Peter Jackson VFL Round 5
Coburg Lions vs. Sandringham Zebras
Piranha Park, Coburg
2:00pm Sunday May 14, 2017
Last 5 – Coburg: 2, Sandringham: 3
Last Time They Met: Round 14, 2016 – Coburg 5.6 - 36 DEF BY Sandringham 12.13 - 85
By Nathaniel Sage
With three wins under their belt, Sandringham will play their first match away from home as they take on the Coburg Lions at Piranha Park this Sunday.
For the second straight week, the Zebras come up against a winless side looking to cause an upset. As we saw last weekend, no side in the VFL is an easy beat and Sandringham will be keen to get the game on their terms early.
Sandy scraped through for a 14-point victory over North Ballarat, who showed a lot of fight in trying conditions at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Both sides applied a lot of pressure around the ball, with Kade Answerth racking up 10 tackles.
Jack Lonie was prolific with 37 touches, but it was the ball use of experienced players like Shane Savage and Daniel McKenzie that gave the Zebras the advantage.
Rookie-listed forward Rowan Marshall continued his strong start to the season, finishing with three goals and five contested marks. Click here to see his highlights from the weekend.
For Coburg, there are numerous areas to work on after Williamstown inflicted an 88-point loss on them last Sunday. In windy conditions, Williamstown booted 18 of their 20 goals to one end of the ground and, needless to say, the Lions will be happy to be back at home.
Coburg are not a side to be overlooked, as their best players are coming into some form. Reigning best and fairest and captain Thomas Goodwin (#29) is moving around the ground very effectively as the ruckman, and Ryan Exon (#5) has settled in well across half back for the Lions.
Sandringham will not take this game for granted, but it should be noted their percentage at this early stage of the season is some cause for concern. Despite sitting in 5th on the ladder, their percentage is only 105; lower than that of 10th placed Essendon.
Part of the issue for Sandy has been closing out game as the Zebras are yet to win a fourth quarter. With Coburg coming off three straight losses by over 10 goals, Sandringham would feel confident that if they can find some separation early, they could punish the Lions as the game goes on.
This game does present the challenge of the Zebras’ first game on the road though, and it will be interesting to see their ability to adapt to the conditions and deal with a hostile crowd.
The development team will also be travelling to Coburg to take on the Lions from 11am on Sunday. Sandy’s development squad have won three straight and will look to follow up a comprehensive 59-point win over Port Melbourne.
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Teams will be posted when announced.
B: 14. T. Grace, 4. T. Laumets, 55. L. Gogis
HB: 22. C. Larkin, 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 26. J. Wallace
C: 46. R. Hayward, 52. K. Nissenbaum, 29. C. Riley
HF: 5. R. Iudica, 19. J. Dobosz, 11. J. Matera
F: 28. C. Cathcart, 6. J. Fisscher, 27. N. Smith
R: 60. R. Monkhorst, 25. N. Scagliarini, 3. L. Verma
Int: 45. S. Willatt, 15. J. Haidon, 51. B. Bailey, 49. J. Sziller, 12. K. Lopo, 7. C. Rich, 16. M. Hayes, 21. J. Fox, 10. O. Jones, 53. C. Colombo
In: K. Lopo, C. Riley , J. Sziller, R. Monkhorst, S. Willatt, O. Jones, L. Gogis, J. Matera, C. Colombo, J. Haidon
Out: N. Pavlou, J. Trew, L. Pierce, K. Parsons, R. Atkins
B: 75. B. Rice, 61. D. Joyce, 65. B. White
HB: 62. R. Connellan, 37. H. Goddard, 80. S. Savage
C: 39. E. Phillips, 41. D. Minchington, 63. N. O'Kearney
HF: 2. K. Answerth, 77. R. Marshall, 33. N. Freeman
F: 34. B. Long, 67. P. McCartin, 76. N. Wright
R: 69. J. Holmes, 84. L. Dunstan, 64. B. Acres
Int: 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 32. J. Lonie, 71. L. Pierce, 1. D. Weickhardt, 16. M. Hayes, 70. D. McKenzie, 73. N. Coughlan, 9. M. Cook, 87. S. Gilbert
23P: 8. T. Thompson
In: L. Pierce, B. Acres, S. Gilbert, D. Minchington, J. Baker-Thomas, M. Hayes, N. Wright
Out: T. Hickey, E. Le Grice