Sandringham Zebras news

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.

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."

From the Herald-Sun

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.