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Registrations Open

Register Now for Season 2017

Registrations are open for Season 2017. The good news is that registration fees are at 2015 prices.

Boys and girls are invited to register to play AFL with Drummoyne Power Junior AFL and our Youth Club, the Canada Bay Cannons. The Club has a great community spirit and the emphasis is always on fun, fitness and performance.

We have teams for children turning 5 in 2017, right though to U17 (for boys) and U18 (for girls). 

So head over to our registration page, for all the information and links!

There are discounts for multiple children and we’ve provided instructions, to minimise the need for reimbursements. Of course, if you have any difficulties with registration, please don’t hesitate to contact our registrars, Simon Osborne and Graeme Durrant. They’ll be happy to assist you.

Please remember, you must register and pay to train and play!

 

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2016 Yearbooks Now Available!

2016 Yearbooks – Drummoyne Power and Canada Bay Cannons

Yearbooks for Drummoyne Power Junior AFL and the Canada Bay Cannons Youth AFL are now available online.

We’ve had request for printed copies of the yearbooks and that option is now available. Please see the information at the bottom of this page for further details.

Please note, the 2016 yearbooks are best viewed in full screen (use the icon on the bottom right hand of the screen if it doesn’t automatically open as full screen). Enlarge/minimise by using the plus/minus slider on the bottom right.

Credits and thanks: Thanks to Tony Gillies (u12 and U14) for organising and coordinating graphic design. Your time and generosity has, once again, taken our Yearbooks to a whole new level of professionalism!

Thanks to our newest Club Supporter AAP Publish – they were brilliant to work with! Design by Cythle Heal, AAP Pagemasters.

Editor: Michelle Hauschild; Photographs: Michelle Hauschild, Kylie Gillies, Noble & Natalie Haddad, Mike Andrews, Michael Robertson, Jeff Bannerman, Dan Cohen, Gaston Arnolda, Michael Carman, Sarah Donald, Danny Dolzadelli and Joshua Hauschild.

Thank you to all the coaches, managers and Board Members who provided written reports, and Graeme Durrant for statistical information.

Printing of the Yearbooks

There is an option to order prints of the Yearbooks through Issuu, the online site hosting the yearbooks. The yearbooks would be printed with a soft cover, in full colour.

The Drummoyne Power yearbook would cost $37.10 for a single copy, or $25.90 if 10 or more copies are ordered.

The Canada Bay Cannons yearbook, being considerably smaller, would cost between $23.20 for a single copy and $14 if we order 10 or more copies. All prices include shipping.

If you are interested in receiving a printed version of either yearbook, please contact Michelle Hauschild. We would aim to collect a few orders (to reduce cost per publication) before submitting an order.

St Lukes Announcement

Funding boost for St Lukes AFL Precinct

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The State Government has kicked in another $200,000 to the new junior AFL Precinct at St Lukes Oval, Concord.

The funding boost – announced by Sports Minister Stuart Ayres and the Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti MP – brings the current commitment for the redevelopment to $1 million and is recognition of the huge growth of AFL across NSW.

The new facilities, which will be ready for play in Season 2017, will be jointly shared by Drummoyne Power, the Concord Giants and the Canada Bay Cannons.

The initial federal Government funding allocation of $500,000 was announced in June by the Member for Reid, Hon Craig Laundy MP. The AFL NSW/ACT will provide an additional six figure allocation towards the upgrade, with further funding from the City of Canada Bay and the three junior footy clubs.

St Lukes will be the new home ground for the Concord Giants from April next year.

Drummoyne Power and the Canada Bay Cannons will continue to use Drummoyne Oval as a home ground. They will use the new facilities as additional training space and on game days. Drummoyne Power and the Cannons will continue to have access to Five Dock Park.

Stage One of the project, due to be completed for the start of Season 2017, includes new light towers, a new video scoreboard, an upgrade to the existing amenity block and minor upgrades to the oval itself.

Stage Two, to be completed over a three to four-year time frame, will include further upgrades to the amenities block to include a clubhouse, viewing deck, storage and change rooms, and a major upgrade to the oval, including synthetic (all weather) turf. The total cost of the project is expected to about $3 million.

Concord Giants President-elect Natalie Baini and outgoing Drummoyne Power President Jeremy Stanwix were at the announcement of the new funding allocation.

Mr Stanwix said there had been a huge surge in the number of children playing AFL in the past few years, particularly with the introduction of a Youth Girls competition.

“The success of the Sydney Swans and the GWS GIANTS – who are playing in the first ever all NSW final this weekend – and the introduction of a National Women’s Competition in 2017 is only going to fuel interest in AFL,” Mr. Stanwix said.

“We’ve already seen massive growth in player numbers over the past few years. Current growth projections show the number of players growing by 100 per cent plus from 2015 to 2019,” Mr. Stanwix said.

Ms. Baini said the new facilities would provide an enormous boost for the Concord Giants, which has outgrown its current Goddard Park headquarters.

“The availability of green space is a major factor, not just for AFL, but for all junior sporting clubs. This new facility will be capable of hosting weekend games and mid-week training session for our Auskickers, right through to our youth teams.

“It is an exciting time for AFL in NSW right now, and we’re glad to be a part of it,” Ms. Baini said.

St Lukes Announcement

From left: Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti MP, Sports Minister Stuart Ayres, City of Canada Bay Mayor Helen McCaffrey, AFL NSW/ACT CEO Sam Graham and Drummoyne Power President Jeremy Stanwix.

St Lukes Announcement

John Sidoti MP and Sports Minister Stuart Ayres with children from Concord Giants and Drummoyne Power

 

U12 medal

2016 Premiers: Under 12 Div 2

Canada Bay Under 12 Division 2 v Pennant Hills

Grand Final, Sunday 4 September

Ross Gwilliam Oval, Macquarie University

What could be better than winning a grand final by one point? Doing it on Fathers’ Day!

These kids sure know how to treat their mums and dads. They gave us the Mothers’ Day Miracle in May and now the Fathers’ Day Fantasy.

But they make us sweat.

Time and again this year we’ve said these kids have guts, character and resolve.

They just wanted to prove it one last time in the biggest possible moment. To stick at a tight grand final all day, trail by less than a goal at every change, hit the lead halfway through the last quarter and then hang on in a desperate and frantic last five minutes.

The backline, like in the prelim, was massive. Led by Will, who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time, they held out attack after attack as Pennant Hills were camped in their forward line and tried everything to snare that winning goal in the dying minutes. Each time that goal looked inevitable, a Cannon threw himself on a Penno boot, smothered, tackled or punched the ball clear. It was inspiring stuff.

Penno edged closer and closer, point by point with a few rushed behinds, but, thanks to the relentless Cannons pressure, they couldn’t bridge the gap before that beautiful final siren blew.

After the lead changed hands four times in the gripping first half, Penno got on top in the third quarter and went away to a 10 point lead midway through the term, the biggest lead of the day.

But we just knew the Cannons weren’t about to drop their heads. They kept fighting, kept themselves in the contest and Alex’s third goal for the day put us within three points at three-quarter time.

They believed they could do it and they believed in what Coach Tony told them:­ if they kept tackling, pressuring and helping each other the game would turn their way. They did and it did.

An early behind in the last quarter stretched Penno’s lead to four points, but the Cannons persevered and the tide turned. Once again it started with desperate defence; Will, Ben C, Connor, Fergus, Archie, Jezza, Blake and Brayden fought for the footy like men possessed. The ball ended up on the flank with Cooper, who sent it wide to Damo on the outer wing.

Damo had space, but only after he burned off a flailing Demon with sheer pace, took a couple of bounces as he dashed down the wing and sent the ball long into an open forward line, otherwise known as Thea’s Paddock.

Thea turned a couple of defenders inside out, gathered the ball and, still under extreme pressure, slotted the goal from close range and we were back in front for the first time since the second quarter.

Two minutes later, strong defence sent the ball back into the middle where Tank earned a free kick. He reacted quickly when he saw the paddock open, kicked the ball long and again Thea collected the footy to kick another pressure goal and, suddenly, we were nine points up late in a grand final.

And didn’t the crowd full of family, friends and clubmates love it! And didn’t they then endure the longest eight minutes of the year:­ the team manager was asked the time more than the old talking clock.

Penno hit back with a goal to make the final minutes even more tense but every Cannon threw themselves at every contest and helped each other like great mates, for an amazing end result.

The tone was set in the first quarter ­when Finlay saw the biggest kid on the field coming at him, he licked his lips, rubbed his hands together, wrapped his arms around the big fella and threw him down with the tackle of the season. More inspiring stuff.

From that moment on, everyone knew they had to do the hard things as well as the skilful things.

It was a classic grand final of grit, skill and character and our guys did it just that little bit better.

The game was a typical grand final arm wrestle early on with neither team able to gain any momentum until Alex pulled out one of his best magic tricks of the year to kick the opening goal (his 50th for the season) with a banana grubber from close to the boundary.

Nic was everywhere and racking up effective possessions and Paddy was winning the ball by going in hard, while Penno kicked a late long range goal to go into quarter time two points up.

A Damo tackle saved a goal early in the second term, Ferg took some telling marks, Whitey was clever and elusive and JA was an effective linkman between defence and attack. But scoring was still difficult for both teams until Cooper’s strong pack mark at centre half forward gave him a set shot which he calmly potted.

Ben M and Liam were crucial up forward as they provided strong contests and Dominator made an impact.

Everybody contributed to a great win to end a great season.

Great thanks and congratulations to Tony for the way he instilled a strong team ethic and belief among the kids as well as his emphasis on skills development, not to mention his calm and ultra-effective approach on match day.

And we must also acknowledge the great contribution Andrew and Clint have made to the football development of the Drummoyne kids over a long time –  seven years for many of them.

(And of course thanks to Luke for the biggest and best looking Under 12s banner ever seen.)

Thank you to Pennant Hills Demons – worthy opponents in a classic grand final game.

CANADA BAY 6.6 (42) Goals: Alex 3, Thea 2, Cooper 1

PENNANT HILLS 5.11 (41)

U12 Div 2 Finals

Under 12/2 Preliminary Final v Moore Park, Aug 28

Congratulations everyone. Whatever your age and whatever level of footy you play, making a grand final is a fantastic achievement and something of which you should all be very proud. Grand final week and the game itself is great fun. Enjoy!

To get there, though, these kids once again showed the character and guts they’ve become renowned for.

The preliminary final was tight all day and after we snatched the lead in the second quarter, little more than a goal separated the teams throughout. And for that we owe our backline so much. Led by Will sweeping up across half back and with Ben C, Connor, Fergus, Archie and Blake repeatedly throwing their bodies on the line, helping each other out and desperately fending off Moore Park attacks.

So many times their willingness to support each other and not let their mates down saved goals which ultimately proved the difference.

Going into three quarter time eight points up, an early Moore Park behind and goal quickly cut the lead to one point and it was anyone’s game.

Anyone, that is, who has the character to persevere and handle pressure. And the Cannons yet again stood up.

The backline kept withstanding the pressure, Tank, Cooper and Nic in the middle were giving us best use of the footy, Damo kept tackling and we were again getting on top of the game, but needed to convert our possession.

Paddy lifted when the team needed him and after laying a strong tackle, he played on quickly from the free kick and passed nicely to Alex who took another strong mark and calmly went back to slot his third goal for the day to put us seven points up.

Shortly after, our attack yet again started deep in defence where Will mopped up and sent the ball downfield, a string of passes found Cooper who delivered to Whitey who played on immediately, skipped past a couple of defenders and steered home the sealer, putting us 14 points clear with five minutes to go.

But Moore Park also showed plenty of character, kept coming and ensured the crowd on the hill were never at ease. They clawed back to within eight points and still had a sniff, but the Cannons held firm even though a Moore Park goal on the siren narrowed the final margin to two points. Even when you think you might be clear, you still need to fight hard until the final siren.

As the game opened in the accustomed dewy conditions, Cooper, Damo and Will kept us going in the first quarter. Cooper was everywhere, taking marks, tackling, running through the lines and delivering beautifully by foot; Damo led the way with his tackling and stopped many promising Moore Park attacks, while Will was impassable in defence.

Tank in the ruck set up our first goal from the opening bounce in the second term when he roved his own tap, dished off to Paddy who handballed to a running JA streaming through the guts to find Alex on the lead. His goal locked the scores at 1.2 apiece.

Tank wasn’t just strong in the ruck, he was running down opponents, tackling, shepherding and, along with Jezza, provided a big presence for their teammates.

We hit the lead midway through the second term after a Cooper tackle turned over possession and Liam ran hard to beat two defenders to the loose ball, kicked it ahead for Ben M to gather and, from long range, potted the goal to give us a five point advantage.

It was a lead the kids fought hard to preserve. They kept Moore Park goalless in the second and third quarters and their hard work and constant pressure was rewarded when Alex snapped a goal in the third term to give us our eight point buffer.

That hard work and pressure were crucial to the win. There were so many examples of little. but very big, efforts which proved so decisive …

Tank running about 40 metres down the flank to beat two Moore Park players to the footy; Connor climbing up off the deck to chase and lay a crucial tackle in defence; Will punching the ball clear from what looked like a certain Moore Park mark; Finlay putting himself in danger to hold his ground and mark under all sorts of pressure; Dom stepping into traffic to put on a shepherd; Brayden bursting through a pack to clear the way for his mates.

They were hard to do, but had to be done. They’re the little things that are actually big things that can win a grand final.

CANADA BAY 5.5 (35)

Goals: Alex 3, Ben M 1, Whitey 1

MOORE PARK 4.9 (33)

 

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Presentation Day and AGM: 11 September

Presentation Day and Annual General Meeting

Presentation Day for Drummoyne Power teams will be held on Sunday 11 September, from 11-1pm.

Come along and celebrate the highlights of Season 2016. Early registrations will be available for Season 2017.

We’ll be holding a separate Presentation Day for our Canada Bay Cannons Youth Teams. This will be Friday 16 September in the Drummoyne Pavilion, starting at 6pm.

Annual General Meeting

The Drummoyne Power Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 11 September in the Greg Davis Stand, commencing at 1pm (directly after presentation day).

All Drummoyne Power parent members (including Cannons with home club of Drummoyne Power) are invited and encouraged to attend.

If you would like to nominate for a role in Season 2016, please download the Nomination Form and return to Drummoyne Power Secretary Alison MacDonald.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, we would ask that you fill in and return the attached Proxy Voting Form, to ensure we have a quorum.

 

U8 Black Round 14 Banner Run

U8 Black vs Newtown Swans (Round 14)

U8 Black v Newtown Swans

Round 14, Saturday 30 July, Drummoyne Oval

Should Auskick be an Olympic sport?

If the excitement generated from today’s game was any indication, then the Olympic movement could only benefit from introducing Auskick into the Olympic program!

The penultimate game of the season and our last on home turf was nothing short of sensational. The energy and enthusiasm the team has developed this season was on show for all to see today. Right from the “get go”, the Blacks were in their element. Thoughtful controlled movement of the ball around the paddock rewarded the team from the opening moments of the game.

This game was a true showcase of the skills the team has developed under the tutelage of Coach Eric this year.  Every player in the team was on their toes looking to be part of the action whether it be at the ruck, in defence or attacking the goal posts. The vibe on the sideline was a mix of delight and excitement as the thrill a minute game unfolded.  You couldn’t ask for a better morning, nor a better location for this match and the team did not disappoint.

What has been tremendous this year is the quality of the opposition and the discipline that all teams and clubs have displayed this year within the Auskick program.  The effort of the Swans was no exception and they played with determination and enthusiasm.

Perhaps it was the extra training the team received following their “under lights” game the night before or perhaps there was some extra spice baked into those post match pizzas, who knows?  The team was on fire!

The defensive Wall of Xavier, Max, Tiger and Callum M was even more solid this week.  Henry was inspired this week and played his standout game of the season.  Strong rucking, passionate defense and determined running of the ball signaled Henry’s arrival today. He was rewarded with a goal, his first of the season, to much cheering from the sideline. Riley, Ruby, Tiger, Ashton and Ben have become comfortable out on the pitch and continue to grow in strength and confidence.  They all have a desire to own the ball and were all rewarded with goals this week.

The standout performance this week came from Callum P, who was awarded the player of the week title.  Callum was committed to every position he played on the field.  In the centre, he was the first to the ruck and thoughtfully positioned kicks to his team mates or distributing the ball to his mates in the open.  In defence, he put his body on the line taking several solid blows to the body from goal attempts from the Swans.  In attack, he confounded the opposition with his running and solid left boot that rewarded him with three goals.

This was truly a team performance once again and is the signature style of play that the Blacks have developed this year.  The post match team song just gets louder each week as the team celebrate their efforts.

Congratulations should also be shared with each of the families who come to cheer their lads each week at the game and at practice, share the support of BBQ duty, wash the shirts and cut up the half time oranges.  I am sure the memories of this season will inspire all of us for many years to come.

Well done, team!

 

Up there Cazaly !

Up there Cazaly !

D Fence

D Fence

Mine !

Mine !

Clearance

Clearance

Attack !

Attack !

Catch me if you can !

Catch me if you can !

The Block

The Block

Clearance

Clearance

Mark

Mark

Mark 2

Mark 2

The Leap

The Leap

Distribution

Distribution

Oh no you don't !

Oh no you don’t !

Commitment !

Commitment !

Defensive wall

Defensive wall

Safe hands

Safe hands

 

U8 Black vs East Sydney Bulldogs (Round 13)

U8 Black vs East Sydney

Round 13, Saturday 23 July, Five Dock Park.

Gone with the Wind!

This season has produced a variety of weather conditions to test our young players.  This week we were tested by Wind.  Some weeks it is difficult to determine whether we are playing AFL or Pokemon Go! as the elements we have to adapt to change continuously.

The change of venue did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the team as the location of the BBQ ensured that the scent of sausage, egg and bacon rolls filled the senses.  Perhaps this was the advantage we were looking for, as the Bulldogs were clearly distracted from their game this week.

This was the fifth, and final time, we lined up against “the Dogs” this year.  On every occasion they have been formidable, well drilled, passionate about their football and most of all determined.  However, the wind this week was in our favor.  It would be unrealistic for me to describe the wind conditions as a gentle zephyr breathing down the pitch.  To see the sideline of parents leaning into the gale was evidence that a stiff westerly was going to be a challenge.  It isn’t often you see a solid roost of the ball resulting in the ball flying backwards but that is indeed what we saw this week.

Coach Eric was out this week and Manager Will took up the mantle to herd the well drilled Blacks through their paces. The team played intelligently using the wind to their advantage. Kicking long and deep with the down wind advantage and running it close when tackling the upwind charge.  The team has really learned to share and distribute the ball  and to defend fiercely when under attack.

There were some tremendous performances yet again this week with Zac running and distributing the ball intelligently and Ruby as always throwing himself into the ball chase and defense.  Callum M, Ben, Callum P, Riley and Max were solid as always collecting a brace of goals and behinds between them. Xavier, Ehsan and Henry created the defensive interference needed to keep the Bulldogs fighting for every opportunity to score.  Tiger took out our man of the match this week with strong kicking and intelligent participation defining his playing style and in the process he kicked three goals.

To see how the team has come on this season particularly against such a quality team as the Bulldogs has been a delight to behold. With only a few games left this season there is indeed a sense of regret that the season is drawing to a close.

Once again well done, Blacks – you’re gonna catch ’em all!

 

U9 Teal banner run

Under 9 Teal v Maroubra Red, Round 14

U9 Teal v Maroubra

Round 14, 30 July, Drummoyne Oval

U9 Teal finally returned to their home ground Drummoyne Oval on a sunny Saturday for the return clash against the formidable Maroubra Red. This week’s captain Tom led the boys out – and even Coach John ran through the Power banner.

Maroubra jumped Teal in the first quarter with four quick goals to none. Tom N snapped a point, Callum C was stoic in defence gathering repeated kicks and Ethan N and Nick C linked up well with some quick ball movement.

Reds were obviously expecting an easy game. How wrong they were! Something sparked during the quarter time address from John and in the second quarter the Teal boys came out with strong tackling. Harry M even stole the ball out of a Reds’ players hands. Scotty W took a great mark, Nick C’s penetrating left foot pass found Tom C for a great captain’s goal, followed by a huge goal from Ethan N who was everywhere.

In the third quarter the boys played great defence with Tom C taking a strong mark, Kaya chasing hard and the team being rewarded for a number of strong tackles. Teal kept the Reds to only one goal at the scoring end, which was a fantastic result.

In the last quarter Drummoyne came out on top with the highlight being a huge kick for goal from Nick C after receiving a clever pass from Ethan N. Nick’s kick certainly left the opposition questioning how any U9 could possibly kick that far!

Declan B and Sean G were tireless in their strong tackling and chasing down Reds players, Callum C took a great mark in one of the best quarters for the boys all year keeping the Reds to a solitary point.

Coach John and all the parents were so proud of the boys and applauded them off the ground. Scotty W received the award for Future AFL champion for his great effort but every team member contributed and showed how far the team has come this year.

U9 Teal

 

U12/2 Canada Bay Cannons v Heathcote, Round 13

U12 Div 2 Canada Bay Cannons v Heathcote

Round 13, Drummoyne Oval

The scoreboard lit up with the names of our 50 game veterans.

And the way they’re playing, they’re heading for Boomer Harvey’s record.

The Cannons racked up another good solid win against a physical Heathcote in, yet again, Arctic Drummoyne conditions whipping off Five Dock Bay leaving the families shivering in the stand waiting in vain for the coffee van to arrive.

But despite the cold, the Cannons fired from the start, straight from Tom’s first tap at the opening bounce.

Even when we didn’t have the ball the teamwork was impressive. Gang tackles were called for throughout the day as some of their big kids insisted on taking on three or four tacklers at a time. They might have got through one, they might have got through two, but there was always another Cannon there to help their teammates and eventually make the tackle stick. Teamwork doesn’t just apply when you’ve got the ball. Helping your teammates in every part of the game is a crucial part of footy.

Tom dominated the ruck all day and his beautiful tapwork created so much of our attack, as he provided silver service for Cooper, Damo, Blake and anyone else who wanted it.

He wasn’t just content with palming it straight to his midfielders.

He was also picking the ball off his toes and sending out a handball, or taking marks and finding a teammate with a pass. It was the complete ruckman’s game.

While Tom gave them the service, the midfielders used the ball well and there were so many examples of fluent teamwork through the middle as Cooper regularly connected with Nic, Thea, James and Will to send the ball forward where Liam and Alex were waiting.

Liam took some big marks up forward, including one on a high speed lead, and also read the play brilliantly, kicking two goals after roving the pack. And he was thinking about the team, finding Thea in front of goal with a perfect pass after he had marked near the boundary.

Thea did the right thing and duly kicked the goal, one of her three for the day, while Alex also pulled three goals out of his bag of tricks.

Finlay was a livewire on the wing, attacking the footy and tackling the man, shepherding, smothering and taking intercept marks on the wall. He was finally rewarded with a goal after Tom took a mark and passed to Nic who found Thea who shot the hands out to Fin for a clever  goal.

Ben C started the day with a strong shepherd and was reliable in defence where Brayden again took some telling marks. Archie as usual threw himself into everything, Dom was another key man in defence and Ozzy ran well through the middle where he picked up a handball from Damo and delivered a sweet pass to James to kick a goal.

Goals: Thea 3, Alex 3, Cooper 2, Liam 2, James 1, Will 1, Finlay 1, Damo 1.