How good was it on Sunday Afternoon to see two young footballers from the Mornington Peninsula pursuing their AFL career in Will Hamill from Adelaide and Essendon’s Ned Cahill and playing on each other to boot?
They had a great battle and both played well for their respective teams as the Bombers hung on for a 3 point win. Cahill from Mt Eliza in his second game kicked 2 goals and set up another when he was under the pump and fired a handpass out to Darcy Parish in the goal square.
His first goal was a soccer off the Ground and accompanied by a cheeky little Dance, while his second was an important set shot in the Last term, when the Crows were coming, which he slotted with ice in his veins.
Hamill, who played one senior game with Dromana in 2017 after playing juniors at Balnarring is the son of Crib Point Coach, Steve Hamill, has been impressive off half back in a young Crows side this year, still yet to taste victory and his tackling pressure was great along with his composure in using the footy out of defence, which has been an area Adelaide has struggled in all year.
To see these two young guys playing well on each other would no doubt have pleased their junior coaches and clubs along with the Dandenong Stingrays hierarchy.
In total 38 players from the Stingrays are on AFL senior and Rookie lists in 2020 and more than half of them started their footy journey in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions, with 21 playing senior footy this weekend, including Lachie Whitfield initially from Mt Martha, who was enormous in the Giants win over Richmond, the very impressive saint and Mt Eliza junior, Hunter Clarke, Langwarrin’s Luke Parker, who led from the front as his Swans upset Hawthorn and Lachie Young from Somerville, who kicked a vital goal for the Bulldogs, his first in AFL Footy in the last quarter as they hung on to beat the Gold Coast.