The Power Claim the Premiership!
The Power are the 2013 Premiers of the Portland Australian Football League! On June 30th, the Brewers and the Power took the field with a Premiership on the line in the 2013 PAFL Grand Final. It was a hard fought match as the teams braved sweltering conditions with temperatures in the upper 90s. The teams swapped the lead throughout the game. A hot start saw the Brewers carry a one goal lead into quarter time, while the Power fought back to a 3 point lead at halftime. The Brewers once again lead at the third quarter break, until the Power rallied to tie the game with only 3 minutes remaining. It looked as though a replay might be in the cards, until the Power’s Jame Hanisch scored two huge goals in the final minutes to claim the championship. The final score: Power 10.3.63 to Brewers 7.9.51. Check out the video replay of the match:
Prior to the Grand Final, the Ospreys and the Cascades faced off in the Consolation Game. Despite missing out on a Grand Final berth, both teams braved the heat to play for pride in a competitive match. Despite missing their coach, the Ospreys’ gritty defense pressured the Cascades into some inaccurate goalkicking early, and the competition’s leading goal scorer Evan padded his total with another 3. In the end though the Cascades had the legs to run out the full four quarters in the heat and wore the Ospreys down, winning 8.11.59 to 5.5.35.
After the games, players gathered at On Deck Sports Bar to recognize the award winners from the PAFL season. The award winners were:
Coaches’ Awards: Dave Morgan (Ospreys), John Gawlista (Cascades), Jordan Fenchel (Power), and Lance Brooks (Brewers)
Grand Final Best on Ground: Tim Molloy
Leading Goal Scorer: Evan Gremillion
Best Non-Australian: Nathan “Bottles” Weinstock
Best and Fairest Runner-Up: Martin Coventry
Best and Fairest: Jordan Gaylard
It’s hard to believe, but we’re already at the halfway point of the season! With the PAFL season over, now it’s time to turn our attention to competing against other clubs. We will still be holding trainings on Thursday and Sundays at the regular times at Clinton Park. Our schedule for the summer and fall is as follows:
August 3rd: The Rain City Ripper in Seattle
August 17th: The Stumptown Throwdown in Portland
September 14th: USAFL West Regionals in Reno
October 5th: Steelheads vs Seattle Grizzlies in Centralia
October 19-20th: Nationals in Austin