Drummoyne Oval

Drummoyne Oval Secured for Five Years

5-Year Licence Deal for Drummoyne Oval

In another positive development for AFL in Sydney’s inner-west, for the first time in its history, Drummoyne Power Junior AFL has received a five year licence to use Drummoyne Oval.

The club has previously had to renew the licence on an annual basis, and the switch to a five year licence provides the Club with security and stability as it continues to grow its membership.

Thanking the City of Canada Bay, Drummoyne Power President Jeremy Stanwix said the announcement had come at an exciting time for AFL in Sydney’s inner western suburbs. The news comes just days after the announcement that St Lukes Oval will be redeveloped as an AFL precinct – for use by Drummoyne Power; neighbouring Club, Concord Giants Junior AFL; and the youth Club Alliance between Power and Giants, known as the Canada Bay Cannons. It also follows the decision by the AFL NSW/ACT to fund the placement of AFL goal posts in 100 schools – approximately 50 around Sydney and the rest in rural and regional NSW.

“While we are fortunate to have permanent access to Five Dock Park and  – from April 2017 – St Lukes Oval, Drummoyne Oval has always been the jewel in the crown; our spiritual home, so to speak.

“The first-rate facilities at Drummoyne Oval make us the envy of all other junior AFL Clubs in Sydney… and quite a few senior clubs,” Mr. Stanwix said.

He said it was important to preserve facilities such as Drummoyne Oval for use by grassroots sporting clubs.

“Over the past five years, Drummoyne Power has doubled in size and now has approximately 500 players from U5—U18. One of the biggest areas for growth has been in Youth Girls AFL, and Drummoyne Power was at the forefront of establishing a Youth Girls competition.

“The Drummoyne Power Club is now in a position to be able to plan for future growth with some sense of certainty, knowing that Drummoyne Oval will be our primary base until at least 2021.

“With approximately 500 players now, that means more than 300 families  use Drummoyne Oval on a weekly basis during the AFL season. We expect that number to double again over the period of the five-year licence agreement.

“This extended licence agreement is testament to the commitment of the City of Canada Bay, former Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, current Deputy Mayor Helen McCaffrey and General Manager Gary Sawyer to providing green space for junior sports – it is an investment in the health and well-being of children in the local area.” Mr. Stanwix said. “I also acknowledge the work of Drummoyne Power’s board members – past and present – and the Club’s Life Members.”

Drummoyne Oval

Drummoyne Oval: Home until at least 2021

 

Cannons Under 12 Div 2 round 11 v Glebe, June 26

Cannons Under 12 Div 2 v Glebe

Round 11, Sunday 26 June

Drummoyne Oval

The numbers on the scoreboard were impressive, but the numbers on the thermometer had us all shivering.

The mercury struggled to reach six degrees as we made our way to a bracing Drummoyne Oval where we were confronted with no coffee cart and a wind chill factor that made it feel even colder.

So it was left to the kids to warm the crowd up with some pretty hot footy against Glebe after taking a quarter to thaw out.
We dominated possession early but couldn’t quite reap the rewards that efforts like Nic’s attack on the footy and Blake’s courage deserved.

Eventually the weight of possession was converted when Ben M, playing as a big target up forward, kicked the first of his four goals. Glebe answered quickly and scores were locked at 1.1 apiece at quarter time.

With the sun finally over Gladesville bridge and some warmth on their backs, the Cannons took control in the second quarter, kicking six goals to nil to virtually wrap up the match before halftime.

The goals all came at the end of terrific passages of play, most of which involved Cooper who not only marked everything that came his way and kicked with great skill, but chased, tackled and smothered all day.

Twice he combined with Alex who used his brain to move the ball quickly and set up Ben to run into open goals, while James read a

Glebe kickout beautifully to intercept and lay on a goal for Cooper who danced around a few defenders on the boundary before kicking a banana.

Will, as always, kept competing and scrapping and was rewarded with a goal while Hugh took a strong mark and kicked truly and

Alex finished the quarter with a determined chase and tackle that earned him a free kick and a goal.

While Ben was a dominant presence up forward, Tom rucked and competed tirelessly and one fearless contest for a loose ball in the middle ended with another goal to Alex.

It was a thorough all-round performance that featured plenty of skills and clever footy but, more importantly, also relied on the gutsy little things that win you tight games. Even with the game well and truly decided late in the final quarter, Dom and Matty were still chasing and tackling, Ben C was throwing himself into the ruck contests and Thea kept running and competing.
When we return from the school holidays, we’ll need every part of our game to click as we head into the final stretch of the season.

Goals: Ben M 4, Alex 2, Cooper 1, Thea 1, Will 1, Finlay 1, Hugh 1.