Victorian Pride Warriors Powerchair Hockey Champions!

It was the time of year again where Powerchair Athletes across Australia competed in the National Electric Wheelchair Sports competition. It ran from the 13th to the 20th of April with some intense days of competition concluding with the finals on Good Friday. The Victorian Pride Warriors team consisted of:

  1. Michael Murdaca (126 Games)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (173 Games)
  3. Luke David (218 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (36 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (83 Games)
  6. Josh Rycken (113 Games)

Assistant Coach: Rebecca Gulle

The squad also consisted of two emergencies; Craig Kilby and Julia Svaganovic. The team arrived on the 13th and the 14th and were ready to go for Day 1 of competition.

Day 1 | Powerchair Football

Day 1 saw the first ever game of Powerchair Football at N.E.W.S in its 34-year history. Victoria played its first game against the Western Wasps which was a hard fought game for both teams. The Wasps managed to score early into the second half to take a 1-0 lead. The Victorians tried their hardest to score an equaliser and had most of the play but they couldn’t get a goal on the board with the Western Australians holding on to win by a goal. In the second game we took on the South Australian Scorpions and much like the first game it was hard and intense. Neither team could score a goal, before a controversial call gave the Victorians the lead late in the game. After a lengthy discussion the goal was overturned and the scores remained 0-0. While disappointed, it appeared the right decision was made as both teams were happy for the disallowed goal. It then ended in a 0-0 draw. Our final match of the day was against the favourites in New South Wales. The Strikers managed to gain a 2-0 lead early in the game through some great plays. The game took a bit of a turn as the Victorians became more attacking to try and get back into the game. The second half saw the Warriors have most of the control as they kept pushing and pushing. Unable to get a goal back, the Warriors ended the day with a 2-0 loss. Although disappointed not to get a win on the first day of competition, the Victorians took a lot out of it and were confident of getting a win in the 3rd place playoff in the finals against Western Australia.

WA 1 def. VIC 0
VIC 0 drew. SA 0
NSW 2 def. VIC 0

Day 2 | Powerchair Hockey

The second day was Powerchair Hockey, the sport that many of the Victorian players love to play. It started off with a dominant display against the South Australian Scorpions. It was a rocky start with the Scorpions able to score the first goal of the game against the run of play. From there the Warriors took control and never looked back. Some awesome blocking and great shooting saw the Warriors score the next seven goals to take their first win of the competition. Next up the Warriors took on the Strikers. A very early goal saw the Warriors take the lead and from there were able to hold on. The Strikers made the Victorians work for every minute of the game and pushed them right to the end. Two late goals from the Warriors gave them a comfortable lead in the final few minutes. The margin may have been 3 goals but New South Wales were no easy opponents. The final game saw the Western Wasps come up against the undefeated Warriors. With a Grand Final spot already sealed and the Wasps desperate to make the final, the Victorians had a chance to check out a potential grand final opponent. A great start saw the Warriors jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Wasps then took control and managed to get one back, before the Warriors wrestled back the momentum and took complete control. Another 5 goals were to follow as the Victorians claimed another 7-1 victory. The Western Wasps managed to scrape through to the second grand final spot on goal difference.

VIC 7 def. SA 1
VIC 3 def. NSW 0
VIC 7 def. WA 1

Day 3 | Powerchair Rugby

The third day of competition was a very disappointing one for the Victorians as they were dismantled in all three games of Rugby League. The first game was a great opportunity to see where the team was at as they took on NSW. It was a horrible start as the Strikers capitalised on poor defence and made the most of the Warriors turnovers. It was much the same for the rest of the match as the Strikers ran away with a massive 44-0 win. In the second game the team was hopeful for a better showing but it was yet another disappointing display as the defence was no match for the Scorpions attack. The day went from bad to worse when a big tackle saw Luke David’s chair break down. The Warriors never looked like scoring for the second game in a row as the Scorpions took a comfortable 32-0 victory. The final game was against the Wasps who also missed out on the final. The Wasps jumped out to an early lead and it looked like another heavy loss was to follow for the Warriors. It appeared things weren’t going to get any better when the team was forced to play four players when another big knock forced another player to the sideline. A great act of sportsmanship followed as the Western Wasps decided to play only four players aswell. The second half saw Luke David return to the field and the game returned to a 5v5. Unfortunately, it didn’t change the outcome as the Western Wasps were able to take a 22-4 win to end a dark day for the Warriors.

NSW 44 def. VIC 0
SA 32 def. VIC 0
WA 22 def. VIC 4

Day 5 | Grand Finals

The big day had finally arrived with the Victorians aiming to win all three of their clashes with the Western Wasps. The first game was the 3rd place playoff for Powerchair Football. The team entered the game with a fresh line-up and different strategy. The Warriors had control for the majority of the game with an early goal to Josh Rycken gave the Warriors the lead and the momentum. It was much the same in the second half with Josh Rycken claiming his second goal which gave the Warriors a handy 2-0 lead. From there the Victorians kept up their attacking pressure while maintaining a strong defence. They held on to take out 3rd place for Powerchair Football with a 2-0 result.

Straight after it was the Powerchair Football Grand Final which saw a close contest as NSW won 1-0 against the Scorpions. The same two teams then competed for 3rd place in hockey with the strikers winning again 1-0. Next up it was the Grand Final. The Warriors took the favourites tag after a dominant Day 2 in Hockey. The Western Wasps came out with a heavier focus on defence and it showed as the Warriors were unable to find a goal in the first half. The intense game continued in the second half with both teams pushing to find a goal. The Warriors were able to hit the scoreboard after a Luke David shot finally got past the defence and the goalkeeper. The Warriors were desperate to gain a bigger lead but couldn’t find another. It then got into the final minutes and the Wasps were fighting hard to get an equaliser. They pushed the Victorians right to the end, and almost found a goal in the final 10 seconds but the keeper Michael Murdaca had other ideas. A 1-0 win gave the Victorians their second Powerchair Hockey title.

The team then had to put celebrations on hold to face the West Australians again in the 3rd place playoff for Rugby League. The team were confident they could turn the tide and claim a win. But it was much the same as the Wasps forced many gaps and created a number of try scoring opportunities. While it felt like the Warriors had improved, it was ultimately for very little as the Wasps managed to take a big 36-6 win to claim 3rd place. The final match of the day saw NSW win their 11th Rugby League title in a row as they beat SA Scorpions in a tight struggle 12-4. All in all, it was another great day as the attention turned to the dinner and presentation. A fun night was had as everyone got the chance to celebrate another successful week at N.E.W.S. It was then time to head home with many memories and aspirations for the future. Another successful week was had by all and we all can’t wait to come back again. For the Warriors we will celebrate our successes while also learning from our defeats with the aim to come back even better in 2020.

3rd Playoff Powerchair Football: VIC 2 def. WA 0
Grand Final Powerchair Hockey: VIC 1 def. WA 0
3rd Playoff Powerchair Rugby: WA 36 def. VIC 6

Victoria won the Powerchair Hockey Championship at NEWS for the second year in a row!

Victorian Pride Warriors 2019
Victorian Pride Warriors 2019

Thank you to our sponsors, Pride Mobility, Motion Wheelchairs and Support Your Way for your amazing support. Also to our support crew and carers who attended the week and helped our players participate. Congratulations to our Victorian team for a fantastic effort in all three sports. Congratulations to all participating teams and players. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who helped make this week what it was. See you all again in 2020!

Champions:
Rugby League: New South Wales
Powerchair Football: New South Wales
Powerchair Hockey: Victoria
Roger Melnyk Trophy: New South Wales

Individual Victorian Awards:
Best & Fairest: Shaun Mott
Michael Baptiste Encouragement Award: Shaun Mott
All-Australian Selection: Luke David (Vice-Captain), Shaun Mott

Shaun Mott claims Best & Fairest for Victoria
Shaun Mott claims Best & Fairest for Victoria

Warriors Gear Up For NEWS 2019

The Victorian Pride Warriors team of 2019 have finalised their preparations for the 34th National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) event in Sydney next week, April 15th – 19th. The competition will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

This year, NEWS has introduced Powerchair Football into the competition which has replaced Balloon Soccer.

Players from our Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) were selected in a team consisting of 6 players. All 6 players will represent Victoria in Powerchair Hockey, Powerchair Football and Rugby League. The team will welcome back Jules North-Coombes who returns from retirement. Luke David retains the Captaincy while Shaun Mott will take the Vice-Captain role for a second year in a row.

The following players have been selected in the team: *Games played for Victoria at NEWS

  1. Michael Murdaca (69 Games)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (161 Games )
  3. Luke David (206 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (24 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (12 Games)
  6. Josh Rycken (86 Games)

Emergency Players: Craig Kilby, Julia Svaganovic

Head Coaches: Luke David & Rebecca Gulle

Team Manager: Adam Lloyd

What the coaches had to say:

Luke David: Everyone in the squad has trained hard over the last couple of months, in recent years we haven’t had the opportunity to train as a team prior to the competition so it has been great for us as a group to really work on our game plans. We chose the squad based on performances in all three sports throughout the VPSL season and it was really encouraging to see how well everyone played at Pride Cup 2019. I believe we have a squad that will be competitive in all three sports next week and I look forward to seeing how we match up against the other states.

 

Rebecca Gulle: It has been great to watch the senior and junior members of the club come together to train for this competition. The team comradery is at its peak and hopefully that shows at this competition.

Warriors NEWS 2019 Fixture
Warriors NEWS 2019 Fixture – Victorian Pride Warriors proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility Australia, Support Your Way & Motion Wheelchairs

Livestream:

All Victorian Pride Warrior matches will be livestreamed through the VEWSA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VEWSA/

Victoria 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, Powerchair Hockey Champions

 

Dragons go back-to-back!

Dragons are Pride Cup Champions for the second year in a row! Dragons took the series 2-1 after a penalty shootout victory in Powerchair Hockey. The Dragons went in as hot favourites after an impressive campaign in the Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) 2018/19 season, claiming both the Powerchair Hockey and Powerchair Football premierships.

In three heated matches, Dragons came back from a shock Game 1 defeat in Powerchair Football, to take Rugby League and Powerchair Hockey in nail-biting fashion. The 6th Pride Cup was the first Grand Finals for the revamped VPSL competition and proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility Australia. Well done to both teams for putting on a brilliant display of skill, sportsmanship and passion.

VPSL 2018/19 Ladder
VPSL 2018/19 Ladder

Game 1: Powerchair Football

It was another close contest of Powerchair Football as both teams created plenty of chances but neither could capitalise in regulation time. Both teams defences held strong with some close calls throughout the match. With the scores level at 0-0 at the end of full-time, the Scorpions came out and scored an early goal in extra time. From there they maintained control before the Dragons managed one last chance. With only seconds left the Dragons won a corner and managed to sneak the ball though the goals but were beaten by the siren, which gave the Scorpions a thrilling win.

Final Score: Scorpions (1) def. Dragons (0)

📋 Goal Scorers
Dragons –
Scorpions – J.Svaganovic (1)

Photos provided by Ian Spence | Pride Cup 2019 Game 1 - Powerchair Football
Photos provided by Ian Spence | Pride Cup 2019 Game 1 – Powerchair Football

Game 2: Rugby League

In the second game of the day, both teams were desperate to get a win. It was tight all the way through with the biggest lead of the game just 4 points. The momentum swung back and forth with the Dragons gaining the lead with 3 minutes left. In another contentious finish the Scorpions were just inches from the try line before a game saving tackle in the dying stages gave the Dragons a crucial victory and more importantly send the Pride Cup into a deciding game.

Final Score: Dragons (22) def. Scorpions (20)

📋 Point scorers
Dragons – C.Kessaris (8), S.Mott (6), R.Deayton (4), C.Kilby (4)
Scorpions – L.David (16), J.Rycken (4)

Photos provided by Ian Spence | Pride Cup 2019 Game 2 - Powerchair Rugby
Photos provided by Ian Spence | Pride Cup 2019 Game 2 – Powerchair Rugby

Game 3: Powerchair Hockey

The deciding game of the Pride Cup saw yet another exhilarating finish. The first half saw a tight contest with both teams desperate to gain the ascendancy as the Dragons took a slight one goal lead into half-time. In the second half it went goal for goal and blow for blow as both teams fought right to the end. The Scorpions responded to every Dragons goal which eventually resulted in the game going to extra time. The Dragons scored a goal early on in extra time with the Scorpions able to respond yet again to send the game into a penalty shootout. It took until the seventh round of penalties before a goal was scored by the Dragons. The Scorpions were unable to score on return, which secured the Victory for the Dragons and ultimately the Pride Cup.

Final score: Dragons (7) drew. Scorpions (7) AET
Dragons won 1-0 on penalties

📋 Goal scorers
Dragons – S.Mott (8)
Scorpions – L.David (7)

Photos provided by Ian Spence | Pride Cup 2019 Game 3 - Powerchair Hockey
Photos provided by Ian Spence | Pride Cup 2019 Game 3 – Powerchair Hockey
Photo: Paul Kertes | www.pkphotography.net

Awards:

Powerchair Football Best & Fairest: Shaun Mott
Rugby League Best & Fairest: Luke David
Powerchair Hockey Best & Fairest: Luke David & Shaun Mott
Overall Best & Fairest: Luke David & Shaun Mott
Most Valuable Player: Luke David & Shaun Mott
Rising Star: Chris Kessaris
Rookie of the Season: Jackson Easterbrook

Top Scorers:

Scorers of VPSL 2018/19
Scorers of VPSL 2018/19

Victorian Pride Warriors 2019 Team:

The Victorian Pride Warriors will travel to Sydney for the 34th National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) competition to compete against New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. We wish the team the best of luck as they strive to go back-to-back in Powerchair Hockey and claim the first Powerchair Football championship at NEWS.

  1. Michael Murdaca
  2. Jules North-Coombes
  3. Luke David (Captain/Coach)
  4. Shaun Mott (Vice-Captain)
  5. Daniel Maugeri
  6. Josh Rycken

Assistant Coach: Rebecca Gulle
Team Manager: Adam Lloyd
Emergencies: Craig Kilby, Julia Svaganovic

Thank You:

A big thank you to everyone who attended today and supported our players. Special mentions to Richard from Disability Sport & Recreation, Sharon from Football Victoria, Michaela from Hockey Victoria, Skip from South Melbourne Football Club and Andrew from Pride Mobility Australia. It was a great turn out overall and the atmosphere was electric. Also a special thank you to Paul, Ian and Stuart who were our photographers for the day and to Associated Trophy Distributors Pty Ltd for organising the trophies!

None of this would of been possible without the amazing support of our volunteers, committee members and major sponsor, Pride Mobility Australia. Your support gives our players the opportunity to do what they love which is to play sport!

Join Us Next VPSL Season!

Expression of Interest: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VPSL201920_EOI

PowerHockey Canada Accepts Invitation

PowerHockey Canada has accepted the invitation from Australia to compete in the Australian #PowerchairHockey Club Championships as well as a series of international matches between the two nations this November!

The two countries recently met at the World Championships in Italy last September where Canada won the 7th/8th playoff 4 – 2. Canada is relatively new to Powerchair Hockey as they have played a different form of Hockey in the past. Both countries look to grow the sport as they try to catch up with the powerhouses of Europe.

The inaugural Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championships will be held in Rooty Hill, NSW from Friday 15 – Monday 18 of November. The competition will be hosted by the Australian Powerchair Hockey Association and will be attended by club teams all around Australia.

Pride Cup 2019 Volunteer Applications

We need a team of friendly, enthusiastic, motivated and committed volunteers to make Pride Cup 2019 happen!

The annual Pride Cup is proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility and will bring an end to the Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season. Dragons and Scorpions will do battle in a best of three series, involving one game of each sport, Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby League.

Date: April 7
Time: 11:30am – 4:30pm
Where: Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon

Volunteers will be required for a number of different tasks, including but not limited to music/entertainment, scoring, master of ceremonies, donations, photography and filming. When selecting areas that you wish to be involved in please be mindful that this may change prior to or during the Pride Cup- depending on where we require your services.

For more information, please contact luke.david@vewsa.org.au

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VPSL 2018/19 RD 10 Results

VPSL Round 10 saw the Dragons and Scorpions face each other for the last time until Pride Cup 2019!
 
🏒 #PowerchairHockey | The Scorpions started strongly and were consistent throughout the game. Three early goals saw them gain control before taking a 3-1 lead into half time. The second half saw a brutal encounter as the Dragons pushed hard to get back into the game. They were able to hit back and score to get within a goal before the Scorpions sealed the game with a late goal and taking their second win for the season.
 
Final score: Scorpions (4) def. Dragons (2)
 
📋 Goal scorers
Dragons – R. Deayton (1)
Scorpions – L. David (4)
 
⚽️ #PowerchairFootball | After five draws throughout the season, it was only fitting for the final game of the season to be close. Both teams created equal opportunities early with the Dragons getting a penalty in the first half to lead 1-0 at half time. The second half saw the Scorpions take control for most of the half with eventually a goal half way through. Neither team were able to find a winner as the scores ended 1-1. Hopefully another thrilling game is to come for Pride Cup.
 
Final score: Dragons (1) drew. Scorpions (1)
 
📋 Goal scorers
Dragons – S.Mott (1)
Scorpions – J.Svaganovic (1)
 
🏉 #RugbyLeague | The Scorpions claimed their 6th Victory for the season in a hard fought encounter. The scores remained fairly close throughout the game with the Scorpions taking a slight edge with a late first half try to take a 18-14 lead. The margin was increased early in the half as the Scorpions took a 24-14 lead. The Dragons managed to score a try back to make things interesting before both teams scored a late try with the Scorpions prevailing with the win.
 
Final score: Scorpions (30) def. Dragons (26)
 
📋 Point scorers
Dragons – R. Deayton (16), S. Mott (6), Jules North-Coombes (4)
Scorpions – L. David (18), J. Rycken (4), D. Maugeri (4), J. Svaganovic (4)
Final Ladders:
VPSL Ladder 2018/19

Goal Scorers:

Pride Cup 2019

VEWSA celebrates 30th Anniversary with Pride Cup 2019, the epic finale to the Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season!

Pride Cup 2019 proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility is the culmination of the 2018/19 VPSL season! Dragons and Scorpions will clash in a best of three series, involving one game of each sport, Powerchair Football, Rugby League and Powerchair Hockey. The Dragons go in as favourites after claiming the Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey premierships but the Scorpions have won 4 out of 5 Pride Cups. Which way will it go at Pride Cup 2019!?

It’s the best time to check out powerchair sports and meet Victoria’s best powerchair athletes. The Pride Cup is our most exciting and most competitive event on our calendar. 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.

You will also get the opportunity to meet our representative team Victorian Pride Warriors who will be travelling to Sydney for the 34th National Electric Wheelchair Sports event the following week.

Date: April 7
Location: Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

Schedule:
12:00pm – Barbecue
1:00pm – Powerchair Football
2:00pm – Rugby League
3:00pm – Powerchair Hockey
3:45pm – Presentation and Awards

Please RSVP by April 5, 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!

Pride Cup 2019

Dragons:
1. Michael Murdaca
2. Jules North-Coombes
3. Ryan Deayton
4. Shaun Mott
5. Chris Kessaris
6. Craig Kilby
7. Angus Lloyd

Scorpions:
1. Dominic Renye
2. Gavin Thorneycroft
3. Luke David
4. Julia Svaganovic
5. Daniel Maugeri
6. Josh Rycken
7. Jackson Easterbrook
8. James North-Coombes

VPSL 2018/19 RD 9 Results

It was the Scorpions final chance to make a move on the Powerchair Football ladder at Round 9 of the Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season. With only one more round until the Pride Cup on April 7, all three sports ladders have now been decided but will it play out the same way at Pride Cup 2019!?

🏒 #PowerchairHockey | The Dragons got off to a great start as they dominated the early play and scored three quick goals to take a 3-0 lead into half time. The second half was a lot tighter as both teams battled to score a goal. The Dragons eventually scored late in the half to ensure a 4-0 victory.

Final score: Dragons (4) def. Scorpions (0)

📋 Goal scorers
Dragons – S.Mott (4)
Scorpions –

Powerchair Hockey Ladder (Round 9)

⚽️ #PowerchairFootball | It was a tight game as both teams failed to score in the first half as both defences held strong. It was much the same in the second half with the Scorpions having most of the play late, but couldn’t find a winner.

Final score: Dragons (0) drew. Scorpions (0)

📋 Goal scorers
Dragons –
Scorpions –

Powerchair Football Ladder (Round 9)

🏉 #RugbyLeague | Another big margin in Rugby, but this time it was in the Dragons favour. Good ball movement and untidy defence by the Scorpions saw the Dragons take a handy lead into half time. The second half was more intense as some good defence from the Dragons kept them well ahead before adding a few more tries to take a big win.

Final score: Dragons (32) def. Scorpions (8)

📋 Goal scorers
Dragons – M. Murdaca (16), S. Mott (12), C. Kessaris (4)
Scorpions – D. Renye (4), J. Rycken (4)

Rugby League Ladder (Round 9)

VPSL 2018/19 RD 8 Results

VPSL Round 8

🏒 #PowerchairHockey | Another close game saw another win for the Dragons. They took a 1-0 lead in a highly defensive first half before the Scorpions scored two quick goals after half time. It then went goal for goal late in the game, before the Dragons scored the winner and were able to hold on to win by a goal.

Final score: Dragons (4) def. Scorpions (3)

📋Goal scorers
Dragons – S.Mott (3), R.Deayton (1)
Scorpions – L.David (3)

⚽️ #PowerchairFootball | A fast start from the Dragons saw them score in the first minute. The Dragons then took control of the first half adding three more goals to take an Impressive 4-0 lead into the break. The second half was a much more even contest as the Scorpions put up a better performance but the damage had already been done.

Final score: Dragons (4) def. Scorpions 0

📋 Goal scorers
Dragons – S.Mott (3), C.Kessaris (1)
Scorpions –

🏉 #RugbyLeague | It was victory at last for the Dragons as there defence was greatly improved and they were able to score a few tries for themselves. The Scorpions started well with the first try before the Dragons hit back to take a 12-10 lead into half time. A tight second half saw the momentum go back and forth as the Scorpions started the half well before the Dragons fought there way back. A late try for the Scorpions gave them a chance to draw the match but a missed conversion gave the Dragons the win.

Final score: Dragons (26) def. Scorpions (22)

📋 Point scorers
Dragons – C. Kessaris (12), S. Mott (6), J. North-Coombes (4), M. Murdaca (4),
Scorpions L. David (14), D. Maugeri (4), J. Easterbrook (4)

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