Peter Jackson VFL Round 12
Sandringham Zebras vs. Footscray Bulldogs
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham
2:00pm Sunday July 9, 2017
Last 4 – Sandringham: 2, Footscray: 2
Last Time They Met:
R7, 2017 – Footscray 19.24 – 138 DEF Sandringham 5.9 – 39
By Nathaniel Sage
Sandringham are back in the winner’s circle for the first time since Round 5, after holding on for a six-point win over the Werribee Tigers. They will look to back up that effort as they go against the reigning premiers Footscray at Trevor Barker Beach Oval from 2pm this Sunday.
Footscray lost last week to Collingwood by five points, and will need to put in a strong effort to overcome their issues away from home – they have only won a single game away from Whitten Oval this season.
While you probably don’t need to be reminded, this Footscray side handed Sandy an embarrassing 99-point loss in Round 7. The Zebras would love to put well and truly behind that game behind them with a win.
In case you missed it, Sandringham registered their fifth win for the season, defeating Werribee and putting an end to their five-game losing streak.
In what was an entertaining game, Sandringham’s accuracy on goal arguably proved the difference, kicking a tidy 17.6-108 to Werribee’s 14.18-102. For reference, over the course of the five-game losing streak, Sandy kicked 35 goals and 47 behinds.
Daniel McKenzie was one of the Zebras’ best with 8 tackles and 26 touches off the half-back line in a strong showing. Nathan Freeman and Shane Savage were also instrumental in the win, collecting 37 touches apiece. Freeman’s highlights can be viewed on the Saints website here.
Twelve individual goal scorers underpinned a strong attacking effort on the day, with Savage, Dylan Weickhardt, Ray Connellan, Nathan Wright and Josh Battle each kicking two.
Just scanning over the stats sheet, give credit to Dominic Brew and Matt Hanson from Werribee, who registered a remarkable 17 and 15 tackles respectively.
On Footscray’s side of things, they are coming off a loss away to Collingwood; although it could well have ended as a draw. Footscray’s Anthony Bruhn had a shot after the siren, but his kick to tie the score hit the post in a cruel finish.
A commanding effort last week by Matthew Boyd and Clay Smith for Footscray will see them head back to the Bulldogs’ AFL side, and the VFL side will need all its players to help pick up the slack.
With the Bulldog’s list hampered by injury, expect to see a few lesser-known names have expand their roles on Sunday. Last weekend, 23rd man Tate Short (#73) had 18 disposals and a goal in a lively display.
This Footscray squad is quite different from the one that thrashed Sandringham earlier in the season, although that will come as no surprise to those that have followed the Bulldogs this season.
Steve Grace’s side has coped with Luke Beveridge’s quick trigger regarding team changes at the AFL level, so he will prepare them well for the trip down to Sandringham.
This game represents an important game for both teams. Despite only one win separating the two teams on the ladder, Footscray sit in 4th while the Zebras are stuck in 11th.
The Bulldogs want to keep the pressure on the teams above them as they aim for a top-four finish, while Sandringham are eager to capitalise on the momentum created by last week’s much-needed win and keep in touch with the top eight.
The development squad also play at home, with their game getting underway at 11am on Sunday. They will be going up against Casey, after a 61-point win over Werribee last Sunday put them in second position on the Development League ladder.
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B: 68. B. Miller, 4. T. Laumets, 13. J. Noone
HB: 14. T. Grace, 61. D. Joyce, 46. R. Hayward
C: 25. N. Scagliarini, 8. T. Thompson, 28. C. Cathcart
HF: 49. J. Sziller, 15. J. Haidon, 27. N. Smith
F: 7. C. Rich, 22. C. Larkin, 31. A. Sakeson
R: 21. J. Fox, 51. B. Bailey, 17. N. Pavlou
Int: 58. R. Pierce, 19. J. Dobosz, 42. L. Batten, 5. R. Iudica, 55. L. Gogis, 12. K. Lopo, 3. L. Verma, 26. J. Wallace, 53. C. Colombo
In: J. Dobosz, K. Lopo, B. Miller, R. Iudica, R. Pierce, J. Wallace,
L. Verma, J. Haidon
Out: O. Jones, D. Hughes, J. Baker-Thomas, J. Holmes
B: 16. M. Hayes, 77. R. Marshall, 65. B. White
HB: 80. S. Savage, 20. E. Le Grice, 75. B. Rice
C: 39. E. Phillips, 70. D. McKenzie, 63. N. O'Kearney
HF: 2. K. Answerth, 6. J. Fisscher, 9. M. Cook
F: 62. R. Connellan, 36. J. Battle, 34. B. Long
R: 30. T. Hickey, 33. N. Freeman, 84. L. Dunstan
Int: 64. B. Acres, 78. J. Baker-Thomas, 69. J. Holmes, 1. D. Weickhardt, 50. R. Atkins, 13. J. Noone, 79. M. Weller, 76. N. Wright
23P: 44. H. Brayshaw
In: B. Acres, J. Noone, L. Dunstan, B. Long, J. Baker-Thomas, J. Holmes,
Out: B. Miller, L. Pierce, L. Verma