The RPP FM Match of the Day for the Peninsula Football Netball League Round 11, proudly brought to you by Mornington and Rosebud Telstra Shops, saw third placed defending premiers, Edithvale–Aspendale Eagles take on second placed Bonbeach Sharks at Regent Park.
Steve Capp’s Bonbeach was coming off a fighting home win against fellow finals aspirant, Mornington whereas Troy Shannon’s Edi –Asp was impressive in accounting for third from bottom Seaford.
Last year’s grand finalists had met in round two with the Eagles again getting the better of their near neighbours and Bonbeach was keen to arrest the trend. Neither side had any significant late changes with a sizeable crowd gathering in the blustery conditions to see if the Sharks could, indeed, peg one back.
And it was the home side, aided by a three goal breeze, which looked the more likely early on with Brad Tagg missing just wide from a set shot and Brent Bowden registering the Eagles’ first from long range. Cal McQueen sprayed a ‘gimme’ set shot from twenty metres out, straight in front for the visitors and, early days, the Sharks were struggling to stay with a committed Eagles outfit. Having missed an earlier chance from a pocket, Jarrod Garth registered his first and his teams third whilst Cal McQueen again failed to convert an opportunity to put the Sharks back into the contest. Matty Clarke’s long bomb from inside the square sailed through the middle for a fourth Eagles major and although Bonbeach had started to match the home side in the fifty/fifty contests, a Garth goal late in the term had the home side well on top. At the first break, on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Edi–Asp 5. 10 (40) led Bonbeach 0. 2 (2).
Aided by a strengthening breeze, Bonbeach’s Jackson Casey drew a free kick at the start of the second quarter and had the visitors’ first goal but defender Paul Ebeschini lost his footing to gift the dangerous Garth his third to restore the home side advantage. Bonbeach soon had back to back goals from Brad Sykes and Jason Ferraro and the margin had been cut to just sixteen points. A blinder from the boundary from Nathan Robinson reduced the margin still and when Cal McQueen slotted his first, much to his relief, the margin was less than a kick. Garth once again pounced on a defensive mistake to nail a fourth and he had a fifth when he juggled a mark at CHF and squeezed the kick past the left goal post. Daniel Smith answered immediately for the Sharks with a running goal and at the major break on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Edi–Asp 7. 13 (55) led Bonbeach 6. 10 (46).
Third quarter action saw Bonbeach start brightly with McQueen threading the needle to again reduce the margin to under a kick but a soft free to Tim Mavric allowed him to push the margin out once more. He soon had a second from a snap out of the pack and, once more, the Eagles were up and about. Against the run of play, McQueen tripped the light fantastic to slot through his third of the afternoon and when Shane McDonald guided through another, the home side led by just four points. A long goal from Jeremy Heys provided a quick reply and, tellingly, a brilliant passage of play went unrewarded for the visitors when Ferraro failed to convert a golden opportunity. At the final change, on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Edi–Asp 10. 17 (77) led Bonbeach 9. 12 (66).
As large numbers gathered around both huddles, Steve Capp was animated in his final address to the players imploring them to make a contest at every opportunity. Troy Shannon stressed defence and the importance avoiding allowing Bonbeach the corridor and the scene was set for a mighty final term with supporters finding full voice.
RPP FM’s very own Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Brad ‘Tangles’ Kingsbury brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was Garth who missed an opportunity for a sixth and, likewise, up the other end the Sharks were burning chances to close the gap. Skies were darkening along with the mood of the Bonbeach contingent. Ground lights went on and, on cue; Gary Carpenter made something out of nothing to make it a one point game. A rushed point made it a two point game and it was certainly game on. Unlikely forward, and bushranger impersonator, Ben Gott led out and marked on his chest to steer a vital goal through for the home side and although Bonbeach pegged back a late goal, the issue was put beyond doubt when Heys snagged a second.
After the match, whilst Bonbeach coach Steve Capp was left to ponder another uneven display against their bogey team. A delighted Troy Shannon, however, now looks forward to his side travelling to Chelsea for the split round.
‘Golden Tonsils’ was on hand to congratulate the Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha, Player of the Match, Eagle’s opportunist, Tim Mavric.
Rye Hotel Scoreboard Final Scores:
Edithvale–Aspendale 12. 20 (92)
Bonbeach 11.19 (85)
Other ‘round the ground’ scores in the Peninsula Football Netball League Round 11:
Langwarrin 9.16 (70)
Pines 12.10 (82)
Frankston YCW 12. 16 (88)
Mt Eliza 7. 2 (44)
Mornington 11.18 (84)
Karingal 9.8 (62)
Seaford 12. 20 (92)
Chelsea 9. 9 (63)
Nepean Football Netball League final scores for Round 10:
Crib Point 11.11 (77)
Rosebud 9.12 (66)
Rye 15.11 (101)
Pearcedale 10.10 (70)
Red Hill 11.11 (77)
Devon Meadows 3.3 (21)
Dromana 8.11 (59)
Hastings 7.16 (58)
Frankston Bombers 10.15 (75)
Somerville 1 0.13 (73)
Sorrento 22.18 (150)
Tyabb 4.7 (31)
Next week’s RPP FM Match of the Day live broadcast at 2pm takes Michael Voss and his ‘Golden Tonsils’ along with his commentary crew to Frankston, home of the mighty Bombers where the team punch it out with Rye Demons.
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Words Darren Sainsbery
Action photographer Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Action man Tim Mavric demonstrating why he was Best on Ground in Round 11 of the Peninsula Football Netball draw.
Man of the moment Edi-Asp Eagles player Tim Mavric awarded with Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha, Player of the Match by Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss.