Friday Preview – Finals Week 1 2016

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It’s the business end

By Toe Punt

After 16 rounds of intense MPNFL Nepean Division footy that kicked-off way back on Good Friday, we come to the business end of the season.

Seven teams were never going to fit into five and it was Sorrento and Rye that missed out on finals action. At different stages throughout the season, both claims had claims to a top-five finish.


Elimination Final

For either Hastings or Red Hill, one of these teams will bow-out of 2016.

Strangely enough, these two sides met in the Elimination Final last season also. On that occasion, the Hillmen kicked six unanswered goals in the opening quarter and hung-on to win by 27 points.

In 2016, the Blues and Hillmen met just once.

Hastings kicked six of the first seven goals of the match before the Hillmen turned it around and somehow got their noes in front by half time.

Red Hill led by three points at three quarter time before booting six goals to two in the last quarter to win 16.9.105 to 12.7.79.

Jon Ross and Harry Larwill booted four each for the winners while Jonah Siverson and Benny Poole dominated.

Luke Clark and Luke Hewitt booted three each for the Blues and Nathan Gray and Matt Clifford were named amongst their best.

Both teams have wobbled into the finals.

Hastings has lost four of its past six matches, including a smacking at the hands of Frankston last week, while Red Hill has lost three of its final four games against Dromana (three points), Somerville (17 points) and Sorrento (55 points).

That’s not a great form line.

Hastings needs to get back to all-out attack and give dangerous forwards in Clark, McVeigh and Hewitt every opportunity to take on their opponent one-out.

Red Hill needs to get back to be being down and dirty and some players need to stop drinking their own bath water.

Red Hill’s game is to work their backsides off and not wait for others to do it for them. Forwards need to hunt their own footy and not wait for the cheapies over the back. They know who they are!

Red Hill’s leg speed and quick ball movement has been a problem for the Blues. Somerville and Frankston cut the Blues-up too with quick ball movement.

Hastings is aware of it but doesn’t seem to have found the ability to stop it right now.

I say take the game on Blues. Sure, defend, but go long and direct and ask some questions of the opposition defence.

The Numbers


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 41, C McVeigh 40, S Foster 26, D Alanis 24, P Rogasch 16


Red HIll

Position:                              Fifth

Wins/Losses:                     10/6

Ave Points For:                 77 (12.9 goals) – Ranked 7

Ave Points Agst:               67 (11.2 goals) – Ranked 3

Biggest win:                        69 points v Pearcedale (Rnd 9)

Biggest loss:                       55 points v Sorrento (Rnd 16)

Ave Winning margin:      32 points

Ave Losing margin:          26 points

Goal Kickers:                      H Larwill 27, J Dalton 17, J Mold 16, T McEnroe 12


Qualifying Final

We all know that Rosebud has the wood on Somerville, winning at least eight of their past eight matches.

In 2013, the Buds and Eagles met in round four (Rosebud by 19 points) and round 13 (Rosebud by 10 points)

In 2014, they met in round eight, Rosebud winning by 65 points.

Both clubs missed the finals in 2013 and 2014.

In 2015, they met three times. In that season, they met four times – in round six (Rosebud by 11 points), round 13 (Rosebud by 5 points), in the second semi (Rosebud by 16 points and the Grand Final, which Rosebud won by 20 points after trailing by eight points at three quarter time.

In 2016, we had to wait until Round 10 before we got the replay of the 2015 Grand Final.

Rosebud jumped out of the blocks on that day and kicked the first seven goals of the game, ending the contest at Olympic Park there and then.

After the first change, Rosebud just outscored Somerville 7.9 to 7.8.

Ben Shultz booted four for the winners and Nick Boswell and Keegan Downie two each. Ben Dywer dominated Justin Farrelly in the ruck and Chris Dew and Jack Jarman played important stopping roles.

Jed Sutton kicked three for the Eagles on a day that they failed to name any best players.

The Buds come into this game having won their past seven games on the trot.

They have the leanest defence in the competition and an impressive average winning margin of 59 points.

The Buds are a ‘role-playing’ side but have a nice sprinking of A-graders including Dwyer, Ryan Spooner, Greg Bentley, Keegan Downie, Nick Boswell, Seb Krumeich and Rhys Bancroft

Players such as Rose, Jarman, Zurek, Stephens, Bos, Dew and Peterson do their job most weeks – you know what you get from them.

They Buds must go in as favorites.

Somerville needs to find a way to get through the defence.

The Eagles have won six on the trot, their last loss coming against Rosebud in round 10.

Skipper Justin Farrelly has the most important role for the day for the Eagles – he has to stop Ben Dwyer, who beats him on most occasions.

Tim McGennis, Adrian Speedy and Justin Allsop need to get their hands on the footy. McGennis will have a stopper (likely Jarman), so teammates need to support him.

Josh Westerman gets the job on Bentley or Boswell.

Should be another cracker but Rosebud gets the chocolates again for mine.

The Numbers


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 43, B Shultz 25, G Bentley 16, R Spooner 13, A Rose 12



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 26, B Crowe 25, B Rolfe 25, J Sutton 23, R Hogenbirk 19



Netball Preview Nepean FNL – 2016 Semi Finals

And now only four teams remain in the 2016 season. Congratulations to all teams for a terrific season of Nepean Netball across all grades.

We wish all teams that have made the finals all the best of luck over the next few weeks. It is an exciting time of year, and hopefully, the weather gods will look after us.

Let us take a look at the A grade games for this week…


Crib Point V Tyabb

The top two sides of the Competition will battle it out to see who will go straight into the Grand Final. Crib Point are coming off a big 33 point win over Somerville and seem ready to take on Tyabb. If Ebony McDermott is on song early, she may be damaging on the scoreboard. Tyabb had a tougher game last week against Pearcedale and will need to be at their best if they are to be a chance today.  Tyabb will be relying on Jessica Mann and Kellie Anderson for the accuracy at the net. Last time they met was way back in Round 5 with Crib Point taking the points in a tight contest. This game will be no different with both teams keen to take the easy path to the Grand Final.


Somerville V Devon Meadows

Somerville is coming off the loss to Cribby last round and shouldn’t underestimate Devon Meadows. Devon had a strong win over Rosebud in what could be excellent preparation for this elimination match. Devons Emily Van Roye and Brooke Dehey were terrific last week and will need support if they are going to reverse the loss back in round 8 against Sommy.