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VFL Round 17 Frankston v Coburg

Frankston 10.7 (67)
Coburg 11.9 (75)

GOALS:
Frankston: Gardiner 2 Wilsen 2 Pickess Prior Hockey Cavarra Wilson Cass
Coburg: Hill 3 Johns 2 O'Kearney Williams Venditti Younan Fox Thomas

BEST:
Frankston: Hockey Newman Cavarra Pongracic Sutton Fox
Coburg: Fox Goodwin Clifton Linton McConnell Johns

Fantastic game of footy! Entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Frankston gave 100% all day and would be devastated not to have got over the line for Shane Hockey. Coburg dug deep when they had to and it was a great effort to get up and win after a poor first quarter.
The Dolphs looked much better with James Wilsen at full forward all day. Gave a good target for them and worked well with Gardner who once again took 3 sensational pack marks. Hockey tried his heart out and Josh Newman was outsanding, really lifted his intensity to last years levels, and Cavarra was his usual brilliant self, in and under packs all day taking plenty of wacks and bouncing straight back up again.
Big Tom Goodwin was sensational for Coburg, worked hard all day and marked everything that came near him. Ex Dolphin Jordy Williams didnt make it into Coburgs best but should have. Tagged Hockey in the first quarter then switched between Cavarra and Hockey for the rest of the day.What a nightmare that must have been for him. He did a great job and would have left many at Frankston wondering how he couldnt get a game there last year.
Great effort by both teams, and I can easily see Coburg being the big improver next year. They dont have to improve much to be a real force.

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Nice game report Bearsman. It was great in the social rooms afterwards too with a lot of supporters and past players sticking around to celebrate Shane Hockey's achievement. The supporters were all happy to have seen a fair dinkum, Frankston Park style contest again. It's a great atmosphere when the action is hot.

In some ways I'm sure Peter German would be peeved with how they played, but I'm sure he's also very happy with how they pulled out the win. Coburg walked into an ambush yesterday, Past Players Day, Hockey's 100th and a game the Dolphs players had circled on the calendar as THE WIN some time ago.

The Lions could easily have let it run down their leg once five goals down, as they have before at Frankston Park in their almost-decade long drought, but credit to them for pegging it back against a very determined outfit.

Since going stand alone last year the Lions have won 11 games. That's around the mark with the Blues (11), Richmond (11), Casey (13), Essendon (15) and Geelong (15), so once again credit to them.

I think Frankston have about 15-16 genuine VFL players ranging from solid to very good, and another 8-10 who have shown promise this season. There isn't a lot of money for recruiting, but with a few returnees (Irving? Heddles? Greeley? Gabriel?) and one or two recruits who can play big (or even medium-big) at either end there is a good base there.

It's a long way back to respectability, but a good start is the footy manager being on top of retention already, and I think if the brand of footy is right the club can give a much better account next season.

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Nice game report Bearsman. It was great in the social rooms afterwards too with a lot of supporters and past players sticking around to celebrate Shane Hockey's achievement. The supporters were all happy to have seen a fair dinkum, Frankston Park style contest again. It's a great atmosphere when the action is hot.

In some ways I'm sure Peter German would be peeved with how they played, but I'm sure he's also very happy with how they pulled out the win. Coburg walked into an ambush yesterday, Past Players Day, Hockey's 100th, a game the Dolphs players had circled on the calendar as THE WIN some time ago.

The Lions could easily have let it run down their leg once five goals down, as they have before at Frankston Park in their almost-decade long drought, but credit to them.

Since going stand alone last year they've won 11 games. That's around the mark with the Blues (11), Richmond (11), Casey (13), Essendon (15) and Geelong (15), so once again credit to them.

I think Frankston have about 15-16 genuine VFL players ranging from solid to very good, and another 8-10 who have shown promise this season. There isn't a lot of money for recruiting, but with a few returnees (Irving? Heddles? Greeley? Gabriel?) and one or two recruits who can play big (or even medium-big) at either end there is a good base there.

It's a long way back to respectability, but a good start is the footy manager being on top of retention already, and I think if the brand of footy is right the club can give a much better account next season.

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Well said.

I wish though somehow we can get a win in our last 2 games for players and coaches who have put in so much work this season for no reward

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Good to see the club put a full on week behind them and almost get the win.

Seen some talk last week that Frankston would fold at end of 2015. Someone asked Paul Amy the question. Someone had even edited The Frankston Wikipedia page which said they would fold at the end of 2015. Someone had also changed there name on wikipedia to the Frankston drug lords. No idea why someone called them
The drug lords.

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Paul, a couple of big positives this year have been the performances of the 23rd men taken from this Stingrays. If these guys arent drafted all 3 would be a perfect fit for the club next year. All 3 have had good impact when selected. Daniel Capiron is a class act, a ready made key defender. (Search him on youtube if you want to see how good he is) Harry Prior has done really well in his games. Big, strong 196cm ruckman/forward who is highly skilled.Will easily develop into a top VFL player.Jayden Bubb is a monster with good skills.Was interesting to see "Normie" Clark tutoring him at the quarter time break. Norm is 205cm and Bubba towered over him. Hes listed as 204 in the record but hes much bigger than that. I hope the club go all out to get these 3 guys if available next year.
There are 4 top line youngsters that are very capable of stepping up next year.Pickess, Bastinac,Sorozinski and Gardner. All have had up and down years but all have shown glimpses of brilliance at times. Given time and more games under their belts these 4 will be top liners...no doubts at all.
If they can recruit some bigger bodied experienced players and with the natural improvement of these younger guys 2016 will be a much better year.

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Recent history says it's tough to make big strides the second year after a rebuild, but I don't think this team has lived up to its potential very often this season (although the weekend was one example!) so hopefully 2016 can be much better.

Agree about those four youngsters, Gardiner has really impressed me, he sits 12th in the goalkicking despite the delivery being more about quick kicking forward rather than hitting forward targets.

In the four games the Dolphs have been competitive Gardiner has kicked nine, which is a decent strike rate. It's tough on a key forward those other games when the ball isn't coming in very often and the forward line loses all its shape.

I've really enjoyed watching Capiron too, so poised, definitely the best 23rd man the Dolphs have got from Dandenong.

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I think having another big body(Wilsen) beside him on Sun was a big help to Gardner, to release a bit of pressure from him. A couple of his marks were unbelievable. He has incredible strength but I not sure he is aware of the power he has just yet. When everything clicks into place for him he will be a top liner. Simon McEvoy referred to him as a power forward in this weeks leader. A very apt description.

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Couldn't agree more, he's like a fitter Aaron Murray.

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Is the goosey on the list related to Simon

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Yep, it's his son.

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I noticed big Normie giving Bubb some tips and was heartened. Great to see our past greats getting involved like that. Gardiner shows massive promise.....Wilson does too - just needs to work a LOT harder when the ball is turned over. Looks way too much a one-way footballer when he's down forward.

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