Sandringham V Frankston
Trevor Barker Beach Oval
The Frankston Football Club headed down to Trevor Barker Beach Oval in Sandringham to take on the Zebras in a bayside rivalry that goes back decades. Wild and wet weather greeted both teams on Sunday morning. However, once the match started, the sun shone and the footy was tight and tough.
Frankston was coming off a tough loss to Casey after some positive signs early and Sandringham has had indifferent form across the first three games of the season, they won by 80pts against Essendon a fortnight ago and they pushed the Gold Coast all the way last week who have been in good form themselves.
In the first quarter, Sandringham got the jump with the wind to bounce out to a 16-point lead at quarter time, while Frankston were held scoreless. After a quarter-time reset by the coaches, Frankston came out firing early. Trent Mynott had a huge impact, kicking three goals and gathering 15 touches in the first half to set the tone. The Dolphins kept Sandringham scoreless and added 5.7 themselves to really dominate the second quarter with clean, hard and tough footy.
In the third quarter against the breeze, Frankston was keen to hold Sandringham, but they did more than that, three goals while Sandy added four goals to hold a 12pt lead with one quarter to play. In the midfield, Will Fordham was starting to roll and finished his work with a goal. Hybrid forward Matt Johnson added another two goals to take his match tally to three and provide an option with an incredible work rate across up and down the ground. Inside the contest, Kai Owens and young gun Lachie Riley were really cracking in, Owens finished with seven tackles for the game while Riley finished with 11 to impose themselves on the game.
The final quarter and it was party time for the Dolphins with Will Fordham kicking a beautiful set-shot from 45 out, Trent Mynott then capped a brilliant game with an incredible left-foot snap from stoppage, when Johnson added his 4th from the boundary and small forward Josh Stern finished it with a classic crumbing goal. So the Dolphins ended up running out 26pt winners in a great performance away from home, this sets up a juicy ANZAC Eve blockbuster against Port Melbourne under lights at home on April 24th.
The leaders stood up, but the emergence of some young stars is potentially most pleasing. Lachie Riley finished with 27 disposals, 11 tackles and 11 clearances to be the highest-rated player on the ground. Riley Stoddart continued his brilliant start to the season with 29 disposals, while the co-captains Will Fordham ended up with 30 disposals and two goals while Trent Mynott finished with 23 touches and four goals.
Frankston v Port Melbourne
Pre-match build up starts at 6pm honouring the ANZAC’s while the presidents function will begin at 4:30pm. Tickets available >>>