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Frankston YCW ceremonial song at Frankston Park

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JONTY’S JOTTINGS

Peninsula Grand Final

by Brendan Rhodes

Photos by Rab Siddhi, RPPFM Peninsula Photos on Facebook

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FRANKSTON YCW again staked its claim to be the greatest Peninsula Football League team of all-time when it overwhelmed Mt Eliza in the second half to secure its second Premiership threepeat in the space of seven years at Frankston Park on Sunday.

The Stonecats fell 22 points behind shortly before half-time, but roared to life in the second half to haul in the deficit and then cruise to a 22-point win in front of a slightly disappointing crowd of about 5000 people.

The victory gave them their sixth Premiership in seven years after victories in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, was their 11th flag in the past 25 years and their 14th overall to move ahead of Chelsea and Seaford into top spot among present Peninsula League clubs.

YCW is now equal with Sorrento on 14 MPNFL flags and behind only last week’s Nepean League grand finalists Hastings and Frankston Bombers, who both have 17.

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To keep the records coming, veteran defender Craig Nankervis claimed his seventh flag, becoming the most decorated MPNFL player in history, while five of his teammates – Byron Barry, Jie Coghlan, Ash Eames, David Bodley and Kyle Hutchison – became six-time Premiership heroes for the Stonecats, and Tony Lester, Lewis Roberts, Kevin Lylak and Jack Mazurek won their fifth.

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It is an amazing show of stability to have 10 players taking part in four or more of this stunning six flag run, and they sent retiring coach Scott Mathers out with a perfect record of a hat-trick of flags.

But it didn’t always look like it was going to be that way.

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It was thought Mt Eliza would need to run and spread and beat YCW with pace if it was to get the better of the champions, who would be better suited to a tough, physical encounter.

But while it was tough, physical and tight, it was the Redlegs who stood up to the pressure early, with Rohan Heasley and Daniel Gormley winning plenty of possessions and Matt Lillie proving influential (despite Eames also starting well in his return from injury for the Stonecats).

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When the game did break open, William Mace was electric as he continued his excellent finals series, Justin van Unen looked dangerous and Jay Neratzoglou and Karl Lombardozzi were solid in defence as the underdogs eked out a four-point lead at the first change.

Early in the second quarter, youngster Jordan Capkin broke out of a contest at half-back, delivered to van Unen in the middle, who chipped it out wide to Matt Stanley and eventually to Mace, who drilled the goal on the run from 40m for 10-point lead on the Bayside Automotive Group Scoreboard in what was the play of the day.

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It sparked the Redlegs, and despite the efforts of Mornington Peninsula Brewery best on ground Scott Macleod and Lester in the middle, as well as Eames floating across half-back, Mt Eliza led by 21 points entering time-on and looked to be on track for a famous victory.

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But then came the turning point.

As the Redlegs charged forward for yet another scoring opportunity, champion defender Barry somehow got a fist on what appeared to be a certain mark in the goalsquare for Zallec White to rush a behind.

While it was 22 points, it was a switch in momentum, and when Bodley got off the leash for only the second time in the first half to mark and goal shortly before the siren, YCW’s 16-point deficit hardly seemed to match how it had been outplayed.

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The goal brought the champions off the canvas and back to life, and when Anthony Brunn – who had barely touched the ball in the first half – exploded for one of the great Grand Final quarters in the third term, the almost certain winner was wearing different colours.

Anthony Brunn kicks his first goal

Brunn marked and goaled in the first minute to cut the margin to 10 points, and when he landed a brilliant set shot from 50m on the church flank two minutes later, it was just three points the difference.

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Brenton Lambert snapped a steadier for Mt Eliza at the 10-minute mark as the Redlegs fought hard to retain the lead, but with Barry marshalling the backline, former Melbourne star Brett Lovett’s son Jake shutting fellow youngster Rob Turnbull out of the game and Brenton Credlin producing a turnaround befitting a star of the future, it would be their last goal for the game.

Credlin conceded seven goals to an inspired van Unen in the Second Semi Final, but he hit back in outstanding fashion, dominating The Recruit contestant time and again and conceding just one behind after the midpoint of the first quarter to win the other best on ground award, the AFL Vic Country Medal.

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And Brunn wasn’t finished at the other end.

Anthony Brunn kicks his third goal

Twice in two minutes he outsmarted the defence to mark in the Frankston Masters changeroom pocket, and in a show of his skill, he kicked the first one with a right foot drop punt before booting the second with a left foot Stevie J-Curve snap to finish with four for the quarter and give Frankston YCW the lead for the first and last time at the 19-minute mark.

Van Unen had a rare chance to take the lead back for Mt Eliza in the shadows of three-quarter time, but inexplicably shanked a set shot from 25m, leaving his team three points behind at the last change and the Stonecats with all the momentum.

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The last quarter was all YCW from the point Zinzile Mosimane bombed a classic goal from outside 50m in the opening minute, with Paul Minchington bouncing one through from long range.

At the 16-minute mark, Redleg key defenders Sam Gill and Lombardozzi collided while attempting what should have been an uncontested mark, with the ball spilling to Brunn to bomb his fifth and the sealer from 40m to cement Frankston YCW’s place in the pantheon of MPNFL greatness.

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Gavin Artico interviews, David Bodley, Scott Mathers, Ash Eames and Byron Barry

IT WAS better news for Mt Eliza in the lower grades, with the Redlegs’ Reserves and Under 19 teams joining Frankston YCW in completing Premiership three-peats.

Mt Eliza took control in the second quarter of the Reserves decider against Bonbeach before running out 45-point victors in an at-times spiteful contest.

Tempers fray at half-time

Leading by just two points at quarter-time, the Redlegs dominated the middle two quarters, kicking 3.3 to 0.1 in the second term for a 22-point lead at the main break and 5.4 to 0.0 in the third to blow the margin out to 56 turning for home.

While the Sharks kicked the only two goals of the last term, the damage was well and truly done.

Aaron McIlroy overcame the disappointment of being left out of the senior Grand Final team to win the MPNFL Medal for best on ground, while Kieren Rice was dominant with two crucial goals and Mitch Wilson and Anthony Vanin also starred.

Mitch Barry, Chris Pendleton and Joel Mulholland were best for the Sharks.

Mt Eliza’s decision to not name its best players in its 22 before the game, only to bring McIlroy, Rice, Vanin, Matt Hill and Nathan Ryan in before the game, was a slightly disappointing side note that didn’t reflect too well on the club.

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MT ELIZA completed a dominant season and brought Seaford’s fairytale Under-19 run crashing down in emphatic style in winning by 80 points in the early game.

The Tigers had produced an inspired run from the Elimination Final and kicked two of the first three goals to get an ideal start, but they were no match for the Redlegs in the long run.

Led by five goals from the dominant Harrison Scott and brilliant displays from AFL Vic Country Medal winner Jon Ristrom, Oscar Whitty and Zane Hill (three goals each), Mt Eliza took a 20-point lead by quarter-time.

Seaford worked hard through Brad Magee to Dylan Howlett and Jack Brown to hold the margin to 21 at half-time, but the floodgates opened after the break.

With Ben Farish and Matt Richardson dominant in defence, the Redlegs piled on 11 goals to two in the second half to power to an emphatic victory.

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On behalf of Commentary Team Captain Andrew “Toepunt” Kelly, my fellow team member Michael “Buzz” Voss, RPPFM Peninsula Photos photographer Rab Siddhi, station manager Brendon Telfer and advertising manager Martyn Ashton, I would like to extend the biggest thankyou to all the 22 clubs of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League and their officials and players, as well as the staff of AFL South East for their support throughout season 2016.

I would also like to thank all those people who gave their time throughout the season to work the panel and push the buttons for us to ensure we got to air each week.

Finally, the biggest thankyou of all goes to our extremely valuable sponsors – Telstra Stores Mornington and Rosebud; the Mornington Peninsula Brewery; the Rye Hotel; the Heritage Tavern Balnarring; Bendigo Community Bank Rosebud, Rye and Dromana; Bayside Automotive Group Frankston; Jalna Yoghurt, and all the other businesses who have sponsored our broadcast throughout the season – we certainly would not be able to get to air and provide the quality coverage we do without your support.

Congratulations to all the Premiership winning teams in football and netball, enjoy the off-season, and we look forward to returning in season 2017 with several improvements in mind that will take our program to a whole new level.

RPPFM was in 2016, and will be in 2017 and beyond, Your Voice of Peninsula Footy.

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PENINSULA FNL SCOREBOARD

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GRAND FINAL

FRANKSTON YCW 2.2              3.3              7.7             10.9           69
MT ELIZA                3.0              6.1              7.4              7.5            47
Scores: FRANKSTON YCW: Anthony Bruhn 5.0, David Bodley 2.0, Paul Minchington 1.1, Tony Lester 1.0, Zinzile Mosimane 1.0, Lewis Roberts 0.2, Sam Widdowson 0.1, Ryan Santon 0.1, Jack Mazurek 0.1, Luke Collins 0.1, Kyle Hutchison 0.1, Rushed 0.1. MT ELIZA: William Mace 2.1, Justin van Unen 1.1, Matthew Davis 1.0, Jordan Capkin 1.0, Zallec White 1.0, Brenton Lambert 1.0, Rushed 0.3.
Best: FRANKSTON YCW: Scott Macleod (Mornington Peninsula Brewery Player of the Day); Brenton Credlin (VCFL Medal), Tony Lester, Kevin Lylak, Anthony Bruhn, Ash Eames, Jake Lovett, Craig Nankervis, Byron Barry, Lewis Roberts, Matthew La Fontaine. MT ELIZA: Rohan Heasley, Matt Lillie, Daniel Gormley, Ben Landry, Harper Leonard, William Mace, Jay Neratzoglou, Sam Gill.
Crowd: 4250 at Frankston Park. 

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HOW IT UNFOLDED
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First Quarter   ycwme-tony-lester
2 Matthew Davis goal from the square … Stonecats 0.0 0 v Redlegs 1.0 6
3 David Bodley goal from the square … 1.0 6 v 1.0 6
8 Tony Lester goal from 35m snap … 2.0 12 v 1.0 6
12 William Mace goal from 45m on the run … 2.0 12 v 2.0 12
15 Justin van Unen goal from 25m snap … 2.0 12 v 3.0 18
18 Lewis Roberts behind from 25m snap … 2.1 13 v 3.0 18
27 Sam Widdowson behind from 45m set shot … 2.2 14 v 3.0 18
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3 William Mace goal from 40m on run after great passage from Jordan Capkin to Justin van Unen to Matt Stanley … 2.2 14 v 4.0 24
9 Ryan Santon behind from 15m … 2.3 15 v 4.0 24
17 Zallec White goal, roving a ball-up from 40m … 2.3 15 v 5.0 30
20 Jordan Capkin goal, stays down to rove a marking contest from 15m … 2.3 15 v 6.0 36
22 Byron Barry spoils Zallec White to rush a behind … 2.3 15 v 6.1 37
26 David Bodley goal from a mark 15m out … 3.3 21 v 6.1 37
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1 Anthony Brunn goal on run from 30m … 4.3 27 v 6.1 37
2 Jack Mazurek behind from 20m snap … 4.4 28 v 6.1 37
3 Anthony Brunn goal from 50m set shot … 5.4 34 v 6.1 37
10 Brenton Lambert goal from 20m snap … 5.4 34 v 7.1 43
11 Rushed behind … 5.4 34 v 7.2 44
16 Rushed behind … 5.5 35 v 7.2 44
17 Anthony Brunn goal from 20m set shot on boundary … 6.5 41 v 7.2 44
19 Anthony Brunn goal from 20m left foot set shot snap on boundary … 7.5 47 v 7.2 44
22 William Mace behind from 30m on run open goal … 7.5 47 v 7.3 45
23 Lewis Roberts behind from 40m set shot … 7.6 48 v 7.3 45
24 Luke Collins behind from 30m snap … 7.7 49 v 7.3 45
25 Justin van Unen behind from 25m set shot … 7.7 49 v 7.4 46
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Zinzile Mosimane goal on run from 55m … 8.7 55 v 7.4 46
6 Paul Minchington behind 50m set shot touched on the line … 8.8 56 v 7.4 46
10 Paul Minchington goal 55m snap bounced through … 9.8 62 v 7.4 46
16 Anthony Brunn goal from 40m after Sam Gill and Karl Lombardozzi collided in a marking contest … 10.8 68 v 7.4 46
19 Rushed behind … 10.8 68 v 7.5 47
22 Kyle Hutchison behind from 40m set shot … 10.9 69 v 7.5 47
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RESERVES

MT ELIZA                2.2              5.5             10.9           10.10          70
BONBEACH             2.0              2.1              2.1              4.1            25
Scores: MT ELIZA: Ryland Cranwell 2.3, Trent Radin 2.1, Kieren Rice 2.0, Sam Wettenhall 1.1, Nick Strickland 1.1, Nick McKinnon 1.0, Tim Campelj 1.0, Matthew Hill 0.1, Rushed 0.3. BONBEACH: Dylan Edwards 2.1, Dylan Steed 1.0, James Maxwell 1.0.
Best: MT ELIZA: Aaron McIlroy (Best on Ground), Kieren Rice, Mitch Wilson, Anthony Vanin, Sam Wettenhall, Trent Radin. BONBEACH: Mitch Barry, Chris Pendleton, Joel Mulholland, Eammonn MacCormack, Sam Rouette, Josh Bull.

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HOW IT UNFOLDED
First Quarter
7 Rushed behind … Redlegs 0.1 1 v Sharks 0.0 0
10 Kieren Rice goal … 1.1 7 v 0.0 0
11 Dylan Edwards goal … 1.1 7 v 1.0 6
15 Dylan Steed goal … 1.1 7 v 2.0 12
16 Sam Wettenhall goal … 2.1 13 v 2.0 12
20 Rushed behind … 2.2 14 v 2.0 12
Second Quarter
1 Nick Strickland behind … 2.3 15 v 2.0 12
3 Trent Radin goal … 3.3 21 v 2.0 12
4 Dylan Edwards behind … 3.3 21 v 2.1 13
8 Trent Radin behind … 3.4 22 v 2.1 13
13 Nick Strickland goal … 4.4 28 v 2.1 13
17 Nick McKinnon goal … 5.4 34 v 2.1 13
19 Rushed behind … 5.5 35 v 2.1 13
Third Quarter
3 Trent Radin goal … 6.5 41 v 2.1 13
4 Sam Wettenhall behind … 6.6 42 v 2.1 13
8 Ryland Cranwell behind … 6.7 43 v 2.1 13
9 Ryland Cranwell goal … 7.7 49 v 2.1 13
15 Kieren Rice goal … 8.7 55 v 2.1 13
17 Tim Campelj goal … 9.7 61 v 2.1 13
19 Ryland Cranwell behind … 9.8 62 v 2.1 13
21 Ryland Cranwell goal … 10.8 68 v 2.1 13
22 Matthew Hill behind … 10.9 69 v 2.1 13
Fourth Quarter
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Dylan Edwards goal … 10.9 69 v 3.1 19
8 James Maxwell goal … 10.9 69 v 4.1 25
20 Ryland Cranwell behind … 10.10 70 v 4.1 25
FINAL SIREN

 

UNDER 19

MT ELIZA                5.3              7.7            12.12          18.15        123
SEAFORD                 2.1              4.4              5.7              6.7            43
Scores: MT ELIZA: Harrison Scott 5.3, Oscar Whitty 3.2, Jon Ristrom 3.1, Zane Hill 3.0, Dane Brattle 1.3, Mitchell Chopping 1.2, Patrick Coates 1.0, Sam Danks 1.0, Harrison Hawkins 0.2, Aaron Jackson 0.1, Rushed 0.1. SEAFORD: Luke Chevalier 2.1, Luke Hayes 1.0, Brad Magee 1.0, Callum White 1.0, Edward Peatey 1.0, Taka Tohiariki 0.1, Ben Searle 0.1, Ethan Marshall 0.1, Rushed 0.3.
Best: MT ELIZA: Jon Ristrom (Best on Ground), Harrison Scott, Zane Hill, Matt Richardson, Ben Farish, Patrick Coates. SEAFORD: Brad Magee, Dylan Howlett, Jack Brown, Rick Chisholm, Brodie McLean, James Dickson.

HOW IT UNFOLDED

First Quarter
3 Harrison Scott behind … Redlegs 0.1 1 v Tigers 0.0 0
6 Luke Hayes goal … 0.1 1 v 1.0 6
7 Zane Hill goal … 1.1 7 v 1.0 6
16 Luke Chevalier goal … 1.1 7 v 2.0 12
19 Harrison Hawkins behind … 1.2 8 v 2.0 12
20 Harrison Scott goal … 2.2 14 v 2.0 12
22 Rushed behind … 2.2 14 v 2.1 13
22 Harrison Scott behind … 2.3 15 v 2.1 13
23 Harrison Scott goal … 3.3 21 v 2.1 13
25 Oscar Whitty goal … 4.3 27 v 2.1 13
SIREN Mitchell Chopping goal … 5.3 33 v 2.1 13
Second Quarter
1 Taka Tohiariki behind … 5.3 33 v 2.2 14
2 Dane Brattle behind … 5.4 34 v 2.2 14
6 Luke Chevalier goal … 5.4 34 v 3.2 20
7 Jon Ristrom goal … 6.4 40 v 3.2 20
9 Harrison Scott behind … 6.5 41 v 3.2 20
14 Aaron Jackson behind … 6.6 42 v 3.2 20
16 Mitchell Chopping behind … 6.7 43 v 3.2 20
18 Luke Chevalier behind … 6.7 43 v 3.3 21
21 Brad Magee goal … 6.7 43 v 4.3 27
22 Oscar Whitty goal … 7.7 49 v 4.3 27
23 Rushed behind … 7.7 49 v 4.4 28
Third Quarter
2 Callum White goal … 7.7 49 v 5.4 34
7 Jon Ristrom goal … 8.7 55 v 5.4 34
9 Harrison Scott goal … 9.7 61 v 5.4 34
12 Zane Hill goal … 10.7 67 v 5.4 34
13 Liam Thornell stretchered off with ankle injury
15 Rushed behind … 10.8 68 v 5.4 34
16 Patrick Coates goal … 11.8 74 v 5.4 34
18 Rushed behind … 11.8 74 v 5.5 35
19 Ben Searle behind … 11.8 74 v 5.6 36
21 Oscar Whitty behind … 11.9 75 v 5.6 36
22 Oscar Whitty behind … 11.10 76 v 5.6 36
23 Dane Brattle behind … 11.11 77 v 5.6 36
24 Dane Brattle behind … 11.12 78 v 5.6 36
25 Zane Hill goal … 12.12 84 v 5.6 36
SIREN Ethan Marshall behind, touched … 12.12 84 v 5.7 37
Fourth Quarter
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Harrison Scott goal … 13.12 90 v 5.7 37
4 Oscar Whitty goal … 14.12 96 v 5.7 37
9 Harrison Hawkins behind … 14.13 97 v 5.7 37
11 Harrison Scott goal … 15.13 103 v 5.7 37
13 Dane Brattle goal … 16.13 109 v 5.7 37
16 Mitchell Chopping behind … 16.14 110 v 5.7 37
18 Sam Danks goal … 17.14 116 v 5.7 37
20 Edward Peatey goal … 17.14 116 v 6.7 43
22 Jon Ristrom behind … 17.15 117 v 6.7 43
23 Jon Ristrom goal … 18.15 123 v 6.7 43
FINAL SIREN

 

 

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