Reported by Simon McEvoy
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THAT'S the last wooden spoon for Frankston.

This time next year the Dolphins will be preparing for a finals campaign, coach Simon Goosey said.

He said season 2012, though yielding only two wins and a draw, would prove the forerunner to a sharp climb up the ladder.

"I wouldn't be happy with anything less," Goosey said.

"The inroads we've made, definitely we'll be aiming to play in the finals.

"Look, I reckon we were only three or four experienced players short of the finals this year."

The Dolphins finished the season with a 43-point loss to the Northern Blues at Princes Park on Saturday.

Goosey said his players were flat at the end of an arduous year.

"Blokes didn't seem to be pushing as hard to contests, it was like conceding the year was over," he said.

"We've averaged 341 disposals a game, but we sat on 300 yesterday."

Chelsea youngster Todd Gardiner was given a debut and did well, slotting two goals. Dale Sutton, in only his second game, was among the best players.

Goosey said Frankston would chase recruits in the coming months.

"We've had a lot of gains throughout the year, with getting games into the kids, unearthing a few players," he said.

"We've done a lot of hard work; just got to work on getting a few recruits and keep pushing the club forward. Overall, I've been pretty pleased with how far we've come without getting the wins on the board.

"You can see with our percentage being up near 70, we are definitely improving."

Northern Blues 6.2, 9.6, 13.8, 15.12 (102) d Frankston 3.0, 6.2, 9.3, 9.5 (59). Goals: Clark 3, Delahunty 2, Gardiner 2, Buchan, Haretuku. Best: Delahunty, Martin, Kitchin, Van Unen, Heddles, Sutton.