Bonbeach stand alone at the top

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PENINSULA LEAGUE

Picture: Scott Memery

BONBEACH stands alone at the top of the MPNFL Peninsula Division ladder after handing out a 12 goal hiding to Langwarrin.

The Sharks have been in sensational form in the past eight weeks and have knocked over both of the 2016 grand finalists, YCW and Mt Eliza.

There is no question that the race for the 2017 title is well and truly on.

Edithvale-Aspendale has now emerged as a genuine contender too after leading all day to beat Frankston YCW.

The sixth-placed Eagles are on six wins, locked together with Mt Eliza, who currently hold down fifth place after a solid victory against Chelsea.

It’s important to put into context that Bonbeach, despite being a game clear at the top, has played one additional game, having played Chelsea on the Queen’s Birthday weekend when all other teams had a bye. Regardless, they are a game clear at the top.

On Saturday, the two-pronged Bonbeach forward line of Trent Dennis-Lane and reigning league medallist Shane McDonald booted seven and four goals respectively between them.

Darcy James was also superb for the Sharks with a couple of goals and Jackson Sole and Gary Carpenter are two players that just don’t play a bad game.

Young key defender Mitch Cuthbert continues to improve for the Kangas and the silky Michael Parker was at his best.

Edithvale-Aspendale booted five goals to two in the final quarter to record an outstanding 28 point victory over the reigning premiers.

Just four points separated the sides at half time and it was just nine at three quarter time.

Michael Meehan was at his best for the Eagles with six goals while ruckman Chris Wylie was dominant.

Anthony Barry was front and centre for the Stonecats again while Kyle Hutchison was also good.

Aaron Walton booted four goals and Rourke Fischer was dominant for Seaford in their 12.14 (86) to 9.9 (63) victory over Karingal.

Mt Eliza was able to turn the tables from earlier in the season, dominating across three quarters to beat Chelsea.

The Redlegs booted seven behinds in the first quarter before booting six of the next seven goals to record 11.16 (82) to 8.4 (52).

Justin Van Unen booted four goals and Shane Tennant three while Darren Booth was back to his best.

Simon Mitchelhill was the best of the Gulls.

In the final game, Pines overcame a slow start to beat Mornington comfortably.

The Pythons kicked 15 goals to five after quarter time.

First published in the Frankston Times – 26 June 2017

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