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Rnd 19 - Sandringham vs. Port Melbourne
It's first versus second, in both the seniors and reserves out at the TBO in Zebraland. Who will get the job on Sautner? LeCras probably. I havent seen much of Sandringham this season, is Sylvia playing out of the forward line? Port, with the loss of Hale and McIntosh are not an overly tall side, so I would expect Perry to stay in as a taller defender, who might even have time as a change ruckman. Chad Jones has been pretty effective when moved into the middle, after first rucking against Geelong earlier this year when injuries dicated the move. For the Sandringham supporters, how do you rate your chances of bouncing back this week, after a couple of recent defeats? Sandringhams recent form against Port has been good.. The Zebras defeated Port in the finals series last year at Port Melbourne, and again won earlier this year to take top spot on the ladder. Has the Zebs side changed much compared to the one that beat Port earlier this season?
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Not sure about Sandy's chances this week...again it depends on what happens with Melbourne. Our form over the past 3 weeks has not been good although we haven't blown off the park in any of the games. I went to Werribee last Sunday and we were right in the game until the middle of the last 1/4. It belted down with rain at 3/4 time and the last 1/4 was just a real slog with luck playing a major part in proceedings.One highlight was a mammoth goal from a Werribee player from miles out..An old fashioned torpedo. Be an interesting game this weekend.I assume Port won't have McKernan playing. Mind you when we last met Corey was hardly imspirational.Urch I think played that day and maybe he'll still be with North. Sandy had Daniel Ward as Best on ground that day and he's now back with Melbourne. As usual I'll look at Melbourne and Sandy's team on Friday morning and try and work out who will be there and who won't. Melbourne are getting a couple of injuries and so are Sandy. Last Sunday Paul Newman was off injured...Steven Armstrong the same. Whether they are ok this week we'll see on Friday. Simon Godfrey was reported and I haven't seen if he's been suspended or not. All in all hopefully a good game this week

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[b]Sandringham[/b] B: Fisher Lamb Warnock HB: Gadsden Carroll MacLean C: O’Keeffe Gallagher Armstrong HF: Conroy Ferguson Rigoni F: Sylvia Sautner N. Smith R: Jamar Ward Walsh Inter: Bishop Biddlecombe Molan Hall Treloar Mills Crowe Fletcher [b]Port Melbourne[/b] B: Sansbury LeCras Obst HB: Gibson Baird Schwarze C: Watson Lawrence Firrito HF: Aloi Gill Robbins F: McMahon Pitt Grima R: Perry S. Clayton J. Clayton Inter: Rose Cotchett S. Harvey S. Howard Ryan Chad Jones Alexander Newman Finnin Milhuisen Rudd Gieschen I think the bench will come down to 5: Rose (Port must be anxious to get Brett back into form for the finals) Cotchett Howard (Good first game last week) Alexander (Might miss out) Ryan (If they go for a tall to replace Chad Jones) A couple of regular players are out for Port this week... David Trotter who has injured an arm and Chad Jones who has been selected for North... Trotter has played the entire season for Port. Jones has played one game for North, with the rest of the season at the Borough.

 


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Well here's most of my BigFooty write up on the game (From a Port point of view) [QUOTE=Dingster]Cheers Ons. Did anyone put their hand up for a game for North next week. How did Shwarze (sp?) go? Is he good enough to play AFL?[/QUOTE] The offical result was: Sandringham 8.2 11.5 15.7 20.8 (128) Port Melbourne 0.2 2.4 4.6 11.9 (75) Sandringham Goals: Sautner 6, Smith 4, McLean 3, Jamar, O’Keeffe, Conroy, Fisher, Molan, Walsh, Ward Best: Carroll, Walsh, Fisher, Sautner, Smith, Ward, Rigoni, Lamb, Sylvia Port Melbourne Goals: Clayton 2, Lawrence 2, Obst 2, Aloi 2, McMahon, Robbins, Harvey Best: Lawrence, Clayton, Robbins, Perry Comment: Reports: Sandringham: Gallagher Ok.. where to begin. The game was lost by quarter time. Sandy keeping Port scoreless and kicking 8 goals themselves. Sandringhams intensity at the contest and direct play really hurt Port, and it seemed to remain the theme for most of the game. To Ports credit, they did work hard in the last quarter to put some kind of score on the board, but it was way too little too late. Port went into the game with one new player, Tim Ryan, who has performed well in the twos for most of the season. With the loss of Chad Jones, he came into the side to provide some much needed height. However Joel Perry rucked early. Ports forward half were absolutely dominated by the Sandringham defence, and it must be a real concern for Fitzgerald, as there wasnt a tall forward taking marks. Nick Gill contested well, but must hold his grabs, as Sandy work extremely hard when the ball is brought to ground, and their quick, long movement of the ball really hurt us. David Pitt was moved up the ground to try and get some more of the footy. Gill spent a bit of time on the bench in the second half. I guess due to the lack of key forward winning their position, Ports moves forward tended to be wider. Later in the game Schwarze was tried in the forward line without much success. In the backline their seemed to be a lot of communication problems amongst the defenders, as Sandringham marked without much of a contest on multiple occasions. It was one of the more frustrating days footy I can recall, as we were convincingly being beaten by a side that seemed hungrier for the ball. What is a bit of a worry, is this is the Zebras second win against Port, and in the lead-up to the finals, they would have absolutely no doubt that they couldn't give us a similar belting. The Borough will need a solid 4 quarter effort next week against the Cats. Okay.. now Im going to be a bit critical here.. so you are welcome to have a go at me.. I have been critical of Shane Harvey in previous weeks, and today is no different. Admittedly he got very few opportunities, but I think he adds nothing to Ports side. I would rather see that goal sneak position go to a Ryan McMahon or a Luke Cotchett who will work extremely hard at ground level trying to keep the ball in our forward 50. I would prefer to see Robbie Alexander or Kris Shore get a game. In particular, Alexander was excellent in the two's win against Sandy this morning. John Baird did not play, was he selected for North today? Players that had little impact on the game included Eddie Sansbury and Michael Firrito.. iss Firrito carrying an injury? He was quiet today, and didnt seem to have anywhere near the impact he had last season. Hmm positives.... Scott Howards second game, and was certainly not one of the worst. Steve Lawrence tried hard all day, and was one of the better players. Brett Rose played off the bench and got through the game injury free. Joel Perry was good, and had his work cut out for him today.. did well. Lastly David Trotter was at the game (and says he hasnt ruled himself out of returning for the finals), and I thought it was encouraging to see him at Ports game rather than being at Docklands. I think it indicates he is a team player.. Good stuff. Ben Robbins and Shane Clayton both worked hard, but seem to be on the "outer" at North. I have been critical of S.Clayton previously, but he was definitely one of our better players today. In the reservers Port won in a very close game. I thought Rudd, Sharpe, Spence, Alexander were Ports better players Sandringham 2.2 5.4 8.8 10.12 (72) Port Melbourne 3.1 5.6 10.12 12.13 (85) Sandringham Goals: Hunter 3, Smith 2, Carson 2, Treloar 2, Zantuck Best: Crowe, Ott, Tabrett, Mills, Hunter, Mann, Kight, Fletcher Port Melbourne Goals: Rudd 4, Alexander 3, Bloom 3, Pinwill, Ramsay Best: Rudd, Buckley, Sharpe, Alexander, Gieschen, Finnin

 


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I should also make mention that there was a terrific crowd at the game. Much larger than I expected (especially as North Melbourne were fixtured on the same day). Hopefully a good indicator for the finals.

 


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After watching several games played in quagmires on Saturday I was half expecting Sunday to be a repeat. Instead I drove up the Nepean Highway to the Trevor Barker Oval in sunshine and blue skies. Walking into the ground if someone had told me that Sandy would win by 9 goals I would have had them certified. But win by 9 goals we did. The 1st quarter was as good as Sandy have played this year. Port didn't get a look in. Sautner kicked 4 I think in that quarter. Sandy's tackling was the best I've seen in a long time and at several stages during the game the game the Port backmen were completely lost as to where to kick the ball. Port had a good last quarter but there wasn't to be the comeback that happened at Port a few weeks ago. After 3 defeats it was great to get back onto the winning list and particularly against the top side. How the finals will pan remains to be seen. With the 12 AFL players maximum coming into force it will be interesting. I think AFL players have to have played 7 games to be eligble for finals action.Unlike the farce last year where Williamstown played a Collingwood player for his 1st game in the Grand Final. Not sure where this leaves McKernan and Rocca. GO ZEBRAS

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[quote="zebraman"]After watching several games played in quagmires on Saturday I was half expecting Sunday to be a repeat. Instead I drove up the Nepean Highway to the Trevor Barker Oval in sunshine and blue skies.[/quote] Couldn't agree more...the ground was in fantastic condition considering the weather recently. [quote]How the finals will pan remains to be seen. With the 12 AFL players maximum coming into force it will be interesting. I think AFL players have to have played 7 games to be eligble for finals action.Unlike the farce last year where Williamstown played a Collingwood player for his 1st game in the Grand Final. Not sure where this leaves McKernan and Rocca.[/quote] Neither qualify, both have played 5 games each (I think). Full credit to Sandy who played some bloody good footy today. It would be a real confidence booster for them leading into the finals.

 


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Steve Lawrence's reaction to the Sandy supporters watching from the social club was worth the price of entry. No wonder he was taken off and sat on the pine for the last 15 minutes! He walked towards the fence, pointed at the grass and told them to get down there and abuse to his face. Plus the numerous droppings of word "f***" after the game by him as he walked off and his teammate Ben Schwarze's rediculous comments were pretty funny as well. I feel sorry for Steve Lawrence, he's made a blue and some people are happy to keep reminding him of it, but when you react like he did and lose focus on the game, the people sitting in the social club end up having the last laugh. I reckon Steve Lawrence looked even worse yesterday for his behaviour, and that's a shame given his year has been fairly good. Sandy were fantastic, great crowd and it's made for an interesting finals series. Given Port's win the previous week, it was similar to the Lions in the AFL after thrashing Adelaide.