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 second placed Red Hill Mountain Men take on the fifth placed Rye Demons at the Red Hill Showgrounds in a contest critical to the finishing order of the top five.
Of considerable interest pre game for the RPP FM crew, the Red Hill Football Club, in keeping with the gourmet reputation of the area, was dishing up a steak burger that was simply the best on the Peninsula.
Possibly of greater importance, the Demons’ preparation had been thrown into chaos, losing two players pre game. Sam Smith strained his calf and was replaced by Brock Rawlinson and Matt Sibberas reinjured his groin and was replaced by Jarryd Kirkwood remarkably, having to back up after the Reserves game. And with skies clearing, mud underfoot drying, and artists, businessmen, fashionistas and winemakers shoulder to shoulder in attendance we were underway.
It was Rye with the first couple of forays forward from the centre. Red Hill, however, looked well organised in defence with Lachlan Chandler marshalling the troops to force the contest out wide and closing the contest. Indeed, it was Mountain Man Jake Mold who was the first to find room and straighten up and split the middle from 40 with teammate Marcus Dal Lago missing what he should have kicked soon after. Jared Eames though was able to clear the area to be on the receiving end of a bullet like pass and with no angle to speak of, he duly saluted for his sides’ second. A long ball from Ryan ‘The Recruit’ Semmel came off hands for a second minor and straight after he was rewarded for a strong tackle at Centre Half Forward but this too came off hands for a third point to the visitors. A courageous contested mark, however, from Andrew Dean enabled the Demons to register their first.
Injuries had now beset the Mountain Men with Jayden Pain pinging his hamstring and Jake Mold hyperextending his knee all within the first term. Not to be outdone, the Demons were to lose Andrew Dunn with a knock to the knee also but of course, ‘we beat on, boats against the current’ and with that literary interlude play continued. Ben Maguinness should have given Red Hill their third but failed to steady and Jarryd Douglas failed to reward an exquisite pass from Matt Hyden to extend the lead. At quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Red Hill 2. 4 (16) led Rye 1. 3 (9).
Second quarter action saw Red Hill waste early opportunities through Jake Mitchell and Michael Dillon but score the first major of the term through the deft touch and awareness of Maguinness. The industrious and classy Dillon’s second effort hit the post but the home side was dominating across the ground. Nick Bateman swivelled and swirled to run another major through for the home side and the Demons were now looking to minimise the damage. Poor checking gave Demon Aaron Findlay a golden opportunity to peg one back but his kick was astray. Jay Bruno’s shot fell short but Rye had at least slowed the momentum. It was not to be halted however with Douglas the recipient of a free kick for a push out and slotting the home sides fifth for a lead beyond four goals. Chandler was shoulder charged late in the quarter with both teams coming together for a push and shove. Rye Captain/Coach Ben Holmes misfired from a set shot shortly after and at half time the Rye Hotel Scoreboard revealed Red Hill 5. 7 (37) led Rye 1. 7 (13).
Red Hill was again pushing forward early in the third and well and truly held sway when Dal Lago marked and goaled from an acute angle. Dal Lago sprayed his next attempt at goal for a minor, ‘the recruit’ registered his third minor following a strong tackle and Dean also missed. Holmes was on the end of Rye’s best passage of play for his first and his sides second but ‘Blacky’ Douglas’ immediate reply was top shelf. Chris Gleeson moonwalked out of congestion and spun on a dime for his sides third but a one handed grab on the point line and run around snap from Hyden had the home side back in the ascendancy. At the final change Rye Hotel Scoreboard registered Red Hill 8. 9 (57) led Rye 3. 9 (27).
It was RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Rye’s Scott ‘Call me Jessica’ Biel brought us home with all the last quarter action with Rye facing a mountain to climb. A tremendous mark and check side goal from Eames made the task all the more difficult with Red Hill also ensuring that the Demons were being held up in attack. A long bomb from Paul Wintle went wide but the home side was all over the contest like a cheap suit. Douglas dribbled through another to compound the visitor’s misery. Gleeson had his second and his sides fourth after a lapse in defence from Red Hill with play halted soon after following a nasty accidental knock to Rye’s Brady Egan. Both teams had chances to add to their total but, in the end, it was the home side that had overwhelmed a disappointing Rye.
After the match Red Hill coach Tony Blackford paid tribute to his team. “I felt we controlled the game early on without necessarily putting the scoreboard pressure on. Michael Dillon was outstanding all day I thought and I thought Jamie Mc Call competed extremely well,” Blackford said. The Red Hill coach also put down the win ‘to the determination of the boys to win for Roger Siverson whose father had died during the week’. And indeed they did! For Rye’s Ben Holmes the manner of the loss was a bitter pill to swallow given the side’s strong recent form and another challenge waits when they travel to Crib Point. Red Hill will now look to continue their winning ways with an easier challenge at Rosebud.
Shy Red Hill netballer, Jen Blaze was on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, Player of the Match trophy to Michael Dillon for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard:
Red Hill 10. 13 (73)
Rye 5. 11 (41)
Other match results in the Nepean Football Netball League – Round 15
Dromana 18.17 (125)
Rosebud 12.6 (78)
Somerville 28.17 (185)
Tyabb 12.6 (78)
Sorrento 24.13 (157)
Pearcedale 6.7 (43)
Devon Meadows 15.15 (105)
Frankston Bombers 8.1 (49)
Crib Point 14.14 (98)
Hastings 11.9 (75)
Peninsula Football Netball match results – Round 15
Langwarrin 21.14 (140)
Seaford 10.9 (69)
Frankston YCW 9.13 (67)
Edi-Asp 9.6 (60)
Mornington 11.12 (78)
Chelsea 10.13 (73)
Bonbeach 16.17 (113)
Pines 5.9 (39)
Mt Eliza 25.12 (162)
Karingal 12.9 (81)
This week's RPP FM Match of the Day coverage is live at 2pm in Mornington when the Bulldogs shows who's boss in their pit when they play Frankston YCW, part of the Peninsula Football Netball League draw – Round 16.
Following week RPP FM Match of the Day Draw –
16 August – Red Hill vs Crib Point – Nepean Football Netball League Round 17
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: Plenty of thrills and spills with the thrill being Red Hill's way with the Mountain Men climbing high to the ladder summit.
Red Hill mountain man Micheal Dillon showed how the game is played by taking out this week's RPP FM Best on Ground trophy, sponsored by Orbit Fitness and awarded by Red Hill netballer Jen Blaze.