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 tenth placed Frankston Bombers take on the fifth placed Rye Demons in overcast and slippery conditions at Greg Beck Oval as the visitors looked to stay one step ahead of Hastings.
Rye’s Ben Cain was the only player out for the visitors and the Demons were boasting a strong line-up. The young Bombers, fresh from a thrilling two point win at Somerville, were looking to show that their ladder position was not indicative of their capacity to take on the contest.
A significant setback prior to the game saw our very own Michael Voss inexplicably missing out on the last egg and bacon roll of the day but extensive negotiation, two pies and a Mars Bar saw our man agree to step into the van. And with that, we were under way with Rye aided by a two goal breeze first up.
And it was the Demons that enjoyed the early possession in a somewhat dour start to the game. Loose checking saw Ben Winters–Kerr free inside fifty for an early chance but it was the Bombers’ Matthew Harris slotting a left foot goal from tight on the boundary to open the scoring. Frankston was working hard in defence and it took a floating mongrel punt from Luke Semmel to register Rye’s first. Chris Gleeson added another and the visitors were up and about. Scott Sterling added a poster but a crunching tackle from Jay Reynolds gifted Frankston it’s second. A sharp pass into space allowed Mitch Bosward a chance on goal but his miss proved a let off for the visitors. Reynolds was left unattended, however, for his second from close range, the Bombers had seized the running. Luke Semmel was providing a presence in the Rye forward line but they were failing to prise open the Bomber defence. Finally, Gleeson spun on a dime to register his second and his side’s third and at the first break on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Frankston Bombers 3. 2 (20) trailed Rye Demons 3. 4 (22).
Second quarter action saw the Bombers start the livelier of the two teams with Scott Foster marking but missing left from the fifty arc. Rye was looking to counter the strengthening breeze but Shaun Brand’s missing of a sitter didn’t help the cause. Foster was proving elusive in attack for the home side but they were proving wasteful with Reynolds also missing a long shot on the run. Foster finally took his opportunity and the Bombers were now dominating possession. Consecutive ball ups allowed Rye to halt the Bombers run but Ryan Marks–Logan broke the deadlock for the home side for his first. Winters–Kerr was quick to respond with his first and at the major break on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Frankston Bombers 5. 7 (37) led the Rye Demons 4. 5 (29).
The third quarter saw the Demons looking to press but Aaron Findlay failed to capitalise on a Jay Bruno pass. Gleeson was on the end of a string of passes to register his third and the margin had been trimmed to a point. Marks–Logan kicked a beauty from the boundary to push the lead out but Foster took a strong contested mark only to burn his opportunity. Rye failed to make the most of a 50 metre penalty to bring them close into goal and they were made to pay when Foster marked and goaled. Bruno created a further chance which went unrewarded and both sides were failing to hit targets in the greasy conditions. Captain/coach Ben Holmes marked and goaled from fifty to close the gap late for the visitors and at the final change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard Frankston Bombers 7. 9 (51) led the Rye Demons 6. 9 (45).
RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Scott ‘Gee that bloke can eat’ Beel brought us home with all the last quarter action and it was Marks–Logan with the first opportunity to convert but the shot was pushed right. A chain of passes allowed Gleeson a chance to add to his tally but he too failed to take his chance. Luke Semmel conjured up a major from nowhere for Rye to get within a point but James Degenhardt replied soon after to restore the advantage. Reynolds accepted a handball to slot a long bomb and the home side was out to beyond two goals. Gleeson added a consolation goal for the visitors for his fourth but Degenhardt became a multiple goal kicker and the Bombers were away and gone.
After the match, whilst Ben Holmes was clearly disappointed, Frankston coach, Ben Hall was clearly delighted his side could register an emphatic win against a finals aspirant. Rye will look to bounce back at home against lowly Rosebud whilst Hall’s men will travel to Crib Point for another match against a finals aspirant.
Jess from Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, fresh from her own dominant netball performance and polishing off a chicken schnitzel roll in club record time (she assures the writer that it was fat free) was on hand to present the Player of the Match trophy to the Bomber’s Jay Reynolds for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Frankston Bombers 10. 13 (73)
Rye Demons 8. 10 (58)
Other Nepean Football Netball League Round 11 scores
Rosebud 14.17 (101)
Pearcedale 2.5 (17)
Red Hill 15.16 (106)
Hastings 10.14 (74)
Crib Point 16.18 (114)
Devon Meadows 7.7 (49)
Sorrento 18.11 (119)
Somerville 6.10 (46)
Dromana 25.35 (185)
Tyabb 4.5 (29)
Peninsula Football Netball League split Round 12 scores
Frankston YCW 11.12 (78)
Pines 2.9 (21)
Edi-Asp 14.20 (104)
Chelsea 5.2 (32)
Mornington 9.7 (61)
Mt Eliza 2.13 (25)
Be listening next week when Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss takes his men to Pearcedale, where the host team play Devon Meadows in the RPP FM Match of the Day, proudly brought to you by
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Rye Hotel – Scoreboard &
Orbit Fitness – Best on Ground
Words Darren Sainsbery
Action shots Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Bomber Jay Reynolds, Best on Ground is awarded the RPP FM golden tropy by Jess of Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha and clearly demonstrated his ball possession skills throughout the clash between Frankston Bombers and Rye Demons.