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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 fifth placed Rye Demons take on second placed Sorrento Sharks at the RJ Rowley Reserve on the weekend. While the visitors were virtually assured of finishing inside the top three, for Rye this was a must win if they had any intentions of playing finals football with Rosebud ready to pounce should they slip.

Of pre-game significance RPP FM’s very own Michael Voss once more ensured that he was at the game early to sample the egg and bacon rolls. And once more, upon demolishing several ‘samples’ he was able to assure the masses that he had stumbled upon another season highlight. Having completed his gastronomic duties ‘the voice’ declared only the one change with Jay Bruno going out. The oval looked brilliant, conditions were perfect, a strong crowd had gathered and we were ready for one of the biggest clashes of the season.

And it was Rye through Ryan ‘The Recruit’ Semmel with first hands on the prune to start the game. With the Demons looking to take advantage of a slight breeze to the Melbourne Rd end, the opening opportunity of the game fell to Aaron Findlay who juggled a mark at true Centre Half Forward but pushed the kick left. With the home side up and about, two rushed behinds followed.

Captain/Coach Ben Holmes steadied the ship, however, marking unattended at half forward to steer through the first of the game. Sorrento’s Ben Schwarze had his shot cleared from the goal line and the subsequent rebound saw Holmes nail a second from 45. The home side was defending resolutely but a push out to James Hallahan close in brought up the Sharks first. A smart feed from Holmes to Jake Semmel had him registering a major from just beyond the goal square and a contentious disallowed mark deep in Sorrento’s defence had Ben Winters-Kerr kicking the footy off the ground for a fourth. Ben Schwarze countered with a long goal from 50 for his sides second and Hallahan hit the post from an identical position. Holmes was perhaps lucky to be paid a free kick for his third and his team’s fifth and at quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Rye 5. 4 (34) led Sorrento 2. 3 (15).

Second quarter action saw Holmes hit the post from the boundary line for a 20 point ball game. Shortly after, Andrew Dean kicked one of the goals of the season with a running banana tight on the boundary to extend the margin. Troy Schwarze handballed to brother Ben for a quick response and he should have had a second, spraying a gilt-edged chance left. ‘The Recruit’ ran an arc to steady but also missed and the contest tightened considerably. Shark, Grant Johnson was the grateful recipient of strong lead up work in the middle, using his left to pierce the goal posts but Rhett Sutton countered with a ripper from near on 60. Holmes led strongly to mark at 40 but failed to make good contact but Ben Cain brought up his first and the home sides eighth to extend the margin. At the major change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Rye 8. 7 (55) led Sorrento 4. 5 (29).

Sorrento was keen to arrest momentum to start the third but it was Holmes with the first chance of the quarter, adeptly steering through his fourth. Hallahan should have steadied for the Sharks third quarter opener and Jye Lloyd’s chance at the other end also missed the mark. Holmes marked at the point of the boundary and 50 metre arc for a remarkable fifth goal and Winters-Kerr added another courtesy of a head high tackle. The margin blew out to the half century when Andrew Dean threaded through a sharp chance and when Luke Semmel spun on a dime for a thirteenth, it’s fair to say the Sharks were up against it. At the final change on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Rye 13. 10 (88) led Sorrento 4. 8 (32).

RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Scott ‘Don’t call me Jessica’ Beel brought us home with all the last quarter action with Sorrento looking to add a little respectability to their score. Troy Schwarze should have goaled from 20 but, in keeping with the day, was unable to find the mark and Brock Rawlinson made the visitors pay with a mark and goal from 30 left of centre. James Brigden brought up Sorrento’s first since the second quarter, running on to a loose ball on a flank and Leigh Poholke, ever the opportunist, gave them a sixth.

Aaron Findlay pushed a shot wide from beyond 50 and Poholke bobbed up unattended at 20 for his second. Kayle Stringer-Morris drilled the Sharks’ eighth from beyond 50 but any comeback hopes were quashed when Holmes marked and goaled for his sixth. Poholke tripped the light fantastic for his team’s ninth and a ruck infringement close to goal enabled Troy Schwarze to put through a tenth on the siren.

After the match a delighted Ben Holmes was pleased with his side’s capacity to work strongly over the four quarters of the contest and similarly delighted that his team would be playing finals footy against Red Hill next week. For Troy Schwarze’s men, the manner of the loss will no doubt give cause for concern. The finals specialists will need to be on their guard when they travel to Dromana in a heavyweight finals clash.

Rye’s dynamic A Grade Netball twins, Jess and Sarah Hoskin were kindly on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, Player of the Match trophy to Demon player Rhett Sutton for his four quarter effort.

Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Rye                        15. 11 (101)
Sorrento                  10. 11 (71)

Other final match scores across the Nepean Football Netball League – Round 18

Frankston Bombers    11.17  (83)
Tyabb                                 8.7  (55)

Rosebud                     22.13  (145)
Devon Meadows            12.4  (76)

Dromana                      18.16  (124)
Red Hill                             8.14  (62)

Crib Point                     19.22  (136)
Pearcedale                         8.9  (57)

Final match scores in the Peninsula Football Netball League – Round 18

Langwarrin                       12.6  (78)
Frankston YCW                8.14  (62)

Mornington                   22.21  (153)
Pines                                     9.6  (60)

Edi-Asp                          15.14  (104)
Mt Eliza                               8.12  (60)

Seaford                             12.15  (87)
Karingal                               9.13  (67)

Bonbeach                       24.15  (159)
Chelsea                                 6.9  (45)

Next week is the start of footy finals in the MPFNL:

For Nepean Football Netball League –
Qualifying Final – Saturday, 30 August
Elimination Final – Sunday, 31 August

2nd Semi-Final – Saturday, 6 September
1st Semi-Final – Sunday, 7 September

Preliminary Final – Saturday, 13 September
Grand Final – Saturday, 20 September

For Peninsula Football Netball League –
Qualifying Final – Saturday, 30 August
Elimination Final – Sunday, 31 August

2nd Semi-Final – Saturday, 6 September
1st Semi-Final – Sunday, 7 September

Preliminary Final –Sunday, 14 September
Grand Final – Sunday, 21 September

RPP FM Match of the Day live coverage of footy finals will be:

Saturday, 30 Aug – Qualifier in the PFNL, Bonbeach v Edi-Asp @ Frankston VFL Ground

Sunday 31 Aug – Elimination in the NFNL, Red Hill vs Rye @ Hastings. 


Thank you to our RPP FM Match of the Day sponsors:

Mornington & Rosebud Telstra Stores – RPP FM Match of the Day

Rye Hotel – Scoreboard

Orbit Fitness Mt Martha – Best on Ground


98.7FM & 98.3FM Frankston

Words Darren Sainsbery http://sainsbd@hotmail.com   0432 742 406

Action shots Rab Siddhi

Pictured: A convincing win to Rye Demons with their strong marking and defence line up over the Sorrento Sharks. Watch out for the Demons in the finals series! 

Rye’s dynamic A Grade Netball twins, Jess and Sarah Hoskin presented the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, RPP FM Player of the Match golden trophy to Demon player Rhett Sutton for his four quarter effort.


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