By Tom Anderson
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In a windy affair, Casey and Sandringham fight out a scrappy battle in which Casey come out 15 point winners in a low scoring game.
With Sandringham starting the first quarter against the wind, their changed game style started off well. Casey’s kicking game began to expose Sandringham early in the game before a few changes from the coaches box saw Casey’s first goal answered with two Sandringham goals from Kurt Lopo and Will Gregson. Sandringham’s ball movement into the breeze was impressive to watch as they stayed composed and used the ball well. The only sour part in an otherwise strong first quarter was Casey kicking two goals in an otherwise strong quarter.
Callum Cathcart was able to rack up 11 disposals in the first quarter whilst Taylor Grace was his dominant self off half back with 7 disposals and Kurt Lopo continuing to apply forward 50 pressure.
Sandringham started the second quarter just as they played the first quarter with Sandringham Dragons player Ari Sakeson kicking his first goal for the club from 50 metres out. Although Sandringham were dominant throughout the quarter, for most parts it was their kicking at goal that let them down. The two behinds that were kicked for the quarter were gettable shots that would’ve put Casey to the sword. With Casey making the most of their limited opportunities it was important for Sandringham to kick a few goals late in the quarter to make the most of the wind. Sakeson was able to kick another goal for the quarter in what was almost identical to his first goal while Corey Rich was able to kick two goals for the quarter as well in what was a good quarter that included 7 disposals as well. Ari Sakeson and Nick Pavlou were also busy with 8 and 10 disposals respectively for the quarter.
After taking a 10 point lead into half time, the lead was quickly added to after Sandringham are able to hold up multiple Casey attacks and for Connor Larkin to kick his first goal for the game. With a 16 point lead, Sandringham tried to stay on top but Casey’s running game started to get on top and as such the next three goals came in quick succession for Casey. Sandringham’s disposal efficiency began to drop off this quarter which continued to put the defence under more pressure. Tom Laumets was able to cut off Casey’s forward 50 entries all day and kept Sandringham in the contest. Sandringham were able to get a few shots on goal towards the end of the quarter only for both shots to be smothered by the man on the mark.
With the game in the balance going into the last quarter, a win for either team was possible. Sandringham started off the quarter in control with two shots at goal in the first couple of minutes only to result in 2 behinds. After controlling the play for the first part of the quarter, Casey against the run of play gain the lead with a goal from a 50 metre penalty. With the goal changed the momentum of the game, Casey began to control the contest with the next two goals to put a Sandringham victory out of reach. Although Sandringham’s pressure was almost at its best for the rest of the game, their early quarter wasted opportunities came back to haunt them. A late goal to Beau Bailey gave Sandringham a glimmer of hope but Casey again started to control the contest and saw the game out.
In a fairly even contest, Casey ran out 15 point winners in which Sandringham were wasteful in front of goal. Tom Laumets controlled the back half in a dominant display whilst Beau Bailey continued his good form and Ari Sakeson played his best game for the club.
Goals – Corey Rich 2, Ari Sakeson 2, Kurt Lopo 1, Connor Larkin 1, Will Gregson 1
Best – Tom Laumets, Beau Bailey, Taylor Grace, Corey Rich, Ari Sakeson, Nick Pavlou