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 second and third placed finisher’s battle it out Saturday as the Bonbeach Sharks took on the Edi-Asp Eagles in the Qualifying Final at Frankston Park. The Sharks had lost both home and away matches to the Eagles since losing last year’s Grand Final clash and were keen to get the monkey off their back. Likewise, the Eagles were keen to exploit their recent dominance and set up a qualifying clash with Frankston YCW.
Of pre-game significance RPP FM’s very own Michael Voss had availed himself to two hamburgers with the lot courtesy of the Langwarrin Football Club. And given this was a broadcast from the Grandstand, patrons bore witness to pronouncements of late ins and outs within full view of an eating performance for the ages. The pronouncements, as always, were on the money with Jones and Norton big outs for Bonbeach replaced by Ferraro and Hulett. For Edi-Asp, the chance was certainly there to control the game in the air. For Bonbeach, however, the game would now be won at ground level. Brilliant sunshine bathed Frankston Park, a growing throng had already witnessed Mornington overcome YCW in the ressies and we were ready for the first of the heavyweight clashes.
And it was Bonbeach’s Calhan McQueen with the first major of the game after Edi-Asp failed to capitalize on early forays forward.
Brad Tagg swooped on loose clearance work to answer immediately from deep in the left pocket, kicking to the Port Phillip Bay end and both teams appeared up for the contest. Brad Sykes should have put a second on the board for the Sharks but the footy sharp turned left of the big sticks and teammate Shaun Foster couldn’t make amends from 35 on the slightest of angles. Tim Mavric bungled a chance to goal at the other end but big Matt Kremmer received the footy at CHF and calmly slotted through the Eagles’ second. McQueen missed a difficult set shot and a series of rushed behinds for the Sharks saw the sides level pegging. Eagle James Derbyshire’s snap drifted right as did the set shot of Anthony Hogan. McQueen roved the pack for his second late in the quarter and a 50 metre penalty after the siren enabled Nathan Robinson to also goal to hand Bonbeach the advantage. At quarter time on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Bonbeach 3. 7 (25) led Edi-Asp 2. 1 (13).
Second quarter action saw Bonbeach press forward early but it was Troy Ogier slicing through the Sharks defence to chip a nine iron through the uprights for the Eagles’ third. A slick chain of handballs set up Keith De Souza for their fourth and when Tagg worked his opponent over close in, Edi-Asp found themselves five points up. A fortuitous bounce landed in the lap of Anthony Raso who duly set about restoring the Sharks’ lead and Shaun Foster extended it courtesy of a contentious 50m penalty. Liam Hulett sharked a loose ball brilliantly to snap a major whilst at full tilt, Jarrod Garth returned serve, running into an open goal with his first possession and Jackson Casey replied from close range, goaling off one step. Garth had his second from a loose ball in his forward arc and found space shortly after for his third and his sides eighth. Mavric charged through the defence of Bonbeach to give his side the lead once more but Bonbeach champ, Shane McDonald created an opportunity out of very little to slot a goal from the boundary on his wrong side. At the major break on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard, Bonbeach 8. 9 (57) led Edi-Asp 9. 2 (56).
Bonbeach started the third with a rushed behind with Garth registering a major at the other end from 45. He made amends however, with the Sharks’ defence failing to get hands on a long bomb that bounced past two lunging defenders. Eagle Jeremy Heys left the ground after a nasty head clash and Foster immediately took advantage of a fast break to register Bonbeach’s ninth. The tempo had increased discernibly with both defences struggling to hold firm. Michael Turville marked unattended close in and steered through his first to move the lead to beyond a goal but McDonald and Owen Hulett missed gettable chances in quick succession. McQueen stuck a tackle to give the Sharks their eleventh with Garth immediately replying to bring his personal tally to five. Bonbeach squandered two challenges late and at the three quarter time siren on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard Bonbeach 11. 14 (80) led Edi-Asp 11. 4 (70).
RPP FM’s voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Brad ‘I wouldn’t have minded a burger’ Kingsbury brought us home with all the last quarter action with the Eagles looking to run over the wasteful Sharks. It was McDonald, however, who lead up at pace to guide through Bonbeach’s twelfth. A struggle to gain ascendancy followed but it was Garth who eventually cut the deficit for his sixth of the game from beyond the arc. Mavric should have made it closer still but his floating snap drifted to the right of the sticks. It was that man McDonald, however, who bobbed up to give his side a fourteen point lead. Adam Budge missed a gilt edged chance to reply and the fast transition which followed gave McQueen his fourth and, more importantly, his team a 20 point buffer. Consecutive points followed for the Eagles with Rob Horley’s missed chance up the other end ensuring the margin stayed beyond three straight kicks. It was McDonald again bobbing up for his third for the quarter and when McQueen marked strongly and goaled from 40 for his fifth, the matter had been comprehensively settled. For now, the monkey had been lifted.
After the match a satisfied Bonbeach coach, Steve Capp 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 challenging YCW on a big stage. The possible return of a couple of big men will no doubt pose a problem for selectors. For Troy Shannon’s men, a do or die finals clash awaits with the Eagles keen to bounce back from a clash they expected to win.
Edi-Asps’ dynamic netballing sisters, the ever smiling Caris MacInnes and Holly Bailey were kindly on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, Player of the Match trophy to young Bonbeach player Michael Turville for his four quarter effort.
Final scores on the Rye Hotel Scoreboard for the Qualifier:
Bonbeach 16. 15 (111)
Edi-Asp 12. 8 (80)
Match result for the NFNL Qualifier
Sorrento 15.11 (101)
Dromana 14. 14 (98)
Match result for the NFNL Elimination Final
Rye 11. 17 (83)
Red Hill 12. 9 (81)
Match result for the PFNL Elimination Final
Mornington 9. 9 (63)
Langwarrin 9.7 (61)
Nepean Football Netball League Finals Draw –
2nd Semi-Final – Saturday, 6 September
*1st Semi-Final – Sunday, 7 September (R J Rowley Recreation Reserve Rye)
*Preliminary Final – Saturday, 13 September (Somerville)
*Grand Final – Saturday, 20 September (Frankston VFL Park)
Peninsula Football Netball League Finals Draw –
*2nd Semi-Final – Saturday, 6 September (Frankston VFL Park)
1st Semi-Final – Sunday, 7 September
*Preliminary Final –Sunday, 14 September (Frankston VFL Park)
*Grand Final – Sunday, 21 September (Frankston VFL Park)
*RPP FM Match of the Day live footy final coverage
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Pictured: Man of the Match, Bonbeach player Michael Turville single handly put the Edi-Asp Eagles players to the test with his kicking skills.
Edi-Asps’ dynamic netballing sisters Caris MacInnes and Holly Bailey present the RPP FM Best on Ground trophy sponsored by Orbit Fitness Mount Martha to a young Bonbeach player Michael Turville for his grand efforts.