Get To Know The Opposition: meet the MPNFL Interleague Team

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Don’t know much about Geelong’s Interleague opponents, the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League? I run the rule over all you need to know about the challengers for Country Victoria’s #1 football ranking.

What’s the region?

The Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League competition covers the south-eastern region of Victoria, stretching from Frankston all the way to the seaside views of Sorrento and Bonbeach.

What’s the competition?

The MPNFL is split into two different divisions, the Nepean and Peninsula divisions. There are 22 teams in total, with 10 in the Peninsula league, and 12 in the Nepean. The Peninsula league is ‘Division 1’, and the Nepean league makes up ‘Division 2’.

Does the MPFNL team include both divisions or not?

The MPNFL Interleague team is a combined side of the two divisions. There are 6 players from division two clubs, and the rest of the side is made up of division one clubs. Division one side Frankston YCW have an incredible 9 players in the final side.

Who are the powerhouse clubs?

In the Peninsula Division 1 competition, you cannot look past Frankston Y.C.W. The ‘Stonecats’ have won an amazing 6 of the last 7 Premierships and as mentioned have 9 representatives in this Interleague side. Edithvale-Aspendale did however upset YCW in 2013 by 7 points. They are unbeaten this season with 5 straight wins, with Seaford and Pines second and third. For the division 2 Nepean League, things are a bit more even with a different premier every year since 2013. Sorrento did however win four premierships in five years from 2010-14. They also sit unbeaten on the ladder this year, ahead of Hastings and the Frankston Bombers.

Who are the star players?

Former North Melbourne and Richmond forward Aaron Edwards will spearhead the attack along with ex-Werribee star Tim Bongetti. Ex-Melbourne midfielder Luke Tapscott headlines the midfield, with Pines’ Luke Potts, Sorrento skipper James Hallahan, and league medallist Kyle Hutchinson. Dromana veteran Rikki Johnston will hold up the back half. Former AFL players Andrejs Everett and Trent Dennis-Lane will not take part.

What’s their Interleague history?

The GFL Interleague side has been one of the strongest in the last decade, however the MPNFL have had their own success too. They defeated the Northern FL last year by 30 points to move to 2nd in the AFL Victoria Country Championship rankings. The GFL and MPNFL came up against each other in 2014, with the GFL dominant to win by 85 points. Tim Sheringham, who will be running out on the MCG on Saturday, won the best on ground medal that day. They have won their last five out of seven Interleague games.

Last time they met

Geelong FL- 18.18.126 def Peninsula FL 6.5.41

Goals: K.Bourke 4, S.Bloomfield 3, K.Paliouras 2

Best: T.Sheringham, T.Stewart, S.Bloomfield

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