Friday Preview – Finals Week 2 2016

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Take-off for Bombers

By Toe Punt

Minor Premiers Frankston Bombers begin their assault on the 2016 Nepean League premiership when they host Rosebud at RJ Rowley Reserve on Saturday.

The Bombers finished a game clear at the top of the ladder, their only three losses for the season coming at the hands of Somerville (52 points in Rnd 2), Hastings (18 points in Rnd 3) and Sorrento (44 points in Round 10).

The Bombers have won their past six matches, including a convincing 9.10.64 to 4.7.31 victory against Rosebud at Greg Beck Oval back in Round Nine.

Both of these teams will shape up a bit differently when they meet in today’s second Semi-Final.

In that Round Nine match, Frankston went in without Luke James, who has booted 12 goals in five games, Brian O’Carroll, who has given them versatility through the middle and half back, Ryan Kitchen, one of the better ruckmen in the competition, Scott Foster, a hit-up player across half forward and Allan Williams, who can play on smalls and talls in defence.

Rosebud go into today’s game with four premiership players who didn’t play the last time the sides met. Rhys Bancroft is an elite midfielder, Chris Zurek an uncompromising defender, Glenn Peterson, a lively forward, Matt Baker, the side’s strongest defender and Anthony Pegg, who hasn’t put a foot wrong in his eight games this season.

Barring any injuries at training throughout the week, Frankston will go in with its strongest possible side.

Unfortunately, a hamstring injury to Rosebud star Greg Bentley in the last quarter against Devon Meadows two weeks ago (one could ask what he was still doing on the ground in the last quarter when his side was 80 points up!) will probably see the competition’s Rolls Royce sidelined for another week.

Regardless of not having Bentley last week against Somerville in the Qualifying Final, the Buds were still able to get the job done.

This should be a fascinating contest – the Bombers deserve to be favourite, given their final ladder position and the fact they have already beaten Rosebud this season.

The Bombers are also the new kids on the block and there is a weight of expectation that they will win the flag – both internally and externally.

How do the Bombers cope with that pressure, that excitement, that inexperience in finals matches?

Personally, I believe the Bombers have weapons everywhere.

Dale and Brett Sutton in the middle, along with Sam Fox, make a solid starting four with Ryan Kitchen in the ruck. ‘Kitch’ does come-up against the best ruckman in the game today in Ben Dwyer.

In attack, Zac Longham, the underrated Michael Maiorinio, Scott Foster and Luke James make-up both a potent and dangerous forward half and in defence, Ryan Marks-Logan, Muston, Jarryd Amalfi, Jay Page, Williams and O’Carroll make-up an elite back six.

Jason Kingsbury is one of the best stoppers in the game, Josh Francis and Tim Chapman go unnoticed but can be damaging and Corey Micari, who dominated in the ruck the last time the sides played, is comfortable at either end of the ground or in the ruck.

They also have the best stats man in the caper in Ryan “Chua” Murdoch!

It looks impressive for the Bombers.

They do come-up against a hardened finals contender and the reigning premier. We saw last week that the Buds step-up to the plate when the business needs to be done.

The Buds work for one-another, support one another, always do the team thing and make good decisions.

Bancroft, along with Payne, Spooner and Dwyer, are superb in the pivot.

Nick Boswell provides the run and drive from defence, although the Bombers got under his skin the last time they played, while Keegan Downie and Ben Shultz get the job done in attack.

The thing that concerns me with Rosebud is the fact they dominated for three and half quarters last week against Somerville and almost lost the match.

Had the Eagles been accurate in the last quarter, Rosebud would be playing in a First Semi today.

The smaller Rye ground will suit Rosebud more than Bombers. They like it in close, like contested footy, stoppages and won’t want the Bombers to get it on the outside.

Regardless, the Bombers will get it on the outside enough to kick a winning score.



Position:                              First

Wins/Losses:                     13/3

Ave Points For:                 106 (17.7 goals) – Ranked 1

Ave Points Agst:               61 (10.2 goals) – Ranked 2

Biggest win:                        152 points v Tyabb (Rnd 12)

Biggest loss:                       54 points v Somerville (Rnd 2)

Ave Winning margin:      64 points

Ave Losing margin:          38 points

Goal Kickers:                      Michael Maiorinio 37, Zac Longham 37, Sam Fox 29, Luke James 12



Position:                              Second

Wins/Losses:                     12/3/1

Ave Points For:                 90 (15 goals) – Ranked 5

Ave Points Agst:               54 (9 goals) – Ranked 1

Biggest win:                        106 points v Tyabb (Rnd 11)

Biggest loss:                       103 points v Hastings (Rnd 2)

Ave Winning margin:      59 points

Ave Losing margin:          45 points

Goal Kickers:                      K Downie 44, B Shultz 26, G Bentley 16, R Spooner 13, A Rose 13


First Semi Final

Somerville needs to lick its wounds and bounce back against Hastings at Devon Meadows on Sunday.

These sides have met twice this season and both times the Eagles have been able to get the chocolates. The first time was an embarrassment for the Blues at home while the return clash less than a month ago at Somy was a great game of local footy.

Hastings is highly likely to go into the game without star forward Colin McVeigh (reported for striking in the last quarter against Red Hill last week) and one of the comps premier ruckman, Josh Mulheron, who was helped from the field early in the third quarter last week and didn’t return with what appeared to be an ankle or knee injury.

Somerville on the other hand will get back underrated tough defender Kane McKenzie from a groin injury – he is rarely beaten and usually is the obvious match-up for McVeigh.

The Eagles can take a positive out of last week that some of their stars were well held and as a team they were dominated for more than three quarters, however, they got within a point in the last quarter and had they kicked straight, could have won it.

Hastings was superb last week against Red Hill. They were disciplined, defended well, pressed extremely well and moved the ball in an exciting fashion and into attack.

The Blues will fancy their chances. They had their opportunities against the Eagles last time but failed to capitalise.

On paper, Somerville has more weapons and we saw what they can do in 15 minutes when they get a sniff – I think they win, just!



Position:                              Third

Wins/Losses:                     12/4

Ave Points For:                 103 (17.2 goals) – Ranked 2

Ave Points Agst:               71 (11 goals) – Ranked 4

Biggest win:                        112 points v Tyabb (Rnd 4)

Biggest loss:                       45 points v Somerville (Rnd 10)

Ave Winning margin:      51 points

Ave Losing margin:          34 points

Goal Kickers:                      L Rowe 36, T Shaw 27, B Crowe 25, B Rolfe 26, J Sutton 23, R Hogenbirk 19



Position:                              Fourth

Wins/Losses:                     10/6

Ave Points For:                 96 (16 goals) – Ranked 3

Ave Points Agst:               73 (12 goals) – Ranked 5

Biggest win:                        139 points v Tyabb (Rnd 9)

Biggest loss:                       46 points v Rosebud (Rnd 12)

Ave Winning margin:      52 points

Ave Losing margin:          30 points

Goal Kickers:                      L Hewitt 42, C McVeigh 42, S Foster 27, D Alanis 25, P Rogasch 16



Netball Preview – Preliminary Finals

Week 2 of finals action in the Nepean FNL Netball. A fantastic first week was held down at Rosebud, with great contests in all grades made it exciting to watch. We have had 4 teams progress on to the Grand Finals next week at Tyabb, so well done to Crib Point, Devon Meadows and Rosebud on making the biggest game of the year.

This week brings about another opportunity to make the Grand Final. Let’s look across the four grades for the games being contested today.


A Grade – Tyabb v Somerville | Last time they met: R13 – Tyabb 41 Def Somerville 20

The Yabbies would have gone into last week’s game against Crib Point very confident. Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be with Tyabb going down by 4 points. On the flip side Somerville had a 4 point win over Devon Meadows in a tough game. The Eagles certainly did well to hold off the Panthers. This week will be an interesting game as last time they met in round 13 Tyabb had a 21 point win. No doubt with a spot in the Grand Final on the line anything can happen.


B Grade – Somerville v Frankston | Last time they met: R2 – Somerville 49 Def Frankston 32

What a game between Somerville and Devon Meadows last week. Both side brought their ‘A’ games and it was a delight to watch. If this were to be the Grand Final match it will be a cracking game. Frankston were just too strong for Crib Point last week and sent a reminder to their Eagles and Panther friends that they are not to be forgotten. A brilliant display of netball from the Bombshells will see them have that chance of playing on Grand Final day. Last time these two sides met it was way back in round 2, so hard to judge on who will take this one out.

C Grade – Crib Point v Somerville | Last time they met: R16 – Crib Point 22 Drew Somerville 22

Could you ask for a better match up! These sides only played each other 2 weeks ago, for the game to end in a draw. What a game to have before the Grand Final. Their won’t be too much separating either side and the victor will be the side who wants it more on the day, so the girl better turn up to play!


U17 Grade – Dromana v Sorrento | Last time they met: R12 – Dromana 23 Def Sorrento 14

Dromana will be coming out all guns blazing this week against Sorrento. The Tigers weren’t at their best last week when they went down to Rosebud by 15 points. Sorrento continued their good form and defeated Red Hill by 16 points, and will give themselves a real shot of taking ‘W’. It will be a big test for the Sharks and they will need to be at their best to knock off the Tigers, coming off a big loss.