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From Bayside Leader and www.localfooty.com.au
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Lindsay Gilbee celebrates a goal for the Western Bulldogs.

RUMOUR turned to fact late this afternoon when Sandringham announced Lindsay Gilbee as its new senior coach.

The former Western Bulldogs star’s name had been linked with the position pretty much from the time Paul Hudson declared he would be standing down after two years and taking a break from coaching.

Gilbee is a development coach with the Sandy’s VFL affiliate St Kilda and has been with the club since the end of 2013.

In that time he has been a regular at Zebra matches.

“As a St Kilda development coach he has worked with our coaches and players over the past three years,’’ Sandringham general manager John Mennie said.

“Lindsay is respected by everyone at the Zebras and we look forward to him guiding the club to a very successful season.’’

Gilbee said he was looking forward to his first senior coaching position.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to coach the Zebras and continue working with some of the young players in the Saints and Sandringham system,” he said.

Brilliantly skilled and one of the best kicks in the game, Gilbee made 206 appearances for the Western Bulldogs from 2001-2012.


Off-season moves... And it's our very own Robbo!

Image result for michael robinson frankstonFrankston legend Michael 'Robbo' Robinson has just confirmed that this afternoon he has accepted a role at the Sandringham Football Club  working in the Time-Keepers position for the 2017 Peter Jackson VFL season.

'Robbo' has stated that he intends to return to his position at Frankston when the club rejoins the competition in 2018.

Robbo won't be lost to Frankston in 2017 however,  helping out with club functions throughout the season. 


I'm sure I speak for everyone here, in wishing Robbo all the best at the Zebras in 2017.

Official statement regarding Frankston

From the Official VFL website
AFL Victoria has advised Worrells, Administrators for the Frankston Football Club, that the club will not be provided with a VFL license for 2017.

This process has been formalised with a legal letter sent to the Administrators. 

The decision was made following deadlines provided by the Administrators and the report they tabled revealing substantial club debts which were far in excess of our previous understanding.

The Administrators were unable to provide AFL Victoria with sufficient confidence for the viability of the club in 2017, therefore not meeting criteria for the continuation of a VFL licence.

AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said while the club has provided a pathway for a number of footballers to reach the elite level, and despite AFL Victoria providing significant funding support to Frankston over a number of years, the financial troubles of the club were too hard to ignore.

“Frankston has had a rich history of providing a pathway and opportunities for footballers in the region, but without the necessary off field structures in place, AFL Victoria was not confident financial projections provided could be met,” Reaper said.

 “We have a strong willingness to ensure that there is a VFL presence in the region into the future, but it must be viable and sustainable both on and off the field long term.

“We have had preliminary meetings with key regional stakeholders on what this can look like and are also engaging the City of Frankston and the AFL South East Commission about what the future can hold for both the facility and football in the region. 

“The region has been and will continue to be very important to us from a pathway and development perspective and we are hopeful that a solution that is both sustainable and viable can be considered going forward for a VFL presence potentially from 2018.

"This decision provides the region with more time to better plan a more sustainable VFL presence moving forward."


From the AFL website

Lin Jong had his 'good' left shoulder strapped instead of his injured right one

LIN JONG'S strategy of strapping his healthy shoulder, instead of the shoulder with a plate in it, helped the Western Bulldogs midfielder dominate the VFL Grand Final in a best on ground performance. 

2016 VFL Grand Final - Footscray Bulldogs v Casey Scorpians

Jong feared his season was over after breaking his collarbone just over a fortnight ago in the Dogs' elimination final against West Coast.

The 23-year-old was in tears on the bench as his side pulled off an upset victory. The club now finds itself in a Grand Final against the Sydney Swans on Saturday.

Back on the field just 16 days after surgery, Jong won the Norm Goss Medal for best afield in the VFL Grand Final as Footscray finished 31-point winners against the

 Casey Scorpions. Jong picked up 29 disposals – an equal team-high, with Koby Stevens. 

He had his left shoulder strapped in a ploy to avoid attention on the injured part of his body, with the right side the actual site of his injury.

"Maybe it was a bit of a plan. I think my left one is sore now though," he said on Sunday after the game.

The Scorpions ensured Jong did not have an easy day. Lynden Dunn tested the injury out after Jong hit the post with a set shot following the quarter-time siren, with the pair's clash sparking a melee. 

"That's fair enough though, that's the sport. I put my hand up to play and I knew what was coming," he said.

"The boys tested the collarbone out a bit but I got through unscathed." 

Jong said he was concerned about how he would hold up leading in to the game but was determined to play in the same manner he normally does, with the inside midfielder known for his toughness. 

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried (pre-game). That's natural, but once I got into it … it was no dramas," he said.

"I couldn't let the collarbone deter me from doing anything different so I tried to do that as best as I could."

He thought he would not return this year after hurting himself against the Eagles. 

"I assumed the worst and this is probably the best-case scenario with how it's turned out. I was probably carrying on a bit in Perth," he said.

His contract expires at the end of the season but Jong said that was of no concern to him at the moment.

"We've still got footy to play so I'm not worried about that at all," he said.

Jong said he had not considered the prospect of picking up two premiership medals in a week.

"I haven't thought that far ahead. I'm still celebrating and I'm pretty ecstatic at the moment with the VFL win," he said.


Williamstown's premiership defence is over


From the Star Weekly
Reported by Lance Jenkinson
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The VFL premiership defence is over for Williamstown.


And the all-west VFL grand final that footy fans in this neck of the woods had dreamed of for 24 hours is a non-starter.

The Seagulls were beaten at their own game, receiving a lesson in hard, physical and disciplined football from the Casey Scorpions in a 42-point preliminary final loss at North Port Oval on Sunday.

Williamstown was on the back foot from the outset.

The Seagulls conceded the opening four goals of the game to go into quarter-time with a 29-point deficit.

Williamstown walk off the field after the loss during the VFL preliminary final between Casey and Williamstown at North Port Oval.

On a difficult day for scoring and with intermittent rain falling, it was always going to be tough for the Seagulls to mount a comeback.

In true Seagulls fashion, they never went away and turned the game into an arm wrestle.

But they could not erode the deficit on the scoreboard, which was always comfortably in the Scorpions’ favour.

The Scorpions put a lot of work into limiting the Seagulls’ “big three” midfielders – Liston Trophy winner Michael Gibbons, captain Ben Jolley and Willie Wheeler.

Gibbons had a target on his back and was often the recipient of a bit of extra oomph from the Scorpions tackles.

Caleb Hislop was another of the Seagull midfielders to be hit with brute force on multiple occasions.

That David Fahey and Ben Bese were two of the Seagulls’ best says plenty about the dominance of the Scorpions in key areas of the ground.

Fahey and Bese never stopped trying and saved the scoreboard from being a blow out.

The grand final loss brought to an end an up and down finals series for Williamstown.

The Seagulls started their September campaign with a miserable 46-point loss to Collingwood.

They backed that up with a dominant 46-point win over Sandringham and then fizzled out with the heavy loss to the Scorpions.

Meanwhile, the Box Hill Hawks took out the AFL Victoria Development League premiership after a 105-point win over Casey Scorpions in the grand final at North Port Oval on Sunday.