The RPP FM Match of the Day for the Nepean Football Netball League, proudly brought to you by Mornington and Rosebud Telstra Shops, saw the eighth placed Hastings Blues host the fifth placed Devon Meadows Panthers in a round six clash at the Thomas Barclay Oval.
The first quarter saw the Panthers initially dominate possession but failing to capitalise on early chances. The Blues’ back third was holding firm and looking to score on the rebound in an otherwise dour encounter. It was Hasting’s Steve Robb eventually opening proceedings after accepting a pinpoint pass from Brendan Dunne. An uncontested Luke Hewitt mark and goal made it two from as many minutes and whilst Cal O’Hare appeared to be everywhere for the Panthers, they were having real trouble moving the ball beyond Ben King at half back. A poor kick out from Devon Meadows in defence had Colin McVeigh swooping and goaling from half forward for a third Blues major with the Panthers finally on the board courtesy of a strong James Bow mark and goal. At quarter time Hastings held a 13 point lead on the Rye Hotel scoreboard.
The early stages of the second quarter proved telling with the Blues dominating the contest. The impressive Daniel Wishart ran into an open goal and Luke Hewitt booting his second to extend things further. A contentious free and second major to James Bow brought scores closer but a grab and 50 metre penalty to big Josh Mulheron extended the gap once more. The Panthers added another but Dan Noble put himself on the Rye Hotel scoreboard and Luke Hewitt added soon after for his third. Dan Noble soon joined him on that total and the Blues were in absolute control. Not to be outdone, Hewitt kicked a fourth and at half time Hastings lead by 34 points.
The start of the third quarter was not unlike that of the first with gusty conditions making it a generally scrappy contest and both sides burning early chances. It was Justin Berry who broke the quarter deadlock and a further goal saw Hastings its already sizeable lead. Will Jolley roved the pack for a third home side goal for the term and Devon Meadows went into the fourth with significant work to do to get back in to the contest.
RPP FM’s very own Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Kevin Myles brought us home with all the last quarter action as Devon Meadows looked to finally mount a challenge. And it was James Bow who kicked the first for the term. Dylan Hand provided the immediate reply and whilst Devon Meadows pressed for much of the quarter, most noticeably through the work of Bow, it was Peter Mawson who put the finishing touches on a four quarter performance from the Blues.
Hastings player-coach Brendan Dunne spoke to RPP FM after the match and was clearly pleased with his team’s endeavour. “We challenged the boys to limit opposition shots on goal and they did that today. We averaged twenty tackles a quarter and 33 of those were inside our forward 50 so we are pretty pleased with that also.”
Conversely, an understandably disappointed Panthers coach, Brent Clinnick lamented his side’s performance. “They really got hold of us for the first 10 minutes in the second quarter. Ultimately, when we did have the ball we weren’t clean enough and broke down on the third and fourth possession.”
Hayley from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha was on hand to present the Player of the Day trophy to a much deserving Blues player Daniel Wishart.
Final Scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Hastings 16.10 (106)
Devon Meadows 6.9 (45)
Other Around the Ground scores in Round 6 of the MPFNL.
NEPEAN FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE
Dromana 31.15 (201)
Pearcedale 15.12 (102)
Sorrento 10.14 (74)
Frankston Bombers 9.9 (63)
Rye 15.14 (104)
Somerville 15.8 (98)
Rosebud 27.21 (183)
Tyabb 9.9 (63)
Red Hill 14.8 (92)
Crib Point 10.13 (73)
PENINSULA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE
Langwarrin 14.18 (102)
Seaford 12.9 (81)
Frankston YCW 22.20 (152)
Edi-Asp 9.11 (65)
Mornington 18.14 (122)
Chelsea 9.13 (67)
Bonbeach 20.18 (138)
Pines 7.8 (50)
Mt Eliza 13.21 (99)
Karingal 7.13 (55)
Next week is a Bye round for the MPFNL to make way for the AFL Victorian Country Championships when Peninsula play Geelong at Rosebud.
Words Darren Sainsbery
Images captured by Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Match action with the Blues always ahead of the pack to bring about a huge win over the Devon Meadows Panthers.
Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha sponsor the RPP FM Best on Ground and this week the trophy was awarded to Blues player Daniel Wishart by Orbit Fitness Membership Consultant Hayley Mallia.
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