3.5 4.5 8.6 12.8 80
4.2 5.11 9.14 15.14 104
Disposals: Freeman 29, Minchington 27, Answerth 26, Dunstan 23 & Lonie 23.
Goals: Lonie 3, Minchington 3, Long 2, Dunstan 2, Hickey & Pierce.
By Mitch McConville
Sandringham came out with a high tempo and an emphasis on intensity around the ball that was an area that needed to be addressed after last week. Despite being down at quarter time Sandy had 9 shots on goal to Williamstown’s 6, unfortunately the inaccuracy clouded how good the pressure, tackling and ball movement was in the first term.
A much different second quarter transpired with the only two goals of the quarter coming within the first 4 minutes. A Lewis Pierce bomb from outside fifty within a minute gave the impression that the Zebra’s were going to make it hard for Williamstown however they shortly hit back. Sandringham’s defence was resilient as the Seagull’s dominated possession piling on 10 shots on goal fortunately for Sandy the conversion was at a measly 1 goal 9 behinds which left the margin at 12 points at the half.
It was a slow start for Sandringham however they began to win their own ball around the contest with Kade Answerth and Nathan Freeman leading the way in the middle. While Williamstown were able to extend their lead out to 4 goals it seemed some fatigue set in and the Zebra’s exploded for the last 3 goals of the quarter slicing the deficit to a gettable 14 points.
Heading into the last term it was clear that Sandringham needed to come out firing, sadly that did not happen with Williamstown getting out to a 36-point lead 14 minutes into the last term. The Zebra’s were able to relieve some scoreboard pressure with a few late goals however the contest was already won and the final margin being 24 points.
The development squad were also beaten by Williamstown’s reserves 9.8 62 to 13.15 93 in a similar display to the seniors Williamstown proved too strong. However the return of Jack Noone and Oli Jones was something for Sandringham fans to celebrate with both players having an impressive return with Noone finishing with 27 touches and Jones with 20. Corey Rich was up there for Sandy’s best with 3 goals and 24 disposals, one of his best performances this season.