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From Frankston Standard Leader
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SOME leaked information from the opposition camp inspired Frankston to its first win of the season on Sunday; a rousing 16-point victory over the Coburg Tigers at Kars St.

Dolphins coach Simon Goosey said he heard before the game that the Tigers didn't rate his side, and he used the "knock" as motivation.

"They probably fired the first shot," he said.

"Their stats guy who was with us all last year mentioned to us before the game that this was their grand final because if they couldn't beat Frankston they didn't deserve to play finals.

"That must have come from the top. They are kidding themselves. The finals get played at the end of the year, not now.

"It was an insult to us. I was a bit taken aback by it."

There was niggle in the game throughout, and even after it.

It was back to the good old days as Frankston's feisty, fighting spirit burned brightly after half-time. The Dolphins' on-ballers, led by Kyle Martin, Shane Hockey and Luke Potts, lit the fuse and their teammates followed.

Martin was a ball of energy, gathering 20 of his 33 possessions after half-time, while skipper Potts coolly slotted a goal to put the Dolphins 10 points ahead midway through the last quarter.

In blustery conditions, Coburg led by 13 points a half-time and kicked the first goal in the third term to get 18 points ahead.

The Frankston surge began when Khan Haretuku set up Jake Greeley for a goal early in the third term.

A couple of 50m penalties saw Jackson Sketcher kick a long goal, followed by majors by Martin and Haretuku as the Dolphins hit the front.

Coburg struck back to take a 10-point lead into the last change.

The first goal of the last quarter was going to be crucial, and Frankston's pressure had the Tigers' backline fumbling.

Robbie Clements, dangerous all game, pounced to kick his second and the Dolphins were finishing hard. Corey Buchan took an uncontested mark on the goal line and converted to put Frankston ahead.

With five minutes to go, Buchan kicked a booming 55m goal to give Frankston an unassailable lead.

After many near-misses, it was time to celebrate for the Dolphins.

Frankston 1.4, 2.9, 6.13, 10.16 (76) d Coburg 3.3, 5.4, 9.5, 9.6 (60).