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 Sorrento Sharks take on the fifth placed Rye Demons in overcast and slippery conditions at Shark Park as both sides looked to consolidate their finals prospects.
Rye’s Vice Captain, Adam Kirkwood had been unable to get up from a hamstring strain suffered during Thursday training and it would be up to the Demon’s onballers to lessen the loss of their inspirational play maker. Countering this, player/coach Troy Schwarze’s Sorrento had yet to play to the level they are capable of this season and were also still awaiting several key players to bolster their line up.
A packed house had gathered for the clash of the traditional rivals and given the conditions, skills were high from the outset. Rye had come to play and whilst Ben Winters, (Kerr missed an early chance), it was Chris Glesson who opened the scoring for the visitors. Ryan Williams showed strong hands and duly put through an answering goal and Leigh Poholke, fresh from a best on ground interleague performance, took an easy chance to kick a major from short distance. Rye’s dominant forward, Aaron Findlay, spun on a dime and slotted through a goal from the pocket to square the ledger with both sides running and carrying at every opportunity.
Ben Schwarze led strongly and was paid a juggling effort to goal for the home side and Leigh Treeby also goaled to extend the margin. Sorrento was controlling the stoppages and when Ryan Williams was caught high and subsequently nailed a long bomb at the clubhouse end, the home side had seized early momentum. Kayle Stringer–Morris kicked a further major from another free kick and the Sharks had pushed the margin beyond four goals. Poholke had a guilt edged chance to add a seventh for the home side but at quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Sorrento 6. 5 41 led Rye 2. 0 12.
Second quarter saw Jay Bruno open the scoring for the Rye and the Demon’s had commenced the brighter of the two teams with player/coach Ben Holmes running into an open goal to bring the margin closer still. Some Poholke magic at the other end pegged one back and a Tyren Head six pointer courtesy of a sloppy Rye defence had the quarter time gap restored. A further goal to the home side extended the lead further. Rye pegged one back but time on in the term would prove telling. Stringer-Morris goaled again for the Sharks and Poholke gained quick meterage on his opponent to mark and kick truly for his third for the afternoon. Treeby added a second and at half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard Sorrento 12. 6 78 led Rye 5. 3 33.
Rye were looking to bounce back strongly in the third quarter and whilst the visitors were holding the footy in their forward half they weren’t hurting the scoreboard. Glesson should have kicked a second and Findlay was unlucky not to be awarded a free kick close to goal. Eventually, Findlay marked and goaled from in front but, as was the pattern of the match. The Sharks were quick to respond with Poholke leading his second opponent for the day, a merry dance for his fourth. Stringer–Morris was the beneficiary of great lead up play from Zac Byrns to push the lead to beyond eight goals and Sorrento had the match in its’ keeping. At three quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Sorrento 14. 8 92 led Rye 6. 4 40.
RPP FM’s very own voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Darren ‘Don’t Call Me Derwood’ Smith brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was Aaron Findlay who booted his fourth for the Demons who were looking for some respectability. Poholke snapped his fifth, wheeling around on his right after an uncontested mark but Bruno answered immediately for Rye with a spectacular goal from half forward. Stringer–Morris took his tally to five with an opportunist’s goal and the impressive Zac Byrns kicked his second for the afternoon to heap further misery to the visitors. Jay Bruno again put his hand up to kick a third and to be one of only four goal kickers for the Demons but it was Sorrento running out as comprehensive winners.
After the match, whilst Ben Holme’s men were clearly disappointed, a delighted Sorrento player/coach was looking to consolidate on the strong display against a fellow finals aspirant. Rye will look to bounce back against bottom placed Tyabb whilst Troy Schwarze’s men will travel to Crib Point for another match against a finals aspirant.
Jess from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha was on hand to present the Player of the Match golden trophy to Kayle Stringer–Morris for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Sorrento 17. 11 (113)
Rye 9. 5 (59)
Nepean Football Netball League – no other matches were played this week.
Peninsula Football Netball League – Round 8
Mornington 14.7 (91)
Langwarrin 9.12 (66)
Frankston YCW 13.14 (92)
Chelsea 6.11 (47)
Edi-Asp 11.16 (82)
Pines 8.10 (58)
Seaford 13.19 (97)
Mt Eliza 11.12 (78)
Bonbeach 21.18 (144)
Karingal 3.5 (23)
Next week’s RPP FM Match of the Day live broadcast, brought to you by Mornington & Rosebud Telstra Shops will be from Crib Point when the home team play the confident Sorrento Sharks.
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Words Darren Sainsbery
Images captured by Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Action play from the Sorrento Sharks who caught the Rye Demons hook, line and sinker in a great class on the weekend.
Sharks player Kayle Stringer-Morris excitedly accepts his golden trophy as Best on Ground by Jess from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha who sponsor the award.