The RPP FM Match of the Day for the Nepean Football Netball League season, proudly brought to you by Mornington and Rosebud Telstra Shops, saw the sixth placed Rye Demons host the undefeated and top of the table Red Hill Mountain Men in a round four clash at the R.J. Rowley Recreation Reserve.
The first quarter saw a poised Rye controlling general play early with Adam Kirkwood in particular, placing pressure on Red Hill's defense. It was no surprise then that Aaron Findlay was able to put the first major through at the clubhouse end from a strong contested mark deep in the pocket. Jarryd Douglas responded immediately for Red Hill. Another goal to Red Hill from a snap from the goal square and a further major from Ben Maguinness had the visitors up and going. Aaron Findlay kicked his second for Rye and was providing a real presence. A long goal beyond the 50 arc by Jye Lloyd and an easy chance missed by Red Hill had the Demons with their noses in front with only inaccurate kicking preventing a bigger lead.
Wet, slippery conditions greeted the players in the second quarter following a downfall late in the first. Both sides struggled to gain the ascendency early until a Jared Eames major had Red Hill back in front and he quickly had another from a free kick at centre half forward. A goal to Sean Holmes stretched the lead even further. Both teams had chances coming into the main break with Red Hill going in with a 14 point lead.
Not unlike the second quarter, the third saw very little scoreboard pressure in the initial stages. Rye were again inaccurate early but a grab and goal from Aaron Findlay brought the scores closer together. Sustained pressure in their forward half from the Mountain Men brought about a reply to Ben Maguinness and a terrific pack mark and goal to Sean Holmes added to the Red Hill tally. A long goal from the boot of Jarryd Douglas pushed the lead out further still. The Demon's Jay Bruno was proving lively late in the quarter and threaded through a six pointer and at the last change Red Hill held sway by 16 points.
RPP FM's very own excitement machines, Michael 'Vossy' Voss, and Dashing Dave Quinlan brought us home with all the final quarter action with Rye's Ben Cain and Red Hill's Matt Hyden both missing chances. A 50 meter penalty and goal. to Red Hill's Ben Maguinness made the task harder for Rye who responded quickly through Findlay and a 45 metre goal from Jye Lloyd against a stiffening breeze. A further goal to Rye against the run of play suddenly saw a four point game. Both teams were playing courageous football exemplified by a saving tackle from Red Hill's Nick Bateman and the tireless work of Adam Kirkwood. In a remarkable finish, however, Rye's Jay Bruno took a mark twenty five metres out at the Melbourne Road end two seconds before the final siren. He calmly slotted though the winning goal with home side players and supporters jubilant.
Afterwards, a delighted Jay Bruno spoke to RPP FM about that pressure cooker shot commenting that “I was aiming for the left post to bring the ball back in and I actually thought I'd pushed it too far. I couldn't hear the crowd as I was lining up and it's a great feeling to get it done.”
The Red Hill team were, understandably, bitterly disappointed. Coach Tony Blackford also spoke to RPP FM indicating that he felt they had, at times, played dumb, unaccountable football. “We lost the unloseable” noted a dejected Blackford.
Hayley from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha presented the trophy for Man of the Match to Rye's Adam Kirkwood for a four quarter performance.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Rye 9, 14, (68)
Red Hill 10, 6, (66)
Peninsula Football Netball League Round 4 results:
Edi-Asp 23, 20 (158)
Karingal 1, 4 (10)
Bonbeach 9, 12 (66)
Frankston YCW 6, 11 (47)
Mornington 13, 17 (95)
Seaford 12, 15 (87)
Langwarrin 16, 17 (113)
Chelsea 5, 7 (37)
Mt Eliza 20, 13 (133)
Pines 9, 12 (66)
Words Darren Sainsbery
Images captured by Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Haley from Orbit Fitness presented Best on Ground to Demon Adam Kirkwood for his fourth quarter performance.