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 fourth placed Mornington Bulldogs take on the table topping Frankston YCW Stonecats at Alexandra Park. More than anything, this was a contest that would give a strong indication of how well both sides were placed in the run to the finals.
One of the pleasing aspects of the day was the officiating role of 19 year old Emma Young as goal umpire for both Reserves and Seniors. Emma is approaching 150 games and no doubt is a role model for a number of young women looking to participate in umpiring within the AFL.
Of significant pre game importance were the two outs for the Bulldogs. Danny Nolan had been ruled out midweek but the late withdrawal of Chris Paxino meant that Mornington came into the match minus two established players. Ryan Smith and Michael Williams came into the starting line-up.
With fine conditions and a sizeable crowd greeting the players we were underway as the Stonecats hit the ground running. Anthony Barry swept upon a loose footy deep in the pocket to neatly slot through the first goal of the game. The visitors were controlling the play within their own half but failing to capitalize on their complete dominance. A series of rushed behinds and a poster had them 10 points up with the Bullies finding it hard to gain and retain possession. Ricky Morris should have scored from 35 straight in front but David Bodley was soon to mark on the lead to then guide through YCW’s second. Quick thinking to soccer a bouncing ball off the ground allowed Tony Lester to register a third, with Kyle Hutchison weaving through traffic and steadying shortly after for his team’s fourth. Scott Macleod and Morris should have taken their chances late in the term but at the first change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Mornington 0. 0 (0) trailed Frankston YCW 4. 8 (32).
Mornington needed to respond quickly but it was Ben Tellis, completely unmarked 10 out from goal, rewarding smart play up field for YCW’s fifth. Macleod should have made it six but missed right from the flank and Ben Clements finally had the Bullies on the board with an errant behind. Ryley Hodson crept up from defence to add the sixth for the Stonecats and the scoreboard was looking decidedly one–sided. Mornington’s first goal came at the sixteen minute mark courtesy of an accurate set shot from Captain/Coach Stuart Seager. Dale Nolan added another in a hurry and there were signs that the home side was working back into the contest. At half time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Mornington 2. 2 (14) trailed Frankston YCW 6. 13 (49).
YCW’s Tony Lester botched a gilded opportunity to goal to start the third which saw the Bullies rebound through Jackson Calder to edge a little closer. Bodley marked impressively and kicked steadier from 35 for the visitors and repeated the dose shortly after. Morris was infringed upon whilst on the lead and duly converted. Jake Di Pasquale was bobbing up to provide support for his fellow on-ballers to thrust the play forward and Mornington was struggling to keep pace. Late inclusion Michael Williams should have pegged one back for the home side after a powerhouse mark but pushed his shot wide but Calder kept his feet to thread through his second and his team’s fourth. At the final change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Mornington 4. 3 (27) trailed Frankston YCW 9. 18 (72).
It was RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Frankston YCW’s Vince ‘This game is still up for grabs’ Millman bringing us home with all the last quarter action. Mornington was looking for some respectability. In contrast, YCW was keen to stamp itself as Premiership favourites and it was Tellis who intercepted an atrocious kick in to bring up the visitors tenth.
A silly free kick and ill- disciplined 50 metre penalty had Ashley Eames adding to the total from point blank range with Morris again just missing an opportunity for another. Starved of chances, Anthony Franchina took advantage of a rare foray forward to snap the home side’s fifth. Shortly after, however, Williams failed to find Calder in acreage with the Bullies made to pay on the rebound with Bodley bringing his personal tally to four.
The mulleted Di Pasquale dodged, weaved, limboed and spun on a dime for his first with Andrew Symes long bomb from 60 bringing up his team’s sixth. There was little doubt though that this was YCW’s day with Bodley issuing the last rites courtesy of a fifth.
After the match YCW coach Scott Mathers was pleased with his sides four quarter performance, noting they controlled the game throughout without necessarily putting numbers on the scoreboard. For Stuart Seager’s men, the manner of the loss will no doubt give cause for concern and a challenging encounter awaits against fellow finals aspirant, Langwarrin. YCW will look to roll on when they travel to second from bottom, Chelsea.
Gun Mornington A Grade Netball Captain, Tess Cooper was on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, Player of the Match trophy to Stonecats player Kyle Hutchison for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Mornington 6. 5 (41)
Frankston YCW 14. 21 (105)
Peninsula Football Netball League remaining match results for Round 16
Edi-Asp 11.9 (75)
Langwarrin 14.13 (97)
Seaford 110.17 (77)
Pines 18.13 (121)
Bonbeach 13.12 (90)
Mt Eliza 12.10 (82)
Karingal 14.9 (93)
Chelsea 8.12 (60)
Nepean Football Netball League Match Results for Round 16
Tyabb 9.16 (70)
Pearcedale 13.13 (91)
Somerville 13.9 (87)
Devon Meadows 11.17 (83)
Frankston Bombers 6.12 (48)
Dromana 24.20 (164)
Hastings 13.3 (81)
Sorrento 11.13 (79)
Rosebud 11.14 (80)
Red Hill 10.12 (72)
Crib Point 15.5 (95)
Rye 9.9 (63)
Next week's RPP FM Match of the Day live coverage at 2pm will be from the home ground of the Hill Men when Red Hill play Crib Point in the Nepean Football Netball League – Round 17.
Following week RPP FM Match of the Day –
23 August – Rye vs Sorrento – Nepean Football Netball League Round 18
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Words Darren Sainsbery http://email@example.com 0432 742 406
Action shots Rab Siddhi
Pictured: No stopping Stonecats Kyle Hutchinson's kicking skills that was matched with the team's four quarter performance against Mornington Bulldogs which places them as a strong contender for the 2014 Premiership.
A deserving Stonecats player Kyle Hutchison was awarded the RPP FM Best on Ground presented by Mornington A Grade Netball Captain, Tess Cooper for Orbit Fitness Mount Martha.