Round One VS Bonbeach Wrap-up

A great day for the club last weekend with a big crowd at home and the boys able to put on a show after a big pre-season! Others outside the club had written us off however for the club to put on such a strong performance throughout the day showed the strength we have built over recent years.

Under 19's

Round one at home had us up against a very determined Bonbeach team who have combined with their Under 17's to produce an extremely competitive outfit who are very well coached. From the get go we new that we were in a contest and it took us a while to get our running game going. Bonbeach closed down space really well making the game a slogging affair until well into the third quarter. Our level of fitness finally prevailed and we were able to control the game in the last term to record a solid win.

The hit out was exactly what we needed and many of our first gamers gained an up close view of what's required to play at this level. Positives all across the board with special mention to first gamer Lachie Gorka playing his role to a tee as Quinny's wing man up forward and Ash Williams who was resolute in defence. Gus Turner was hard at it all day and Kyle Bleazeby worked hard when moved into the ruck. Wellsy was brilliant all day along with Brad who's run is something that needs to replicated by the entire team as we move into the season.

As part of our link with Hastings Football Club we had two of our overflow players play with them against Sorrento. Pat Sumner was close to best on ground and Bailey played hard all day to also be named in their best. Well done boys, you have now set the bar for the future. Seaford next up. Another tough opponent and we are looking forward to the challenge.

Mornington

5.0-30

7.3-45

11.4-70

16.7-103

Bonbeach

2.5-17

5.9-39

6.13-49

8.16-64

Goal Kickers: L. Hewitt 3, B. Bird 3, K. Bird 2, J. Weyne 2, Q. Christy 2, L. Gorka 2, L. O'Connor, J. Edwards
Best Players: J. Wells, K. Bird, K. Bleazby, B. Bird, L. Gorka, A. Williams

Reserves

A new look reserves outfit took on a very seasoned Bonbeach unit in round one at the kennel. A new coach in Jeff Norman and seventeen new players, there was always going to be some work to do early to get everyone in sync, but the boys put in a terrific effort.

Led from the front by new skipper Sammy Wright the boys only went into half time 4 goals down, the margin got out to 50 points by the end of the day but there some real positives to come out of it.

Astorino and Riley were terrific in their first games of senior football, McRae and Fitzsimmons in their first games with the club hit the contests hard and big Mick McGowan showed that a senior call up isn’t too far away.

All in all good effort first up with plenty of improvement to come.

Mornington

1.0-6

2.0-12

3.5-23

5.7-37

Bonbeach

3.1-19

6.2-38

11.5-71

14.7-91

Goal Kickers: J. Riley 2, D. Vercoe, J. Freund, S. Doran
Best Players: M. Macgowan, S. Wright, L. Astorino, J. Riley, H. McRae

Seniors

Round 1 seem to take forever to arrive but we got there. Bonbeach at home, a side that had beaten us twice last year and who had picked up a good half dozen players in the off season. We started slowly with Bonbeach taking an 8 point lead into quarter time, but we felt that the momentum had changed late in the quarter.

In the second quarter Chris Baker, Jimmy Cameron, Joel Miller and Ryan O’Dell started to give us first use of the ball through the middle and our outside runners really come into the game. The backline tightened up led by a Warrick Miller, who was putting on a clinic at centre half back and Brad Harvey who was keeping Bonbeach’s most dangerous forward under wraps. The result was 14 goals to 4 between quarter time and three quarter time.

With Bonbeach already having played a game and it being our first hit out of the season we started to struggle with guys going down with cramp left, right and centre, but we were able to hold on for a good victory.

It was a glimpse of what we are capable of this year, with our new look young side we hope to improve every week. We had 20 out of the 22 on the weekend come through our 18’s, which is great encouragement for all the kids playing junior football that the club is trying to look after them, also a number that all clubs around the peninsula would be jealous of.

 Mornington

3.4-22

10.6-66

17.10-112

17.11-113

Bonbeach

5.0-30

8.4-52

9.7-61

15.10-100

Goal Kickers: J. Calder 3, J. Cameron 3, C. Baker 2, J. Miller 2, J. Smart, R. Odell, J. Halsall, B. Smeeton, B. De Ruyter, H. Cameron, S. Seager
Best Players: W. Miller, C. Baker, J. Cameron, B. Harvey , B. Smeeton, J. Halsall

Netball

Our first hit out for D grade was well contested on the court but not so much on the scoreboard to start with. Lauren moved well at Centre and linked in to Steph B and Alex S in goals. New players Georgie, Amie and Steph V slotted in nicely in the wings and Pippa and Bec B held up the defence end.  The second half was much better with us winning it but not the match. 

The C girls were relentless, when the Sharkettes had possession, getting numerous turnovers from intercepts. Bec T and Alex S finished off the great work with accurate shooting.Larissa continued the shooting spree in the second quarter receiving boomer passes from Melissa. Even Larissa getting “coat-hangered” didn’t slow her down. Great team win first up.

In B all combos on court worked well with mid court driving the defensive turnovers down to the goalers. Meg and Dee were awesome in defence. We welcome Katey, Brittany and Holly who all presented well in goals and able to rebound, if they did miss, as they towered over their opponents.

A blinder by all 8 players in A got us off to a fantastic start with Candace and Sarah shooting at 100% in the first qtr. We were far too strong for the gallant Sharkettes and scored our highest ever winning margin in the last 5 years.  Sarah Williams showed off her agility clearing the playground fence with an elegant leap and pirouette when retrieving the ball.

An excellent start to 2016 and we look forward to the challenge against the Tigers next week.

A Grade

Mornington

 90 def 11 

Bonbeach

B Grade

Mornington

 48 def 22 

Bonbeach

C Grade

Mornington

 79 def 4 

Bonbeach

D Grade

Mornington

 17 def by 26 

Bonbeach

 

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