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Sandringham played Clarence at Beach Road Oval in a televised game in the late 90s.



Digs just read about it in the North Ballarat book. Didnt really make sense to involve VFA clubs, it would be like the SANFL premiers playing the AFL premiers.

I also remember Springvale playing the Tasmanian premiers premiers one season


Yes VFA, I can remember at the time that the comp not only played the previous VFA premiers but also the runners up. The only league to do so.
The prize money was pretty lucrative & Werribee went all out playing some players that didn't play for them in season 1992.
A huge imbalance that was not what the comp was designed for.

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

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One of the old audio cassettes that has been converted to CD has uncovered a gem. The 1976 relegation match between Sandringham v Oakleigh has also a recording of the last 4 minutes of a Lightning Premiership between Sunshine v Yarraville from Toorak Park. This was a curtain raiser to the crossover game the 1976 2nd Division 1st semi final between Northcote v Williamstown. The dragons v seagulls clash has a bit of commentary in the crossover. Players mentioned in the crows v eagles Lightning Premiership include Radziminski who kicks a goal. Also Mentions crows players Wayne Foreman, 'Jumping Joe' John Benson, Don Paxton, Robert Jones, Baird and John Pierzak. Eagles players include Greg Ward (father of Callum), Gary Greco, Wayne Squires and Terry Brehney. Sunshine 6.5.41 defeated Yarraville 2.5.17. Then it has the finish (basically the final score) for Waverley 6.6.42 to Box Hill 4.7.31. It was called the CUB lightning premiership in 1976. There is a fair bit of the crossover to the Williamstown v Northcote FS final. Northcote lost narrowly 17.10.112 to 16.20.116. Players mentioned for the dragons included Trevor Roberts, Ian McOrist, Leigh Robertson, Bill Chapman and Brendan McArdle. For the seagulls Michael Brown, Gardiner, Colin Boyd, Frank Porcevina, Bruce Alexander, Mal Allan and Greg Tweedley. Plenty of scores were given around the ground.
In the relegation battle scores Sandy led at quarter time 5.10 to 4.2. Half time 8.15 to 8.10. Three quarter time led 15.22 to 10.12. Final score Sandringham 17.25.127 to Oakleigh 14.16.100. It also mentions the fence that crumbled where not only the brawls were on the ground but off as well. STATION HOTEL can you please check if you still have a copy of the CD and post up some audio highlights. Reckon there might be quite a few that would love to listen to this. Let me know if you haven't and I will burn another copy for you.

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other than playing in a Grand Final, that was most probably the most important game Sandy ever played in..a huge much at stake...I was on the scoreboard that day and the big brawl in the crowd was just to the right of the scoreboard...the Alf Beus incident happened in front of the scoreboard...luckily we kept the scores accurate with so much other stuff going on around us...

Sandy. The most successful club in the past 30 years


Have to agree zebraman that was surely a game to remember ( most likely only out done by the famous 1962 Premiership win) it had literally everything including a great hard fought game of VFA footy.

I used to have many Sandy games on tape but over the years and a couple of house moves on most have sadly gone missing.