Category: Powerchair Hockey

All Access Holidays Sponsor Melbourne Ducks in 2020

Powerchair Sports Victoria welcomes All Access Holidays to our family of sponsors and supporters. All Access Holidays jump on board as jersey sponsors for all Melbourne Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team matches across Victorian and interstate competitions in 2020!

All Access Holidays is a NDIS registered travel provider that specialises on taking people with a disability on holidays, around Australia and beyond. “We are so excited to be supporting the mighty Melbourne Ducks in their 2020 season. They play excellent electric wheelchair hockey and we cannot wait to see what they achieve next year. Bring on the new year and many more exciting games.”

Find out more via their website: https://www.allaccessholidays.com/

Ducks Claim 2nd Place

Two Melbourne teams attended the inaugural Powerchair Hockey Club Championships held in Sydney last month. It was a fantastic event held by Australian Powerchair Hockey Association (APCHA) which was also attended by Canada. We are so proud of our two Melbourne teams who finished the competition in 2nd and 5th place. You can find a ton of photos from the event here: https://pbase.com/wrs864/club_championships__canada_2019

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.

Matchdays:

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 (secretary@vewsa.org.au) 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)

Goalscorers:
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)

Goalscorers:
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

Schedule:
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 (https://www.facebook.com/events/304826090293511/), phone (0424 160 174) or email (luke.david@vewsa.org.au) If you can’t attend, don’t worry, you can catch all the action with our livestream on our Facebook!

Icon Sports Partner with Melbourne Ducks

Apparel company Icon Sports and Melbourne Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team have have agreed on a partnership, which will see Icon Sports supply Melbourne Ducks with team gear.

“Icon Sports are thrilled to become the official apparel supplier of the Melbourne Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team. The Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team compete in the VEWSA Powerchair Premier League competition and were the first team formed earlier this year. We are excited to support such a wonderful team and their all abilities program.”

“Melbourne Ducks is committed to bringing powerchair and all-abilities hockey to Victorian communities and helping grow and develop the sport in Australia. Our new partnership with Icon Sports enables us to further promote our sport, while making sure the team looks great on the court. This is a huge step forward in making sure our athletes, feel like athletes, are seen as athletes and feel like a genuine sporting team.” said Melbourne Ducks Coach, Luke David.

Melbourne Ducks 2019/20 jerseys will be released in the coming weeks!

THINK . BELIEVE . BECOME

Winter Season 2018 Grand Final Details

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

Schedule:

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

Teams

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

Australian Sliders Ready For Italy

The Australian Sliders Powerchair Hockey team travelled to Endeavour Hills Leisure Centre in Melbourne for the weekend. It was their final training camp before heading off to Italy for the IPCH World Championship 2018 which will take place in from 24 Sept – 1 Oct.

A special thank you goes out to Ben Hartung and Hockey Australia who presented each team member with a small gift as well as a signed bodysuit from the Hockeyroos! It was the teams third training camp after the team was selected in April earlier this year. Each athlete has been hard at work training and fundraising for the trip overseas.

Australian Sliders Powerchair Hockey Team 2018
Australian Sliders Powerchair Hockey Team 2018

The team also received their jerseys and the leadership group was announced. Our very own, Luke David was announced Captain. We wish the team the best of luck! Italy here they come!

1. Daniel Newcombe
3. Chantel Bongiovanni
4. Santo Bongiovanni (VC)
9. Shaun Mott
11. Kieran Watts (VC)
23. Luke David (C)
35. Nicholas Nguyen
94. Jonathan Grigg

Australian Sliders Fundraise for World Championship!

A squad of nine have been selected to represent the green and gold at the Powerchair Hockey World Championships in Italy this September! This will be a massive trip for the squad but also very costly in terms of flights, accommodation, support workers, and having legal Powerchairs to play in. Every year, powerchair athletes from around Australia, pour their heart, soul and money in to achieving their sporting dreams. Unlike mainstream sports, Powerchair Sports don’t get the credit they deserve, they don’t have the same backing from the media, sponsors, the government, and everyday Aussies. 

Below are links to a few of the individual fundraising pages as well as for the team! Please support them in any way you can.

Shaun Mott (VIC):
https://www.gofundme.com/5semb-help-me-represent-australia

Luke David (VIC):
https://asf.org.au/athletes/luke-david/

Chantel & Santo Bongiovanni (SA):
https://www.gofundme.com/help-us-represent-australia

Jonathan Grigg (SA):
https://www.gofundme.com/help-jono-represent-australia-at-i…

Kieran Watts (NSW):
https://www.gofundme.com/kn2mk-help-me-represent-australia

Australian Powerchair Hockey Association (APCHA) and the Australian Sliders:
https://give.everydayhero.com/…/australian-powerchair-hocke…