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 Red Hill Mountain Men take on the table topping Crib Point Magpies at the Red Hill Showgrounds. While the visitors had all but sewn up the minor Premiership, Red Hill was still eyeing off a top two finish and was keen to flex its own Premiership credentials on their own digs.
Of pre-game significance, there were five Cooks in the Crib Point side, with four, James, Michael, Tim and David being brothers and Jacob Cook a cousin. That being the case this would be no case of lack of Endeavour but we would wait as to whether too many Cooks spoiled the broth. Boom boom!
Another incredible pre-game significance, RPP FM’s very own Michael Voss had ensured that he was at the game early to sample the egg and bacon rolls. After his third ‘sample’ he was indeed able to assure the masses that he had stumbled upon a season highlight. Generous as always, he was able to take time out from his gastronomic duties to declare no late changes and with bright conditions and one of the largest crowds of the season greeting the players we were underway.
And it was Luke Herrington who kicked off proceedings with a strong mark and long bomb beyond 50 for the Magpies’ first. Jarryd Douglas created space to mark unimpeded for the Mountain Men’s first real opportunity but missed from close in and Matt Bateman followed suit with a comparatively straight forward kick. Red Hill was pressing relentlessly, however, and through weight of possession Jared Eames soon had their first from the arc. Josh Mold and Jack Mitchell both had clear chances for the home side with their forays resulting in behinds and the home side was failing to put the score on the board. A long range poster from Michael Dillon underscored Red Hill’s early wastefulness and Zac Dekleuver should have made them pay but his shot was also astray. A snap off the one step gave Herrington his second and an unlikely Magpie lead and big Glenn Boyd clunked a mark in the goal square for a third for the visitors.
Brad Davidson took advantage of a sleeping defence to burst through half forward and slot the Magpies fourth and neat overlap and carry shortly after enabled Beau Monty to dribble one through from point blank range. Boyd had a second almost within seconds as Herrington was allowed to waltz through the middle and pass on to the forward’s chest. At the first change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Red Hill 1. 6 (12) trailed Crib Point 6. 1 (37).
The Mountain Men needed to respond early in the second but it was Herrington swooping on a defensive fumble to give the Magpies their seventh. Eames and Hyden both missed set shots from 40 for the home side and were made to pay when Jonathan Flack held on to a quick kick from congestion to steer through an eighth. Douglas countered with a skilful snap from 20 and he soon had a second through better judgement of the pill through the air. Red Hill was showing signs of getting back into the contest but for inaccuracy and at half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, the home side 3. 12 (30) trailed Crib Point 8. 2 (50).
Crib Point’s Flack missed right to start the third and Matt Mitchell swept upon a defensive error from the visitors to make it a 14 point game. Eames arms were chopped in a marking contest but he could only reduce the margin by one but his involvement moments later enabled Jack Mitchell to reduce the margin further. Thomas Bateman ran into an open goal to make it a one point ball game and when Dillon charged through the middle and split the big sticks the home side had remarkably hit the front. Douglas should have extended the margin after out-marking two defenders but had a chance to make amends shortly after from the same spot and did so. Sean Holmes stuck his tackle on Sam Adams and with the aid of a 50 metre penalty kicked another one and at three quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Red Hill 9. 16 (70) led Crib Point 8. 3 (51).
RPP FM’s voice of football, Mr Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Dave ‘No, you eat it Vossy’ Quinlan brought us home with all the last quarter action with Crib Point looking to halt the previous quarter’s momentum shift. In contrast, Red Hill was now very much up and about and it was Ben Maguinness marking and goaling within the first minute to extend the margin further. And he had another courtesy of ill- discipline and a 50 with the Mountain Men now out to beyond five goals.
Harry Byrt steered though another and the Magpies were being run off their legs. Red Hill was peppering the goal and with Cory Wood the happy recipient of consecutive 50’s for his sides thirteenth and the Maggies were unravelling. The fourteenth came courtesy of an unmarked Josh Mold. Harry Larwill drifted forward for a fifteenth and Marcus Dal Lago put the icing on the cake with a sixteenth to complete a 103 point turn around.
After the match the unflappable Tony Blackford was pleased with his side’s capacity to work strongly back into the contest but he will be wary of giving top sides starts. For Duane Annable’s men, the manner of the loss will no doubt give cause for concern. They will need to be on their guard when they take on Pearcedale at home if they are to cement top spot. Red Hill will look to roll on when they travel to fellow Premiership aspirant, Dromana. It promises to be a ripper end to the season.
Red Hill’s A Grade Netball Captain, Julia Allan, was kindly on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, RPP FM Player of the Match trophy to Jake Mitchell for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Red Hill 16. 21 (117)
Crib Point 8. 3 (51)
Other Nepean Football Netball League final match scores for Round 17:
Rye 13.23 (101)
Somerville 14.7 (91)
Sorrento 15.19 (109)
Frankston Bombers 5.5 (35)
Hastings 20.15 (135)
Devon Meadows 8.16 (64)
Dromana 29.23 (197)
Pearcedale 11.11 (77)
Peninsula Football Netball League final match scores for Round 17:
Mornington 9.14 (68)
Langwarrin 6.6 (42)
Frankston YCW 17.15 (117)
Chelsea 6.11 (47)
Edi-Asp 13.13 (91)
Pines 11.3 (69)
Seaford 9.17 (71)
Mt Eliza 8.10 (58)
Bonbeach 26.20 (176)
Karingal 5.6 (36)
Next week's RPP FM Match of the Day live coverage at 2pm will be from R J Rowley Recreation Reserve and it WILL BE A 'CRACKER' when the home team Rye Demons hope to shake up the ladder against Sorrento in Round 18 of the Nepean Football Netball League.
The following week is the start of the 2014 MPFNL Finals Draw which promises to be a great 4 weeks of local football and RPP FM will be there to bring you all the live action!
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Pictured: A bit of 'biffo' in the Mountain Men's paddock, defeating Crib Point by 66 points from a 20 point deficit at half time.
Red Hill’s A Grade Netball Captain, Julia Allan presented the RPP FM Player of the Match trophy to Jake Mitchell for his four quarter effort, sponsored by Orbit Fitness, Mt Martha.