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It’s over for another year on the Nepean Football League Grand Final calendar when Dromana Tigers took out the 2013 Premiership Flag from Sorrento Sharks on Saturday with the final tally on the Bendigo Community Bank, Rye & Dromana Branches scoreboard 20. 8. (128) to 7. 7. (49).

A huge crowd, seven rows deep in some parts around the boundary fence, gathered at Frankston Park to start the day in grand final fan-fair. The football teams burst through paper banners bearing words of encouragement and young local singer Brodie Beel sung the National Anthem beautifully. 

After the coin toss went to Dromana’s favour, the Tigers chose to kick towards the Car Street end of the ground on the first siren.

The commentary boys drew excitement from the crowd during their live broadcast while Nat hovered around the interchange bench on the side line interviewing Dromana Coach, Gavin Artico and Sorrento Coach, Nick Claringbold about changes to their team line up. Stats Guru, Jordy King was in the commentary box providing an analysis of the match play.

The Sharks kicked the first score on the Bendigo Community Bank Scoreboard with a behind but wasn’t long before the Tigers answered the call with Sorrento never having another chance to push in front, losing to an upsetting 79 point deficit.

With big loses on the day for Sorrento in the Under 18's & Reserves Grand Final, the Seniors went down in similar fashion. The Sharks only scored one behind in the 3rd quarter to the Tigers 7 goals, one.

On paper Sorrento looked the stronger team but Dromana have been hungry for this premiership since the last time they won in 1971.

Tigers big Ruckman Luke O’Neill went down in the 1st quarter and taken off the ground concussed which concerned Gavin Artico losing a key player so early in the game.

Sorrento and Dromana played in the 2012 Nepean Football League Grand Final with Sorrento coming out on top, winning their 3rd consecutive premiership flag. But today their luck ran out after a hard match last week in the Preliminary Final and Dromana capitalised on that.

Roger McMillan of Roger McMillan Real Estate, Dromana sponsored the RPP FM Best on Ground awarded to Tigers player Terry Wheeler for his excellent ‘ball play’ and tenacity.

Gary Sanford, Senior Manager of Bendigo Community Bank, Rye & Dromana Branches was interviewed by ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly. Gary told of his gratitude and appreciation for the community pulling together and enabling the Bendigo Bank to continue to support local football and the wider community.

The RPP FM team thank and appreciate the continued support of our proud sponsors – JIM’S TEST & TAG services for RPP FM Match of the Day, Bendigo Community Bank, Rye & Dromana Branches for sponsoring today’s Scoreboard results and Roger McMillan of Roger McMillan Real Estate, Dromana for RPP FM Best on Ground.

Congratulations to the fantastic RPP FM commentary crew who give up every weekend to bring footy coverage of the RPP FM Match of the Day which include, Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly, Adam ‘Short Pass’ Kelly, Michael ‘Vossy’ Voss, Nat Casterton, Stats Guru, Jordy King and special guest Scott ‘Beely’ Beel, and those who work tirelessly behind the scenes, Matt Rippon & Steve Meyers – Production, and our official photographer Rab Siddhi,  who captures the ‘Best on Ground’ moment for the RPP FM website.

Listen this Monday on RPP FM Breakfast with Johnno & Marzy when Toe Punt Kelly reports on the weekend local football finals action on Monday Morning Wrap-up after the 7.30 news.

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CONGRATULATIONS DROMANA – WINNERS OF THE 2013 NEPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL!

RPP FM, is the Voice of Peninsula Footy Finals.

Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi

Pictured: Proud RPP FM Best on Ground winner in the Nepean Football League Grand Final Dromana player Terry Wheeler, sponsored by Roger McMillan of Roger McMillan Real Estate, Dromana
Insert: RPP FM Best on Ground Dromana player Terry Wheeler