What a round of MPNFL football

By David Nagel What a fantastic round of football in the MPNFL yesterday with significant upsets – and close finishes – the order of the day across both divisions. In Division One, Rosebud and Frankston caused the boilovers of the day defeating the top-two teams in Frankston YCW and Sorrento respectively. The Buds took a... View Article

By David Nagel

What a fantastic round of football in the MPNFL yesterday with significant upsets – and close finishes – the order of the day across both divisions.

In Division One, Rosebud and Frankston caused the boilovers of the day defeating the top-two teams in Frankston YCW and Sorrento respectively.

The Buds took a giant step towards survival in the top flight with a courageous win against the Stonecats, with three goals to two in the final term after scores were locked at three-quarter time.

Josh Harris was sensational for the Buds in defence while Keegan Downie booted three to see the Stonecats fall to back-to-back losses.

And Mt Eliza and Sorrento will test the Stonecats over the next two weeks of footy.

Frankston rode a roller-coaster ride to a 10-point victory over Sorrento at Greg Beck Oval.

The Bombers had the better of the first quarter but had to shake off a brave Sharks’ outfit that refused to throw in the towel. Like Rosebud, the Bombers kicked three goals to two in the final term to grind their way to victory.

Ryan Marks-Logan played a ripper for the winners, while Sam Fox was dangerous up forward with three.

In other games, Aaron Edwards returned to his best with seven goals in Pines’ 22-point victory over Mornington, Jack Williams and Jacko Casey were superb in Bonbeach’s 44-point win over Seaford, while Edi-Asp prevailed in a high-quality contest against Mt Eliza at Regents Park.

Michael Bussey was the difference between the two teams, slotting four, while the Eagles’ defence did a wonderful job of restricting the highest-scoring forward line in the competition.

Crib Point smashed out a huge rendition of its club theme-song after the Magpies claimed their first Division-Two victory of the season against Devon Meadows.

Leading by 10-points at three-quarter time, coach Nathan Johns asked his Magpies for the supreme home-ground effort in the final term.

“Our pressure is outstanding and our energy is spot on, we’ve got 27 minutes to go, 27 minutes to get our first ‘W’, “Johns roared.

“We do not stop, let’s hit 30 tackles for the quarter and hurt them harder for longer.”

The Magpies responded brilliantly, with Jacob ‘Snake’ Cook, Brendan Phillips and Rueben Jamieson repelling dangerous advances from the Panthers, who did lift their rating in the final term.

But a great mark and goal from Tim Daniel, at the 17-minute mark, put the champagne on ice before a snap from Brad Davidson popped the corks on a well-deserved victory for the Maggies.

“We’ve been sticking to our guns for the last month or so, really training hard, and it was our first four-quarter performance for the year,” said a delighted Johns after the match.

“The feeling is unbelievable. To come to the club and have my first senior win is fantastic and I’m going to enjoy it with the boys tonight, that’s for sure.

“It’s been tough at times but I’ve always kept positive and I know we can get something out of this group. I couldn’t be prouder today and hopefully, this is the start of something we can really build on.”

Johns acknowledged the efforts of his team, particularly the back half who stood tall under immense pressure in the final term.

“Especially ‘Snake’ (Cook), he’s been around the club a long time, and the boys really followed his leadership and composure down there. But our whole back seven were unreal today, I shouldn’t single anyone out.”

Langwarrin’s Jesse Murphy and Chelsea’s Curtis Bywater staged a Saturday-shootout at Lloyd Park.

Murphy kicked seven, and Bywater six, as the Kangaroos came from 19-points behind at three-quarter time to claim a thrilling one-point victory.

Blake Harkness led from the front for the Kangas, while Ben Graham joined Bywater as the best for the deflated Gulls.

Karingal also won by the narrowest of margins, riding a raucous home crowd to a 9.12.66 to 9.11.65 victory over Red Hill. The Bulls started the better, but the Hillmen worked their way into a winning position with six goals to three through the middle stages of the match.

But great last quarters from Aaron Paxton, Nathan Villella and Jake Archdeacon saw the Bulls prevail in a thriller.

In other games, Dromana kicked the sweep kicking 25 goals in a 111-point demolition of Pearcedale, while Andrejs Everitt showed his class with a seven-goal haul in Somerville’s 82-point victory over Tyabb.

And Hastings celebrated the 200th game of club stalwart Colin McVeigh with a 12.12.84 to 11.12.78 triumph over Rye.

SCORES AND LADDERS
MPNFL-1
Pines 15.9.99 defeated Mornington 11.11.77
Frankston 12.11.83 defeated Sorrento 11.7.73
Rosebud 10.12.72 defeated Frankston YCW 10.7.67
Bonbeach 14.8.92 defeated Seaford 6.12.48
Edi-Asp 12.12.84 defeated Mt Eliza 9.16.70
LADDER: Sorrento 24, Frankston YCW 24, Edi-Asp 24, Mt Eliza 20, Pines 16, Frankston 16, Bonbeach 16, Rosebud 10, Seaford 6, Mornington 4.
MPNFL-2
Karingal 9.12.66 defeated Red Hill 9.11.65
Crib Point 9.8.62 defeated Devon Meadows 6.11.47
Langwarrin 15.8.98 defeated Chelsea 14.13.97
Pearcedale 6.12.48 defeated by Dromana 25.9.159
Somerville 20.12.132 defeated Tyabb 7.8.50
Hastings 12.12.84 defeated Rye 11.12.78
LADDER: Dromana 28, Karingal 24, Chelsea 20, Hastings 16, Rye 16, Red Hill 14, Langwarrin 14, Somerville 12, Devon Meadows 8, Pearcedale 8, Tyabb 4, Crib Point 4.