2.6 4.10 8.11 8.15 63
1.1 5.4 9.7 13.10 88
Disposals: Steele 36 (16 K, 20 H) , Freeman 28 (16 K, 12 H), O’Kearney 24, Hayes 21(8 Marks), Minchington 20 & Marshall 19 (6 Marks).
Goals: Fisscher 4, Steele, Battle, Minchington, Holmes.
Once again Sandringham got off the mark quickly, with ferocious attack on the contests and a thirst to get on the scoreboard however an inaccurate 2 goals 6 behinds did not do enough damage to scare Coburg off. To add to the woes mid-way through the first period Paddy McCartin received a knee to side of his head following a desperate act to move the ball quickly which resulted in a goal but with Paddy’s recent head injuries, he took no further part in the game and we hope he makes a full recovery.
With an 11-point lead heading into the second it seemed expected that the Zebra’s would continue their aggression around the ball and make up for the early misses. To the surprise of many, it was Coburg who emerged fired up and full of belief that they can notch their first win of the season away from home. Despite sharing the same score at the major break Sandringham had an extra 5 shots on goal that would prove costly later on.
The third quarter was end to end football with a shootout like term, four goals each way and it left the crowd guessing which side would run away with the four points. Having McCartin out for the rest of the game and St Kilda rookie Rowan Marshall being tested down back, there was a position for Joe Fisscher to make a contribution to the team and the scoreboard. Fisscher kicked 3 of his four goals in the third and proved to be a reliable option deep while Josh Battle played higher up the ground.
The endurance of the team would be tested for the last term with Paddy McCartin and Daniel McKenzie done for the day. To add the Sandringham’s injury woes a minor ankle strain for Darren Minchington meant that rotations were limited. With the lack of rotations, the Zebra’s struggled and were out run by Coburg in the last quarter with the final margin of 25 points.
Jack Steele showed his class through the midfield all day whilst Rowan Marshall continued his good form in defence. Fisscher also stepped up in the absence of McCartin kicking 4 goals.
Sandringham will be at home again this week when Werribee come to Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday 2nd of July for a 2:00pm start for the senior game and 11:00 am for our development squad.