Bulldogs break their drought

The Mornington Football Club is breathing a deep sigh of relief after the Bulldogs held off a fast-finishing Bonbeach by one point at Alexandra Park today. A day that was dominated by the memory of Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly – the local media broadcaster and journalist who died after a short battle with aggressive cancer... View Article

The Mornington Football Club is breathing a deep sigh of relief after the Bulldogs held off a fast-finishing Bonbeach by one point at Alexandra Park today.

A day that was dominated by the memory of Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly – the local media broadcaster and journalist who died after a short battle with aggressive cancer – turned into a watershed moment for the Bulldogs who finally got reward for effort in 2018.

Coach Simon Goosey was a relieved man as he sat down for dinner after his sides’ first win for the season.

The Bulldogs led by 20 points at the final change before holding off the late-surging Sharks.

“I’m really happy for the boys, they’ve worked hard all season and we’ve really only had two bad quarters for the year,” Goosey said.

“We don’t make excuses, but we’ve had a horror run with injuries and I can only see positive things happening from this point forward. Full credit to the boys for sticking to their guns and finally get some reward for their efforts.”

The win sets up a great battle between Goosey’s Bulldogs and Pines, coached by his great mate Paddy Swayn, in round eight, after the Pythons caused the biggest upset of the year by rolling Frankston YCW at Jubilee Park.

The Pythons big guns all went off with a bang, with Paul ‘Chewy’ Scanlon, Luke Potts and Tim Bongetti taking it up to the previously undefeated Stonecats.

The Pythons led by 17 points at three-quarter time, and defended brilliantly in the final term to maintain that margin until the final siren.

In other games, Sorrento made it six wins on the trot with a 52-point victory over Seaford, with Leigh Poholke kicking four, while Jordan Capkin kicked five, and Jordan Moncrieff four, in Mt Eliza’s impressive 60-point victory over Rosebud at Emil Madsen Reserve.

And Edi-Asp showed its quality with a 25-point victory over Frankston Bombers at Greg Beck Oval.

Nick Carlon was the only multiple goal-kicker for the Eagles, kicking three, in a team that had eight players chip in with a goal apiece. Jason Kingsbury was outstanding for the Bombers.

In Division Two, Rye moved to fourth place on the ladder after slowing to a walk but holding on against Red Hill at the Showgrounds.

The Demons were dominant, 29 points ahead at three-quarter time, before Jono Ross inspired the Hillmen with a brilliant last term. The Hillmen kicked 5.4 to 1.1 in the final quarter, but fell short by two points.

Tom Baker and Tyrren Head were the key catalysts for the Demons.

Dromana heads into the interleague weekend with a six-zip record after the Tigers rode a brilliant third-term to a 38-point victory over Hastings.

The Tigers led by 12 points at the major break but an 8.7 to 5.2 third term put the four points beyond doubt. Terry Wheeler and the consistent Billy Quigley were outstanding for the Tigers while Tom Redmond gained top honours for the Blues.

Karingal had nine goal kickers in its 10.17.77 to 3.8.26 victory over Devon Meadows, while Jesse Murphy bagged six in Langwarrin’s 27-point win over Crib Point. Mykelti Lefau kicked five for the Magpies who are still chasing their first win for the season.

Chelsea forward Curtis Bywater snagged six goals in the Seagulls’ 42-point win over Somerville, while Pearcedale ruined Tyabb’s hopes of winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 with a 38-point win at Bunguyan Reserve.

The Panthers were always in control, leading by 24 points at half time and putting the issue to bed with a 6.3 to 0.3 third term. Luke Jennings kicked five and Aidan Simmons four for the winners, while Brad Harbinson and Matt Dimkos had a red-hot crack for the Yabbies.

 

SCORES

DIVISION ONE

Mornington        8.7.55                  v             Bonbeach           8.6.54

Sorrento              14.8.92                v             Seaford                5.10.40

Mt Eliza               17.9.111              v             Rosebud              6.15.51

Frankston            7.10.52                v             Edi-Asp                 11.11.77

YCW                     5.9.39                   v             Pines                     8.8.56

Ladder: Sorrento 24, YCW 24, Mt Eliza 20, Edi-Asp 20, Pines 12, Frankston 12, Bonbeach 12, Seaford 6, Rosebud 6, Mornington 4.

DIVISION TWO

Karingal               10.17.77              v             Dev Meadows    3.8.26

Tyabb                   10.11.71              v             Pearcedale          16.13.109

Crib Point            8.7.55                   v             Langwarrin          12.10.82

Dromana             16.16.112            v             Hastings               11.8.74

Red Hill                7.11.53                v             Rye                       8.7.55

Somerville           7.16.58                v             Chelsea                15.10.100

Ladder: Dromana 24, Karingal 20, Chelsea 20, Rye 16, Red Hill 14, Hastings 12, Langwarrin 10, Somerville 8, Devon Meadows 8, Pearcedale 8, Tyabb 4, Crib Point 0.