Peter Jackson VFL Round 11
Sandringham Zebras vs. Werribee Tigers
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham
2:00pm Sunday July 2, 2017
Last 5 – Sandringham: 4, Werribee: 1
Last Time They Met:
R21, 2016 – Werribee 14.10-94 DEF Sandringham 10.14 – 74
By Nathaniel Sage
The Werribee Tigers make the trip down to Sandringham this Sunday, as both teams look to make up for disappointing losses last weekend. The game gets underway at 2pm at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
Another poor defeat for Sandringham last weekend has them licking their wounds, and the Zebras will need to respond soon to prevent this season from going into a downward spiral.
While Sandringham were quick out of the blocks to start the season, their form has dropped over the last two months and, coupled with some untimely injuries, they let slip their game last week against a Coburg side that had been winless.
Werribee sit in a much stronger position on the ladder, but, after a loss to Footscray broke their six-game undefeated run, a bounce-back win this weekend would prove valuable given their lacklustre percentage.
Both teams have had fairly low-scoring years up until this point, with Werribee and Sandringham ranking 9th and 10th respectively for points scored.
This weakness proved to be the undoing for both clubs last weekend, with Werribee grinding their way to just 10.11-71 in a 24-point loss, while Sandringham, as so often has been the case, were let down by their inaccuracy in scoring 8.15-63 in their 25-point loss.
The Zebras, courtesy of a strong third quarter, appeared to be well-set heading into the final quarter of their match versus Coburg. However, with Paddy McCartin, Daniel McKenzie and Darren Minchington all nursing injuries on the sidelines, Sandringham tired and were overrun.
There were a few strong efforts for Sandringham, as the versatility of Saints rookie Rowan Marshall shone through as he was the Zebras’ best playing across half-back. Seven marks (three contested) and four tackles, along with 19 disposals show his rebounding ability. His highlights were compiled on the Saints website, and can be viewed here.
Also solid were Joseph Fisscher, whose four goals kept Sandringham close throughout, and Jack Steele who accumulated 34 touches.
In Werribee’s loss to Footscray, the Tigers were led by Matthew Munro (#2) who slotted three goals, while Braydon Preuss (#31) amassed 63 hitouts in a dominant ruck display.
Sandringham have now sunk to 11th on the ladder while Werribee have steadily worked their way up to 7th and are eyeing a return to September football after a disappointing 2016 saw them miss finals for the first time in six years.
Expect the game to be a tussle, and the team providing cleaner, more direct entry into the forward 50 may well come away with the win. Sandringham will be looking to take advantage of their home-ground advantage as they did earlier in the season to grab a win and change the season’s current trajectory.
The development squad also play at home, with their game getting underway at 11am on Sunday. They will be going up against Werribee as well, and are coming off a thrilling 1-point win over Coburg last weekend.
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B: 14. T. Grace, 4. T. Laumets, 55. L. Gogis
HB: 46. R. Hayward, 61. D. Joyce, 22. C. Larkin
C: 17. N. Pavlou, 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: 69. J. Holmes, 8. T. Thompson, 25. N. Scagliarini
Int: 58. R. Pierce, 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 42. L. Batten, 5. R. Iudica, 12. K. Lopo, 7. C. Rich, 31. A. Sakeson, 48. J. Trew, 53. C. Colombo
In: J. Trew, N. Scagliarini, K. Lopo, R. Iudica, J. Holmes, R. Pierce, D. Joyce
Out: L. Pierce, R. Atkins, L. Verma
B: 1. D. Weickhardt, 16. M. Hayes, 50. R. Atkins
HB: 75. B. Rice, 77. R. Marshall, 65. B. White
C: 68. B. Miller, 35. J. Steele, 63. N. O'Kearney
HF: 79. M. Weller, 6. J. Fisscher, 76. N. Wright
F: 62. R. Connellan, 36. J. Battle, 2. K. Answerth
R: 18. T. Hickey, 33. N. Freeman, 84. L. Dunstan
Int: 64. B. Acres, 61. D. Joyce, 69. J. Holmes, 71. L. Pierce, 3. L. Verma, 20. E. Le Grice, 70. D. McKenzie, 39. E. Phillips, 80. S. Savage, 34. B. Long, 9. M. Cook, 87. S. Gilbert
23P: 44. H. Brayshaw
In: E. Le Grice, B. Acres, S. Gilbert, E. Phillips, S. Savage, L. Pierce, L. Dunstan, R. Atkins, N. Wright, L. Verma, M. Weller
Out: P. McCartin, D. Minchington, N. Coughlan