Finals Week 1-2 Sunday
by Brendan Rhodes
BONBEACH sent an ominous warning to the other three teams remaining in the Peninsula League premiership race and sent arch-rival Edithvale-Aspendale spiralling into Mad Monday with a stunning 76-point demolition job in the Telstra Stores Mornington and Rosebud Elimination Final at Frankston Park on Sunday.
The Sharks overcame early nerves and a rollicking start from the Eagles to completely dominate the contest after the midway point of the first quarter to set up a First Semi Final showdown with a wobbly Pines at the same venue next Sunday.
Like the Pythons a day earlier, Edithvale-Aspendale’s hopes were crippled by injuries, with Tim Mannix, Chris Wylie, Craig Wray, Tom Turner, Brett Langenberg, Elliott Macquire, Andrew Luxa, Joel O’Sullivan and Jack Doman all missing from its best team.
But it looked like the Eagles could buck the odds when they flew out of the blocks with the first three goals of the match, to Darcy Warke, Will Flavelle and surprise debutant Liam McKay as Bonbeach, by coach Steve Hughes’ own admission, started nervously under the heat of the finals spotlight.
But one of the Sharks’ least experienced players took it upon himself to turn things around, with rookie Beau Bailey turning in a dynamic quarter of footy on the wing, running end to end, winning countless possessions and driving his team forward, and with Luke Damon booting two quick goals and Owen Hulett adding a third as they cut the margin to a goal at the first change on the Bayside Automotive Group Scoreboard.
Things had already got worse for the Eagles, with big man Aaron Pawel forced off after a head clash with Sharks star Gary Carpenter, and it was the last he was seen for the day, leaving them a man down on top of all their absences.
Carpenter took control in the middle in a Mornington Peninsula Brewery Man of the Match performance, with strong support from Justin Bennett, James Murnane and Shane McDonald.
Big men Chris Bryan and Dylan Jones were dominant in the absence of Wylie and Pawel, with Edithvale-Aspendale forced to rely on youngster Kye Campbell to carry the ruck in just his sixth senior game, while Jack Williams, Alex Trowell and key defender Ash Waterstone were also impressive as Bonbeach worked to a nine-point lead at the Heritage Tavern Balnarring half-time break.
From there, it was all one way traffic.
Damon became unstoppable, capitalising in pinpoint delivery from Bryan and McDonald in particular to finish with six goals, Hulett provided strong back-up with three and the Sharks turned on the after burners to end up with 11 goalkickers as they piled on 5.4 to 2.2 in the third quarter and a stunning 8.7 to 1.2 in the last to complete the destruction.
Playing just his second senior game, Tom Hogan looked like he needs about three summers in the gym to reach a senior body size, but he did plenty of good things and even took a good mark on the lead and kicked a goal in the third term as his team took the upper hand.
Mark Mullins and Todd Woodbridge tried hard for the Eagles, while Mark Greenwood was his team’s best forward, Liam Harris threw himself into everything all day and youngster Charlie Martello could also hold his head high.
SOMERVILLE entered the Nepean League finals as the premiership favourite in the eyes of many, but two weeks later the Eagles are done in straight sets after slumping to a 34-point defeat to Hastings in the First Semi Final at Glover Reserve.
The Eagles were chasing tail from the start for the second successive week after Hastings charged out of the blocks with five goals to one in the first term to build a 23-point lead at quarter-time with Osbourne Medal fancies Mark Devereaux and Nathan Gray and leading goalkicker Colin McVeigh leading from the front in a display that ended up yielding five goals.
Somerville worked its way back into the game across the middle two quarters, with Jedd Sutton in sublime touch, Adrian Speedy winning plenty of the footy and defenders Luke Collie, Josh Westerman and Justin Allsop giving nothing away down back to cut the margin to seven at half-time before taking a three-point lead at the final change.
But just when it looked like the Eagles were going to run away with the game, the Blues woke from their slumber in a devastating final quarter sparked by their star mids and supported by backmen Matt Clifford, Scott Jansen and Jay Austerberry.
Hastings banged on three quick goals early in the term to regain the upper hand, and it broke Somerville’s back – the Blues ended up kicked 6.2 to 0.1 for the term to charge into the Preliminary Final with plenty of momentum behind them.
IT’S NEPEAN LEAGUE PRELIMINARY FINAL AND NETBALL GRAND FINAL DAY FOR THE TELSTRA STORES RPPFM MATCH OF THE ROUND ON SATURDAY, WITH ANDREW KELLY AND MICHAEL VOSS HEADING TO BUNGUYAN RESERVE FOR THE SHOWDOWN BETWEEN ROSEBUD AND HASTINGS.
THEN BRENDAN RHODES AND MICHAEL VOSS WILL BE AT FRANKSTON PARK ON SUNDAY TO SEE IF PINES CAN KEEP ITS SEASON ALIVE OR IF BONBEACH WILL CONTINUE A CHARGE THROUGH THE FINALS IN THE PENINSULA LEAGUE FIRST SEMI FINAL.
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PENINSULA FNL SCOREBOARD
BONBEACH 3.2 6.6 11.10 19.17 131
EDI-ASP 4.2 5.3 7.5 8.7 55
Goals: BONBEACH: L. Damon 6, O. Hulett 3, S. McDonald 2, D. Smith, J. Bennett, A. Trowell, T. Hogan, C. Bryan, M. Tyrell, J. Williams, D. Jones. EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE: M. Greenwood 2, L. McKay, D. Warke, W. Flavelle, B. Neville, C. Martello, T. Woodbridge.
Best: BONBEACH: G. Carpenter, C. Bryan, L. Damon, S. McDonald, B. Bailey, O. Hulett, D. Jones, J. Bennett, J. Williams, A. Waterstone. EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE: T. Woodbridge, M. Greenwood, M. Mullins, C. Martello, L. Harris.
SEAFORD 0.0 1.4 7.5 10.7 67
LANGWARRIN 0.0 3.3 5.5 7.6 48
Goals: SEAFORD: T. Lonie 3, C. Newbold 2, D. Lawrence 2, H. Legg, L. Hughes, R. Mosca. LANGWARRIN: D. Reardon 2, M. Mathie 2, A. Eggleston, L. Davies, A. Johnson.
Best: SEAFORD: P. McCall, J. Walton, P. Vyverberg, B. Doyle, A. Deacon, J. Rhodes. LANGWARRIN: D. Riley, A. O’Rourke-Ryan, H. Golby, L. Davies, D. Wehner.
SEAFORD 3.3 8.4 15.7 18.9 117
KARINGAL 2.3 8.5 11.6 15.7 97
Goals: SEAFORD: C. White 4, B. Lloyd 3, T. Robbins 2, L. Chevalier 2, T. Tohiariki 2, B. McLean, J. Dickson, B. Lewis, B. O”Neil, L. Hayes. KARINGAL: B. Occhipinti 5, B. Merdanovic 3, B. Simpson 2, R. McDonald 2, T. Puntaroni 2, M. Russell.
Best: SEAFORD: T. Robbins, C. White, B. Lloyd, D. Howlett, L. Mullin, L. McLuckie. KARINGAL: B. Occhipinti, J. Kelly, B. Merdanovic, N. Furlong, M. Russell, T. Puntaroni.
NETBALL SECOND SEMI FINALS
A GRADE: Edithvale-Aspendale def Karingal 37-24
B GRADE: Edithvale-Aspendale def Frankston YCW 46-35
C GRADE: Edithvale-Aspendale def Karingal 65-36
17 AND UNDER: Edithvale-Aspendale def Karingal 39-22
NETBALL FIRST SEMI FINALS
A GRADE: Seaford def Mornington 42-32
B GRADE: Karingal def Seaford 42-24
C GRADE: Frankston YCW def Mt Eliza 39-29
17 AND UNDER: Mt Eliza def Frankston YCW 30-19
NEPEAN FNL SCOREBOARD
FIRST SEMI FINAL
HASTINGS 5.3 6.7 7.10 13.12 90
SOMERVILLE 1.4 5.6 7.13 7.14 56
Goals: HASTINGS: C. McVeigh 5, M. Clifford 2, L. Hewitt 2, L. Clark 2, N. Gray, D. Alanis. SOMERVILLE: J. Sutton 2, L. Rowe, B. Crowe, J. Westerman, D. Hirst, J. Ryan.
Best: HASTINGS: M. Devereaux, C. McVeigh, N. Gray, M. Clifford, S. Jansen, J. Austerberry. SOMERVILLE: J. Sutton, A. Speedy, L. Collie, J. Westerman, J. Allsopp, B. Rolfe.
RYE 6.1 7.2 9.7 11.11 77
FRANKSTON 1.1 5.4 7.8 8.9 57
Goals: RYE: C. Ambrose 2, M. Harris 2, T. Doolan 2, J. Cameron, H. Rice, R. Hawkins, S. Shea, D. Cimino. FRANKSTON: G. Masterson 2, N. Phillips 2, B. Holland, J. Kiss, J. Curry, A. Fulton.
Best: RYE: H. Crowe, C. Ambrose, D. Howie, D. Cimino, D. Thomson, T. Doolan. FRANKSTON: J. Burr, B. Simmons, M. Bishop, B. Sharman, J. Kiss, B. Holland.
ROSEBUD 3.2 9.3 11.3 13.5 83
SOMERVILLE 3.1 6.2 9.8 11.11 77
Goals: ROSEBUD: T. French 5, B. Gibson 3, J. Edwards 2, T. Huy, K. Hanley, B. Corrin. SOMERVILLE: P. Nagel 4, J. Walker-Swain 3, M. Harrison, L. Horkings, J. Whybrow, J. Stapleton.
Best: ROSEBUD: F. Hustwaite, A. Jarred, I. Drinkwater-Coates, J. Hepner, J. Raphael, J. Corrin. SOMERVILLE: L. Gruar, R. McMahon, S. McDonnell, J. Whybrow, B. Nation, T. Anderson.
PRELIMINARY FINALS, SATURDAY AT BUNGUYAN RESERVE
Seniors, 2pm: Rosebud v Hastings
Reserves, 11.45am: Rosebud v Rye
Under 19, 9.30am: Red Hill v Rosebud
GRAND FINALS, SATURDAY AT BUNGUYAN RESERVE
A Grade, 2pm: Crib Point v Tyabb
B Grade, 12.30pm: Devon Meadows v Somerville
C Grade, 11am: Devon Meadows v Somerville
17 and Under, 10am: Rosebud v Sorrento
SECOND SEMI FINALS, SATURDAY AT FRANKSTON PARK
Seniors, 2pm: Frankston YCW v Mt Eliza
Reserves, 11.45am: Mt Eliza v Frankston YCW
Under 19, 9.30am: Mt Eliza v Frankston YCW
FIRST SEMI FINALS, SUNDAY AT FRANKSTON PARK
Seniors, 2pm: Pines v Bonbeach
Reserves, 11.45am: Bonbeach v Seaford
Under 19, 9.30am: Langwarrin v Seaford
PRELIMINARY FINALS, SATURDAY AT HILLCREST ROAD
A Grade, 2pm: Karingal v Seaford
B Grade, 12.30pm: Frankston YCW v Karingal
C Grade, 11am: Karingal v Frankston YCW
17 and Under, 10am: Karingal v Mt Eliza
Mornington & Rosebud Telstra Stores – RPP FM Match of the Day
Mornington Peninsula Brewery – Best on Ground
Bayside Automotive Group – Peninsula Finals Scoreboard
Bendigo Bank Community Bank Branches of Rye, Dromana and Rosebud – Nepean Finals scoreboard.
Heritage Tavern & Restaurant, Balnarring – Half Time Round-up
Rye Hotel – sponsors of RPP FM Match of the Day