Casey Scorpions: 3.4 6.9 7.13 12.20 (92)
Sandringham: 4.1 4.2 7.4 7.4 (46)
Goals: Shenton 2, Cook, Templeton, Delaney, O’Kearney, Lee
Bests: Lee, Simpkin, Shenton, Answerth, Saunders, O’Kearney
A final quarter onslaught from Casey Scorpions has condemned Sandringham to their second straight defeat, going down by 46 points on Sunday.
In a disappointing afternoon for the Zebras, Casey held Sandringham scoreless in two of the four quarters and recorded 27-1 inside 50s in the last. With the loss, the Zebras now re-join the ladder logjam and hang onto a top four spot only on percentage.
Gusty conditions at Casey Fields made it difficult for either side to maintain momentum throughout the contest. Sandringham won the first and third quarters, but lost the second and fourth.
Down by just nine points at the final change, Sandringham’s ability to run over sides in the last quarter has become a defining trait and many were expecting a hotly contested last quarter.
However, it was a final quarter domination from Casey that landed the knockout punch - conceding just the one inside 50, +25 in disposals and 11 more scoring shots to the Zebra’s none.
The contest look set for a match fitting of two top four sides. After a fast start from the Scorpions, Sandringham fought back with the wind advantage to take an early quarter time lead. Jack Lonie was lively early, setting up two goals to go with his nine disposals.
Sandringham’s inability to defend against the wind hurt last week and put them on the back foot again this week. A single rushed behind was all the Zebras could congregate as goals to Jack Grimes, Ben Newton and Tim Smith pushed the deficit out to 19 points.
A shining light on the afternoon was the third quarter performance of Cam Shenton. Back from St Kilda duties, Shenton helped reignite a slumbering Sandringham was two goals from outside 50 in quick succession.
But it proved false hope, as Casey bolted away with a dominant final term display to run out 46-point victors.
It was a tough afternoon for the midfield, smashed 456-282 in disposals and 66-27 in inside 50s. Jack Lonie, Nick O’Kearney and Josh Saunders each chimed in with 21 disposals, while Lewis Pierce was excellent in the ruck with 34 hit outs.
Shenton would be Sandringham’s only multiple goal kicker with two majors, with the Zebras struggling to conjure any scoring opportunities once the ball went inside 50.
Sandringham assistant coach Matt Embling lamented the effort after a yet another disappointing start.
“It was a pretty poor effort, especially after starting slowing again in the first quarter” Embling said.
“I thought we worked pretty hard to get ourselves into a reasonable spot come halfway through the second quarter,
“However I just think we ran out of steam in the last quarter and Casey had 11 scoring shots.”
Embling does, however, believe the wrongs can be fixed and an opportunity for Sandringham to solidify its position inside top four will come.
“It’s been a pretty disappointing last few weeks we’ve had considering the previous six weeks we’d been up and about,” Embling said.
“It’s just something we got to work on during the week to actually solidify our position in the top four.
“Big game against Williamstown next week to get back on track, just need to bring our A-game and give ourselves the best opportunity to cement that top four spot.”
Sandringham will be looking to break out of the mini-rut next Sunday against Williamstown.
Casey Scorpions: 5.7 7.9 12.10 15.11 (101)
Sandringham: 0.0 4.2 4.3 8.5 (53)
Goals: J. Dobosz 3, R. Iudica, M. Wilkins, M. Hayes, S. McLaren, E. Uthayakumar
Bests: L. Verma, M. Hayes, M. Hooy, T. Grace, J. Dobosz, M. Wilkins
Sandringham’s development has gone down to Casey Scorpions by 48 points at Casey Fields on Sunday.
In cold and windy conditions, Casey set the tone early with a five goal to none opening quarter. From there, the Zebras never threated as the Scorpions held them as arm’s length for the game’s entirety.
Much of Casey’s dominance was set up in the first term. With the ball played in the Scorpion’s half of the ground, Casey applied significant pressure once the ball exited their forward 50 to force the turn over.
Only inaccuracy denied the Scorpions a bigger margin as Sandringham went into the first break scoreless and down by 37 points. Casey were +12 in scoring shots and +16 in inside 50s.
Kicking with the wind in the second quarter, Sandringham’s revival got off to the worst possible start when the Scorpions goaled from their first centre clearance. It took until a third of the way through the term before Max Hayes broke the drought, nailing set shot after a 50m penalty.
As the quarter went on, Sandringham worked their way into the contest. Much of this came from the engine room, where Dylan Weickhardt and Luke Verma started to get their hands on the footy. Sean McLaren goaled right on the half time siren to give the Zebras some second half momentum.
Sandringham’s inability to defend against the wind became their ultimate undoing, as Casey opened up a sizable buffer. Kicking just the single behind, the Zebras were comprehensively smashed in the third. Casey not only took the tempo out of contest, but piled on the goals.
While late goals in the final quarter helped slash the deficit, the damage was already done as Sandringham went down by 48 points.
Back at home next week against the Seagulls, Sandringham will look to rectify the loss and get their season back on track.