27th November, 2015

Southern Power is deeply saddened this week to learn of the passing of a former premiership player, and much loved friend, Tony “Rock” Rokov.

On Saturday the 21st of November, Tony tragically died in a freak sky-diving accident. Tony had been a sky-diving instructor for a number of years, and had completed more than 5,000 jumps in total.

During the fatal jump, Tony’s parachute became twisted 20 metres from the ground, causing Tony and the teenage boy strapped to him to drop to the ground. In his last moments Tony heroically positioned himself to protect the teenager from the worst of the impact. Devastatingly for everyone who knew and loved him, Tony did not survive the impact. The teenager was rushed to hospital and is now believed to be in a serious, but stable, condition.

Amongst many other life achievements, Tony was a key member of Southern Power’s 2011 division 5 premiership side. Tony was described in the following way by Ryan Libbis, the coach of that 2011 side: “Tony was the ultimate team player who was both hard at the contest and extremely courageous. He was a natural leader who led by his actions and would do anything for his teammates. You always grew a couple of inches when Rock was playing alongside you. He was an integral part of the unbeaten thirds team of 2011 and one of the best players on the ground grand final day.”

Tony is survived by his beautiful wife Sam, and three gorgeous children Tori, Mikala and Jensen. Tony was also the proud grandfather of Liberty.

Rest in peace, Rock. You will also have a place in our hearts.

If you would like to support Tony’s family, you can do so at:

There will be a memorial service held for Tony at 10am next Tuesday 1 December 2015 at St Aloysius Church, Cronulla, with a wake to follow at Cronulla RSL.

Caroca reappointed as Women’s Coach

25th November, 2015

Southern Power AFC is pleased to announce the reappointment of Abraham Caroca as the Women’s coach for 2016.

This will be Abe’s second year at the helm of the side who play in the top division of the AFL Sydney Women’s competition.

A well respected coach with a wealth of knowledge, Abe has a strong coaching CV where he also coaches as part of the prestigious Sydney Swans academy while was also an assistant coach of the NSW/ACT Women’s as well as the AFL Sydney Women’s representative teams in 2015.

2015 saw Abe lead the side into the Division One competition following the undefeated 2014 Premiership season a year earlier. It was a learning year for the side in the top flight, however the side were more than competitive and there was noticeable improvement under Abe which he will be looking to build upon in 2016. With a youth girls side now up and running (and plans for a second in 2016), the future looks bright for the senior team under Abe’s guidance and he is confident of being a serious contender in 2016.

“It was a tough 1st year in the top flight for us – with a smallish list, some significant injuries, and 13+ girls playing their first ever game of footy,” Caroca said.

“But we learnt a lot, and now we’re looking forward to taking the next step and really challenging ourselves be more than competitive in 2016.”

With the announcement of a national women’s competition to start in 2017, the club is confident that with someone of Abe’s calibre, and the talent in the region, the Power will be an attractive option for talented players and be a true pathway to the elite level.

Congratulations once again to Abe on the reappointment!

Wilson to add strength to the Power

20th November, 2015

We are pleased to announce the first addition to Bill Oakley’s support staff for the 2016 season.

Former premiership player Jared Wilson has come back to the club and will take on the strength and conditioning position. This will be the first time in recent memory that the club has engaged someone in this role officially.
Jared has worked in the fitness industry for almost 20 years and has extensive knowledge of the latest training trends and nutrition.

As well as his obvious qualifications Jared has been a part of elite sporting environments having spent 3 years at the A.I.S. as well as 3 years playing for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL which adds to his impressive resume. Jared stated “I’m pumped for this and really looking forward to a big off-season and getting our guys fit and firing ready for round one”.

Jared’s role will be to monitor fitness levels of the players and implement team and individual fitness programs throughout the season as well as player workload management. Oakley said ” I am super excited to have someone of Jared’s experience and character in this role. We have similar views on player workloads and what is required at this level of football to have our players as fit as we need whilst keeping it fun”.

Jared will have a big role to play in our preseason which begins next Monday 23rd at 6:30pm at Waratah oval, Sutherland

Oakley Appointed 2016 Senior Coach

9th November, 2015

Southern Power AFC is very pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Oakley as the Senior Coach of the club for the 2016 AFL Sydney season.

No stranger to the club, Oakley was a key member of the 2010 1st Grade premiership side while also successfully serving as the Club’s President at the time. After a number of years playing in Victoria and the Riverina, Bill returned to the Power this year as a player and now takes the reigns as senior coach for the first time.

A respected leader who has previously had a significant influence at the club, Bill brings with him a strong teaching philosophy, with an emphasis on understanding team structures.

“I am certainly thrilled to accept the role and I am excited about what the future holds for this talented group and great club.”

Constructing a layered game plan focusing on accountability and playing as a team will be a focal point for Oakley as he takes over the senior side with a strong support team around him.

“I am excited by the opportunity of delivering a quality program and brining a new dynamic to the playing group and will also look to use some of my contacts to bring in a larger support crew than previously seen,” says Oakley. “This should provide an environment that is as professional as any other club in Sydney and should set the club up for sustained success into the future.”

Oakley is under no illusions of the challenge he faces in the strong Division One competition of returning the side to finals football however is bullish about the clubs chances in 2016.

“There is a wealth of talent within this group, and with the core of the players now having played well over 50 games together, I am confident that on field success is just around the corner.”

It’s an extremely exciting time for the Southern Power with the long awaited move to Waratah Park finally becoming a reality in the new year. The $1.5 million development is due for completion early in the new season and will include new spacious amenities, 200 lux lighting capable of night football and a brand new surface. This move will be a major shot in the arm for the club and should ensure the Power will become an attractive option for quality players and local juniors in Sydney’s south.

After an extensive interview process with a number of high quality candidates, new Southern Power Club President Cameron Roe is excited by the appointment of Oakley as Senior Coach as well as the prospects provided by the relocation to Waratah Park.

“I am really pleased to have such a strong leader in Bill on board as head coach with his experience in quality football environments in AFL heartlands and his obvious passion for the club,” says Roe.

“2016 shapes as a really significant year in the club’s history and the appointment of a quality individual in Bill along with the new home ground at Waratah means the future looks bright.”

The 2016 campaign for all teams officially commences with the first pre-season training session on Monday 23rd November at Lincoln Oval, Waratah Park in Sutherland (Rawson Parade) at 6:30pm.

Get around them…

19th October, 2015

Congratulations to all award winners from our presentation dinner held on Saturday night.
The Best & Fairest winners from each team are listed below:
Division 1: Liam Hamling & Reagan Sharpe
Division 4: Barton Lynch
Womens: Amy Kowski
U19s: Josh Bloor
Congratulations to all award winners!