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Beside the Bar – John Kennedy – Frankston FC

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Join Adrian Lloyd as he chats with John Kennedy Frankston’s first, and so far only, VFA/L premiership came in 1978. A crowd of 12,291 packed into Toorak Park to see a closely fought game which at the final change saw Camberwell on 9.11 (65) leading the Dolphins 9.8 (62). At the onset of time on in the last term scores were deadlocked, but goals from centre half forward Ray Orchard and full forward John Hunter gave Frankston some breathing space and they held on to win a thriller by 14 points. Ruck-rover John Kennedy and rovers Brian Jones and Alan Sampson were high in Frankston’s best as were key forwards Hunter (6 goals) and Orchard. Promoted sides frequently found it difficult to compete at the higher level but Frankston proved an exception and quickly consolidated.

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