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 minor Premiers; the Frankston YCW Stonecats take on the Bonbeach Sharks in the Second Semi Final at Frankston Park. The Sharks were coming off a tough encounter at the same venue with recent rivals Edithvale-Aspendale. The Stonecats, in contrast, were fully rested and looking to underscore their relative dominance throughout the season proper.
Of pre-game significance, the Sharks had been forced to make two late changes with Brad Sykes and Rob Horler out and Alex Trowell and Jason Gumbleton coming in. Anthony Barry had come out for Matt Hogan but, on paper at least, the Stonecats were fielding the more settled of the two line ups.
A carbon copy of last Saturday, brilliant sunshine once more bathed Frankston Park, a growing throng had already witnessed Mount Eliza win another of their epic tussles with Mornington in the Reserves and we were ready for our first glimpse of Premiership favourite, Frankston YCW.
And it was David Bodley opening proceedings, dribbling the ball through the goals from congestion for the Stonecat’s first. YCW were soon in attack once more with Billy Rolfe left unattended at 40 to mark and goal. Bodley was brought back into the fray by pure weight of possession, subsequently getting his second and the table toppers were up and running.
The Sharks’ first real chance came through captain, Shane McDonald and he threaded it through from 35 on an acute angle for his sides’ opener. The footy fell behind the YCW defence to enable Shaun Foster to run into an opening goal and the Sharks were settling into the contest. Nathan Robinson drifted forward to mark unopposed and scores were level. Tempers boiling over as the contest, likewise heated up. Kyle Hutchison sharked an Ash Eames tap and should have goaled but missed right and Bonbeach also botched a chance to goal up the other end moments later. At quarter time on the Bendigo Community Bank Scoreboard, YCW 3. 1 (19) led Bonbeach 3. 0 (18).
Second quarter action saw the Sharks press forward from the bounce only to be repelled by a tightening Stonecat defence and Eames dropping back in support. Both defences were holding sway and scoring had momentarily dried up. Matt Clifford kicked a behind for the first score of the quarter and a costly YCW turnover saw teammate Foster wheel on his right to put his team up a goal. Foster check-sided through another for five in a row but a down the field free allowed Bodley to register his third. He soon had another from the boundary line and once more scores were all tied up.
Shark Daniel Smith’s shot grazed the post from 45 to put his team up by the slimmest of margins but it was Bodley marking the rebounded ball for his fifth and YCW’s sixth. The key forward won out in a battle of strength with undersized Anthony Raso to kick a sixth but Cal McQueen showed nous to mark and goal to close the margin. Bodley provided a late aerial contest running with the flight of the ball to mark and kick a seventh and the Stonecats were looking the stronger. Scott Macleod added another through smart play to extend the margin back out but McQueen marked a ball seemingly headed through the point line to swing around and nail Bonbeach’s seventh. At the major break displayed on the Bendigo Community Bank Scoreboard, YCW 9. 5 (59) led Bonbeach 7. 2 (44).
YCW failed to convert the first of the meaningful chances to start the third with McDonald also missing for Bonbeach. Stonecat Brad Ulms used superior height and strength to mark and goal for his sides’ tenth with Bodley missing left and right at his two subsequent attempts at goal. Teammate Ricky Morris should have also done better but at the final change on the Bendigo Community Bank Scoreboard, YCW 10. 11 (71) led a tiring Bonbeach 7. 4 (46).
RPP FM’s very own voice of football, Michael ‘Golden Tonsils’ Voss and Brad ‘This game’s up for grabs’ Kingsbury brought us home with all the last quarter action with the Sharks looking to halt the run of play and peg back the sizeable Stonecat lead. And it was Smith judging and clasping the ball of the pack to close the margin within the first minute. Macleod was the recipient of woeful defence to mark unattended for the immediate reply and Ben Tellis snared a miracle goal out of mid – air as he ran towards the right hand point post for three in a minute. Bodley missed once more for his third in succession but Dale Carroll gave YCW a thirteenth major, sneaking it past the right hand goal post from a set shot. Macleod should have added another but misfired but Morris made no mistake from a similar position. Jie Coghlan added another point for the Stonecats and McDonald added two consolation goals to the Bonbeach score with the game already settled. Eames outmarked his smaller opponent for YCW’s fifteenth and McQueen marked and goaled on the siren for Bonbeach’s eleventh.
After the match a satisfied YCW coach, Scott Mathers was pleased with his side’s capacity to work into the contest strongly after the week lay-off and similarly delighted that his team would once more be playing off on the biggest of stages. For Steve Capp’s men, a do or die clash awaits with the winner of the Edi –Asp v Mornington clash.
A very happy YCW President, Gerard Wintle was kindly on hand to present the Orbit Fitness Mount Martha, RPP FM Player of the Match trophy to big Ash Eames for his tireless four quarter effort.
FINAL SCORE ON THE BENDIGO COMMUNITY BANK SCOREBOARD FOR THE 2ND SEMI IN THE PENINSULA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE:
YCW 15. 15 (105)
Bonbeach 11. 4 (70)
FINAL SCORE FOR THE 2ND SEMI FOR THE NEPEAN FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE:
Sorrento 16.13 (109)
Crib Point 13.9 (87)
Nepean Football Netball League Finals Draw
*Preliminary Final – Saturday, 13 September – Crib Point v Rye (Hastings)
*Grand Final – Saturday, 20 September (Hastings)
Peninsula Football Netball League Finals Draw
*Preliminary Final –Sunday, 14 September – Bonbeach v Mornington (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: Stonecats fight with claws out to win the 2nd Semi and a delighted YCW President, Gerard Wintle presented the RPP FM Best on Ground trophy to Big Cat Ash Eames, sponsored by Orbit Fitness, Mount Martha.
Words Darren Sainsbery http://firstname.lastname@example.org 0432 742 406
Photographer Rab Siddhi