Southern Power is an amazing club with a wide range of facilities for players & fans - read below for more information about how we came to be!
While discussions between both Southern Power and the Miranda Bombers started in the early 2000s and agreement in principal between the two clubs was signed in 2006. It was only when AFL NSW/ACT and Sutherland Shire Council became interested in the project that the momentum built up and the dream became a reality. The reality today is an Australian Rules centre in Southern Sydney that will truly allow the game to grow across all genders at both senior and junior level. It also provides a venue that will allow elite football at carnival and academy levels to be based at Waratah Oval. This will eventually allow a true pathway to be created based in the Sutherland Shire.
The planning and design phase started in late 2014 and construction began in 2015 with the successful tenderer Beach Constructions taking on a design and construct role.
Club Waratah Inc was formed between the two clubs to manage the construction phase under Chairman Frank Cashman. John Murray became Company Secretary, Jason Dunbar & Brian Cloney represented the balance of that Committee during construction. Following the successful construction period, Frank resigned as was replaced by Mike Pickett as President. The contribution of Matt Graham to this project initially as a Southern Power player and committeeman, then in his role was the AFL NSW/ACT Project Manager must be acknowledged by all involved.
The first few games were played in later 2016 before the ground was resurfaced and irrigated meaning no games were played or training nights held in 2017. 2018 saw full seasons for both clubs for the first time with the new lights and electronic scoreboard also in operation. The ground was resurfaced during the 2019/2020 season due to the overuse it endured during the COVID-19 pandemic, but all teams continue to train and play on the ground today.
The involvement of both clubs during the process has been much smoother than could have been hoped for so thanks to the Presidents Andrew Briggs (Bombers) and Cameron Roe (Power) and their committees and members for their involvement through this process.
While what has been achieved would not have been possible without the financial contributions of the Sutherland Shire Council and AFL NSW/ACT it is important to acknowledge the individuals whose donations kept the project going while the Clubs raised the significant funds required.
The following individuals helped to finance the project with a $1,000 donation and are therefore inaugral members of The Waratah Foundation Club (established 2018); Frank Cashman & Family, Brain & Lorraine Cloney & Family, Murray Family, Jason Dunbar, Mike & Michelle Pickett & Family, Kathryn 'Huggies' Hull, Lauren 'Lozz' Hodgson, Stansell Family, Yvette Roma, Louise 'Pops' Glasgow, Jeff O' Sullivan, Steve & Colleen Hooker & Family and Andrew Briggs & Family
Other contributions made to this great project can be found listed on the honour board in the Clubhouse.
We have a wide selection of foods available every Saturday and Sunday including a BBQ, hot chips, & alcohol for our over 18 fans; so come down and check it out!
Both home and away changerooms are equipped with showers, bathrooms and lockers for all players!