SORRENTO took just eight days to turn an embarrassing defeat into something a little more positive on Saturday, after beating Mt Eliza by one kick in MPNFL Division One football.
Good Friday would have been a game that the Sharks quickly wished to put behind them, given the game was billed as the biggest local clash in two decades. In good news for footy, the Sharks were able to do that, leading at every change and bringing home the four points.
Chris Dawes was hooked last week for missing goals that perhaps he otherwise would have kicked but he did get his hands on the pill enough to hit the post four times. On Saturday he booted four goals and paved the way for Sorrento to win the match.
Ryan Williams was dominant in the ruck, Tom Langford played his best game for the club and Zac Byrnes booted two goals in a lively performance from the middle.
Jordan Moncrieff was solid in attack for Mt Eliza, booting four goals while Ben Landry and Jordan Capkin were the best for the Redlegs.
Redlegs coach Troy Shannon has made it clear in 2018 that it will be a youth first policy at his football club.
Frankston Bombers has had a wonderful initiation into the new MPNFL Division One competition.
In round one, it went up against a traditional Division One club in Mt Eliza losing by just two points.
On Saturday in round two, it came up against Mornington, winning by an impressive 17 points. Suffice to say that the Bombers have stepped up to the higher competition and rightly have dibs on a top five position.
Its opponent on the other hand, in Mornington, has a little bit of work to do given it only beat Rosebud by less than two goals and lost this week to the Bombers, both “Division Two” teams.
The Bombers booted six goals to Mornington’s two in the final quarter to win 16.15 (111) to 14.10 (94).
On Saturday Jarrod Grant booted three for the Bombers while Joshua Chapman and Corey Micari were outstanding.
It was hard to go past Broden Bird as the best player on the ground after booting five goals for the Doggies. While Tom Hobbs and Kalen Bird were also first class for the Doggies.
A four-goal head start has cost Rosebud in its match against Bonbeach going down by 23 points, 7.15 (57) to 12.8 (80). Despite playing on their home deck the Buds allowed Bonbeach to boot four unanswered goals in the opening quarter before working their way back into the contest to trail by just eight points at half-time.
Trent Dennis-Lane was the difference between the side with seven goals, while Jackson Casey and Gary Carpenter were also instrumental in the win for the Sharks. For the Buds, Sean and Keegan Downie along with Josh Harris and Greg Bentley were outstanding.
Frankston YCW remains undefeated after an epic struggle against Seaford, winning by just two goals, 13.14 (92) to 12.8 (80).
This game once again highlighted what a tight competition Division One is going to be in 2018.
YCW coach Wayne Capp would have been proud of the fact that it was some of his younger players who lead from the front, including Lachlan Street, Michael Debenham, Josh Butland with four goals and Jake Lovett.
Seaford isn’t that far away and just needs to find consistency in a tight competition.
In the final game on Sunday at Regents Park, Edithvale-Aspendale kicked inaccurately but still got away with a ten-point victory over Pines.
The Eagles booted 12.20 (92) to 11.16 (82), a good effort from the Pythons considering the players still out of the team agged four and three respectively.