Category: Powerchair Football

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Australian Powerchair Football Club Championships 2020 Fixture

South Melbourne Powerchair FC will travel to Sydney on January 15th for the fifth Australian Powerchair Football Club Championships. Ten other teams from around Australia and New Zealand will compete at the event. We wish the team the best of luck! Make sure you follow all of our social media channels for results and updates throughout the event. You can find all updates via the Powerchair Sports Victoria and South Melbourne Powerchair Team accounts.

Club Champs 2020 Fixture
Club Championship 2020 Fixture

Club Statement: Club Championships 2020

Melbourne City FC Powerchair Team have released the following statement:

We would like to inform our fans and supporters that we have made the hard decision to withdraw from the upcoming Australian Powerchair Football Club Championships to be held in Sydney next week.

The team had been preparing for the competition over the past few months but due to unforeseen circumstances, the team just doesn’t have enough players to attend.

We would like to wish both Julia Svaganovic and Luke David all the very best in the competition as they will be loaned out to South Melbourne Powerchair FC and Western Sydney Wanderers Powerchair Team respectively.

This is in no way, shape or form going to impact our sustainability as a club in the future. We are fully committed to participating in local competitions and at future national competitions. Plans have already begun on recruiting the next generation of City powerchair footballers for the years ahead.

We look forward to continuing our VPPL Pre-Season at the start of February and getting an early start on preparation for the 2021 Club Championships! #

Competition Restructure

After much discussion and debate the Competition Subcommittee has decided upon a new structure for the coming seasons to strengthen VEWSA as a more solid pathway for the future.

We are excited to announce the following:

From November 2019 until April 2020 we will have an active off-season to transition into the new format by August 2020, this will be called the VPPL 2019/20 Pre-Season. This means that over the next six months, matchdays will operate as normal but there will be no formal competition for points. This allows clubs to prepare for the club championships and for new players to learn the skills and rules of the sports before making their way into the Premier League next year.

The format will be:

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Skills development
1.10pm: Div 2 Powerchair Football
2.00pm: Div 1 Powerchair Football
3.00pm: Div 1 Powerchair Hockey

We have made the tough decision to remove Powerchair Rugby from the schedule and this is because of our renewed focus on Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey of which both have international pathways. Powerchair Rugby will remain in the Pride Cup and will be played in designated training sessions in preparations for NEWS 2020.


November 3rd, 10th, 24th
December 1st, 8th, 15th
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
April 5th

State Coach (N.E.W.S 2020) Applications NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest for the position of Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Victorian Pride Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S.) 2020 are now being accepted. Applications close on Sunday the 10th of November. The role requires a person that is passionate, dedicated and eager to get involved.

N.E.W.S. 2020 will be held from the 18th – 26th of April 2019, at the Sydney Academy of Sports. The State Coach will be in charge of selecting a squad and running training sessions for the VPPL Pre-Season and will also require full attendance at the National event.

Applicants should contact the secretary, Adam Lloyd, via email ( to request the State Coach duties and responsibilities guidelines. Applicants must provide a brief explanation on why they would be suitable for the role and what they can bring to the team.

History of N.E.W.S

N.E.W.S. is specifically for people who use electric wheelchairs for their everyday mobility. It was created for people with neuromuscular disorders to compete on an equal playing field.

N.E.W.S, was the brainchild of Roger Melnyk, who had a type of Muscular Dystrophy and was the Executive Officer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Victoria. He took his idea to the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of Australia and the sports were developed to give athletes an opportunity to compete for their state.

N.E.W.S is the showcase for electric wheelchair sports in Australia. It is an unique annual event which displays the all round skills of each athlete in the three sports of Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby (Touch Football). Today, we have competing teams from, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. The games are played in a highly competitive atmosphere.

The standard of play at N.E.W.S has improved every year since the first games in 1986.

Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, 16′, 17′ Hockey Champions
’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
’18, ’19 Powerchair Hockey Champions

Victorian Warriors (2018)

VPPL 2019 Champions!

The 2019 VPPL culminated in a fantastic championship day on 6 October, where before a large and enthusiastic crowd, the Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey champions were decided!
Powerchair Football | After claiming the minor premiership a couple of weeks earlier, Melbourne City came into the championship as slight favourites. South Melbourne struck first with a goal early in the game to Jules North-Coombes. More chances were created in the second half for both teams as both were desperate for the next goal of the game. The dying stages saw South Melbourne defend intensely as Melbourne City kept applying the pressure. A late equaliser in the final two minutes from Luke David sent the game into extra time. An intense ten-minute period saw both teams find golden opportunities to take the lead but neither team could capitalise. It took until the final minute for the deadlock to be broken as Luke David pounced on an open ball and a loose defence to give his side a goal with 40 seconds to go. From there Melbourne City held on to claim a 2-1 win and the championship. A thrilling finale to what’s been a great season for Melbourne City and South Melbourne.

FT: Melbourne City (2) def. South Melbourne (1) (A.E.T)

Melbourne City                South Melbourne
Luke David 1                      Jules North-Coombes 1
Josh Rycken 1

Best & Fairest
Luke David from Melbourne City

VPPL PCF Champions
Melbourne City VPPL Powerchair Football Champions of 2019

Powerchair Hockey | The undefeated Ducks came into the game as overwhelming favourites as they looked to complete the perfect season. But the Hunters weren’t prepared to give up without a fight. A tight defence early from the Hunters made scoring difficult. A breakthrough eventually came through a Luke David goal. The Hunters maintained a strong defence and looked capable of from the counter attack. However, a late first-half penalty gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at half-time. The play opened up in the second half, the Ducks scoring three quick goals in the first five minutes of the half, with goals to Josh Rycken and Ryan Deayton. A 5-0 deficit appeared to be too much for the Hunters who continued to try and find a way back into the contest. Two sealing goals from Ryan Deayton ensured the championship would be headed to the Ducks. It was a great display of Powerchair Hockey with the Ducks winning 7-2.

FT: Melbourne Ducks (7) def. Melbourne Hunters (2)

Melbourne Ducks           Melbourne Hunters
Ryan Deayton 3                Chris Kessaris 2
Luke David 2
Josh Rycken 2

Best & Fairest
Luke David from Melbourne Ducks

Melbourne Ducks vs Melbourne Hunters, October 6 2019

VPPL 2019 Championship Round Details

The VPPL season comes to an end with the Championship Final on October 6

The Victorian Powerchair Premier League (VPPL) Championship Final is gearing up to be an epic match up in Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey.

Melbourne City FC Powerchair Team will take on South Melbourne FC Powerchair Team in Powerchair Football. Melbourne City go in as slight favourites after an impressive run but South Melbourne have shown they can match it throughout the season. Most matches have only been settled by a goal difference so the Championship is certainly up for grabs for both teams!

The Powerchair Hockey Championship sees the Melbourne Ducks as heavy favourites. As of now, the Melbourne Ducks are undefeated in 12 matches and are +46 in goal difference against the Melbourne Hunters. Can the Melbourne Hunters turn it around on the big day? 

Date: October 6
Location: Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

12:00pm – Barbecue
1:15pm – Melbourne City v South Melbourne
2:10pm – Powerchair Football Championship Presentation
2:30pm – Melbourne Ducks v Melbourne Hunters
3:20pm – Powerchair Hockey Championship Presentation

It’s the best time to check out powerchair sports and meet Victoria’s best powerchair athletes. If you know of anyone that might be interested in either participating in powerchair sports or perhaps volunteering, please feel free to invite them along as this is the perfect opportunity to see the sports in action.

Please RSVP either by Facebook (, phone (0424 160 174) or email ( If you can’t attend, don’t worry, you can catch all the action with our livestream on our Facebook!

2018 APFA National Championships

This past September the Australian Powerchair Football Association National Championships were held in Brisbane, organised by the QPFA. It was the first occurrence of this event in Brisbane, and the competition was fierce from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.

Victoria fielded a relatively new lineup this year, with debutant Chris Kessaris and loan marquee Matthew Mallows teaming up alongside the experienced James North-Coombes, Jules North-Coombes, and Craig Kilby. A tough ask for the team as they were unable to train together before the tournament, but an excellent show of effort and determination throughout.

Victoria’s first game was up against a young Kiwi Green outfit, in which the VICS suffered a narrow 2-0 loss in a highly competitive match filled with a plethora of chances.

In their second game against a highly skilled Western Australia team, the VICS were comprehensively beaten 7-1 after taking the initial lead through a great goal by Matthew Mallows.

Up next, on the second day, was New South Wales, in which the Victorian team was unable to cope with the high speed and pressure of an extraordinarily well drilled and skilful NSW team, ending in a 17-0 loss.

A tough day for Victoria as they lost 11-0 to a very strong Queensland Cyclones outfit, however, defensive improvements were finally starting to shine through as the team began to play as more of a cohesive unit.

Day 3 started off with a tough game against Kiwi Red, who were having a fantastic tournament and were in scintillating form. A tough 6-0 loss, some very unlucky goals costing Victoria in a game which was highly competitive.

Victoria’s final game, and definitely their best, came against the QLD Barbarians. Both teams were playing for pride here, and it showed as the game was highly competitive and action-packed. Matthew Mallows scored the opener with a great piece of solo play before the Barbarians equalized after the young Jack Parry cooly slotted a penalty. Unable to capitalise on any of the chances that followed, both teams settled for a spirited 1-1 draw.

All in all a very tough tournament for Victoria, but a great show of competitiveness from everybody involved nonetheless.

Winter Season 2018 Grand Final Details

Our 2018 Winter Season comes to a close this Sunday, September 16th!


Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon

1:30pm | Powerchair Football | Melbourne City FC Powerchair Team vs. South Melbourne FC Powerchair Team
2:30pm | Powerchair Hockey  | Penguins vs. Rangers


South Melbourne: Shaun Mott, Chris Kessaris, Jules North-Coombes, James North-Coombes, Craig Kilby, Michael Murdaca
Melbourne City: Luke David, Daniel Maugeri, Josh Rycken, Julia Svagnovic, Youki Innes, Dominic Renye, Gavin Thorneycroft

Rangers: Shaun Mott, Josh Rycken, James North-Coombes, Youki Innes, Dominic Renye, Chris Kessaris
Penguins: Luke David, Craig Kilby, Jules North-Coombes, Daniel Maugeri, Julia Svaganovic

Premiership Table

After 11 rounds, South Melbourne claim the Premiership in Powerchair Football while the Rangers took the last two rounds to clinch the Powerchair Hockey on goal difference. How will the Championship finals play out?

Winter Season 2018 Ladder

Goal Scorers:

Winter Season 2018 Goal Scorers

Australia lands Powerchair Football World Cup for 2021!

The FIPFA World Cup is coming to Australia in 2021! 🐨

Australia vs. Ireland | FIPFA World Cup 2017














The APFA Executive would like to give thanks to everyone who has helped make this a reality. Special thanks must go to our patron, Mr Rale Rasic, CEO of Football NSW Stuart Hodge and Head of Community Football Peter Hugg, CEO of Football Federation of Australia David Gallop and Head of National Teams Luke Casserley and NSW Minister for Disability Services, the Hon. Ray Williams MP.

This is a major boost for Powerchair Football in Australia and is an amazing opportunity for our country to host a major sporting event. Congratulations to all involved!

The event is set to be held in Sydney’s Olympic Park precinct. This is a major boost for Powerchair Football in Australia, congratulations to Australian Powerchair Football Association Inc. and all involved!