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Big guns fire Zebras to upset win at Werribee

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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SANDRINGHAM bounced back from three consecutive losses to topple VFL premiership fancy Werribee Tigers by 30 points at Chirnside Park yesterday.

Its two big guns up forward were in supreme form, with Nick Sautner kicking seven goals and Matt Maguire five.

The win evened out the Zebras' win-loss ratio at 3-3.

Matt Maguire's VFL clash scrutinised

From the Herald Sun
Reported by Craig Hutchison
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AN off-the-ball incident involving St Kilda star Matt Maguire and which left a player in hospital with neck injuries has been investigated by the VFL. The burly Saint, playing for Sandringham, allegedly slung Frankston rover Clinton Proctor to the ground.

Sandringham must keep faith ahead of finals - skipper

From the Herald-Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell

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SANDRINGHAM is on the verge of missing the finals for the first time since 2001, but skipper Peter Summers has implored his side to keep the faith.

With just three games before finals, time is fast running out for the ninth-placed Zebras, who are a win behind eight-placed Northern Bullants and equal on 28 points with 10th-placed Geelong.

Sandringham travels to Coburg City Oval to face the seventh-placed Tigers today, before finishing a tough season away to sixth-placed Frankston and a potentially season-defining Round 20 clash at home with ladder leader North Ballarat.

The Zebras squandered a golden opportunity to move into the top eight last Sunday when they lost to Geelong by 11 points at Trevor Barker Oval, and Summers knows time is ticking.

"This week is make or break for us," said Summers, 24, who spent the pre-season with Sandy's AFL affiliate Melbourne. "It's huge. We have to win every game from here on in."

Veteran Demon Adem Yze in no hurry to hang up boots

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Reported by Mark Stevens


ADEM Yze has declared he will play on next year. He is happy to play at a lower level if not given another senior chance.

Yze, languishing at VFL club Sandringham as Melbourne turns to youth, is in the final year of a contract at the Demons.

Yze will almost certainly have to go elsewhere to build on his 14-year AFL career.

Despite playing only four games this year, Yze is confident he could play a role with a club in flag contention looking to top-up with experience.

Saints to align with Zebras

From The Age
Reported by Michael Sharkie

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ST KILDA will begin a new five-year VFL alignment with Sandringham effective at the end of season 2008, ending an eight-season agreement with the Casey Scorpions.

St Kilda chief executive Archie Fraser said that the proximity of Sandringham Football Club to St Kilda's heartland in the bayside , and Melbourne Football Club's potential move to the City of Casey, were the catalysts for talks between the two clubs.

"Obviously Sandringham Football Club lies in the heartland of our supporter base within the bayside community, and has strong historical and sentimental links through the Trevor Barker Oval," Fraser said.

Zebras leap to third

From The Age
Reported by Michael Sharkie

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SANDRINGHAM go into next week\'s representative-match break in third place, having climbed two rungs on the VFL ladder with yesterday\'s 45-point defeat of the Northern Bullants at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.

The Bullants led at the first change after a scrappy opening stanza, with both teams turning the ball over by hand in close quarters. But the Zebras emerged as a much more polished outfit after quarter-time with Ezra Poyas, Chris Johnson and Lynden Dunn providing plenty of run off half-back, delivering repeatedly to Melbourne gun Colin Sylvia, who was a busy small forward.

Goal machine Nick Sautner kicked seven but was hardly in sparkling form with young defender Mark Austin\'s undisciplined play gifting him three goals from 50-metre penalties.

Yze hits form in Zebras' big win

 
From the Sunday Herald-Sun
Reported by Howard Leigh

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ADEM Yze staked his claim for a quick-fire return to the Melbourne side in yesterday's VFL match between Sandringham Zebras and the Bendigo Bombers at the Trevor Barker Oval.

Sandringham coach Andy Lovell praised Yze's contribution of 16 kicks, 12 handballs, two marks and two goals working from a wing and through the midfield in the 70-point win.

"Adem has been really good in the last two games," Lovell said.

"He has been back with us a month and his attitude has been really outstanding. Yesterday he sacrificed his game for the team and was a real team leader."

Sandringham's 10-goal first quarter set it up for a 24.15 (159) to 13.11 (89) victory.

"Our first quarter was really strong," Lovell said. "We played really good disciplined football and we moved the ball quickly."

Demon-listed players star as Bombers blown away

 
From the Sunday Age
Reported by Carley Jellet

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SANDRINGHAM mastered the breeze and the Bendigo Bombers yesterday to register a 70-point victory at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, 24.15 (159) to 13.11 (89).

The massive win is the second thumping the Zebras have dished out in as many weeks and leaves the Bombers with only one win from five matches.

A strong bay breeze played havoc, making it difficult for both sides to score at the northern end of the ground. Sandringham managed only four goals at that end but kicked 20 at the other end.

Zebras coach Andy Lovell was pleased with the club's performance. "Last week I thought we played really well for two quarters, (today) we played really well for three," he said yesterday. "We were really team-focused and everyone played their part. In the second quarter we didn't play the conditions too well.

Sandy lose another close one

From the Sunday Herald Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell

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A SPIRITED third quarter burst lifted Frankston to a massive upset win against Sandringham at Trevor Barker Oval yesterday.

The Zebras led by 25 points in the first term and were never threatened until halfway through the third quarter, when the Dolphins hit the front after a Clinton Proctor major.

It was the spark the game needed and, led by captain Shaun Pollard, the Dolphins held on to win 15.12 (102) to 13.12 (90).

Star Sandringham spearhead Nick Sautner was held goalless by Pollard, while Melbourne-listed forward Michael Newton kicked just one goal.

Addam Maric made a case for inclusion in the Demons side with five goals, while Brent Moloney got through seemingly unscathed.

Triple premiership coach departs Zebras

From the Bayside Leader
Courtesy Leader Group Newspapers

Reported by Simon McEvoy

THE man behind Sandringham's triple premiership golden era, coach Mark Williams, is moving on.

Last Friday Williams took a full-time job as development coach at Melbourne Football Club. It's an exciting opportunity for the 43-year-old, who has ambitions to be an AFL senior coach.

"My ambitions are to hopefully become a senior coach if I can, so this was a step forward in that regard," he said.  "I went for the senior job last year at Melbourne and they basically said to me if I want to move forward I've got to do some assistant coaching and go from there."

Williams' association with Sandringham was filled with success and he will always be known as a club legend.  A former Carlton and Footscray utility, Williams played in the Zebras' 1992 flag. A decade later, in October, 2003, he was appointed coach of the club, and he made a breathtaking entrance, guiding the Zebras to the 2004 premiership, followed by the '05 and '06 flags.

This year, Sandringham finished on top of the ladder but bowed out of the finals in the semis.

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