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paul
Sandringham departures/arrivals
Not too much noise from Beach Road this off-season, going about their business quietly as usual, could be a little different for the Zebs this year though. Will be affected by Martin and especially Valenti being Melbourne listed, and counting in the 12 instead of the 10, so to speak. With Gallagher effectively out for the year, and Melbourne no longer having a number of very good VFL players on their list (Motlop, Godfrey, Rigoni, Walsh, Ferguson, Ward, Bizzell, Williams etc from the three-peat years), could this be the year that Sandringham slips from the top rung to the 5-8 positions? They will still be more than competitive, but they did look a bit vulnerable in last year's finals without those experienced players.
billythekid
The Zebras will be there when it counts even though Melbourne have let some older players go (not that many of whom performed that well) they have a very strong young list most of whom will pull on the Sandy jumper. The new coach will be interesting as well Top four.
footyman
[quote="paul"]Not too much noise from Beach Road this off-season, going about their business quietly as usual, could be a little different for the Zebs this year though. Will be affected by Martin and especially Valenti being Melbourne listed, and counting in the 12 instead of the 10, so to speak. With Gallagher effectively out for the year, and Melbourne no longer having a number of very good VFL players on their list (Motlop, Godfrey, Rigoni, Walsh, Ferguson, Ward, Bizzell, Williams etc from the three-peat years), could this be the year that Sandringham slips from the top rung to the 5-8 positions? They will still be more than competitive, but they did look a bit vulnerable in last year's finals without those experienced players.[/quote] Pretty interesting observations, especially with the comments on Martin and Valenti counting in the Melbourne quota rather than the Sandy one come finals time. The Zebras will need to find a couple more VFL players, and I guess the other issue will be whether Martin finds himself in the same position that Daniel Hughes did a few years ago when he was a Demons rookie but wasn't able to squeeze into the 12 AFL players cap at finals time. In saying all that, they still have Liddell, Lamb, Sautner, Summers, Biddlecombe, Crowe and Poyas. That's a decent VFL group to work with. Hughes will return as a VFL listed player mid year from injury. Guys like Monaghan, Gilchrist, Johnston, Plymin, Gribbin all show some promise and I'm sure at some stage they'll find a couple out of the fresh faces from the Sandy Dragons. You're right about Bizzell, Ward, Brown etc going. They'll probably have a younger group of Melbourne players, but they might get some talented ones early on in the year - and if Sandy are lucky enough they'll get their games tally up and qualify for finals if Melbourne's season doesnt extend into September.
zebra
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:D Footyman , that is well diagnosed and could well be the story this season, you obvisiously have watched the Zebras very closely and know the players and at this stage I couldn't have put it better. go zebs zebra :wink: