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Alex Starling goes from Florida to Frankston as new VFL recruit

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FRANKSTON'S latest recruit has come a long way to play in the VFL - all the way from Jacksonville, Florida.

Alex Starling, who was scouted by the Sydney Swans two years ago, arrived in Melbourne on Saturday, being collected at Tullamarine by Dolphins coach Simon Goosey and assistant Bob Keddie.

Starling, 24, 196cm and 93kg, is a college basketballer who was signed by the Swans in 2012 under the international scholarship scheme.

But a stress fracture of the leg prevented them from listing him as an international rookie this year.

However the injury hasn't extinguished Starling's dream of playing football.

Frankston’s score wiped after head count

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IN THE end it was inevitable. The moment a head count was called early in the third quarter and Frankston was found to have 19 players on the field; the Dolphins’ fate was sealed, writes David O’Neill.

Under AFL Laws of the game - rule 5.5, that stipulates a team will have its score reduced to zero if found with an extra player on the field, the host’s were never realistically in the hunt for the four points in Round 14 the Peter Jackson VFL.

The Dolphins were 5.8 (38) when the drama unfolded, leaving the three goals and five behinds they managed after the incident as their final score.

The change sees the Roosters’ winning margin altered from three points to 41 points, a handy percentage boost for a side sitting just outside the top eight.

But with most in attendance – including both playing groups – unaware of such a rule, the absorbing contest was left to run its path. And what a contest it turned out to be.

Dolphins hold off Pies to score significant win

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The tide is turning at Frankston, with the Dolphins scoring successive victories for the first time in almost six years with a 13-point win over Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Coach Simon Goosey had a five-year plan to transform the competition's whipping boys into finals contenders and the results are evident.

Frankston knocked off last year's grand finalist Port Melbourne last week and held off a fast-finishing Pies outfit on Saturday.

The key, said Goosey, has been getting players drafted into the AFL system.

Frankston Dolphins hold on to stun Port Melbourne

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THE Frankston Dolphins have scored their best win in years, beating Port Melbourne by six points in a Sunday stunner at Frankston Park.

It took a combination of grit, brilliance and fight.

The Dolphins rejoiced as one when the siren sounded to give them a 14.14 (98) to 12.20 (92) win after a see-sawing battle.

Port Melbourne kicked the first three goals of the game to open up a 20-point lead at quarter-time.

A furious Frankston coach Simon Goosey marched to his side's quarter time huddle and roared, "work", at his players, believing they had loafed early.

Two Dolphins become big fish

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IN football terms, the Frankston Dolphins are a small fish in a big pond.

But the VFL club continues to churn out AFL players, with Kyle Martin and Leigh Osborne the latest Dollies to find their way on to league lists.

Martin, 22, who won Frankston's best and fairest this year, was snapped up by Collingwood in today's rookie draft.

And Osborne, also 22, was taken by the Gold Coast Suns.

Their rise to the big league continues Frankston's reputation as a football factory.

In the past three years, a pod of Dolphins has been snapped up by AFL clubs Michael Hibberd (Essendon), Mark Baguley (Essendon), Dylan Van Unen (Essendon), and now Martin and Osborne.

"It probably shows that we're the club of choice," Frankston coach Simon Goosey said.

"There are a lot of kids who want to come down and hopefully they can see an opportunity."

The rise and rise of Kyle Martin

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THE Bull became a Dolphin and now he's a Magpie.

Just as he set out to do when he left Noble Park 12 months ago, Kyle Martin completed the rise to AFL ranks when Collingwood selected him in today's AFL rookie draft.

The Pies had interviewed Martin after his best-and-fairest season at Frankston Dolphins, but made no promises about taking him.

The plumber slipped away from work this morning to watch the draft on his mobile phone and was stunned when his name popped up on the AFL website.

"It's always been a goal to get drafted, and it's a big thrill that it's happened," he told Leader a few minutes later.

"It's a shock, but a good one.

Frankston coach says ‘no more spooning'

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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.

Frankston Dolphins delight in win over Coburg

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FEROCIOUS tackling was behind Frankston's stirring 18-point win over the Coburg Tigers on Saturday.

The relentless Dolphins laid 93 tackles to wear down a Tigers side that contained 12 Richmond players.

"The pressure for the whole day was excellent," Frankston coach Simon Goosey said. "We had 93 tackles for the day and if you are up near 80 you are doing a pretty good job, so to have 93 was outstanding."

The win, which ended a six-game losing streak, continued the Dolphins' remarkable recent record against Coburg.

Frankston's five wins in the past three seasons have all been against Coburg.

Is Coburg the Dolphins' bunnies? Yep, you'd have to say so.

Dolphins emerging

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SIMON Goosey, the coach of VFL club Frankston, doesn't normally allow blow-ins to join in during pre-season training. It's an invitation-only affair.

But he made one exception before this season, and he's extremely glad he did.

Leigh Osborne was a 22-year-old half-back from the East Ringwood Football Club, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, who arrived unbidden at Frankston training.

Goosey told him it wasn't the normal practice to just roll up, but he said he'd give him a two-week trial out of fair play.

Goosey swears that Osborne changed his body shape in those two weeks, fining down to a more athletic visage. Then there was the obvious football talent.

Frankston Dolphins caught out byNorth Ballarat Roosters

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FRANKSTON coach Simon Goosey said his young side "forgot to work hard" was punished by North Ballarat.

"We were only down 10 percent, but it made the world of difference," he said after the Dolphins lost by 31 points.


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