Powers Mens Sides all Make Finals

15th August, 2011

For the first time in the clubs history, all 3 men’s teams have made the Sydney AFL finals which commence in 2 weeks time. While 1st and 3rd grade had confirmed there place in the finals some time ago, the 2nd grade side booked their place in the finals last weekend when they beat Macquarie University and ending the Warriors chances.

3rd Grade was the first Power side to secure their place in the finals and they finished the regular season in style remaining undefeated through 18 rounds of football. Led by 1st year coach Ryan Libbis, the side has gone from strength to strength this year but know that the season really starts in 2 weeks time. Libba has led from the front, quite literally, and capped his impressive season off by being the competitions leading goal scorer.

2nd Grade have had an up and down season so far due to player availability but have shown when they are full strength they can match it with the top sides. With their season on the line on the weekend the boys responded in style by playing a flawless first quarter of footy to lead 50-0 and effectively kill of the Warriors finals ambitions. Depending on next weekends results the ressies could finish anywhere between 3rd and 5th position. Coach Roe, in his 2nd year of coaching, has now taken the reserves to back to back finals and will be looking for his troops to leave their mark in 2011.

1st Grade locked up their finals position mid season after wins against a couple of other finals contenders and will be looking to emulate last years success. It’s been an impressive season for the 1st Grade side who will finish 2nd on the ladder after being promoted to Division One this season, the highest level the club has ever played at. With a couple of new faces to the club along with Rod Craig returning to the Club to co-coach with last years premiership winning coach Simon Closter the side weathered a tough start to the year to set themselves up for a big finish to the year.

Unfortunately the Under 18’s failed to make the finals for the first time after going down on the weekend. After a brilliant start to the season the struggle for numbers was the key and this meant that a number of games which would normally have been won were dropped. With the core of the 2011 playing group first year 18’s and an expected influx of Under 16’s from the local clubs next season the signs are promising for a big 2012. The senior side look forward to welcoming a number of the 18’s to senior football next year in particular Under 18’s captain Tom ‘Dutchy’ Van Gruesven and the inaugural Bryan Cairnduff Rising Star Scholarship winner Maddis Bishop. A huge thanks to first year coaches Avio Scotti and Rod Loxley for the big effort they put in this year!

The Womens team also finished their season on Saturday after going down to UNSW. 2011 was the 2nd year of the Power having a womens team and the improvement this year has been dramatic. As well as picking up a number of key players for the team the core to last year was similar and under Cheyne Anderson the girls really improved and the reward for this improvement was their promotion to the SWAFL Premier League, Sydneys top womens competition, for the 2nd half of the year. The girls will no doubt be recruiting hard in the off season and there is a lot to look forward to in 2012. A big thanks to Cheyne for his effort this year!

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