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Stonecats gone in first week DIVISION ONE

By Brodie Cowburn FRANKSTON YCW have gone crashing out of finals in week one after falling to Bonbeach on Sunday. Bonbeach got off to a stunning start at RJ Rowley Reserve. They booted nine goals to zero in the first quarter and held a whopping 57 point lead by quarter time. The Stonecats were better in the second quarter but by then the damage was already done. They couldn’t get close to the Sharks, and ended up falling to defeat 10.14 (74) to 20.9 (129). Shane McDonald’s five goal haul saw him named best on ground for the day. At Olympic Oval on Saturday, Pines and Dromana faced off in the qualifying final. The contest saw last year’s Division One and Division Two premiers go head to head. The Pythons got off to an impressive start with a five goal first term, and took a 20 point lead into the first break. Dromana wrestled control of the game back in the second quarter, and stunned the Pines with a six goals to one stretch. The Tigers led by 17 at half time. Pines chipped the deficit back to two points heading into the final term, but Dromana ended up holding on. The Tigers have fit right into the first division this season, and proved their quality by knocking off the reigning premiers 10.11 (71) to 13.9 (87). Terry Wheeler continued his brilliant run of form. He was Dromana’s best and kicked two goals. Ethan Johnstone kicked four goals. On Saturday Sorrento will take on Dromana at RJ Rowley Reserve with the winner progressing to the Grand Final. Pines will take on Bonbeach at Chelsea Reserve on Sunday.

Tigers roar to victory: Dromana proved their worth in Division One by knocking off last year’s premiers, Pines. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Holt’s haul puts Bulls in prelim DIVISION TWO

By Brodie Cowburn A MAMMOTH 11 goal haul from star forward Marc Holt helped Karingal to a win over Somerville on Sunday. It was do or die for both sides, with the winner advancing to next week’s preliminary final and the loser being eliminated from premiership contention. Karingal got off to a red hot start, booting seven goals to two in the first term to race out to an early lead. Somerville were a little better in the second quarter, but were still down by 25 at half time. In the third quarter, Somerville started to make Karingal feel a little nervous. They chipped the lead back to 11 heading into the final term. Karingal were just able to do enough to hold off Somerville in the end, getting the win in an entertaining contest 18.12 (120) to 15.10 (100). At Chelsea Reserve, Red Hill booked their grand final spot with a comfortable win over Langwarrin. A five goals to one first term put Langwarrin in the lead, as they looked to shock the league by claiming wins over Karingal and Red Hill in consecutive weeks. Red Hill rarely concede any more than five goals during the whole game, making the first quarter blitz even more of a shock.

In the second quarter the Hillmen woke up. They hit back with a seven goals to zero term, stopping the Kangaroos in their tracks and taking a 21 point lead into the main break. Langwarrin chipped the lead back to ten after half-time, but Red Hill eventually ran away with a 40 point win 15.11 (101) to 9.7 (61). Jonathon Ross was brilliant for Red Hill, bootting five goals. He scored 50 over the course of the home and away season. Kyle Beveridge and Daniel Frampton also played a big part in the win. After falling just short of the premiership last year, Red Hill will be full of fire looking to make amends this time around. They are the first team to book their ticket to the Grand Final in two weeks time. Langwarrin and Karingal will do battle at Somerville Recreation Reserve on Saturday, with the winner to square off against Red Hill in the big dance. The Bulls will be looking for revenge after the last clash between the sides. Karingal and Langy faced off in the qualifying final, with the Kangaroos claiming the win.

Hillmen bounce the Kangaroos: Red Hill booked their Grand Final berth with a comfortable win over Langwarrin. Picture: Andrew Hurst Frankston Times

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