A HUGE crowd turned out to watch Brownlow medalist Dane Swan debut for Pines on Saturday.
Swan, a premiership player with Collingwood at AFL level, signed for Pines during the week. He had previously been playing for St Kilda City in the Southern Football League.
It was a big celebration for Pines, who hosted Frankston Bombers on Saturday. The Pythons went ahead by four goals in the opening term, and never looked back.
Three final-quarter goals from Swan was the cherry on top of an excellent afternoon for the Pythons. Pines defeated the Bombers 14.15 (99) to 5.5 (35).
Beau Hendry also booted three goals for Pines. Shane Savage kicked two.
Sorrento hosted Frankston YCW on Saturday in a battle of the traditional MPFNL powerhouses.
The two dominant sides of the 2010s traded blows in a tense first half. Sorrento went into the half-time break ahead by a point.
The Stonecats took back the lead in the third term, but only by a narrow three point margin.
Frankston YCW stormed home in the final quarter to wrap up the win. They scored five goals to one to finish the job.
The Stonecats defeated Sorrento 8.7 (55) to 13.9 (87). Brenton Credlin, Luca Goonan, and Blake Mullane were named in the best for YCW.
Ladder leaders Dromana had a good day at home last weekend. They defeated Bonbeach by 71 to stretch their undefeated streak for the season to 11 games.
Mt Eliza were narrow 14 point winners over Langwarrin on Saturday. Red Hill also scored a close win – the Hillmen beat Rosebud by 10 points.
MORNINGTON survived a late scare to defeat Devon Meadows last Saturday.
The Bulldogs raced out of the blocks in front of their home crowd. They went into the quarter-time break ahead by 28 points.
Mornington led throughout the day. At the final break of play the Bulldogs were in front by 22 points.
Devon Meadows scored four goals in the final term to get within six points of the Bulldogs. Although they got close, they didn’t quite do enough to get over the line.
Mornington triumphed over Devon Meadows 14.10 (94) to 13.10 (88).
Jackson Calder scored three goals for Mornington. He now has 19 goals in his last four matches.
Karingal remain undefeated for the 2023 season after a hard-fought win over Chelsea. The Bulls beat the Seagulls away from home 8.10 (58) to 12.18 (90).
Edithvale-Aspendale kept touch with the top five by beating Seaford. They bested the Tigers by 29 points 12.11 (83) to 7.12 (54).
Fellow finals contenders Hastings picked up a handy nine-point win over Tyabb on Saturday. Somerville beat Pearcedale by two goals, and Crib Point handily beat Rye to close out the round.
NEXT WEEK’S GAMES
Bonbeach v Langwarrin, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Bonbeach Reserve
Dromana v Rosebud, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul,Dromana Recreation Reserve
Frankston Bombers v Frankston YCW, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Baxter Park
Mt. Eliza v Red Hill, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Emil Madsen Reserve
Pines v Sorrento, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Eric Bell Reserve
Pearcedale v Chelsea, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Pearcedale Recreation Reserve
Crib Point v Hastings, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Crib Point Recreation Reserve
Devon Meadows v Somerville, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Glover Reserve
Karingal v Edithvale-Aspendale, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Karingal Football Club\
Tyabb v Mornington, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, Bunguyan Reserve
Seaford v Rye, 2PM, Sat, 01 Jul, RF Miles Recreation Reserve
First published in the Mornington News – 27th June 2023