By Tom Anderson
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A gallant Footscray performance saw them eventual run over the top of a brave Sandringham outfit that continued to fight all day only to run out 49 points down at the final siren.
Sandringham started off the game on a good note with the first goal through Myke Cook and continual pressure around the contest giving Footscray no time and space. Although Sandringham were on top of the contest around the ball, they didn’t make the most of their opportunities before Footscray began to get on top. After starting off well around the stoppages Sandringham started to give Footscray the time and space they desired which resulted in a the tide turning and Footscray starting to get on top and make the most of Sandringham’s lack of pressure. Sandringham’s efforts coming out of the defence continued to be cut off by a well-structured Footscray outfit. Against the flow of play, Sandringham got out of defence and ran the length of the field and Nathan Wright to kick a clever goal from the pocket in one of the highlights of the quarter for Sandringham. A quick clearance and goal to Footscray killed any hopes of Sandringham again getting on top for the quarter.
With the quarter time margin being 24 points, it was only through Max Hayes and Bailey Rice holding up the defence and cutting off numerous forward 50 entries that Footscray weren’t further in the lead.
Blake Acres started the second quarter off well for Sandringham kicking his first goal of the game to add to his dominant first quarter through the midfield. Kicking the first goal of the quarter spurred on Sandringham who upped their tackling pressure around the contest which got them on top for the first ten minutes. Unfortunately, after this the game slowly started to become more free flowing which enabled Footscray to get back and stay in the contest for the remainder of the quarter. As the game started to get more fluent, goals began to flow for Sandringham. In a display of courage, Brandon White ran back with the flight of the ball only to receive a late hit and get a 50 metre penalty as a result and kick a goal to get the margin back to an achievable 14 points. Like Footscray did all day though, they were able to keep Sandringham just out of arms reach. Both teams for the rest of the quarter went goal for goal. Goals to Rowan Marshall and Luke Dunstan as well as Nathan Smith in his first senior game for the year, kept some hope alive for Sandringham going into half time.
Blake Acres and Luke Dunstan both showed throughout the first half their class with 22 and 16 disposals respectively as well as a goal each. Kade Answerth as always gave Sandringham toughness around the ball as well as his unrelenting pressure whilst Myke Cook continues to display his poise and composure around the ball.
In somewhat of a disappointing third quarter, the game began to slip away from Sandringham in a goal less quarter. Whilst Footscray only kicked three goals for the quarter, they were also able to keep Sandringham out of the contest. Luke Dunstan kept doing his best to keep Sandringham in the contest with another dominant quarter. With Sandringham in control for the first part of the quarter, they were unable to make it count on the scoreboard with a few set shots getting kicked into the man on the mark also. Footscray’s class began to show with their efficient ball use in their forward half allowing them to kick away in the latter part of the quarter kicking the only three goals for either team.
With Sandringham already being behind on both the scoreboard and the on field battle going into the last quarter, it was always going to be an uphill battle to win the contest. Sandringham did their best to get on top in the early part of the quarter it was Footscray who drew first blood in one of their six goals for the last quarter. Sandringham’s lack of a big forward target hurt with multiple forward entries wasted. Footscray began to hurt Sandringham with five consecutive goals in the middle part of the quarter to put the game to bed.
The final score was an accurate display of a Sandringham outfit being out played by a skilful and well-structured Footscray outfit. Luke Dunstan did his best all day to keep Sandringham in the contest with a 32 disposal and 2 goal game whilst Jason Holmes continued his good form in the ruck and Bailey Rice rebounding well off half back all day. Kade Answerth and Myke Cook displayed their leadership for the team in what was a disappointing day for Sandringham.
Goals - Luke Dunstan 2, Josh Battle, Nathan Smith, Ray Connellan, Blake Acres, Rowan Marshall, Brandon White, Nathan Wright, Myke Cook
Best - Luke Dunstan, Myke Cook, Bailey Rice, Kade Answerth, Jason Holmes
This week Sandringham play at Port Melbourne before our next home game is on the 30th of July against Box Hill Hawks.