The RPP FM Match of the Day for the Peninsula Football Netball League, proudly brought to you by Mornington and Rosebud Telstra Shops, saw the top of the ladder Frankston YCW Stonecats take on third placed Mornington Bulldogs in perfect conditions at Jubilee Park in an important clash for both sides.
Ruckman Ashley Eames was unable to back up from interleague duties last week for the home side and it would be up to YCW mid brigade to neutralise the possible dominance of Bulldogs big man, Michael Gay. Countering this, Jubilee Park had become something of a hoodoo ground for the travelling Mornington side and player/coach Stuart Seager’s team needed to be on their game for the full four quarters to knock off Scott Mather’s well drilled outfit.
As anticipated, first quarter action was fast and furious as the Stonecat’s Dale Carroll missed an early opportunity from a half forward flank to open the scoring and the Bulldogs rushed their first foray forward when gifted an easy chance. Neither team could exert any real dominance over the opposition in the first part of the half with both defences well on top and seemingly clearing at will. Eventually it was Mornington’s Will Goosey who broke the deadlock after a contentious holding the ball decision went the Bullies way. Michael Gay was giving his midfielders first hands on the ball for the away team and it was no surprise when Michael Williams found space to mark and goal to double the early advantage. A brilliant long running goal off half back from Adrian Speedy extended the lead and Mornington were starting to take advantage of their late in the quarter midfield dominance. The end of the quarter saw Mornington 3. 5 (23) leading Frankston 0. 1 (1) on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard.
The second quarter saw the Stonecats look to take the game on through the centre corridor against an increasingly composed Bulldogs side. It was the home side’s captain, Jie Coughlan who finally produced the first major for the term from a chain of overlap passes. Frankston YCW was starting to hunt opposition tap work and control general play. Michael Williams kicked a wonderful goal from his non preferred foot to stretch the margin but livewire Ben Tellis was quick to answer for the Stonecats with an equally impressive left foot snap from the pocket. Ben Clements was clumsily tackled over the shoulder and duly converted for an immediate reply and the Rye Hotel Scoreboard was ticking over at a rate of knots. The Stonecats were continuing to press but it was Tommy Simpson who split the middle to maintain the Mornington advantage. Half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard saw Frankston YCW 3. 4 (22) trailing Mornington 6. 8 (44).
The start of the third quarter mirrored that of the first with the two sides struggling for early supremacy. Gay was continuing to get first hands on the pill in the ruck but the Stonecats were more than matching the contest in close. Indeed, it was YCW who scored first blood courtesy of a raking Scott Macleod goal on the run and he doubled up five minutes later, this time courtesy of a set shot. Byron Barry tackled Warwick Miller without possession and the subsequent Mornington goal relieved the pressure somewhat but this contest had become an arm wrestle. A magnificent barrel from the home side trimmed the margin back and at three quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard Mornington 7. 10 (52) lead Frankston YCW 6. 5 (41).
RPP FM’s very own Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Vinnie ‘My Cousin’ Millman brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was the Bulldog’s Adrian Speedy who opened proceedings by marking unattended twenty out from goal and converting. The Stonecats were pressing hard by now and had chances to impose themselves back into the contest. It was Ben Tellis who took the opportunity to thread one through from a tight angle. Scott Macleod added to his personal tally and YCW were right back in the contest. A tremendous solo effort from Chris Paxino again took it out to a two goal game and once more the Bulldogs had seemingly answered the Stonecat’s challenge. But the home side kept on coming.
Lachlan Wallace was on the receiving end of a sharp pass for YCW but failed to convert and, tellingly, was unlucky not to capitalize as another chance went begging and then another. The clock had become a factor and Mornington were looking to chew up time. It was Tom Simpson’s second for the game that took the margin out to thirteen points and, despite the valiant efforts of the home team; this is where the margin stayed with Mornington running out deserving winners.
Jess from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha was on hand to present the Player of the Match trophy to Mornington’s Tommy Simpson for his four quarter effort.
After the match, whilst Frankston YCW were clearly disappointed, a delighted Mornington player/coach Stuart Seager noted his side’s ability to hold their nerve against a well drilled side that we knew would continually come at us. “We haven’t won at this ground for as long as I can remember and it’s a sign of the maturity of our boys that we can produce a four quarter effort against quality opposition,” he said.
Rye Hotel Scoreboard Final Scores:
Frankston YCW 8. 10 (58)
Were defeated by
Mornington 10.11 (71)
Other Peninsula Football Netball League Round 7 results
Seaford 13.13 (91)
Pines 10.11 (71)
Bonbeach 13.16 (94)
Mt Eliza 9.7 (61)
Chelsea 16.12 (108)
Karingal 8.14 (62)
Langwarrin 19.18 (132)
Edi-Asp 4.5 (29)
Nepean Football Netball League Round 7 results
Rosebud 11.17 (83)
Devon Meadows 12.9 (81)
Somerville 14.6 (90)
Hastings 8.18 (66)
Frankston Bombers 20.17 (137)
Tyabb 14.11 (95)
Pearcedale 22.10 (142)
Crib Point 16.20 (116)
The Queen’s Birthday weekend will see Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss provide the voice behind the RPP FM Match of the Day live broadcast at Sorrento between the home team and Rye.
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Words Darren Sainsbery
Images captured by Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Jess from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha presented the Best on Ground golden trophy to Bulldog Tommy Simpson for his final quarter achievements and the Bulldogs fly high to bring YCW to their knees.