Sandy will be riding an emotional high after upsetting ladder leaders Port Melbourne when they head down to Geelong to take on the Cats from 2:10pm this Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on Channel 7, with the broadcast kicking off at 2pm.
While the Cats are recovering from a 10-goal loss to Footscray, Sandringham fans would be feeling encouraged that finals remain a distinct possibility after narrowly defeating the Boroughs at North Port Oval.
With Sandy sitting in 10th and Geelong 12th (and both teams carrying poor percentage), the loser of this matchup would hold a very bleak outlook about playing finals footy in 2017.
For Geelong, it has been a topsy-turvy season where they haven’t won or lost more than two games consecutively. The Zebras will be trying to change that fact by delivering the Cats a third straight loss this week.
Confidence in the Zebras camp will be as high as it has been in months following their tough win last weekend. Lindsay Gilbee will be hoping his squad don’t get ahead of themselves and can carry over the intensity and effort they brought against Port Melbourne.
It was a truly team effort that allowed the Zebras to overcome Port Melbourne. Up forward, Rowan Marshall popped up with the first two goals of the game and impacted contests throughout the day, while Joe Fisscher kicked two important goals in the final quarter. Check out Marshall’s highlights here to get the full picture of his great effort over the weekend.
Best on ground was vice-captain Dylan Weickhardt who played an excellent negating role on former Saint Eli Templeton.
Jason Holmes was able to exert his will in the ruck with 57 hit outs, and he provided Saints-listed players Luke Dunstan, Brandon White and Blake Acres with first touch of the ball in many contests, as all pressed their claim for a spot in the AFL side with solid efforts.
For Geelong, the positives were few and far between from their big loss to the Bulldogs. The result was made even more disappointing because it was played in Geelong under lights on Saturday night, and the Cats previously defeated Footscray earlier this season.
Ben Reid (#56) was their most effective player, accumulating 21 touches and using the ball well off half back, while James Tsitas (#51) worked hard for 31 possessions and laid 8 tackles.
Sam Dobson contributed three goals of the team’s six total goals and was the only real threat up forward, while the backline were unable to contain Anthony Bruhn, who slotted 5 goals for the Dogs.
This appears to be the perfect time for Sandringham to pick up a second straight road win. Geelong appear vulnerable having been unable to take advantage of their home-ground advantage the past two weeks in losses to Collingwood and Footscray.
Look for the Cats to attempt to stifle Sandy’s class around the contest, while the Zebras will aim to utilise quick ball movement and effective rebound play as they focus on picking up win number 7.
As noted earlier, the Cats haven’t lost three straight all season and are due for a response from their poor form, so Sandy will need to produce a four-quarter effort to guarantee a win.
Sandringham’s development team have Trevor Barker Beach Oval all to themselves this week as they welcome the Coburg Lions for an 11am start this Sunday. Last weekend, the development squad upset the Boroughs by 26 points – with Jordan Matera snagging five goals – meaning Sandy now sit in 2nd on the ladder.
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Also, just a reminder you can catch the boys live this round on Channel 7 or stream it online from 2pm this Saturday, using this link: au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/live/
B: 16. M. Hayes, 20. E. Le Grice, 75. B. Rice
HB: 50. R. Atkins, 61. D. Joyce, 13. J. Noone
C: 63. N. O'Kearney, , 9. M. Cook, 39. E. Phillips
HF: 62. R. Connellan, 6. J. Fisscher, 79. M. Weller
F: 2. K. Answerth, 36. J. Battle, 76. N. Wright
R: 30. T. Hickey, 81. D. Armitage, 33. N. Freeman
Int: 69. J. Holmes, 1. D. Weickhardt, 44. H. Brayshaw, 3. L. Verma, 27. N. Smith, 70. D. McKenzie, 34. B. Long, 65. B. White
23P: 51. B. Bailey
In: B. Bailey, J. Battle, T. Hickey, N. Smith, D. Armitage, B. Long, L. Verma, D. McKenzie
Out: B. Acres, L. Dunstan, R. Marshall, C. Larkin
B: 22. C. Larkin, 4. T. Laumets, 26. J. Wallace
HB: 46. R. Hayward, 14. T. Grace, 31. A. Sakeson
C: 5. R. Iudica, 17. N. Pavlou, 28. C. Cathcart
HF: 15. J. Haidon, 21. J. Fox, 7. C. Rich
F: 12. K. Lopo, 11. J. Matera, 27. N. Smith
R: 69. J. Holmes, 8. T. Thompson, 25. N. Scagliarini
Int: 42. L. Batten, 47. D. Hughes, 60. R. Monkhorst, 56. T. Dundon, 55. L. Gogis, 54. L. Butler, 3. L. Verma, 53. C. Colombo, 34. B. Long
In: L. Batten, B. Long, J. Holmes, T. Dundon, L. Verma, C. Larkin
Out: B. Bailey, B. Miller