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MPNFL Brief 14th May 2022

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MPNFL Brief 14th May 2022

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The weather last Saturday did not do local fans any favours  as the cold, overcast conditions confined those locals to their cars but there is a smorgasbord of quality football to come across this Saturday afternoon. 

We give our tips for every game, what you should expect as a fan and the players to watch out for so enjoy! 

Div 1: 

Sorrento vs Dromana 

David MacFarlene Reserve 

One of the games of the round is taking place front and centre as 4th plays 2nd at Sorrento. 

Sorrento went down by 45 points to Mt Eliza last week so the bounce back factor will be forefront in their thinking in hosting Dromana. 

Former Crow Myles Poholke and brother Leigh kicked two each for the Sharks, while Shannon Gladman had a dominating performance, having 30 disposals, eight clearances, five marks and the other two goals for the game. 

In terms of clearances, Gladman is going to rely on teammate Marcus Gardner to continue his strong form, coming off seven clearances last week. 

Meanwhile, second place Dromana are humming along nicely, taking care of business by 25 points over the Bombers. 

The Tigers had an unbelievable amount of football, with Sam Guerts (43 disposals), Billy Quigley (42), Billy Guerts (37), Daniel Gormley (27), Dean Waugh (25), Nic Collier (24) and Daniel Guerts (21) all genuinely stuffing the stat sheet. 

However, it was big Billy who took the mickey, having 52 hitouts, 13 clearances, 6 inside 50’s, five marks, four tackles  and 211 fantasy points. 

The clearance differential in the two teams is 0.6 so with some more rough weather on the way, contested footy and territory is the name of the game. 

Sorrento are No.1 in the competition for scoring but with a quality opponent on their hands, it’ll be an outstanding test of where they are at. 

Daz tips: Dromana 

AJ tips: Dromana

Suss tips: Sorrento

Mt Eliza vs Edithvale/Aspendale 

Emil Masden Reserve

Mt.Eliza are flexing their muscles, sitting 4-1 and although they’re third in the standings, they have the best percentage in the league which shows their outstanding form. 

The Redlegs took care of business in a 45 point win last week, with Fraser Phillips kicking five and the midfield had 50 clearances to Sorrento’s 41. 

Midfielder Nathan Scagliarini was the best player on the ground, collecting 28 disposals (10 contested), nine clearances, seven tackles, six inside 50’s and a couple of goals, having 125 fantasy points. 

He was aptly helped by Finlay Bayne with his 34 touches, eleven clearances and six inside 50’s, alongside Declan Cole (21 touches, six clearances and five tackles). 

For Edith/Aspen, they jumped out to a 25 point lead at quarter time before Red Hill pegged the lead back to a goal at the half, then Red Hill led by nine points at three quarter time before Red Hill held on by a goal. 

Kurt Lo Po was genuinely dominant for the Eagles, having a staggering 42 disposals, nine clearances, nine inside 50’s, seven marks, four rebounds and kicked two goals and holds the key for the Eagles, given he had 37 uncontested possessions so scoring chains need to start with him. 

In saying that, the Redlegs should be too strong at home and with a well rounded team set to challenge the upper echelon of teams. 

 

Daz tips: Mt.Eliza

AJ tips: Mt Eliza

Suss tips: Mt Eliza

Red Hill vs Frankston Bombers

Red Hill Recreation Reserve

Not only do we as fans get to learn a lot from top of the table clashes but a couple of lower ranked teams get a real opportunity to see where they are at in a big way. 

Red Hill are sitting sixth on the ladder but have a percentage over 100 (105.99) and at 2-2-1, have got a chance to announce themselves. 

Red Hill trailed by 25 points at quarter time last week before getting on a roll and winning by a kick over Edithvale/Aspendale. 

Matt Revenall kicked three important goals throughout the afternoon, with Danny Allsop (31 touches, nine clearances and four tackles) and Jake Mitchell (28 touches, eight rebounds) patrolling the ground really well in the midfield and backline respectively. 

For the Bombers, they had Dromana where they wanted them as the three quarter time score line read just a three point differential but the Tigers kicked away with a 5.2 to 1.4 last quarter to run away with a four goal win. 

Jarrad Grant was the offensive juggernaut on Saturday, kicking 5.4, including three marks inside 50. 

Alex Harnett had one of the most well rounded performances on the weekend; reading 29 disposals, ten inside 50’s, eight clearances, seven marks, six tackles and 169 fantasy points. 

This one has an ‘upset’ feel about it potentially but tipping the Bombers would take someone braver than I. 

Daz tips: Red Hill 

AJ tips:  Red Hill

Suss tips: Red Hill

Rosebud vs Pines 

Olympic Park, Rosebud

Rosebud isn’t going to have a better chance in a while to get on the board in season 2022 than hosting the Pines, who  are 7th with a 2-3 record. 

Rosebud is going to need a better performance than last week, who only put up two points in the first half, before going down by 62 points. 

The only stats that matter that Rosebud were ahead in were pressure acts and hitouts to advantage. 

The forward half couldn’t get anything going with that hitout dominance but there were encouraging signs in the midfield, with Reid Nanscawan having 13 clearances and Sean Downie having ten. 

Liam McKenna also put on a clinic, having 29 disposals (16 contested), nine marks, six rebounds, five inside 50’s, four clearances and 124 fantasy points. 

For the Pines, it was a 6.2 to 3.1 first quarter that got them over the line, as the lead from a quarter to quarter perspective stayed similar throughout the day. 

Former Hawk and Saint Shane Savage had a day out across the field, having 31 touches, a handful of inside and rebound 50’s, five marks and kicked a goal. 

Beau Hendry also had himself an efficient day, having 16 touches at 81%, two goals, five marks, 17 hitouts and four clearances. 

If the Pines want to make themselves a threat in the competition, they need to get the win and make themselves 3-3. 

Daz tips: Pines 

AJ tips: Pines

Suss tips: Pines

Div 2: 

Chelsea vs Tyabb

Chelsea Recreation Reserve

At half time of last week’s game against Rye, Chelsea were down by four points and had had an extra scoring shot. 

At three quarter time, they’d had two extra scoring shots but trailed by 13 points, before conceding six scoring shots to one in the last to fall by 23 points.  

The Gulls had two premier ball movers last week in David Barton (24 touches including a dozen contested possessions, seven clearances and five inside 50’s) and Bradley Clark (24 disposals and nine rebounds), while Mitch Vinney made his 14 disposals count, with seven clearances and five inside 50’s, along with seven tackles. 

With only five goals spread amongst three goal-kickers, the forward half is on notice but Tyabb did concede 122 points last week. 

The Yabbies lost most of the statistics last week and are languishing at the bottom of the ladder but anything can happen; the attitude of “why not us and why not this week” needs to be the theme of the week. 

Ruckman William Hose and rebounding defender Corey Buchan were the best for Tyabb, with Hose having 25 disposals (including 23 kicks), 23 hit-outs, eight clearances, eight inside 50’s and four rebounds, whilst Buchan had 14 rebounds amongst 30 disposals, six marks and five clearances. 

It’s difficult to see how Tyabb are going to kick a score to outdo Chelsea but wouldn’t be surprised if it was a close encounter. 

Daz tips: Chelsea 

AJ tips: Chelsea

Suss tips: Chelsea

Pearcedale vs Crib Point 

Pearcedale Recreation Reserve

Fourth placed Pearcedale have got a chance to establish themselves as a threat by putting away a poorer opposition. 

Barely getting over the line against Mornington (two points) could be the kick needed and Crib Point aren’t having their best season, currently being 11th. 

Former Roo and Lion Ryan Bastinac continued his ultra impressive form, with 30 disposals at 73% efficiency, seven clearances, six inside 50’s, five rebounds, five tackles and a couple of behinds and teammate Kaolan Thornton had 32 touches at 68%, nine clearances, five inside 50’s, four marks, three rebounds and a goal.  

Luke Daniel was the big forward threat on Saturday, slotting 3.2 from three marks inside 50 so he’ll be a factor in this game, as should the other forwards feel in order to have the fill-up that they crave. 

For Crib Point, a 40 point loss to Seaford wasn’t the result they were after but they only had five less scoring shots, having 21-26 but failed to convert; kicking 3.18. 

They also were good around the ground too, having more of the ball, uncontested ball, clearances, pressure acts, marks, inside 50’s, tackles and forward half turnovers. 

This is by no means an out of form unit but a unit who needs to convert their chances and have that trust in one another. 

Cooper Wisken was the absolute standout for the Pies, with 42 disposals (13 contested), 13 clearances, six inside and rebound 50’s, along with a dozen masks and an astounding 169 fantasy points. 

Jett Bauer was more than serviceable last week as well (26 disposals, nine marks, six tackles and three clearances) as well as Thomas Panich (27 touches, eleven marks, four rebounds and three tackles). 

The Pies need to get their game going and having their next rung of players stand up but as much as they want to win, Pearcedale need to win and that’s what counts. 

Daz tips: Pearcedale 

AJ tips: Pearcedale

Suss tips: Pearcedale

Devon Meadows vs Langwarrin 

Glover Reserve

Game. 

Of.

The.

Round. 

Both teams came off really impressive wins last week and with all due respect to second placed Somerville, have looked the two best teams so far. 

Meadows took care of Hastings by ten goals last week, with Nick Battle with one of the performances of the round.  

That included 39 disposals (35 kicks), 17 clearances, 11 inside 50’s, seven marks, six tackles, four rebounds and 2.3! 

Jamie Plumridge (33 touches, eight marks, five rebounds, three intercept marks, three inside 50’s and went forward for a goal) and Joel Hillis (23 touches, seven clearances, six tackles, five marks and four inside 50’s) were also outstanding. 

For top of the table Langwarrin, RPP FM saw firsthand through the livestream a 28 point win over Somerville in a statement to the league that they are the team to beat, 

Outside ball machine Zach Andrewartha found the ball 43 times, had six inside 50’s and kicked a goal, while rebounding defender Billy Rolfe had ten rebounds and seven marks, including five intercept grabs. 

Joshua Bateman and Blake Peach are going to be a problem around the stoppage, having a dozen clearances, eight inside 50’s and six rebounds. 

How do you pick the game of the round? 

Especially with the psychological edge that’s on offer, it’s a huge game and I’m going with the home side. 

Daz tips: Devon Meadows 

AJ tips: Langwarrin 

Suss tips: Devon Meadows

Karingal vs Hastings

Karingal Football Club

Karingal couldn’t have been more impressive against Tyabb, dispatching them by 106 points in emphatic fashion. 

9th placed Hastings went down to Devon Meadows last week so they’ll want to bounce back unless they want to have a similar fate. 

Plenty of Karingal players had an absolute fill-up but no one more than Riley D’Arcy. 

A day of 28 disposals (21 kicks), 14 marks, six marks inside 50, four inside 50’s and 6.5 is undoubtedly a best on ground performance. 

 

There was competition for that title with Dale Alanis (39 disposals of which 18 were contested, nine clearances, eight marks, six tackles and 2.2) and Josh Bradley (30 disposals of which 18 were contested), eight clearances, four inside and rebound 50’s and goal) closely behind D’Arcy. 

What’s impressive about Karingal’s performance was their depth, with Callan Dixon and Sam Glenn also having day outs. 

Hastings will be hoping for more out of their entire squad and can’t afford to let Taylor Stratton (29 disposals, 10 clearances, seven rebounds and 79% disposal efficiency) do it all himself. 

He was backed up nicely by Nathan Gray (20 disposals, seven marks and five tackles) and up forward, Luke Hewett was the most dangerous in the front half with 19 touches, eight tackles, six clearances, five marks and 2.2. 

It’s simply too hard to see Karingal dropping this but Hastings simply need all 22 players to take it up them to grab the win. 

Daz tips: Karingal 

AJ tips: Karingal

Suss tips: Karingal

Mornington vs Somerville 

Mornington Alexandra Park

After a heartbreaking two point loss, the last thing a team needs the week after is a top team being humbled the week before but that’s the challenge that faces Mornington. 

Somerville went down to Langwarrin by almost five goals last week and are out for revenge. 

For Mornington though, they had three absolute dominant performances last week in Kalen Bird (40 disposals, six clearances, six marks, five tackles, four inside 50’s and 1.2), Adrian Speedy (35 touches, ten clearances, seven inside 50’s, four marks, rebounds and three tackles) and Nathan Heath (27 disposals, ten clearances, eight inside 50’s and five tackles). 

However, Mornington are desperate for a more even spread of contributions, with 16 players having under 15 disposals. 

 

For Somerville, the bounce back factor will be strong in this group. 

For that 15 disposal stat, it read 17 players who didn’t hit that mark and they’ll want it to change ASAP. 

However, Lachlan Williams (24 touches, five marks, five clearances, three inside 50’s and 2.1) and Jake Haskett (30 touches, six inside 50’s and four rebounds) were the better performers and need the rest of the group to join in. 

With how strong the aforementioned bounce back factor should be for the Eagles, they should be too strong in what is going to be (per my tip) a close one and a good spectacle. 

Daz tips: Somerville 

AJ tips: Somerville

Suss tips: Somerville

Rye vs Seaford 

RJ Rowley Reserve 

It’s been mentioned already but having two teams in the lower rungs of the ladder playing  each other is so exciting to see who belongs down there and who can threaten to climb the ladder. 

Both teams are coming off a win too, with Rye taking down Chelsea by 23 points and Seaford overcoming 

The Demons won all the important stats in their win and it was the astounding effort of rebounding defender Tyrren Head that was gobsmacking. 

Fifteen rebound 50’s to Head’s name as he repelled absolutely everything amongst his 33 disposals, ten marks, eight intercept marks, seven contested marks and picked up 161 fantasy points! 

Zachary Jennings also had a day out (28 disposals, eight clearances and five inside 50’s) along with Dylan Allen (26 disposals, seven intercept marks, five rebounds and three clearances). 

For Seaford, their 40 point win over Crib Point was led by Damien Rayson (4.3 from 17 disposals, four marks, clearances and three tackles) and ruckman Macklin Raine (18 touches, 47 hit-outs, ten clearances and a goal), who were both outstanding. 

 

In terms of firepower, Raine holds the key in the contest and if he can get first use to his midfielders in order to punish Rye and I’m betting him to do so. 

Daz tips: Seaford 

AJ tips: Rye

Suss tips: Rye

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