Sandringham: 2.2 3.5 6.9 8.13 (61)
Richmond: 2.5 4.7 9.9 12.14 (86)
Sinclair 35, Savage 29, McKenzie 29 & White 24.
Sandringham: McCartin 3, Marshall 2, Answerth, Cook, Wright.
Richmond: Chol 3, Bolton 2, Stengle 2, Aarts, Ballard, Ellis, Lennon, Wood.
Sandringham: Sinclair, Sziller, Le Grice, McKenzie, Rice, White.
Richmond: Garthwaite, Batchelor, Townsend, Coffield, Ellis, Silvestro.
The clash between Sandringham and Richmond was always bound to be intense as both teams were coming off wins in round 1.
Richmond showed signs of why they were able to overpower North Ballarat by 188 points with an immense amount of pressure around the ball particularly forward of centre.
Sandringham remained in the contest as a result of the Tigers poor kicking at goal early. Although the game was played majority in Richmond’s forward half Mckenzie, Savage and Sinclair were able to get the ball in their hands and help Sandringham move forward.
The second quarter played out much the same however with Josh Battle out of the game with a knock to his knee Rowan Marshall and Paddy McCartin were both left big responsibility. Both forwards were able to get on the end of forward entries and hit the scoreboard, keeping the Zebras within touching distance.
The forward pressure of debutant Shai Bolton provided plenty of opportunities for the Tigers with hard tackles resulting in turnovers and his two goals. Also aiding Richmond was two fellow young guns in Mabior Chol and Tyson Stengle who kicked 3 and 2 goals respectively.
Richmond’s strong second half carried the lead out to a margin of 25 points late in the fourth and although McCartin and Answerth hit back late with goals, it was not enough.
Although Richmond led at every major break there was still plenty to take away from the match for Sandringham, with McCartin and Marshall once again showing glimpses of the future, as well as Sinclair, Savage and Mckenzie all taking big steps forward with one eye on winning a spot back in the St Kilda line-up.
Sandringham will now turn their attention to the match against Collingwood next Saturday at TBBO.
The Zebra’s development team had a solid victory over Werribee defeating them 15.18 108 to 8.9 57.
The game was exciting throughout from a Sandy perspective with plenty of clean ball movement throughout the four quarters for Zebras Coach Owen Lalor to get excited about.
There were a number of good contributors for Sandringham especially Max Hayes’ run and disposal (32) off half back being instrumental to the victory. Theo Thompson, Luke Verma and Nathan Scagliarini were all accumulators of the footy whilst Josh Fox slotted 3 goals for the Zebra’s.