Sandringham: 2.2 7.2 9.5 15.10 100
Coburg: 3.3 8.3 12.3 14.5 89
Savage 33, Mckenzie 26 & O'Kearney 26.
McCartin 4, Long 3, Marshall 3, Cook, Holmes, McKenzie, Phillips, Scagliarini.
McKenzie, O'Kearney, Rice, Marshall, Weickhardt, McCartin.
By Avi Chandra
The Sandringham Zebras have amassed a huge comeback win to defeat the Coburg Lions at Piranha Park on Sunday.
Trailing by as much as 25 points in the 3rd quarter and 16 going points into the 4th, Sandringham rallied to run away with the contest 100-89.
Shane Savage and Paddy McCartin led the way with the former getting 33 disposals and the latter kicking 4 goals.
The first quarter saw Sandringham start slowly, with the side not being able to gain any fluency going forward.
Goals from McCartin and Phillips helped keep Sandy within touch; however wastefulness in their forward half by the Zebras ultimately led to a 7 point deficit at quarter time.
The second quarter saw neither team able to gain an upper hand, with both sides exchanging blows for the entirety of the quarter.
Shane Savage and Rowan Marshall lead the way for Sandy in the 2nd, Savage with 11 disposals while Marshall kicked 3 goals to round off a successful quarter for both men.
There wasn’t much to separate the sides as they headed into the rooms for half-time, again with Sandy trailing by 7 at the long break.
The third quarter began poorly for Sandy as Coburg ran in the first 3 goals of the quarter, pushing the lead out to 25 points in the first 8 minutes of the quarter.
Sandy then responded with two goals of their own through Paddy McCartin and Ben Long, cutting the lead back to 10 points.
Coburg managed to kick a decisive goal on 3 quarter time to push the lead out to 16 heading into the last quarter.
The 4th quarter started exactly how Sandy had planned with early goals and strong grabs by Paddy McCartin. Sandringham kicked a total of 6 goals to Coburg's 2 to round off the fairy-tale win.
McCartin and Ben Long proved to be the difference makers, kicking two goals each in the quarter, including a decisive goal late in the contest. Nathan Scagliarini, promising ex-stingray kicked the final Zebras goal for the day on debut as the 23rd man.
On a sour note, Ed Phillips was carried off on a stretcher early in the last quarter with what seemed to be a lower leg injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known.
Sandringham move to 4th place on the ladder, making this win the 4th for the year from 5 games played so far.
Earlier on in the day, the Sandringham development side also defeated the Lions 85-56.
After an average first half which only separated the two teams by a couple of points the boys picked up the intensity in the second half to run away convincing victors in the end.
Julian Dobosz and Taylor Grace led the way, Dobosz with 3 key goals and Grace leading all ball winners with 25 disposals.
Sandringham will look to continue their winning ways next week against Northern Blues when they clash at Preston City Oval on Saturday.