AREA- Gippsland Powers' area comprises West and East Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley which covers the area from Pakenham to the NSW Border. The training base for the Under 18 team is the Morwell Football ground where we share the facilities with the Morwell Football Club. Boys in the Under 18 squad travel to Morwell on Wednesday and some Friday evenings for training, the Under 16's Wednesday only and the Under 15's train at Heyfield in the East and Warragul in the West.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS -Division 1 and Division 2 V/Line Cup Under 15 Squads, Under 17 V/Line Cup Youth Girls, Under 16 AFL Victoria Championship Squad, Under 18 TAC Cup Youth Girls and Under 18 TAC Cup Boys
REGIONAL OFFICE - The Gippsland Power Offices and Centre of Excellence are located at the Morwell Football ground. UNDER 18'S Gippsland Power entered the Football Victoria Under 18 Competition back in 1993 (known then as the VSFL) and has enjoyed ongoing success throughout its years in the competition. The highlight being the 2005 Premiership and grandfinalists in 1999, 2010 and 2012. More importantly,since 1993, over 100 players have been drafted by AFL Clubs and there are many more playing VFL football. The weekly match team is selected from the training squad that is named in March. The squad consists of boys sixteen, seventeen and eighteen years of age. Boys who show improvement throughout the year in Club football may be invited to join the squad as the year progresses.
The TAC Cup competition has developed a handsome reputation as being widely regarded in football circles, as the outstanding youth football competition in Australia. This reputation has been earned with high standards of preparation and competition at Club level and outstanding performances by Victorian teams at National Championships, which showcase players from all Under 18 Clubs. With the charter to assist players development towards their full potential, the immediate impact of Football Victoria Under 18's in the AFL Draft, suggests it is achieving part of its goal with now close to 1000 AFL players having progressed through AFL Victoria Under 18's. In 2016, 44 TAC Cup players were drafted into the AFL, with the top 5 players selected all coming from TAC Cup clubs. Many others are returning to other Regional/State League levels of football and displaying talent indicative of their Under 18 background. Being originally a six team Melbourne metropolitan competition with one team from Geelong/Ballarat, Football Victoria Under 18's had grown to a 14 team competition with representative teams from Country Victoria and Interstate. 2003 saw NSW/Act and Tasmania drop out of the competition bringing it back to 12 teams but they will be involved in some TAC Cup games along with Queensland and the Northern Territory.
In 2017, the Under 18 TAC Girls Cup kicked off with a five game program. This is a proud achievement in the club to contribute towards the growth of womens football. We are looking forward to many of our girls being drafted into the AFLW competition.
Last Modified on 21/06/2017 11:55