Category: Victorian Powerchair Premier League

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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

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

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

Powerchair Premier League 2019 RD 1 Results

Powerchair Premier League Round 1 saw Melbourne City PFC take on South Melbourne PFC in Powerchair Football and two new Powerchair Hockey teams, Melbourne Ducks battle Melbourne Hunters!
 
⚽️ #PowerchairFootball | The first match of the season was a hard-fought, high intensity battle as Melbourne City and South Melbourne put their pre-season training and new tactics to the test. It was an even start to the game as the ball went from one end to the other as both teams tried to get a hold on the contest. South Melbourne made the most of an open goal with a half way shot from the sideline from Gavin Thorneycroft giving them the lead on his South Melbourne debut. Melbourne City then dominated the play for the remainder of the first half and were rewarded with a Luke David goal in the dying stages, assisted by Josh Rycken. The second half saw Melbourne City control most of the possession and play as they assaulted the goal line and came close to scoring. The defence of South Melbourne had other ideas as Chirs Kessaris and Shaun Mott held strong to keep City out. It ended in a 1-1 draw with both teams taking a lot out of the game and will prepare for the next round on May 26th.
 
FT: Melbourne City (1) def. South Melbourne (1)
 
📋 Goal scorers
Melbourne City – L. David (1)
South Melbourne- G. Thorneycroft (1)

Powerchair Football | Melbourne City vs South Melbourne
Powerchair Football | Melbourne City vs South Melbourne

 
🏒 #PowerchairHockey | An exciting time as two new teams were introduced to Powerchair Hockey. The Melbourne Ducks and the Melbourne Hunters had plenty to prove in the first game of the season. The game started off in a tight contest as both teams had early chances but the Hunters keeper James North-Coombes and Ducks keeper Julia Svaganovic were able to keep the ball out. The deadlock was broken with consecutive goals to Luke David which gave the Ducks the early lead. A Shaun Mott goal gave the Hunters a chance to get back into the game. After a fast first half the Ducks took a 3-1 lead into half time. Any chance of a Hunters comeback was just about shattered in the early stages of the second half as quick goals to the Ducks extended the lead. The scoreboard kept ticking over for the Ducks as they made it 7-1 half way through the second half. The game took a bit of a turn as the Hunters scored 3 consecutive goals including an own goal as they attempted to get back into the game. It was however too big of a mountain to climb as Luke David scored his ninth goal of the game in the final minute as the Ducks registered an impressive 9-4 win. The Hunters will look to take a bit of momentum built from the latter part of the game into Round 2 on May 26th.
 
FT: Ducks (9) def. Hunters (4)
 
📋 Goal scorers
Ducks – L. David (9)
Hunters – S. Mott (3)

Powerchair Hockey | Ducks vs Hunters
Powerchair Hockey | Ducks vs Hunters

 
Next Round: May 26th

Melbourne City Powerchair Youth Program

Melbourne City Powerchair Team are excited to announce that they will be establishing a youth program for players under the age of 18 this season.

The youth program will enhance pathways for new players to learn the rules of Powerchair Football and develop the neccessary skills before making their way into the Premier League.

The program will start on the launch of the Premier League season on May 19. You can find out more about the Powerchair Premier League here: http://vewsa.org.au/2019/02/11/2019-victorian-powerchair-premier-league-fixtures-league-structure/

To join or find out more information, contact Luke David:
Phone: 0424 160 174
Email: luke.david@vewsa.org.au

Melbourne City Youth Program
Melbourne City Youth Program

2019 Victorian Powerchair Premier League Fixtures & League Structure

Victorian Powerchair Premier League (VPPL), formerly called Winter Season, is a club-based competition for people with a physical disability. The Premier League has two different sports, Powerchair Football/Soccer and Powerchair Hockey.

The 2019 Victorian Powerchair Premier League Fixtures & League Structure have been released below. An enhanced player pathway for juniors and new senior league structure are some of the exciting changes being made to the competition.

The new Junior/Development program will run alongside the Premier League competition and will give the clubs an opportunity to develop new players for selection in the Premier League.

Competition Structure

The season will begin in May and conclude with the championship final in October. There will be 13 rounds consisting of one match of each sport. The teams on top of the league table will be deemed ‘Premiers’. The league is open to all ages, genders and disabilities. All league matches will be played at the Aquahub in Croydon on Sundays with the current format:

  • Each sport will have two 20-minute halves.
  • There is a 10km/h speed-limit for Powerchair Football and a 15km/h speed limit in Powerchair Hockey.
  • A team must have a minimum number of 4 players, no more than 8.
  • Two transfer markets (Prior to Round 1 and at Round 6) will give teams the opportunity to draft, trade or loan players.
  • Training sessions will be held during the season.
  • Junior/Development program will run alongside the Premier League competition.
  • Powerchair Hockey clubs can compete at the Club Championships in November while Powerchair Football clubs can compete in January.

Sports

Powerchair Football

Powerchair Football is played with two teams of four players. Players use their powerchair to push and ‘spin-kick’ a 330mm Football. Powerchair Football is a very tactical sport that requires skill, team work and communication.

Melbourne City Powerchair Team was established in 2015 after Luke David and Craig Kilby approached the Melbourne City Football Club. The team was the first Powerchair Football team in Victoria. They finished in 9th position at the recent Australian Club Championships.

South Melbourne Powerchair FC was founded in 2018. Craig Kilby was appointed as the President of the Club, Jules North-Coombes as the inaugural Captain and Rebecca Gulle the Coach. They were Premiers in the 2018 State League and recently finished 11th in the Australian Club Championships.

Powerchair Hockey

Powerchair Hockey is broadly based on Ice Hockey/Floorball. A barrier surrounds the court which allows players to rebound the ball. It is a fast-paced, tactical game and an excellent spectator sport.

Melbourne Ducks was established in 2019 by Luke David and will replace the Penguins in this year’s competition. The club is largely based in the northern suburbs of Melbourne but are looking to expand across Victoria.

Melbourne Hunters was established just after the Ducks. They will replace the Rangers team from previous years and have a team of players all around the state.

Fixture (Venue, Times, Dates)

Venue:

Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon

Times:

1pm: Training
2pm: Powerchair Football
3pm: Powerchair Hockey

Dates

  • ROUND 1 – 19 May 2019
  • ROUND 2 – 26 May 2019
  • TRAINING – 2 June 2019
  • ROUND 3 – 16 June 2019
  • ROUND 4 – 23 June 2019
  • TRAINING – 30 June 2019
  • ROUND 5 – 7 July 2019
  • ROUND 6 – 14 July 2019
  • TRAINING – 21 July 2019
  • ROUND 7 – 28 July 2019
  • ROUND 8 – 4 August 2019
  • TRAINING – 11 August 2019
  • ROUND 9 – 18 August 2019
  • ROUND 10 – 25 August 2019
  • ROUND 11 – 8 September 2019
  • ROUND 12 – 15 September 2019
  • TRAINING – 22 September 2019
  • ROUND 13 – 29 September 2019
  • CHAMPIONSHIP – 6 October 2019

How can I join or express interest?

Whether you’re an interested player, coach, referee or volunteer, please get in contact with us through our EOI form linked below!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VEWSAPremierLeague2019 

If you require any further information or assistance regarding the above, please contact our Competitions Coordinator, Shaun Mott at shaun.mott@vewsa.org.au

Powerchair Premier League To Be Launched in Victoria!

What is Victorian Powerchair Sports Premier League?

Victorian Powerchair Premier League (VPPL), formerly called Winter Season, is a club-based competition for people with a physical disability.

South Melbourne Powerchair Football Team

The Premier League has two different sports, Powerchair Football/Soccer and Powerchair Hockey. The league is open to all ages, genders and disabilities.

All league matches will be played at the Aquahub in Croydon on Sundays with the current format:

1pm: Powerchair Football

2pm: Powerchair Hockey

Prior to the the league commencing in May 2019, there will be opportunities to learn about the rules and try the two sports.

History of Victorian Powerchair Sports Premier League

The first Winter Season was held in 2015 when VEWSA recognised the importance of establishing a competition for Powerchair Football in Victoria. Powerchair Football was introduced in Australia in 2011 when international players from the United States, France and Japan held a workshop in Sydney. Between 2011 and 2015, VEWSA held regular training sessions for a Victorian representative team to prepare for the Australian Powerchair Football Nationals. The competition featured Melbourne City and Melbourne Fury in Powerchair Football from 2015 – 2017. In 2018, South Melbourne FC established its own Powerchair Football Team which replaced Melbourne Fury. Powerchair Hockey was introduced in the 2017 Winter Season with Penguins and the Rangers as the two teams.

Premiers:

2015: Melbourne City

2016: Melbourne City

2017: Melbourne City, Penguins

2018: South Melbourne, Rangers

Champions:

2018: Melbourne City, Penguins

Melbourne City Powerchair Team (September 2018)

What’s the format of the competition?

The season will begin in May and conclude with the Championship Final in October. There will be 13 rounds consisting of one match of each sport. The teams on top of the league table will be deemed ‘Premiers’.

  • Each sport will have two 20-minute halves.
  • Different clubs for each of the sports.
  • There is a 10km/h speed-limit for Powerchair Football and a 15km/h speed limit in Powerchair Hockey.
  • A team must have a minimum number of 4 players, no more than 8.
  • One transfer market (Prior to Round 1) will give teams the opportunity to draft, trade or loan players.
  • Training sessions will be held during the season.
  • Powerchair Football clubs can compete at the Club Championships in January.

What are the sports played?

There are two sports played during the Premier League.

A metal guard is mounted onto a player’s powerchair which is then used to push and ‘spin-kick’ a 330mm Football.

Powerchair Football is a very tactical sport that requires skill, team work and communication. The sport is strictly non-contact and features at two National competitions as well as Internationally with a World Cup held every four years.

Powerchair Hockey is broadly based on Ice Hockey/Floorball. A barrier surrounds the court which allows players to rebound the ball. It is a competitive, high intensity sport. It is a fast-paced, tactical game and thus an excellent spectator’s sport! Powerchair Hockey is relatively new in Victoria but with two Victorian in the current Australian Team, the sport is bound to grow! The sport is played Internationally with a world championship held every four years.

Who can play?

Anyone in a powerchair can play in the competition. The Premier League is a mixed competition open to all ages and abilities.

What equipment is needed?

Those who are interested in trying out the sports can attend any round to have a look at the sports in action. If a player decides to join, a metal guard is required for Powerchair Football. VEWSA can loan guards out but we will encourage players to make their own guards which best suits their powerchair. We can also point you in the right direction on where to get some made up!

In Powerchair Hockey, a player can either use a light-weight hockey stick or mount a t-stick onto their footplate.

How can I join or express interest?

Whether you’re an interested player, coach, referee or volunteer, please get in contact with us through our EOI form linked below!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VEWSAPremierLeague2019 

For more information about the league, the sports, and to discuss your suitability please contact VEWSA’s President, Luke David on 0424 160 174 or luke.david@vewsa.org.au

What’s next? What’s after the Premier League?

A squad of up to 8 may be selected from the Premier League to represent Victoria at either the Australian Powerchair Football Nationals or Australian Powerchair Hockey Nationals held interstate. Following the Nationals, VEWSA runs the Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) which includes both sports again but with Powerchair Rugby as well. This league has a set team for all three sports. During the VPSL, VEWSA has the opportunity to send Powerchair Football clubs to compete at the Club Championships in January.

How else can I help out?

VEWSA is unable to adequately promote the sports to the public, beyond our Facebook page and website. Despite VEWSA’s important role in providing sporting and recreational opportunities for players with a disability, and our participation in national events, we receive little official or financial support.

Our mission is to grow and take our sports all over Victoria, to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. VEWSA is seeking any support, whether it be by donating, volunteering, sponsorship or promoting. Our lack of funding and resources has a direct impact on our capacity to run programs and provide opportunities to our members. Support received could be used for much needed sports equipment, modifications to wheelchair guards, starting more leagues around the state and/or transport players to games/events. We believe our sports have a positive impact on people with and without a disability. Get in contact with us if you’re looking to volunteer, sponsor, donate or promote our sports!

Calendar of Events (Subject to change)

Rounds
Round 1 – 19th May
Round 2 – 26th May
Round 3 – 16th June
Round 4 – 23rd June
Round 5 – 7th July
Round 6 – 14th July
Round 7 – 28th July
Round 8 – 4th August
Round 9 – 18th August
Round 10 – 25th August
Round 11 – 8th September
Round 12 – 15th September
Round 13 – 29th September
Championship Final – 6th October

Training
Training #1 – 2nd June
Training #2 – 30th June
Training #3 – 21st July
Training #4 – 11th August
Training #5 – 22nd September