Peter Jackson VFL Round 3
Sandringham Zebras vs. Collingwood
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham
2:00pm Saturday April 29, 2017
Last 5 – Sandringham: 4, Collingwood: 1
Last Time They Met: Round 20, 2016 – Sandringham 16.18 - 114 DEF Collingwood 7.5 - 47
By Nathaniel Sage
Collingwood make the trip down to Sandringham this week, in a matchup between two teams looking to rebound from losses last weekend.
The Zebras will be keen to get back out on the park after a frustrating loss to Richmond, where the players will feel they lacked poise. Interestingly, they were outscored in every quarter despite losing by only 25 points, which accurately sums up a game where Sandringham were competitive but never quite got going.
Sandringham will be encouraged by the work rate of their tall forwards, as Paddy McCartin pulled in seven marks and Rowan Marshall eight (including four contested). These two also combined for five of the Zebras’ eight total goals. Around the contest, it was Jack Sinclair who stood up with 31 disposals, while James Sziller showed his intensity with a game-high eight tackles.
Collingwood have a lot to improve on after suffering an 80-point loss at the hands of Essendon –whom Sandringham defeated in Round 1. The Magpies conceded ten goals from turnovers in a patchy display, although they only lost the inside 50 count by four so it would appear a big issue was ball use across the ground.
Collingwood allowed the Bombers too much time around the contest, as the Bombers racked up clearances through effective handball chains. This led to open forward-50 entries and greater scoring efficiency once they got inside 50. Sandringham will need to replicate this on Saturday to be on track for a win.
Winning the contested ball will be key in what looks set to be a fairly wet and windy game at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Both sides will also be mindful of cutting down on mistakes when leaving the back half and using the ball creatively to create opportunities in the forward half.
Expect the intensity to be bumped up a gear from last week’s loss to Richmond, as Sandringham look to show some more fight in Saturday’s clash with the Magpies.
Ending on a bright note, last weekend the development team won their first game this season with a four-quarter effort, defeating Werribee 15.18-108 to 8.9-57. The squad was led by Theophilos Thompson, who had 31 touches and two goals in a best on ground display. They play away from home this Sunday at 11am, taking on the Demons at Casey Fields.
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B: 46. R. Hayward, 37. H. Goddard, 73. N. Coughlan
HB: 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 50. R. Atkins, 26. J. Wallace
C: 52. K. Nissenbaum, 70. D. McKenzie, 27. N. Smith
HF: 28. C. Cathcart, 19. J. Dobosz, 7. C. Rich
F: 51. B. Bailey, 6. J. Fisscher, 48. J. Trew
R: 69. J. Holmes, 25. N. Scagliarini, 17. N. Pavlou
Int: 22. C. Larkin, 15. J. Haidon, 71. L. Pierce, 5. R. Iudica, 18. K. Parsons, 4. T. Laumets, 8. T. Thompson, 21. J. Fox
In: L. Pierce, N. Coughlan, J. Baker-Thomas, J. Holmes, J. Fisscher, D. McKenzie
Out: R. Monkhorst, L. Verma, M. Hayes
B: 65. B. White, 61. D. Joyce, 1. D. Weickhardt
HB: 62. R. Connellan, 20. E. Le Grice, 75. B. Rice
C: 39. E. Phillips, 84. L. Dunstan, 80. S. Savage
HF: 34. B. Long, 67. P. McCartin, 76. N. Wright
F: 2. K. Answerth, 77. R. Marshall, 33. N. Freeman
R: 88. T. Hickey, 63. N. O'Kearney, 66. J. Sinclair
Int: 32. J. Lonie, 71. L. Pierce, 3. L. Verma, 16. M. Hayes, 8. T. Thompson, 70. D. McKenzie, 95. K. Stevens, 9. M. Cook
23P: 49. J. Sziller
In: J. Lonie, T. Hickey, L. Dunstan, B. Long, L. Verma, M. Hayes, T. Thompson
Out: J. Battle, J. Holmes, J. Fisscher