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 second placed Red Hill Mountain Men at David Macfarlan Reserve in a contest that was critical for both sides’ top two aspirations.
The large crowd that gathered for the clash had already been treated to an ‘edge of your seat’ entrée with the Reserves game ending in 43 points apiece. Appetites were therefore sufficiently wetted for the main course with both sets of supporters finding voice early. We were ready to rumble.
And it was Leigh Poholke who recovered the quickest from a marking contest, putting the first major through the sticks for the Sharks. He soon had his second through a kind bounce, eluding a lunging, despairing defender to run into an open goal. The Mountain Men were being stretched down back with fears of a one sided contest underscored by a missed early chance to register their first. Leigh Treeby was proving a headache for the visitors with Sorrento winning most of the early ‘around the ground’ exchanges.
Against the run of play, Dylan Neal cleverly sharked the pack deep in attack to register Red Hill’s first. Poholke nailed his third of the term with a well-timed contested mark close in and the emerging Zac Byrns accepted a slick pass from Poholke to goal on the run from a pocket to reassert Sorrento’s early ascendancy. Jared Eames pegged one back for the visitors courtesy of a mark and 50 metre penalty. Poholke was reported and sent off for fifteen minutes within the same passage of play and there was a sense that Red Hill had halted the early onslaught. Brilliant play by Eames to retain control of the footy in heavy traffic allowed Jarryd Douglas to mark uncontested and goal and the Mountain Men were back in the contest.
Moments later Douglas positioned his body well in a one on one contest to earn and convert a shot at goal and the match had levelled up. Sorrento scored from a rushed behind and an astray set shot and at quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Sorrento 4. 4 (28) led Red Hill 4. 2 (26).
Second quarter action saw Treeby’s exquisite left foot attempt from the boundary just fail to find the target. Red Hill’s Ben Mcguinness marked deep in the left pocket at the Melbourne Rd end and he too failed to convert. A bullet like pass from Eames to Harry Larwill drifting forward should have been rewarded but his attempt was pushed left. Douglas had a guilt edged chance but sprayed right and when Mcguinness also missed it was all tied up once more. In keeping with the quarter, Ben Schwarze rued a missed opportunity for the Sharks as did Red Hill playmaker, Michael Dillon.
With Poholke emerging from purgatory, Ryan Jeffery goaled for the quarter’s first major but Dillon tripped the light fantastic within close confines to answer for the Mountain Men. Byrns was paid a juggled grab and a subsequent 50 enabled him to push the margin out to eight points and at the major break on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Sorrento 6. 8 (44) led Red Hill 5. 7 (37).
A ripping second half beckoned with Red Hill pressing early. It was the ever dangerous Poholke though with the first genuine opportunity and he took full advantage of sloppy Red Hill defence for his fourth major. An impressive interception within Sorrento’s forward arc gifted him a fifth and the Sharks had skipped away. Incredibly, Poholke bobbed up for a sixth and the Mountain Men had some serious climbing to do.
A left foot bomb from Eames reduced the margin to 19 points with the visitors being let off the hook by an errant Poholke set shot. Douglas made space to mark and kick his third of the afternoon for the visitors and, once more, the contest had tightened. Kayle Stringer-Morris made the Red Hill task more difficult by converting a tough chance tight on a flank but smart play from the Mountain Men, assisted by an unnecessary 50 gave Douglas his fourth. Jake Mitchell revived hopes further for the visitors with a 30 metre goal from a standing start and at three quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Sorrento 10. 10 (70) led Red Hill 9. 7 (61).
Inside the commentary van it was the Vossy and Gossy show with RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Gerard ‘The Silver Fox’ Goss bringing us home with all the last quarter action.
A rushed behind for the home side ticked the scoreboard over to start the quarter, countered by a Mitchell shot missing just left. Poholke made his own luck and had his seventh after being on the end of a somewhat fortuitous kick forward but ‘will of the wisp’ Daniel Allsop answered back immediately. Stringer-Morris marked strongly in worsening conditions to slot through a vital goal for the Sharks and the 17 point margin appeared a bridge to far.
Sorrento was finishing the stronger but a Troy Schwarze mistake in defence allowed Matt Hyden to reduce the deficit. Time had become Red Hill’s enemy however, and the home side saw the entertaining contest out.
After the match, Sorrento player/coach Troy Schwarze was delighted that his side had managed to come through such a tough challenge and set itself up for a tilt at another flag. Red Hill’s Tony Blackford lamented his side’s lapses in concentration but found some solace in their capacity to work themselves back into the contest several times. Sorrento will look to continue its charge when it travels to Rosebud next week whilst Red Hill will be confident of returning to the winners circle when it travels to Tyabb.
Anne-Maree Croad of the Sorrento Netball Club was on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, Player of the Match trophy to Leigh Poholke for his seven goal haul.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Sorrento 12. 14 (86)
Red Hill 11. 10 (76)
Leigh Poholke Sorrento for misconduct
Other Match Results for the Nepean Football Netball League – Round 13
Rye 16.8 (104)
Dromana 15.8 (98)
Crib Point 15.10 (100)
Somerville 14.10 (94)
Devon Meadows 20.18 (138)
Tyabb 6.6 (42)
Rosebud 12.6 (78)
Hastings 9.14 (68)
Frankston Bombers 15.22 (112)
Pearcedale 5.7 (37)
Match Results for Peninsula Football Netball League – Round 13
Langwarrin 17.15 (117)
Chelsea 7.5 (47)
Frankston YCW 14.9 (93)
Bonbeach 9.4 (58)
Mornington 14.11 (95)
Seaford 10.17 (77)
Edi-Asp 23.22 (160)
Karingal 4.4 (28)
Mt Eliza 12.5 (77)
Pines 9.8 (62)
Next week RPP FM Match of the Day is at the Edi-Asp home ground where the Eagles put everything on the line to beat top contenders Mornington Bulldogs in The Peninsula Football and Netball League – Round 14.
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Action shots Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Red Hill Mountain Men on the attack didn't bring home the desired score to win the match against Sorrento Sharks.
Anne-Maree Croad of the Sorrento Netball Club presented Leigh Poholke with RPP FM Best on Ground trophy for his seven goal haul sponsored by Orbit Fitness Mount Martha.