Paddy Report 2017, Round 11 vs Bonbeach

What a great day at the Snake Pit on Saturday against our old sparring partners, Bonbeach. Like Pines, our opponents had a number of characters that enjoyed the day beyond the game. We have to be one of the few clubs where the president calls last drinks with opposition, locals and a southern umpire providing the majority of the patronage. Our first luncheon of the year was enjoyed by all in particular our local Pines lad, guest speaker, Damien Fleming, who’s dad, Ian, played with Pines in the 60s. (They lived behind the Sundowner). We have another sponsor’s luncheon against Seaford on the 5th August, so don’t miss it, because we have a couple more surprises before we hit the finals.

I want to use the last 7 rounds to pay tribute to sponsors of the club and recognise their loyalty and trust in providing the resources that have helped us restore the hiss in the pythons. We have yet to achieve, but the feeling is back and that’s rewarding for all that provide support in whatever way they can.

This week I pay tribute to Andrew (Jack) Norris and the generous sponsorship through Interfab. Interfab is an international importer of textiles operating out of Melbourne, with Jack directing from his home in Atlanta, USA. Captain/Coach of our most successful team, twice league B&F, and arguably the best football product out of Pines (for those lucky enough to see the Mornington Districts rep game will recall Jack and a young Gary Ablett senior shining over others). Jack has continued his success in the business world, across the globe. We are hoping that we can repay with success in our football and with some luck we may tempt him here for the finals.

The senior game was a cracker. Bonbeach were out to unsettle the side, which was expected, but the boys held their ground. Our use of the ball was messy at times, but was also quite brilliant, often going coast to coast for our goals. We were definitely superior in the air with Guy Hendry impassable, taking some great clunks. Tim Bongetti was tough in the packs and Paul Scanlon was his usual youthful self (turns 40 later this year and is fitter than most players). Our preparation was impeded with several players suffering the flu but all got through the game, and all contributed. For three quarters the game went goal for goal with Bonbeach ahead by 1 point at the last change. With the first goal a clever flick which enabled a Bonbeach player to run into an open goal, the football gods were shaken. Instead of just kicking the goal, the player drilled it at supporters. From that moment our team stepped up a gear and kicked the next 7 goals to completely overwhelm Bonbeach. Goal kickers shared with Aaron Edwards 5 (now with 54 for the season), Tim Bongetti 5, Shane Waterstone 2 and 1 each to Tedge, Marshall, Potts and Scanlon, we have some fire-power. Luke Potts played his best game for the year, and worked as hard as any player I’ve seen running far and wide to create options. So we are in good shape, coming up to Langwarrin, sitting atop the ladder, with a couple of significant players to come back in the coming weeks.

Pines – 3.2.20 6.2.38 9.3.57 16.5.101
Bonbeach – 4.0.24 5.1.31 9.4.58 10.6.66

The return of players will strengthen our reserves side which have hit a flat patch. The game against Bonbeach was very scrappy with not many clear winners. The usual players gave their all but there were many that seemed out of sorts and clearly not thinking through some of the play. There needs to be some hard work if the reserves are to achieve to their potential, as it was too much left to too few. This can be redeemed from this week with a good showing against Langwarrin but here’s hoping that some don’t go out just expecting it to happen.

Pines – 0.1.01 0.1.01 1.1 07 1.3.09
Bonbeach – 1.4.10 2.5.17 3.8.26 6.9.45

Under 19s were desperately unlucky not to be in front at the end of the game. Lots of shining moments without getting the chocolates. Young Robert Ngamata played a ripper game to be our best. Connor Jackson and James Cornell snagged a couple each and Liam Cox and Aaron Philps were lively. Jackson Hale is getting more confident by the week, and growing into his role and Grant Humphrey was solid all day. There is some super talent coming through here and great character given they turn up every week and are responding to the great coaching provided by Stephen Jackson. Well done boys.

Pines – 0.4.04 2.5.17 4.6.30 7.6.48
Bonbeach – 0.0.0 3.6.24 4.7.31 7.11.53

Netballers had their best day for the season with wins in the A, B and D grades. They have deserved their success having persevered through a difficult time. Scores A grade Pines 50, BB 28 B grade Pines 45, BB 26 C grade Pines 40, BB 43 D grade Pines 16, BB 13.

Look forward to this week at Langwarrin where we might have a surprise for our loyal members and sponsors – Jeff Svigos.



2017 Save the Dates!
Upcoming Supporter Sponsor Functions:
• Round 18, Saturday August 5th, Pines vs Seaford Legends Lunch (Guest speaker TBC).

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