Stonecats all alone on top



Picture: Andrew Hurst

FRANKSTON YCW sits alone at the top of the MPNFL Division One ladder after beating Bonbeach in miserable conditions, 6.11 (47) to 4.8 (32), at the John Coburn Oval on Saturday.

The Stonecats took full advantage of the wind conditions in the opening quarter, booting 3.2 (20) to 1.0 (6), before holding off Bonbeach in the last quarter, restricting the Sharks to one goal only.

The game was played in typical YCW vs Bonbeach fashion, leaving no room for players who fail to put their head over the footy.

Jai Coglan and Paul Minchington for the Stonecats while BJ Credlin was arguably the best player on the ground.

Darcy James, Ben Hogan and Matt Douglas were the best for the Sharks.

Edithvale-Aspendale remains in touch with the top five despite trailing all day against Mornington.

The Eagles trailed at every change before booting two goals seven to one behind in the final term to win 5.13 (43) to 4.9 (33).

A good effort considering the player points breach against Bonbeach a couple of weeks ago which saw them lose their points and percentage for that game.

In terms of the Doggies, they would have been shattered with their final quarter performance. Its second quarter they booted just five behinds and really could have set up a victory.

It was great to see Brett O’Hanlon back at his best while Liam Harris and Michael Meehan were also catalysts in the victory.

Frankston Bombers celebrated a powerful victory against Seaford on Saturday winning at home 7.12 (54) to 4.4 (28). The reality is the margin should have been a lot more given the Bombers had 19 scoring shots to just eight, not to mention the Bombers restricted Seaford to a single goal in three quarters of footy.

Ryan Marks-Logan was named the best player on the ground while Ben Northover once again proved what a handy recruit he has been with another outstanding performance.

David and Ben Howlett were the best of the Tigers while Aaron Walton rarely lets his team down.

Pines finally registered its account and moved straight into sixth place on the ladder with its first win of the season against Mt Eliza, winning 13.5 (83) to 8.12 (60).

In a high scoring and entertaining clash, the game marked the return of the all important, and arguably the league’s best player, Aaron Edwards. Aaron was one of four Pines players to boot multiple goals while dominant mid fielder Paul Scanlon and Corey Ash were instrumental in the win.

For Mt Eliza, who lead at half time, Lachlan Young was named best while the returning Kyle Docherty and Blaine Coates were also solid performers.

Sorrento overcame a slow start and booted nine goals to two after quarter time to beat Rosebud by 30 points 11.15 (81) to 6.15 (51). Sorrento have now won two games on the trot and it was the familiar names that got them over the line on Saturday.

Chris Dawes booted four goals up front while Leigh Poholke and James Tomkins booted two goals each, James Brigden and James Hallohan were among their best.

While there were some names missing for the Sharks there were some new faces who stepped up to the plate.

Sean and Keegan Downie were Rosebud’s best along with Fletcher Hustwaite and the important Greg Bentley.

First published in the Mornington News – 17 April 2018


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