Sandringham: 2.2 6.3 10.5 12.6 78
North Ballarat: 1.1 2.8 5.9 9.10 64
Lonie 39, Dunstan 27, Savage 27, O'Kearney 25.
Marshall 3, McCartin 2, Long 2, Weickhardt, Thompson, Freeman, O'Kearney, Rice.
Savage, Mckenzie, Freeman, Lonie, Rice, Cook.
By Justin Cooper
Sandringham has survived a scare to overcome North Ballarat by 14-points at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Saturday, winning 12.6 (78) to 9.10 (64).
The Roosters outscored the home side four goals to two to be within two kicks of the lead in the final term, only for the Zebras to hold firm in the final moments.
In cold and very windy conditions, it took the Zebras until the 21-minute mark of the first quarter to register their first major of the day with St Kilda rookie Rowan Marshall giving the home side the break with the last two goals of the term.
With rain falling from the overcast sky, scores were hard to come by and with Paddy McCartin reported for a late hit, the Roosters couldn’t hit the scoreboard with much efficiency.
The Zebras again registered late goals in the second term, jumping out to a game-high lead of 19-points at the main break.
The visitors kept coming at Sandringham after half-time, but it was Lindsay Gilbee’s team that held sway to make the most of their opportunities with a quarter left to play.
The Zebras now sit third on the VFL ladder after their third win for 2017, with an away trip to Piranha Park next Sunday to tackle 13th placed Coburg.
Development Final Score:
Sandringham 15.9 99 defeated Port Melbourne 4.16.40