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!

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!


Tax Time Appeal 2019

It’s tax time! If you are looking for a last minute tax deduction that can help make a difference, why not make a donation to Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association? Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission ABN: 54 171 697 981 and in 2000 became endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

For over 30 years, VEWSA has provided sporting opportunities to people who use electric wheelchairs for functional mobility. In 1985, National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S) was created. It 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. This event has continued ever since.

Despite VEWSA’s important role in providing sporting and recreational opportunities for players with a disability and, our participation in national events, we don’t receive enough financial support to cover our on-going costs. The majority of the costs of participating in the sports are covered by the athletes and their families. For example, specialised sports wheelchairs cost in excess of $15,000 and athletes have to pay for their own way to the National Championships, which equates to an approximate additional expense of ($2,000 for an athlete and his/her carer).

With support from our wonderful sponsors, we are able to cover some of the costs for our athletes but it is not enough. Donations received could be used for much needed sports equipment, modifications to electric wheelchair guards, taking the sports to more areas around Victoria and/or transport to events.

Help us make a difference and create more opportunities for people in electric wheelchairs. Any donation big or small will be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made by direct deposit:

BSB: 814-282

Account No: 10383731

Please send us an email at to inform us of your donation with your name and address so we can mail you a receipt. Please also indicate what you would like your donation to go towards such as:

  • Development program
  • Equipment or transport
  • Local or national competitions
  • General costs
  • Teams or individual players

MCY Powerchair Football Team Recruiting!

Melbourne City Powerchair Team will be recruiting new players and volunteers for the Senior and Development squads.

Powerchair football is a unique sport that provides opportunities for people with a varying levels of ability to access the game we all love, football.

New players will have the opportunity to learn about the sport, the skills, rules and what it takes to compete at any level of competition. Sessions will take place at the Aquahub on Victorian Powerchair Premier League match days and trainings hosted by Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA).

Powerchair football is fast paced, dynamic and exciting to watch. The unique nature of the powerchair football allows all ages, disabilities and any gender to compete together. Playing powerchair football extends beyond just having fun and competing, it helps build key life skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication. We have excellent athletes already involved who have plenty of experience with mentoring others.

The team hosts social events and competes in interstate competitions throughout the year. Powerchair football is played all around the world, with a world cup held every four years and national competitions being held every year in different states across Australia. The opportunities will continue to grow as powerchair football becomes more recognised and supported.

Being involved in powerchair football isn’t just about the sporting opportunities, it also creates social opportunities for the athletes, their families, friends and our supporters to experience the highs and lows of participating in the world’s most favourite sport.

The first session will take place on July 7. However, the team will be scouting other areas around the state and if there is interest, we are happy to travel out to an area closer to you. The dates listed below are sessions held at Aquahub, Croydon starting at 1pm.

  • July 21
  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 18
  • August 25
  • September 8
  • September 15
  • September 29
  • October 6

Melbourne City are wanting to take this far and wide, all around Victoria. If you use a powerchair for daily mobility, or know someone who does, get in touch with the team! We need your support to grow our community.

You may not even want to be involved as a player but in another role, these are some ways you can get involved:

  • Player
  • Coaching
  • Refereeing
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteering
  • Partnership/Sponsor

Register your interest by emailing or by calling Luke on 0424 160 174. 


Powerchair Premier League 2019 RD 2 Results

Victorian Powerchair Premier League Round 2

Powerchair Football | Round 2 gave both Melbourne City and South Melbourne a chance to claim the first three points of the season. South Melbourne were strengthened by the return of Jules North-Coombes. Both teams had golden opportunities in the first half to put a goal on the board but couldn’t get it past the strong defences of either side. No team dominated possession as an even first half concluded with the scores locked at nil all at the break. Early into the second half saw a three-quarter sideline shot from Luke David make it past a disorganised South Melbourne defence as the ball sailed through for the opening goal. A bit of controversy arose as the goal was disallowed originally before given the all clear moments later. Down a goal, South Melbourne were desperate to gain one back and had plenty of chances as they came close on several occasions. Melbourne City were able to restore some control and were able to maintain it through the final minutes and held on to take the first victory of the season with a 1-0 win. They will look to make it consecutive wins against a desperate South Melbourne aiming to keep in touch in round 3 on June 16th.

FT: Melbourne City (1) def. South Melbourne (0)

Goal scorers
Melbourne City – L.David (1)

Powerchair Hockey | The second round saw the return of the Melbourne Ducks and the Melbourne Hunters. The game started off in a similar fashion to the first round as both teams struggled to jump out of the gate. But also similarly to the first round, it was the Ducks who opened up their account with consecutive goals to Luke David with yet again the Ducks gained a handy lead at the break. It was much the same in the second half with the score blowing out to a 5-0 lead for the Ducks. Despite the score line, Hunters keeper James North-Coombes could hold his head up high as he made important saves to keep the score line modest. Likewise, the defence of the Ducks, led by Julia Svaganovic and Daniel Maugeri looked destined for a clean sheet before two late goals from the Hunters put respect back onto the scoreboard. But it was another case of the Hunters being outclassed by the Ducks who ran out with a 6-2 win. The Hunters will look to improve and the Ducks will be keen to keep their winning ways as the season continues on June 16th.

FT: Ducks (6) def. Hunters (2)

Goal scorers
Ducks – L.David (6)
Hunters – S.Mott (2)

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

VEWSA’s Youth Program Launches

VEWSA would like to introduce the youth program to take place alongside the Premier League. Aimed at powerchair users under the age of 18, it will be a great opportunity to get involved and be a part of the action. This is the best chance to see the sports live and to check out the specialised equipment required to play Powerchair Football.

The youth program will enhance pathways for new players to learn the rules of Powerchair Football and develop the necessary skills before ultimately making their way into the Premier League. Not only will these young athletes benefit from learning about and competing in Powerchair Football, but it is a truly enriching experience to be a part of a professional team sport, demonstrating that disability will not stand in the way of people wanting to pursue such goals. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with people and gain a lot of social confidence, all while making many new friendships along the way.

Senior players and coaches will be available to run through drills and plays, giving tips and mentoring the young athletes. Following these training drills, there will be a chance to check out the game at its competitive best as Melbourne City FC plays South Melbourne FC in the Premier League.

The program will commence with the launch of the upcoming Premier League season on May 19 at 1pm at Aquahub, Croydon.

To join or find out more information, please contact VEWSA President, Luke on

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:

To join or find out more information, contact Luke David:
Phone: 0424 160 174

Melbourne City Youth Program
Melbourne City Youth Program