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 fourth placed Crib Point Magpies take on the third placed Sorrento Sharks in torrential conditions as both sides looked to consolidate their finals prospects.
The Sharks made light work of Rye the previous week and were looking to maintain their recent momentum. The Pies, however, were coming off two straight losses and were keen to stop the rot at home.
This was a day for ducks with fans quickly taking cover as the heavens opened up over Recreation Reserve. In scenes more akin to rugby, both sides were prepared to crash in to gain an advantage and early minutes of the first quarter saw several players come off worse for wear. Crib Point’s Jonathan Flack opened the scoring with a smart snap from a pocket and the Pies were doing a good job holding the footy in their own half. Herrington, Symes and Arnold were busy for the home side whilst Troy Schwarze’s Sharks were becoming frustrated at their inability to win clearance from stoppages. Flack spun on a dime to register his second and it was Zac Byrns who was left unattended to mark and register the away team’s first major. ‘Ugly footy’ had become the order of the day and a desperate Sorrento was rewarded with their endeavour with a couple of guilt edged chances which they botched. Conditions had worsened and shots were being missed. At quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Crib Point 2. 5 17 led Sorrento 1. 0 6.
Second quarter action saw Sorrento begin brightly under increasingly dark skies. James Hallahan was starting to find the ball more and it was Crib Points’ turn to soak up constant attacking forays. Brad Davidson was dropping back in defence but a failure to clear the area was seized upon by Leigh Poholke who duly converted. Crib Point then set about adding seven behinds and at half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard they led 2. 12 24 to Sorrento’s 2. 1 13.
The third quarter again saw the Sharks start the livelier of the two teams. It was Herrington, however, who had the first real opportunity with a set shot that fell short. Tempers were fraying with both teams ferocious in their endeavour. Poholke dribbled a goal off the ground for his second to close the margin to less than a goal but up the other end the Pies had added a further five behinds. The Rye Hotel Scoreboard at three quarter time had Crib Point 2. 17 29 with their noses ahead of Sorrento 4. 2 26.
RPP FM’s very own voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Dave ‘Bernie’ Quinlan brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was Zac Byrns who put the Sharks ahead with his second. The Pies registered yet another behind and the home side were squandering all of their hard work. Matt Dobrowolski was rewarded for sticking a tackle to push the margin for the visitors to beyond a goal and, again, spot fires were breaking out amidst the gloom. It was Flack who finally sparked his team back into the contest and we had a one point ball game. An off target long bomb doubled the margin for the visitors with the Pies finding themselves a man down after a heavy clash. Trevor Mattison strode through centre half forward to sink a timely goal and the margin was once again beyond a goal. After several chances, the Pies Glenn Boyd marked and converted and the match was at fever pitch. With less than two minutes to go Herrington squeezed a ball under a pack of players to give Crib Point back the lead and in a remarkable finish Byrns marked for the Sharks deep in the pocket with less than 30 seconds to go could only to hit the post.
After the match, whilst Troy Schwarze’s men were clearly disappointed, a delighted Pies coach, Duane Annable player/coach was delighted at such a committed display against a fellow finals aspirant. Sorrento will look to bounce back against Devon Meadows next week whilst Annable’s men will travel to Tyabb with their tails well and truly up.
‘Golden Tonsils’ was the man on hand to present the RPP FM Best on Ground Trophy to Brad Arnold of Crib Point for his four quarter effort, proudly sponsored by Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Crib Point 5. 20 (50)
Sorrento 7.6 (48)
Other Nepean Football Netball League results for Round 8:
Hastings 12.17 (89)
Pearcedale 4.7 (31)
Dromana 11.12 (78)
Devon Meadows 3.10 (28)
Rye 22.18 (150)
Tyabb 7.8 (50)
Rosebud 19.10 (124)
Somerville 9.5 (59)
Red Hill 15.12 (102)
Frankston Bombers 9.6 (60)
Peninsula Football Netball League results:
Frankston YCW 12.8 (80)
Langwarrin 5.6 (36)
Pines 11.10 (76)
Mornington 10.10 (70)
Mt Eliza 11.9 (75)
Edi-Asp 9.13 (67)
Karingal 10.7 (67)
Seaford 9.13 (67)
Bonbeach 7.7 (49)
Chelsea 4.4 (28)
Next week’s RPP FM Match of the Day will be broadcast live at 2pm from Chelsea Reserve when Seagulls take on the Pines.
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Words Darren Sainsbery
Photography action Rab Siddhi
Pictured: High point scoring by the Maggies feathered their nest while the Sharks tried to nudge their way to victory. Standing proud is RPP FM Best on Ground, Brad Arnold of Crib Point for his four quarter effort and Michael 'Golden Tonsils' Voss was there to hand over the trophy, proudly sponsored by Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha.