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PENINSULA LEAGUE

Ultimate prize: Frankston YCW capped off a fantastic season by seeing off Mornington 18.15 (123) to 5.6 (36) in Sunday’s Peninsula League Grand Final. Picture: Gary Bradshaw

Ultimate prize: Frankston YCW capped off a fantastic season by seeing off Mornington 18.15 (123) to 5.6 (36) in Sunday’s Peninsula League Grand Final. Picture: Gary Bradshaw

FRANKSTON YCW capped off a wonderful season by winning the Peninsula League premiership by a whopping 87 points over Mornington on Sunday.

The Stonecats have been by far the best side in the competition this season, having had a 77-point average winning margin this season.

On Sunday at the Kars St Oval, the Stonecats dominated to win 18.15 (123) to 5.6 (36).

Frankston YCW’s previous two encounters against Mornington saw them win by 10 goals and almost 15 goals.

On Sunday, it was much of the same.

The Stonecats were prepared, disciplined, clinical and professional, a trademark that has been with this clubs since the years of Josh Kendall, Paul Theobald, Joey Lane and Mark Berenger.

It graduated through the ‘Bugsy’ Barry years and is now front and centre in the current coach Scott Mathers. Mathers worked his way through the Under 18’s, like Buggsy, and has now coached back-to-back flags.

Mathers has ensured that this group stays hungry and professional.

When the final siren sounded on Sunday, players swarmed to tough midfielder Luke Collins, who was under a pack all day clearing the ball out to runners.

Collins had lost his father the night before the game – the passion for a teammate was testament to the YCW Football Club.

From the first bounce, there was a commitment to the cause from the Stonecats – they were first to the footy, relentless in their pressure and disciplined to their structures.

While Mornington was able to withstand the pressure in the first quarter, they just couldn’t maintain it.

The juggernaut put them to the sword in the second quarter and the game was over at half time, 11.9 (75) to 1.2 (8).

The Stonecats won the clearances, 33 to 29, such was the battle between Ash Eames and Michael Gay. Eames won the duel.

The Stonecats dominated the inside 50s, 55 to 38. Mornington’s entries were more a kick and hope arrangement.

Tony Lester was judged the RPP Best on Ground, voted by former Langwarrin premiership coach Gavin Artico, Jason Chapple, yours truly and Michael Voss.

Jack Mazurek was given the VCFL medal for best on ground – he was super also.

The Stonecats were superb.

League medal winner Kyle Hutchison booted four goals, along with Lew Roberts.

Jesse Coghlan was superb on Jackson Calder, Kevin Lylak, Byron Barry and Anthony Barry dominated in the back half. Ryan Santon and Brenton Credlin are two of the most outstanding youngsters in the competition and they were superb in the Grand Final.

Scott McLeod was brilliant when the game needed to be won in the first half with 12 possessions in the opening hour and Jai Coghlan was one of the best five players on the ground. Talk about leadership, Coghlan had it in spades.

Ben Tellis is a star. If you’re contemplating retirement legend, forget about it. He kicked two goals and had more than 15 possessions.

David Bodley (two goals), Paul Minchington (two goals), Brad Ulms and Anthony Bruhn (one goal) all looked dangerous when the ball went inside.

Daniel Waddell, despite all the years he has been at YCW (with a Dromana flag in between), finally won his first senior flag with the Stonecats. Knee injuries cost him in the past.

Craig Nankervis was simply brilliant. His work rate, along with Collingwood VFL player and local boy Lachy Wallace (23 possessions), were instrumental in the win.

It was a tough day for the Dogs.

Danny and Dale Nolan could hold their heads high after the game, along with Adam Symes, who is as tough as a cat’s head.

Jai Haddock was tireless, tough and relentless and Ryan O’Dell was superb. The Dogs can build their club around these two blokes.

The season belonged to the Frankston YCW. They were a pleasure to watch, on every occasion.

Congratulations needs to go to club president Gerry Wintle and his team – what a well-run, professional club that just oozes success.

Well done, Frankston YCW Football Club.

First published in the Frankston Times – 28 September 2015

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