RND 5 – VS COBURG

Frankston have secured their second win of the season with a 5-point thriller against Coburg at Frankston Oval – Dale Fenney Reports

The Dolphins triumphed in a thriller over Coburg with Frankston showing their true fighting courage to come from behind. Frankston’s ‘never say die attitude’ was defiantly on show as Jordan Pollard played in his 50th game.

The first quarter saw Frankston jump out of the blocks with a quick goal from Nathan Gardiner. Frankston continued to dominate the opening term but failed to hit the score board. A late goal in the quarter from Josh Bennett saw the Dolphins extend their lead as the first term came to an end with Frankston leading by 11 points at quarter time. Frankston kept Coburg goalless in the opening term but couldn’t execute on their own shots at the other end.

Coburg Lions came out like a different side in the second term piling on four unanswered goals to start the quarter. Nathan Gardiner had his second goal of the game sandwiched in between another two late Coburg goals. Coburg took the lead into the main break with a 19-point advantage at half-time.

Frankston were determined not to let this game slip in the second half with a tough strong start to the third term. Josh Bennett secured his second goal of the game midway through the term before Sam Pickess on debut edged the Dolphins closer with another major to Frankston. Coburg scored a goal on the back of an error from the Dolphins to further put them in front. Jayden Cass scored a crucial goal late in the term for Frankston to reduce the margin to just 4 points at three quarter time.

The fourth quarter saw both sides miss chances as the Dolphins and Lions continued to kick points and not the goals that both needed. Frankston however did manage to score the first goal of the quarter through Jayden Cass. Not even a minute later Nathan Gardiner kicked a huge set shot goal to send the fans into fist pumping and jumping for joy. Frankston were able to hold off late pressure from Coburg to take their second win of the season with a 5 point victory.

Frankston coach Patrick Hill is pleased with the 2-3 record and happy with were the club is heading. “It’s a lot better than being 0-5 as we were last year. Were really pleased that we thought that we didn’t play overly well today but we still got the points, which goes to show where we are at and were really making inroads that we can have off days now and not only be competitive but actually win games.”

Frankston will have the bye next week before returning on Sunday May 22nd against Geelong at Frankston Oval in the Channel 7 TV Game.