RPP FM Match of the Day ANZAC Day round for the MPNFL season proudly brought to you by Mornington and Rosebud Telstra Shops saw the home team, Mornington Bulldogs, take on the Bonbeach Sharks in a top five clash of fifth versus fourth.
Played at a blustery Alexandra Park, it was playing coach’s Stuart Seager’s Mornington who made the better start with first blood through live wire Ben Clements. Bonbeach offered early resistance via the work of Doug Payton off a half back flank but it was the midfield pressure from Mornington that enabled the early chances with Dale Nolan kicking the second major for the game.
With the aid of a strong breeze Steve Capp’s Bonbeach struck back with four goals including the first from Danny Ades and a long bomb from Shane Foster to hold a slight advantage going into the quarter time break.
The second quarter saw both teams struggle to gain the ascendancy with Mornington, in particular, blowing early chances to put one through the big sticks. The Bulldogs finally broke the deadlock through a close range goal from Anthony Franchina with four more following in rapid succession, including a raking left foot snap from Adrian Speeding and power forward Dale Nolan’s second from a set shot. With their midfield hunting in numbers, Mornington comfortably held sway at half time.
In an otherwise dour contest, Anthony Franchina continued where he left off at the start of the third. Owen Hulett replied for the Sharks followed by two quick goals to Shaun Foster and further goals from Danny Ades and Daniel Smith to bring Bonbeach closer again. It was a strong mark and goal to Mornington’s Jackson Calder, however, that steadied the ship for the home side going into the last quarter.
RPP FM’s very own Vossy and Dave Quinlan brought us home with all the last quarter action and although Nathan Robinson in particular worked hard to get the Sharks back in the contest, it was a Dale Nolan goal at the start of the final term that put the Bullies firmly in control. A goal to the Sharks brought them a little closer but with Mornington playing the smarter football and Michael Bray controlling play in defence, the Bulldogs ran out comfortable winners.
Hayley from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, who sponsor the Best on Ground award, was on hand to present the trophy to Mornington player Danny Nolan.
Final score displayed on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Mornington 15, 21, (111) defeated Bonbeach 10, 8, (68)
Next week’s RPP FM Match of the Day clash in the Umpires Appreciation Round for the Nepean Football Netball League will be between Rye and Red Hill at the R.J. Rowley Recreation Reserve.
Round 3 Peninsula Football Netball League Around the Ground results:
Langwarrin 13, 9, (87)
Mt Eliza 8, 13, (61)
Frankston YCW 28, 20, (188)
Karingal 1, 4, (10)
Edi-Asp 12, 12, (84)
Seaford 10, 14, (74)
Pines 14, 11, (95)
Chelsea 7, 8, (50)
RPP FM – THE VOICE OF PENINSULA FOOTBALL
Words Darren Sainsbery
Images captured by photographer Rab Siddhi
Pictured: A great piece of the action from RPP FM’s Match of the Day between the Bulldogs and the Sharks and Hayley of Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha awards Best on Ground to Mornington player Danny Nolan.