There’s an old saying that says that timing is everything in sport and Pines has timed its run to perfection to book a place in Sunday’s MPNFL Division One Qualifying Final against Mt Eliza at Mornington.
Coach Paddy Swayn has been telling us all season that the Pythons will peak at the right time of year, and his crystal-balling has proved correct after the Pythons crushed Bonbeach by 59 points in round 18 on Saturday.
The Pythons leapfrogged Edi-Asp into third place after the Eagles lost a dour arm-wrestle against Sorrento.
Scores were locked at three-quarter time but the Sharks kicked 3.4 to 2.0 in the final term to claim this year’s minor premiership – and a crucial week’s rest.
The Eagles loss sets up a high-quality elimination final against four-time reigning champion Frankston YCW, who proved it will be competitive once again after a thrilling draw with Mt Eliza.
Unfortunately, the seasons of Frankston, Bonbeach, Mornington, Rosebud, and Seaford have come to an end, with the Tigers to be relegated to division two.
Congratulations to Aaron Edwards from Pines, Michael Chaplin from Frankston YCW and Koby Villis from Frankston on winning the seniors, reserves and under-19 goal-kicking respectively.
The stage is also set for a thrilling netball finals series, with Edi-Asp looking to claim its fifth title on the trot over the coming weeks.
Despite losing to Sorrento in round 18, the Eagles finished top of the table and will take favouritism into this year’s finals series.
Edi-Asp and Sorrento will collide once again in the second semi-final on court one at Mornington on Sunday, while Seaford and Rosebud will look to keep their season’s alive in the elimination final on court two.
MPNFL DIVISION ONE FINALS – WEEK 1
ELIMINATION FINAL (4 v 5) – Saturday 25 August at Chelsea
Seniors Edi-Asp v Frankston YCW 2.00pm
Reserves Frankston YCW v Sorrento 11.40am
Under 19s Frankston v Mornington 9.45am
QUALIFYING FINAL (2 v 3) – Sunday 26 August at Mornington
Seniors Mt Eliza v Pines 2.00pm
Reserves Seaford v Edi-Asp 11.40am
Under 19s Edi-Asp v Frankston YCW 9.45am
Sunday 26 August at Mornington
SECOND SEMI-FINALS (1 v 2) – Court 1
A Grade Edi-Asp v Sorrento 1.45pm
B Grade Edi-Asp v Mt Eliza 12.25pm
C Grade Edi-Asp v Mt Eliza 11.05am
D Grade YCW v Edi-Asp 10.00am
FIRST SEMI-FINALS (3 v 4) – Court 2
A Grade Seaford v Rosebud 1.45pm
B Grade Seaford v YCW 12.25pm
C Grade Mornington v YCW 11.05am
D Grade Mornington v Sorrento 10.00am