Peter Jackson VFL Round 16
Sandringham Zebras vs. Casey Demons
Trevor Barker Beach Oval , Sandringham
2:00pm Saturday August 5, 2017
Last 5 – Sandringham: 3, Casey: 2
Last Time They Met:
Round 16, 2016 – Casey 12.20 – 92 DEF Sandringham 7.4 – 46
By Nathaniel Sage
Having being humbled by Box Hill in a 47-point loss last Sunday, Sandringham will need to bounce back quickly to keep their faint finals hopes alive when Casey visit Trevor Barker Beach Oval at 2pm this Saturday.
Since their bye in Round 13, the Casey Demons have picked up two straight wins. Most recently, this included a strong last quarter leading to a big win over Coburg, bumping them up to 7th place on the VFL ladder, For the Zebras, their recent loss dropped them one position, down to 10th on the ladder.
Sandy have a bye coming up in Round 17 (following this weekend). This means the prospect of finals footy is, in some ways, out of the Zebras’ hands. Even if they win their last three games, they would need various other results to go their way to make the top eight.
However, the bye could motivate the Zebras to go all out for the remainder of the season as they won’t have any excuse to take a break.
Just quickly scanning the ladder, the teams Sandy stand a chance to leapfrog include Northern, Werribee, Casey (this week’s matchup) and Essendon. With that in mind, these teams losing would help Sandy’s cause, but it all comes unstuck if the Zebras can’t handle business themselves.
Having painted the picture of the Zebras’ final hopes, it is clear the upcoming game against the Demons is crucial. It’s important to note Casey will also need no extra motivation given their current spot in the top eight is still at risk.
Sandringham appear to be Casey’s easiest matchup for the rest of the season, so losing this game would place some unwanted stress on the club.
Coming off their loss to ladder-leaders Box Hill over the weekend, Sandringham will be hoping their form from the final quarter carries over to Saturday’s game.
Having fallen behind by 86 points at three-quarter time, the group showed some pride by reducing the final margin to something more respectable.
Despite the tough loss, Nick O’Kearney continued to show his ball-winning ability with 35 touches along with a goal. His quick hands can be seen on display in this highlights package on the Saints website.
Other solid performers were Kade Answerth, who racked up another 10 tackles to go with 24 possessions. Nathan Wright was very effective with 30 touches and a goal rebounding off the half-back line.
As for Casey, they would have been worried they were a chance to join Sandringham as the only team to have lost to the Coburg Lions this season when they led by just six points going into the final term.
Former basketballer and Melbourne rookie Corey Maynard (#48) was Casey’s best, doing a bit of everything with 27 touches, a goal, 7 marks and 7 tackles. Sam Weideman (#26) had a promising display up forward with 8 marks (3 contested) leading to 3 goals.
Casey showed aerial dominance across the ground, pulling down 18 contested marks to Coburg’s 6, and Lindsay Gilbee will no doubt be highlighting the need to halve contests rather than let Casey get on another roll.
The importance of this game cannot be overstated for Sandringham, while Casey would also be feeling a win would be alleviate some pressure as they try to hang onto their spot in the eight.
With a win effectively ending Sandy’s hopes of playing September footy, as well as a bye coming up, expect Sandringham to play with the great intensity. Producing more second and third efforts will likely be a key indicator in who comes away with the win.
Sandringham’s development team kick off Saturday’s first game, preceding the Seniors game at 11am. After a 75-point loss to Box Hill, 4th place Sandy take on 3rd place Casey in what should be a cracking game.
Sandringham Zebras Twitter and Facebook are active on gamedays with score updates and stats so be sure to follow them to keep up to speed.
Also, keep in mind this is your final chance to catch Sandy at Trevor Barker Beach Oval this season, so come out and cheer on the boys from 2pm Saturday if you can.
B: 44. J. Stewart, 4. T. Laumets, 22. C. Larkin
HB: 46. R. Hayward, 26. J. Wallace, 54. L. Butler
C: 42. L. Batten, 8. T. Thompson, 5. R. Iudica
HF: 3. L. Verma, 21. J. Fox, 27. N. Smith
F: 28. C. Cathcart, 58. R. Pierce, 23. M. Hooy
R: 60. R. Monkhorst, 25. N. Scagliarini, 17. N. Pavlou
Int: 14. T. Grace, 6. J. Fisscher, 47. D. Hughes, 56. T. Dundon, 49. J. Sziller, 55. L. Gogis, 12. K. Lopo, 16. M. Hayes, 53. C. Colombo
In: R. Monkhorst, M. Hooy, N. Smith, T. Grace, J. Fisscher, M. Hayes, T. Thompson, R. Pierce
Out: L. Pierce, A. Sakeson, J. Matera, J. Haidon
B: 50. R. Atkins, 20. E. Le Grice, 13. J. Noone
HB: 14. T. Grace, 71. L. Pierce, 1. D. Weickhardt
C: 70. D. McKenzie, 2. K. Answerth, 39. E. Phillips
HF: 7. C. Rich, 36. J. Battle, 34. B. Long
F: 62. R. Connellan, 77. R. Marshall, 69. J. Holmes
R: 30. T. Hickey, 32. J. Lonie, 63. N. O'Kearney
Int: 65. B. White, 6. J. Fisscher, 25. N. Scagliarini, 51. B. Bailey, 41. H. Brayshaw, 16. M. Hayes, 8. T. Thompson, 95. K. Stevens,
79. M. Weller, 35. J. Steele, 76. N. Wright, 9. M. Cook
23P: 31. A. Sakeson
In: K. Stevens, J. Steele, D. McKenzie, B. White, J. Lonie, L. Pierce, N. Scagliarini, A. Sakeson, M. Weller
Out: D. Joyce