Friday Preview – Finals Week 3 2016

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Battle of the Blues

By Toe Punt

 Before we kick-off with the preview for the all-important Preliminary Final today, I want to congratulate Beau Muston (coach) and the 22 players who were selected in the 2016 Nepean Division Team of the Year.

There were just three players (Paul Rogasch, Ryan Mullett and Christian Ongarello) who went back to back in the TOTY, which gives you a pretty good indication of the quality of talent in the competition.

The team is selected on the back of Team of the Year nominations from each coach. Each coach is asked to provide their TOTY, based on their best knowledge.

The nominations of all the players are then tallied and yours truly, as Chairman of Selectors, puts the team together.

Given the weight of nominations, rarely is there a case where one player needs to be chosen above another. It wasn’t the case in 2016. The 22 players selected received the greatest number of coaches nominations.

Beau Muston received the most amount of votes for Coach of the Year. Missing the five last year to a Grand Final in 2016 is pretty good justification.

Greg Bentley has been a significant player in the competition this season, dominating through the middle and kicking goals. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player award, again, nominated by coaches.

Preliminary Final

The stage is really set for what should be a sensational 2016 Preliminary Final, the winner of course playing Frankston Bombers in the Grand Final at Frankston Park next Saturday.

Rosebud was never in the contest at Rye against Frankston and despite getting within nine points early in the third and 14 points early in the last, they never looked like winning the game.

Hastings was super impressive in their match on Sunday against Somerville. The Blues should have been a lot further in front early in the match but missed opportunities.

Many thought the run in the Blues’ legs was gone at three-quarter time against Somerville – it was quite the opposite in the end.

The Blues and the Buds have met twice this season, the first time in Round Two when the Blues won by more than 100 points at home.

The Buds were able to reverse that result with a resounding 46-point victory at Rosebud in Round 12.

The stats say there is little between the teams, the Buds averaging one less goal on average and the Blues conceding three more per week on average.

Both teams thrive on contested footy and both defend first and attack second.

Rosebud should be boosted by the return of some very important players this week.

Greg Bentley will be back from a hamstring, Brenton Davidge expects to be back from bruised ribs and Chris Zurek should have overcame some groin soreness.

It does make selection tough though because Jackson McRae was very good last week in defence for the Buds and could get the job on Shaun Foster, Matt Clifford, Col McVeigh or Luke Hewitt.

Defensively, Hastings is playing some superb footy. Their structures are spot-on with Paul Rogasch and Brendan Dunne holding it together with Lance Brouwer and the likes of Jake Hewitt, Andrew Booth and Terry Green adding to the cause.

Scott Jansen and Stevey Robb were brilliant last week while Devereaux, Mawson and Gray are really good ball users.

Luke Clark was a weapon last week, running through the middle, helping down back and hitting the scoreboard. His last month has been superb.

The Blues are playing great footy at the right time.

The Buds need to get some goals out of Ben Shultz and Keegan Downie. Downie was great in terms of work rate last week but was too far from goal to cause any scoreboard damage. That’s a win for the opposition.

The small forwards of the Buds need to create some defensive pressure this week. Ryan Spooner, Rhys Bancroft, Ben Dwyer, Brenton Payne, Sean Downie and Ben Dwyer can’t do everything.

Collectively they were match winners against Somerville in week one and were the best players last week.

They need help!

The Buds’ last five quarters of footy have been patchy at best. An extra day’s break might be beneficial if the game is tight at the end.

The Blues have played some tremendous footy in the past month.

I think the Blues get the job done at Tyabb today in a tough and hard game of footy.


The Stats



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 45, B Shultz 26, G Bentley 16, R Spooner 13, A Rose 13



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 – Grand Finals

Grand Final week is here! Well don’t to all teams whom made finals and well done to all sides who have made the Grand Final. It is no easy venture to get here and only hard work and some luck will get you into this day. There will be a winning team, a losing team but one thing is for sure we will get 4 great contests today.

A Grade – Crib Point v Tyabb | Last time they met: 2nd Semi Final Crib Point 46 Def Tyabb 42

The big day and we have no doubt the two best sides from 2016 in the last dance. Crib Point season has been none short of fantastic. An undefeated season, besides a draw with Tyabb, is a great feat from any side. Today is Crib Point’s chance of rewarding themselves for the season. Whilst making the Grand Final is a reward enough the Magpies won’t accept anything less than a win. Tyabb have once again back up another great season, and today they have the chance to back up last year’s flag. The Yabbies have been the closest team to defeating Crib Point and this will go far in helping them with preparations for today. Tyabb will go in as the underdog but they won’t mind that tag as the pressure won’t be on them.

B Grade – Devon Meadows v Somerville | Last time they met: 2nd Semi Final Devon Meadows 31 Def Somerville 30

Round 2 for the Panthers and Eagles in 2 weeks. In a close game it was Devon who snuck over the line to guarantee themselves a spot on this day. Although the job is not done yet the Panthers will be confident they can get the job done again, this time with a prize at the end. Somerville have had a terrific season, and are one of the teams to beat. They will feel that they need to even the score today with Devon Meadows and if they do it will be a great prize for them at the end.
C Grade – Devon Meadows v Somerville | Last time they met: R8 Devon Meadows 26 Def Somerville 19

It has been a while since these two sides crossed paths but things can always change after half a season. Devon have been the form side of late and will look to continue that form into today game. Somerville though are here to spoil the party, and will need to bring their best game to get the ‘w’ and the flag.


U17 Grade – Rosebud v Sorrento | Last time they met: R14 – Rosebud 27 Drew Sorrento 27

Many would have thought that this year’s Grand Final would have seen Dromana in it after their great season, but well done to both Rosebud and Sorrento for evicting them from the final series for their own successes. Rosebud will want to correct last year’s results with a win today but Sorrento will be looking to gain their own success and write themselves into the history books. Not much separating these two teams and this game will go down to the wire.