristy, Huggies, Sandy, SMASHlee and Clare all having a hand or foot involved. Sandy’s courageous mark would have raised eye brows from even top shelf AFL Players. Sprinting back, with eyes only on the pill, Sandy lept high in the heavens and plucked the footy out of the air, whilst clashing horns with an opposing player. Champagne Aussie Rules, sensational. Despite plenty of forward entries, we just couldn’t snag a big fish, resulting in some slick counter attacks by Wollongong. Half time score; a deadlock, 2 points a piece with one half of footy remaining.

The premiership quarter had the expectations to be a ripper! And didn’t it deliver. Clare was flat out like a lizard drinking, as was Captain Huggies; who was leaving no stone unturned. A renowned big game player, Huggis was definitely living up to, and exceeding, her high standard of footy. A huge third term from Lisa, Bobby, Slurs and Shellee allowed the Power to create their first goal. A majestic set piece saw Shellee take a massive grab just inside the 50 metre arc. In true full forward style, she lined up and uncorked the genie; sending down a barrel which landed right on the goal line. Spoilt by the Saints and brought to ground, it was all hands on deck to try and salvage a goal. The pill bobbled around until none other than The General – Huggies lashed out with the left boot and punted it through the big sticks for a 6 pointer. A huge turning point in the game as the momentum swung in the way of the Power.

Lisa and Ashlee’s 4th quarter was something else. Coach Crowe spoke a lot out each player having ‘their moment’ and by gee by gingo in the fair dinkum department, they stood out more than Bill Lawry’s nose. Courageous contested possessions saw many links from the middle to the key forward, Ashlee. On many occasions she side stepped a would be tackler and unveiled a long bomb for a flood of Power players to attack. Throughout the last term, we managed to chip away with 6 behinds giving us a healthy buffer. In the end we were just too strong and too slick for the Saints, skipping away to a 10 point lead. As the final siren went, Power Hill erupted into rejoice and jubilation. Hands on heads and despair for the losers. However, Womens AFL is the real winner, full credit to the Saints, they never gave up. To add the icing on the cake, our Captain, Huggies, was award Best On Ground. Come of the moment, come of the champion.

Hats off to Matt Crowe, Huggies and the team for a spectacular season.

Yours in Football, and until next year.

Denoon

Thrilling win for ‘all-conquering’ Southern Power Women’s team

9th September, 2014

Power GF team trophy

The Southern Power Women’s team have been celebrating following a thrilling victory over Wollongong Saints at Blacktown on Sunday in the grand final of the Sydney AFL Women’s Division Two.

Congratulations to the whole squad and their coach, Matt Crowe.

If you missed the game, you can catch (or relive) the action via Sydney AFL’s youtube channel
Read Sydney AFL’s write up
Or click through to view the article and gallery from The Leader online: To the Power goes the glory