Sharks finish off Hillmen title challenge

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Getting away with it: Dromana surged away over Somerville at the weekend.Picture: Andrew Hurst

SORRENTO flexed its muscles again on Saturday and in doing so highlighted once again that Red Hill is not capable of winning the 2017 Nepean Division premiership.

In another really important game for the Hillmen, they simply weren’t able to match the power of the Sharks and struggled to get the ball forward of centre to kick goals.

The Hillmen have now lost to Frankston, Hastings and now Sorrento, all at home.

On Saturday it lost 11.18 (84) to 6.8 (44).

The Red Hill defence held up OK but when the opposition has a forward line consisting of Leigh Poholke, Chris Dawes and Nick Corp, it’s hard to contain.

Red Hill coach Tony Blackford said after the game that “it’s achievable to hold a couple but it’s near impossible to hold them all”.

Blackford was right. Poholke was held to one goal and Corp didn’t bother the scorers, however, Chris Dawes booted five.

Luke Tapscott was the best player on the park and completely dominated through the middle in the absence of Red Hill’s Ben Poole and Chris Irving.

Poole and Irving are Red Hill’s best inside midfielders and them not being there on Saturday hurt them.

Poole has finally succumbed to a bad knee and has decided that he can’t push his body through it any more. He retired before the game. Irving will be back next week.

Sorrento had some good news of their own through the week with the signature of Cayden Beetham, who will return as a one-point player. Andrew Lovett was also at the ground on Saturday watching and has been sighted at training.

Dromana made it three wins on the trot and their tails are up after beating Somerville 14.9 (93) to 10.17 (77).

Somerville once again had the better of the opposition in the first half but could only manage 4.11 to 7.5 in the first hour. Last week they had three more scoring shots that Sorrento at halftime but trailed.

Sam Fowler makes a significant difference to the Tigers and his three goals were significant.

Timmy McGennis played his best game of the season for the Eagles while Jake Neuchew played his first game and shone.

Rye made it back-to-back wins too against Crib Point but were made to work for it.

The Magpies led at the long break but Rye booted seven goals to three after the break to win 11.12 (78) to 8.8 (56). Rye has five U19s in the side currently and all of them are getting better every week.

Jai Lloyd was also a very handy addition, back from Sandringham for the remainder of the season.

Hastings got back on the winner’s list against an undermanned Pearcedale. According to coach Leigh Stewart, the Dales are minus 13 of their best players at the minute through injury.

Shaun Foster booted five for the Blues with David Hirst and Luke Clark kicking three each in the 17.12 (114) to 8.10 (58) victory.

Rosebud kicked atrociously again on Saturday but still managed a 15.28 (118) to 4.4 (28) win against Tyabb. Keegan Downie nailed four and Matt Baker three for the Buds.

Frankston Bombers took three quarters to find something and beat Devon Meadows.

The Bombers trailed all afternoon, including by 18 points at three-quarter time.

However, a five goal to one point final quarter saw the Bombers win 9.11 (65) to 7.10 (52).

Defenders Ryan Marks-Logan, Jarryd Amalfi and Corey Buchan were significant in the Bombers’ win.

First published in the Frankston Times – 5 June 2017

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