Round 15 Report
Frankston Dolphins vs Geelong Cats
By Trent Kniese
What a fantastic night at SkyBus Stadium to kick-start Naidoc Week celebrations. A packed president’s function was enthralled by guest speaker Zane Diamond, who then performed a stirring welcome to country prior to the game, in front of a great crowd.
Once the football started, it was Taylin Duman’s clinic that brought the hill next to the clubrooms to life all night. Duman finished with a total of 43 touches, 37 of which were on foot, but he also added 15 marks. He finished with a career-high 183 fantasy points.
The aim was always to bounce back following a crushing loss to Southport, and Frankston did not disappoint. They got off to a strong start in Round 15, as Bill Mackay scored Frankston’s first goal of the game, as well as his first of the season. The 21-year-old slotted one on his left boot from approximately thirty-five metres away. Brodie McLaughlin drew a 50-metre penalty before scoring from directly in front. Josh Begley won a contested mark before burying a set shot for Frankston’s third goal of the game. By the time Trent Mynott kicked his first of five goals on the night from a very tight angled set shot in the corner of St Paul’s Church, the Frankston fans were in a frenzy. Kai Owens then jumped into space with a tremendous speccy on the backs of two Geelong defenders before kicking a beautiful set shot. Frankston led Geelong 5.2.32 to 2.2.14 in the first quarter. Frankston scored five more goals in the second quarter to extend their lead and absolutely control the game. Trent Mynott scored his second and third goals in short succession before Will Fordham, a man familiar with SkyBus Stadium and goals, added his first. Fordham scored from fifty-five metres out, in front of the construction site near the old grandstand. Just before McLaughlin’s second goal of the night, Marc Massarotti cheekily clipped one in on the run. At the main break, Frankston led Geelong 10.3.63 to 3.4.22.
In the third, Frankston roared out and defended terrifically to hold Geelong scoreless! They achieved this while putting on some great scoreboard pressure, kicking 7.6 in the quarter. Fordham rocked SkyBus with a set shot from thirty-five metres out, the ball going through at post height. McLaughlin scored his third goal of the game from thirty metres out. Mynott scored his fourth goal of the night, and with only four goals this season before Saturday night, you can easily say it was his night! McLaughlin then joined the party with his fourth for the night. Before heading to the locker room for the last time, Mackay scored his first goal of the night before, Begley and Owens added their second. Frankston 17.9.111 to Geelong 3.4.22 at the last change.
Frankston stepped off the gas in the fourth quarter, giving up forty points to the Cats. Mynott scored his fifth goal of the game with seven minutes remaining.
The Dolphins dominated the game overall. Frankston’s way of 378-258 disposals and 109-45 marks covers the whole story. Although down in the hit outs, coming up against a talented AFL listed ruckman in Esava Ratugolea was always going to be a test.
Frankston is currently ranked 14th out of 21 in the VFL after fifteen rounds. The top eight teams at the end of the season will compete in the finals.
- Taylin Duman had 43 disposals, 15 marks and five clearances.
- Josh Begley had 18 disposals, nine marks, and three tackles.
- Will Fordham had 24 disposals, four marks and four clearances.
- Colby Nayna had 14 disposals, 11 tackles and four marks.
- Trent Mynott had 5 goals, nine marks and 113 fantasy points.
- Trent Mynott– 5
- Brodie McLaughlin– 4
- Josh Begley– 2
- Will Fordham– 2
- Bill Mackay– 2
- Kai Owens– 2
- Marc Massarotti– 1
If you did not get a chance to watch on Sunday afternoon, a mini match can be found here.
Round 16 sees the Dolphins travel to the Gold Coast Lions at Metricon Stadium on Saturday the 9th of July at 12:50PM. For those who can’t get to Metricon Stadium, the game will be live streamed in the Hall of Fame room, with entry via Young St and the bar will be open. Doors open at 11:30am so get down and support the boys.