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We are the Champions in the VCC contest

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The RPP FM Match of the Day for the AFL Victorian Country Championships, proudly brought to you by Mornington and Rosebud Telstra Shops, saw the 15th ranked Nepean team host the sixteenth ranked Central Murray in a high quality clash on Rosebud’s Olympic Oval.

In perfect conditions for football, early stages of the first term saw a fast moving Nepean repelled by Central Murray’s resolute defence. The visiting team eventually worked into the tempo of the game with some run-and-carry but it was the home side’s Blake McGrath who marked and kicked truly to register the first points. Smart play and silky skills enabled Luke Herrington to double the lead and a left foot snap from Leigh Poholke suddenly had Nepean firmly in control. A second from Poholke extended this lead but Central Murray was finally on the scoreboard through David Andrivon. Poholke again bobbed up for the home side courtesy of lead up work from Justin Berry for his third and at quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Nepean 5. 2. 32 lead Central Murray 1. 4. 10.

The second quarter saw Nepean continue where it left off with the talented Aaron Findlay turning the scoreboard over through accurate kicking from a half forward flank. Fears of a blow out were suddenly being entertained but an Angus Grigg contested mark and goal, followed by further majors to Toby Thoolen and Xavier Moloney for a now up and going Central Murray had breathed life into the contest. Jake Mold roved the pack and goaled to stretch the lead back out to three goals but this was answered immediately by the visitors through Thoolen who was proving a major headache for Nepean’s backmen. Leigh Poholke was the recipient of a relayed free kick in the square to add to his tally but at half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard the margin had been narrowed to just 14 points.

Third quarter action saw Central Murray’s Steven Thomson open proceedings only to be answered by a tremendous running goal from Justin Berry. Angus Grigg returned fire for the visitors and the game was once more in the balance. Poholke produced another snap and goal for Nepean and when Terry Wheeler ‘wheeled’ around on his left foot to slot through a beauty, the margin was once more back to three goals. Poholke had another soon after and the Rye Hotel three quarter time Scoreboard had Nepean holding a four goal buffer.

RPP FM’s very own footy commentators Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Nate ‘The General’ Casterson brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was Central Murray’s Ryan Gillingham snaffling the first from a long set shot. Poholke marked strongly and goaled to push the margin back and Aaron Findlay presented for another for the home side. Poholke continued to dine out with an eighth major and Herrington added to his sides’ tally. Ryan Gillingham got one back for the gallant Central Murray but in the end it was Nepean running out deserving winners.

Jodie Hanrahan from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha that sponsor Best on Ground was awarded to Nepean’s Leigh Poholke for his eight goal haul.

After the match Central Murray’s coach Hugh Foott noted his side’s ability to hang in the contest until midway through the final quarter and was full of praise for a ‘strong, classy Nepean side’.

Nepean’s winning coach, Ben Holmes was pleased with the win noting that ‘some old stagers’ had played their part in the performance and that it had been pleasing to introduce a number of debutants into the team.

Rye Hotel Scoreboard Final Scores:
Nepean             16. 12 (108)
Central Murray   9. 15  (69)

No other matches were played in the MPFNL this week.

Next week the MPFNL moves to Round 7 when the RPP FM Match of the Day will be boardcast live on 98.7FM & 98.3FM Frankston between Frankston YCW and Mornington in the Peninsula Football & Netball League.

Orbit Fitness Mount Martha is holding an Open Day on Saturday, 31 May from 8am to 5pm. There’s free entry with a gold coin donations going to the Luke Batty Appeal. Go to orbitfitness.net.au website for details.

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Words Darren Sainsbery
Images captured by Rab Siddhi

Pictured: AFL Victorian Country Championship action between Nepean and Central Murray with a strong win to the local team. Jodie Hanrahan from Orbit Fitness was on hand to present the Player of the Match trophy to Nepean’s Leigh Poholke for his eight goal haul.