By Tom Anderson
With perhaps their best quarter (1st quarter) and game for the year, Sandringham win comprehensively over a poor Werribee outfit.
After last weeks nail biting win over Coburg, Sandringham again started strongly against an in form Werribee team. With Werribee beating an in form Williamstown team last week it was important for Sandringham to start strongly. An eight goal first quarter was just the answer to keeping Werribee at arm’s reach. The only bad point of the first quarter saw Ollie Jones (10) dislocate his shoulder after starting strongly in defence.
In a quarter of many positives though, Nathan Smith (27) was unstoppable kicking four goals in the quarter whilst Theo Thompson (8) was, like always strong around the contest whilst gathering seven disposals.
The first quarter also saw Sandringham continue to pressure Werribee into turning over the ball which was led by Luke Gogis (55) and Beau Bailey (51) as well as immense tackling pressure by Lachlan Batten (42) in just his second game for the club.
Sandringham’s first quarter performance continued into the second quarter but only for the first five minutes. Goals to Corey Rich (7) and Beau Bailey (51) saw the lead increased to 63 points before Werribee got on top and began to dominate the quarter. Sandringham were able to stem the bleeding though, only allowing Werribee to kick three goals for the quarter. Sandringham’s pressure around the contest as well as around the ground meant that Werribee were allowed no space to move the ball freely as they desired.
Taylor Grace (14) began to impose himself on the contest with a ten disposal quarter whilst Beau Bailey (51) and Nic Pavlou (17) continued their impressive starts with eight disposals for the quarter.
Taking a 42 point lead into the third quarter gave Sandringham some breathing space to again attack the game like they did in the first quarter. The first couple of minutes saw Nic Pavlou (17) kick his first goal of the game and increase Sandringham’s margin. In a quarter also filled with pressure from either side, it turned into a scrappy affair. Periods of good ball movement were evident and resulted in goals to Corey Rich (7) and Chris Colombo (53), whilst Lachlan Batten’s (42) good game continued with another goal to end the quarter. Taylor Grace (14) also continued to stay in the game with another big quarter with eight disposals.
With fatigue starting to set in for both teams, Sandringham’s ascendency throughout the contest left them in good stead to win the game. This didn’t stop Sandringham continuing to apply pressure to Werribee. Jason Holmes (69) who played a fantastic game throughout the ruck topped off his game with a good run down tackle. This also resulted in a goal to Corey Rich (7) from an easy snap shot. As the quarter progressed both teams continued to tire and the quality of the play disintegrated as well. Only Nathan Scagliarini (25) finished strongly with a twelve disposal last quarter as well as a goal.
With a final margin of 61 points reflecting Sandringham’s dominance throughout the contest, strong performances by Beau Bailey (51) through the midfield with 30 disposals and 2 goals, Joe Baker Thomas (78) down back, Jason Holmes (69) through the ruck and Lachlan Batten (42) continuing to be strong around the contest all day and adding two goals, Sandringham now take a strong confidence into the last part of the year in the hope of making an impact in the finals race