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 ninth placed Chelsea Seagulls take on the seventh placed Pines Pythons at Chelsea Reserve. The Pythons were fresh from beating the top side Mornington and was looking to maintain momentum whereas Chelsea was keen to arrest a run of disappointing results. Neither side had significant outs pre-game but there was an important late ‘in’ with RPP FM’s very own Michael Voss inhaling an egg and bacon roll, declaring it a nine out of ten and himself fit to call. We were ready to rumble.
As anticipated, first quarter action was lively with the visitors kicking with a two to three goal breeze looking to capitalize. Chelsea dominated the early passages but intelligent rebounding and quick transition from the Pythons drew first blood for the visitors through Jake Berry. Luke Clark was the recipient of an accurate pass and goaled to answer for the Gulls and both sides appeared up and about. Pines Captain, Jimmy Messina pivoted from a pocket to bamboozle the Gulls defence and register full points but was answered by a Matt Smith grab and dead eye dick goal. Pines were now peppering but failing to convert and were made to pay when Richard Jaroszczuk spun on a dime, tripped the light fantastic and slotted a ripper from the boundary, 40 metres out. Daniel Aarsman extended the advantage with another and it was Chelsea that was playing the sharper, smarter football. Ryan Stewart goaled after a push out at full forward and the home team had seized the advantage. At quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Chelsea 5. 2 (32) led Pines 2. 6 (18).
The Pythons started the brighter of the two teams after the first change. Visiting supporters had found voice and were demonstrating the full array of the Queen’s English. It was Guy Hendry who took full advantage of a 50 metre penalty to close the gap and Adam Marriner was playing impressive footy for the Pythons across half forward to give the Pythons repeated entries into the forward line. Again, however, the Pines weren’t getting value for money. Matt Smith missed a chance to mark for the home side but was cat like to recover and swoop to kick the Gulls sixth and Aarsman’s running goal heaped more misery on to the visiting team to give Chelsea its eighth. Going into the major break, the Rye Hotel Scoreboard saw Chelsea 8. 5 (53) lead Pines 3. 10 (28).
Third quarter action saw the Gulls on the board early courtesy of an accurate kick from Todd Gardiner and the Pythons were being stretched in defence. Shaun White took an opportunist mark, slipping in front of lax defence to goal and reduce the margin to under five goals and Shaun McPherson dribbled through another after sharking the pack at full forward. Hudson Thomas hung on to a one hander under immense pressure to peg one back but the Pines team were coming. Brenton Cowell brought up Pines’ sixth and Messina marked and goaled for a seventh. Another undisciplined act saw Guy Hendry gifted his second. He soon had his third after a great contested mark at CHF and kicked truly to bring the margin to under a goal. Robert Lancaster led beautifully and slotted his first to push the margin out again but this was pegged back through a free to Dale Tedge. At three quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard Chelsea 11. 8 (74) held a slim margin over Pines 10. 10 (70).
Both coaches were passionate in their final addresses to the players. Conscious of recent fade outs, Chelsea coach Paul Howroyd stressed accountable football and pushing numbers back in defence. Likewise, Pines coach Stephen Ryan stressed defence and the importance of transitioning through the corridor.
RPP FM’s Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Paul ‘Bluey’ Beard brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was Hendry who kicked a fourth again courtesy of Chelsea undiscipline. Two rushed point to the Gulls brought scores level and a misdirected shot at goal had the home team up by the smallest of margins. A poster doubled this still. Aaron Ludewig failed to convert a good chance for the visitors but almost unbelievably, a further act of undiscipline allowed Harley Parker to push the visitors noses in front. When Dale Tedge ran into an open goal for his second, the Pythons had opened up an eleven point lead. Aarsman added to his tally late in the term but a mark and third goal to Messina settled the issue.
After the match, whilst Chelsea coach was left to ponder another one that got away, a delighted Stephen Ryan can now look forward to travelling to Langwarrin with his team playing a committed brand of football.
Jodie from Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha, was on hand to award the Player of the Match Trophy to Pines dynamo Beau Hendry.
Rye Hotel Scoreboard Final Scores:
Chelsea 12. 12 (84)
Were defeated by
Pines 14 .11 (95)
Other scores around the ground for Peninsula Football Netball League:
Mt Eliza 11.18 (84)
Langwarrin 10.8 (68)
Frankston YCW 16.14 (110)
Karingal 5.7 (37)
Bonbeach 16.14 (110)
Mornington 11.12 (78)
Edi-Asp 15.7 (97)
Seaford 9.8 (62)
Pines 14.11 (95)
Chelsea 12.12 (84)
Around the Ground Nepean Football Netball results:
Rosebud 16.11 (107)
Frankston Bombers 10.11 (71)
Dromana 23.16 (154)
Somerville 3.15 (33)
Hastings 20.11 (131)
Rye 17.6 (108)
Sorrento 18.13 (121)
Devon Meadows 4.2 (26)
Red Hill 17.14 (116)
Pearcedale 13.10 (88)
Crib Point 22.33 (165)
Tyabb 7.6 (48)
Next week’s RPP FM Match of the Day will be broadcast live at 2pm from Regent Park with a Edi-Asp – Bonbeach showdown.
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Words Darren Sainsbery
Photography action Rab Siddhi
Pictured: High marking and match precision won the game for the Pythons against the Seagulls. RPP FM Best on Ground Python, Beau Hendry receives his golden trophy from Jodie, proudly sponsored by Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha.