Demons come from behind to win NEPEAN LEAGUE By Toe Punt RYE came from 17 points down at three quarter time to beat Sorrento by the smallest of margins in Nepean League football on Saturday. In front of a massive crowd that pushed beyond 3000 people, Toby Woodford copped a head high tackle with less than a minute on the clock and went back and kicked the goal from 20 metres out to seal the win for Rye 12.12 (84) to Sorrento 11.17 (83). Rye then pushed numbers behind the football and made it an arm wrestle in the tense final moments of the game. It was the second time in as many weeks that Sorrento has been overrun in the final term. Crib Point inflicted the same pain on the Sharks last week. A jubilant Rye coach Josh Moore, a former Sorrento premiership player, revealed his team went into the match with some set plans they were able to execute. “We thought we were close enough at three quarter time and you could sense a bit of a momentum shift at that stage,” he said. “We were well aware of what Crib had done the week before and we were still full of running. “It was a tight, high intensity game of footy. I think both sides played a
really good brand of footy and gave the supporters value for money. “There was nothing in the match all day. Steve Ryan (the runner) came out to me in red time and told me that there was less than a minute left. At that stage we were five points down. Then Woodford put us in front.” Former Hawthorn ruckman Simon Taylor was the difference between the sides in the end. “Squizzy was superb for us over four quarters but he really stood up and showed enormous leadership in that last quarter. He willed us over the line,” Moore said. “Matt Dunn was also great on Leigh Poholke. ‘Polk’ kicked three goals in the first quarter and you wonder whether you should make a move, however, I had faith and he kept him goalless for the remainder of the match.” Despite the win and being equal top on the ladder, Rye isn’t getting ahead of themselves. “We set ourselves some short term goals and we are ticking all of those boxes off at this stage. We’ll set some more short term goals and start on them. It’s not a sprint,” Moore said.
Speccy-tacular: Red Hill went down to Dromana in Sunday’s Nepean League game despite this marvellous mark. Final score Dromana 9.15 (69) to Red Hill 7.6 (48). Pictures: Andrew Hurst
League ‘misled’ Somerville, results in doubt By Toe Punt THE MPNFL-appointed Independent Tribunal handed down its Somerville Players Points System verdict last Thursday night as promised, but the league failed to pass that information onto clubs. The panel members - Geoff Dempster (Northern Football League Board Member, former member of the AFL Community Football Board), Bob Beazley (MPNFL PPS Implementation Working Party member) and Andrew Swales (Independent Tribunal Chairman) met as communicated with Nepean League clubs on Thursday night. At this meeting, the tribunal determined that Somerville coach David Hirst was a two point player,
not a one point player. It is understood that the league had advised Somerville Football Club in writing on two separate occasions in December 2014 and February this year - confirming Hirst was a one point player. It is believed that communication came from former administrator Sue Jones and MPNFL general manager Jeff Jones. As a result of the communication, Somerville has been playing Hirst as a one point player. When Nepean League clubs called into league headquarters and made telephone calls to league offices on Friday, they were told that the tribunal had met but had not made its ruling. However, a source close to the
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MPNFL informed The Times on Friday that the decision was made and Hirst was a two point player. The source also said that the Independent Tribunal was asked not to communicate with the media on the matter. With Hirst determined as a twopoint player, it means Somerville played with 40 points in its matches against Sorrento and Hastings. The PPS cap is 39 points. Sorrento and Hastings now have the option to appeal the result of those game, which both lost. Somerville is also expected to exercise its options of legal action, given they were given written confirmation that Hirst was a one point player.
This communication had significant impacts on their recruiting strategy. Already, Somerville is forced to play key recruits in the reserves, given they go over the PPS. The latest ruling means that an additional recruit is forced to play reserves. A Somerville source said that the league’s inability to know their own rules was going to have a significant impact on their club. “We have to sit down with players now and talk through what options we and they have,” the source said. The MPNFL told clubs they would inform them of the tribunal’s decision this Friday, eight days after they made their decision.
Up in the air: The result of the MPNFL game between Somerville and Hastings could be doubt. Picture: Andrew Hurst
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Frankston Times 8 June 2015