Pythons win grand final rematch

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DIVISION ONE

Flying to victory: Pines claimed a 39 point victory in the grand final rematch against Sorrento. Picture: Andrew Hurst

PINES have put Sorrento through another day of misery at Frankston Park, taking all four points in a rematch of last year’s grand final.

Both teams played off in one of the most thrilling grand finals in history last year, with Pines eventually claiming the win with a point after the siren. This is the first time the two sides have met since that day.

Early on it looked as if things would end up close again, with the lead changing hands at each break of play. Neither side led by more than a kick at any break.

Pines led by two points at three-quarter-time, and blew the Sharks out of the water in the final term. A seven goals to one last term saw Pines secure the win 16.10 (106) to 9.13 (67).

Aaron Edwards had a huge impact for Pines, kicking four goals.

The match was a curtain raiser for the Frankston Dolphins’ VFL clash with North Melbourne. The Dolphins performed valiantly and snapped a 20 match losing streak to defeat the Kangaroos 16.14 (110) to 8.12 (60).

At Emil Madsen Reserve, Edithvale-Aspendale scored an important win on the road against Mt Eliza.

The Eagles have struggled badly this year, and have hovered dangerously above the bottom of the ladder all season. They signalled their intentions with a strong four goals to one first term, but the Redlegs had worked their way back into the contest by half time.

Edi-Asp’s chances of picking up the win were helped by their excellent form in front of goal. At half time they had put seven goals on the board without registering a minor score.

The Redlegs could only manage one goal in a low scoring third quarter, as Edi-Asp took their lead out to nine points. They were able to hold Mt Eliza off and get the win 8.15 (63) to 13.4 (82).

The victory is Edi-Asp’s second for the year. It puts them a game ahead of Mornington, who find themselves in danger of relegation. Nicholas Connellan was named as Edi-Asp’s best on the day.

At Greg Beck Oval, the Frankston Bombers grinded out a good win at home over Rosebud.

Rosebud were well on top in the first half, holding the Bombers to just one behind and going into half time with a very comfortable 37 point lead.

The Bombers had to dig deep to fight their way back, and dig deep they did.

A six goals to zero blitz helped the Bombers sneak their way back into the lead going into the final quarter. They were able to hold on to snatch a character building six point win. The final score read 11.4 (70) to 9.9 (63).

The Bombers put on a defensive masterclass in the second half, limiting the Buds to just two scoring shots. The win puts them within striking distance of the top six.

Bonbeach also had a good afternoon at home, securing a win over Frankston YCW.

The Sharks got the jump on the Stonecats early, and looked in control at half time. They lead by 19 points at the main break.

The Stonecats weren’t able to do much to chip the lead back in the second half. They blew the chance of victory with a poor performance in front of goal. They kicked 6.13 for the afternoon.

Bonbeach have Trent Dennis-Lane to thank for the win, as the former AFL player booted five majors. The final score was Bonbeach 10.6 (66) to YCW 6.13 (49).

Dromana kept up their excellent form this year, defeating bottom of the ladder Mornington with ease.

The Tigers have proved they can hang with their Division One opponents this season, and currently sit in second place with just two defeats to their name.

Determined not to add another against the Bulldogs, Dromana applied scoreboard pressure all day and eventually secured the four points with an 11.9 (75) to 17.14 (116) win.

First published in the Frankston Times – 17 June 2019

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