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 second placed Edithvale-Aspendale Eagles take on the third placed Mornington Bulldogs at Regent Park in a contest that was critical for both sides’ top two aspirations.
The Bulldogs had overrun the Eagles 62 to 40 in the Reserves and the visitors held high hopes of repeating the dose in the main match. Whilst Mornington was still awaiting the return of Michael Bray and Adam Symes; Edithvale-Aspendale had been disadvantaged through the late loss of Tim Mavric and Nick Connellan. As storm clouds gathered and brewed above, perhaps a sign of things to come, we were under way.
And it was the Eagles pressing forward early with Troy Ogier swinging wide on his right boot through traffic to thread through the first major of the day. Teenager, Darcy Warke doubled the score with an accurate kick from 40 straight in front and the home side was up and about. The imposing Dale Nolan had the first for the Doggies from a sharp lead and shot that just cleared the goal line but this was quickly countered by a second from Warke from a similar spot as his first. The uncanny Tim Mannix took a juggled grab under immense pressure, kicking truly to register the Eagles’ fourth but missed a guilt edged chance soon after. Jarrod Garth made amends, goaling after little opposition pressure close in and the Bullies Michael Williams should have replied immediately but his snap floated right. With niggle throughout the term, tempers had quickly boiled over and as the siren sounded to end the quarter all players became involved in a lively melee which may attract the attention of the League mid-week. At the first break on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Edithvale-Aspendale 5. 2 (32) led Mornington 1. 3 (9).
Second quarter action again saw the Eagles dominate the early exchanges. A push out of the contest allowed Garth his second and the Bullies were in real danger of being put to the sword. Garths’ smart lead up work was proving invaluable for the home side and he combined with Brent Bowden to set up Brad Tagg who failed to take his chances. Jackson Calder was on the receiving end of a chain of passes and knock ons to dribble one through for the visitors as, once again, spot fires sprung up amidst the rain at Regent Park. A fortuitous pass landed in the lap of Dale Nolan who duly nailed his second but Markem Johnson did just that to register the Eagle’s seventh. At half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Edithvale-Aspendale 7. 7 (49) led Mornington 3. 6 (24).
The Bullies were keen to get back into the contest but a chance went begging early on in the third. Nolan missed from a tight angle as did his brother, Danny. It was Jai Haddock however, who buttered up though with a decisive run and exquisite finishing, reducing the margin to just 16 points. Barry Smeeton put another one through the big sticks courtesy of prolonged forward pressure and the lead had been cut to under two straight kicks. Adrian Speedy squeezed his first past the right side of the post and we had a 5 point ball game. The Eagles should have capitalized on good use of the football to counter immediately but failed to do so and when Anthony Franchina mid aired a goal from an acute angle, remarkably the Bullies were in front. At the final change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Edithvale-Aspendale 7. 9 (51) trailed Mornington 7. 10 (52).
It was RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and injured Bullie Scott ‘Baby Face’ Matthews bringing us home with all the last quarter action and it was Dale Nolan who gathered his own kick to swing on to his left for the first of the quarter. As the rain increased it had become a matter of gaining territory. When the Eagles pushed forward from a stoppage, it was Jeremy Heys swooping and bending the footy over his left shoulder to reduce the margin once more. Ogier found space on a flank for a searching run and long goal and Bowden should have also goaled as the home side surged. Dale Nolan imposed himself once more on the contest for a fourth and the lead for the visitors. Todd Woodbridge, who had proven a difficult match up all day for Mornington bobbed up to edge the score in the home side’s favour. When Adam Budge goaled from a dubious free near time, the Eagles had gone an even two goals up. And that is where it stayed.
After the match Eagles coach Troy Shannon paid tribute to his teams ‘will to win when headed’. “We were incredibly accountable when it mattered,” noted Shannon. His men travel to Frankston YCW for an intriguing top of the table clash. In contrast, Mornington’s player/coach Stuart Seager was well aware that this was one that may have got away with his team looking to regroup when they travel to Chelsea.
Gun Edithvale-Aspendale netballers, the shy and retiring Holly Bailey and captain Caris MacInnes, fresh from their own comprehensive win, were on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, RPP FM Player of the Match trophy to Todd Woodbridge for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Edithvale-Aspendale 11. 14 (80)
Mornington 9. 14 (68)
Bonbeach 14.10 (94)
Langwarrin 8.9 (57)
Frankston YCW 14.15 (99)
Seaford 6.9 (45)
Pines 10.14 (74)
Karingal 4.16 (40)
Mt Eliza 20.7 (127)
Chelsea 9.10 (64)
Crib Point 17.6 (108)
Dromana 14.19 (103)
Somerville 13.12 (90)
Pearcedale 11.12 (78)
Red Hill 18.20 (128)
Tyabb 2.8 (20)
Sorrento 12.6 (78)
Rosebud 6.6 (42)
Frankston Bombers 10.10 (70)
Hastings 7.9 (51)
Rye 13.15 (93)
Devon Meadows 6.9 (45)
Next week RPP FM Match of the Day will be a cracker when the Mountain Men Red Hill play Rye at the Red Hill ground in the Nepean League – Round 15. Michael Voss takes his Golden Tonsils down to the paddock to bring all the local footy action live at 2pm on RPP FM 98.7FM & 98.3FM Frankston.
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Action shots Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Mud and blood was how the match between Edi-Asp & Monington Bullies was played out in Round 14 of the Peninsula Football Netball League.
Edithvale-Aspendale Netballers Holly Bailey and Captain Caris MacInnes were on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, RPP FM Player of the Match trophy to Todd Woodbridge for his four quarter effort.