RND 3 – VS RICHMOND

Frankston have triumphed in victory with a 13-point win over Richmond at Frankston Oval – Dale Fenney Reports

 The Dolphins have secured their first win for 2016 with a strong overall team effort to knock off the Tigers by 13 points at home. The scenes at Frankston Oval saw all the Frankston fans cheering and jumping in joy to will the Dolphins home.

Richmond came out and absolutely stunned Frankston in the first half of the first quarter. The Tigers kicked the opening five goals of the game to take an early lead. Nathan Gardiner popped up to kick the first goal of the term for Frankston which settled some nerves. A late goal to Richmond hurt the Dolphins as Richmond took a 29 point lead into quarter time.

Frankston got an early goal through Andrew McInnes in the second term. After Richmond shot back at Frankston with a reply it was Brandon Wood and Ben Cavarra who continued to push Frankston onto a comeback with goals to each of them. Michael Sikora kicked a late goal for the Dolphins to reduce the margin to just 23 points at half time as Frankston started to believe.

The second half started with Richmond drawing first blood with a goal after a high intensified start to the term. From this point forward Frankston clicked and started to execute passes and take the game on with run and carry. Frankston piled on four goals to close the third quarter out with Michael Sikora, Josh Bennett, Nathan Gardiner and Clayton McCartney the goal scorers. The lead was cut back to just five points at three quarter time as the voices in the stands became louder and the cheers became louder with everyone willing the Dolphins on.

The fourth quarter started just as the third ended Frankston on top with a clearance and set shot goal to Brayden Irving as Frankston took the lead. The lead was extended for the Dolphins when Aaron Wilson and Brandon Wood secured goals. Richmond lightly threatened a comeback when Mabior Chol kicked one out of the pack. Frankston fought off any sign of a comeback when Nathan Gardiner and Aaron Wilson sent kicks through the goals with fist pumps to the crowd after every goal. Richmond nailed back two goals that proved to just be consolations goals as the siren went and everyone jumped in joy for the Dolphins who were in control throughout the day.

Frankston coach Patrick Hill was relieved and excited for his players after the win today. “For me it’s relief, for them it’s excitement. They’ve put a lot of hard work in over 500 odd days, they’ve never stopped working and never stopped trying to be better and they got their reward for that. Im proud of the boys and they stuck to it and I just really want them to enjoy it.” he said.

Hill was also impressed with the overall performance of the group. “We got a lot of players playing their role and thats all we ever ask, we don’t ask for anyone to win the game on their own and today its significant that all the leaders stood up and we got a maximum out of most players.” he said.

Next week Frankston take on Box Hill Hawks at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday.