Sharks secure top spot on ladder



Messi contest: Ethan Johnstone scores off the ground in Dromana’s scrappy win over Bonbeach. Picture: Andrew Hurst

SORRENTO have all but locked up the top spot on the ladder after a hard fought win against Mornington on Saturday.

Sorrento made the big road trip to Alexandra Park keen to get a win over the bottom placed Bulldogs. A win would have kept them four points ahead of Pines on the ladder with just one game remaining in the season. Sorrento have a big percentage advantage over the Pythons, meaning top spot was theirs for the taking.

The Sharks started well with a three goals to one first term, but the Bulldogs bit back in the second quarter. Heading into the main break, Mornington found themselves with a shock two point lead.

Sorrento got things back under control in the third quarter, establishing a five goal buffer. That lead would be enough to see them go on to secure the win.

The Sharks were helped by coach Luke Tapscott, who played brilliantly in the win. The tough midfielder booted six goals in a best on ground performance.

Mornington gave their all in the first half but just weren’t strong enough to defeat Sorrento. The final score was 7.12 (54) to 13.10 (88).

The loss dooms Mornington to bottom place on the ladder.

At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines got back on the winners board with a big win over Rosebud.

Rosebud looked competitive early with a two goals to one first quarter, but they struggled for the rest of the day. The two goals the Buds kicked in the first term were their only two for the game.

The Pythons worked their way into the contest and looked better with every passing quarter. Pines secured an impressive victory 10.10 (70) to 2.10 (22).

Aaron Edwards was excellent for the Pythons, booting six goals.

Bonbeach played host to Dromana on Saturday in what would prove to be a tight contest.

The home side looked the better side early on, but were wasteful in front of goal. Bonbeach had eight scoring opportunities in the first quarter, but could only convert one of them into a goal.

Dromana were more efficient in front of goal, punishing Bonbeach for their scoring woes. The Tigers went into the half time break with a narrow lead despite having half as many scoring shots.

Bonbeach took back the lead heading into the final term, but were eventually overrun by Dromana. The Tigers had to fight for it, but they eventually secured victory over Bonbeach 4.14 (38) to 6.6 (42).

At Emil Madsen Reserve, Mt Eliza and Frankston YCW faced off in a scrappy contest.

Mt Eliza were playing catch up all afternoon after going scoreless in the first term, Both sides had trouble finding goals all day, but the Stonecats looked the better side.

YCW went into the final quarter with a three goal lead. Neither side managed to score a goal in the final term, meaning the Stonecats secured the win over the Redlegs 5.6 (36) to 8.6 (54).

At Greg Beck Oval, Frankston Bombers got the win over Edithvale-Aspendale.

The Bombers looked the better side from the get go, and never let Edi-Asp get too close.

Jarrad Grant showed his class with a brilliant game. He kicked four goals in a best on ground display. The Bombers ended up getting the win 11.11 (77) to 8.8 (56).

With one game remaining for the year, the top five is decided. Sorrento, Pines, Dromana, Frankston YCW, and Bonbeach will compete in finals.

First published in the Frankston Times – 12 August 2019

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