Peter Jackson VFL Round 10
Sandringham Zebras vs. Coburg Lions
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham
2:00pm Saturday June 24, 2017
Last 5 – Sandringham: 4, Coburg: 1
Last Time They Met:
R5, 2016 – Coburg 14.5 - 89 DEF BY Sandringham 15.11 - 101
By Nathaniel Sage
It has been a long time coming but the Zebras will be back at home this Saturday to take on the winless Coburg Lions.
Sandringham have not played at Trevor Barker Beach Oval since Round 4, and their form has been patchy ever since. The Zebras are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and have dropped to 10th on the ladder.
Sandringham will go into this clash with some confidence as they have defeated Coburg this season. Their 12-point victory over the Lions in Round 5 represents their only win away from home this season.
The last time they met, Daniel McKenzie had 27 touches in a best on ground display, while Paddy McCartin, Ben Long and Rowan Marshall combined to contribute 10 of Sandy’s 15 goals. On Coburg’s side of things, Hayden Blythe (#42) was the Lions’ best, kicking three goals.
Looking at each side’s run in to Saturday’s game, Sandringham come off the bye, and the weekend prior they put in a strong effort but fell short by 24 points away to Williamstown. Coburg’s disappointing season continued with a 64-point loss at home against Port Melbourne last Saturday.
Sandringham for the most part kept up with Williamstown around the ground, but it was aerial dominance that allowed the Seagulls to control the tempo. Williamstown had 20 contested marks to Sandringham’s 1, and doubled the Zebras total marks (128-64).
For Sandringham, hard-running Kade Answerth was among the best with 26 possessions, while Jack Lonie, Luke Dunstan and Darren Minchington were all serviceable and popped up on the scoreboard. Lonie’s highlights can be viewed here on the Saints website.
Looking at the opposition, after a solid first half for Coburg saw them trailing Port Melbourne by just 8 points, they were overwhelmed by the Borough’s explosive forward line in what blew out to a 10-goal margin.
The Lions’ best was defender Joshua Iacobaccio (#15), and, up forward, Nick Dodge (#21) continued his strong form with a three-goal return.
While Sandy would be rightly disappointed to have dropped winnable games to Collingwood and Williamstown, this weekend’s game is their best opportunity for a win in quite some time. After the big loss to Footscray, the Zebras have steadied across the board but a win is necessary to kick-start their season.
At present, only percentage separates Sandy from the top 8, while Coburg are languishing in second-last at zero wins and nine losses. With the bye under their belt and back home at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, the Zebras will be hoping to put in a four-quarter effort against Coburg and come away with the four points.
The development squad also play at home, with their game getting underway at 11am on Saturday. They will be going up against Coburg as well, and are coming off back-to-back losses to Williamstown that see them in 5th on the Development League ladder.
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B: 14. T. Grace, 4. T. Laumets, 50. R. Atkins
HB: 22. C. Larkin, 16. M. Hayes, 46. R. Hayward
C: 68. B. Miller, 13. J. Noone, 10. O. Jones
HF: 51. B. Bailey, 21. J. Fox, 49. J. Sziller
F: 28. C. Cathcart, 47. D. Hughes, 27. N. Smith
R: 71. L. Pierce, 8. T. Thompson, 3. L. Verma
Int: 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 6. J. Fisscher, 42. L. Batten, 5. R. Iudica, 12. K. Lopo, 17. N. Pavlou, 7. C. Rich, 31. A. Sakeson, 53. C. Colombo
In: B. Bailey, L. Pierce, R. Iudica, J. Sziller, L. Batten, J. Baker-Thomas, J. Fisscher
Out: R. Monkhorst, N. Scagliarini, J. Wallace
B: 2. K. Answerth, 61. D. Joyce, 73. N. Coughlan
HB: 62. R. Connellan, 75. B. Rice, 9. M. Cook
C: 41. D. Minchington, 84. L. Dunstan, 63. N. O'Kearney
HF: 80. S. Savage, 67. P. McCartin, 36. J. Battle
F: 32. J. Lonie, 77. R. Marshall, 34. B. Long
R: 69. J. Holmes, 33. N. Freeman, 70. D. McKenzie
Int: 64. B. Acres, 68. B. Miller, 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 6. J. Fisscher, 30. T. Hickey, 71. L. Pierce, 1. D. Weickhardt, 16. M. Hayes, 93. J. Webster, 35. J. Steele, 65. B. White
23P: 44. H. Brayshaw