Peter Jackson VFL Round 1
Sandringham Zebras vs. Richmond
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham
2:00pm Saturday April 22, 2017
Last 4 – Sandringham: 3 Richmond: 1
Last Time They Met: Round 20, 2016 – Sandringham 12.13 - 89 DEF BY Richmond 14.14 - 98
By Nathaniel Sage
Sandringham continue their home-heavy start to this season, welcoming Richmond to Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Saturday at 2pm.
Both teams come off opening round wins, although they came in very different fashion, with Richmond demolishing North Ballarat while Sandringham held off a fast-finishing Essendon team to register a seven-point win – 11.12-78 to 10.11-71.
Darren Minchington led the way with four goals and 28 disposals, and was accompanied ably by Koby Stevens, Nick O’Kearney and ruckman Billy Longer in the middle. Up front, Paddy McCartin, Rowan Marshall and Nathan Wright chipped in with two goals each.
The Zebras will look very solid going forward if the backline can replicate their first half – conceding just one goal. Elliot Le Grice and Brandon White repelled many forays forward, and backline coach Adrian Connolly will be looking to build off these positive signs against Richmond.
For the Tigers, a crushing 188-point win over North Ballarat will have them up and about, with thirteen goal-scorers on the ground highlighting their dominance.
It’s hard to take too much away from a game that left Richmond with a percentage of 706.45, but it was Anthony Miles leading the way in the middle with 35 touches. Ben Lennon had a bag of six goals and former-GWS Giant Jacob Townsend and Sam Lloyd kicked five each.
Looking ahead to the match-up between the two sides, Sandringham need to avoid fading in the second half as they did against Essendon. One would expect coach Lindsay Gilbee will give them a big rev-up before they head out after the long break this week.
Increasing the number of goal-scorers from five could see the Zebras less predictable going forward and make it harder for the Tigers to lock down their defensive 50. Tom will face a test heading into the match and should he play will also bring some composure and midfield grunt the team will feed off.
After such a comprehensive game last week, Richmond will need their fairly unchallenged backline to come switched on this weekend to prevent Sandy from having another fast start.
For both teams, the match-up in the ruck will go a long way to determining the outcome. Last weekend, Billy Longer was immense while, for Richmond, Ivan Soldo began many scoring chains with his impressive tap work.
Expect Sandringham to have worked on a few of the key issues that showed in last week’s second half, with a focus on restricting a Richmond side that looked dangerous as they ‘got their eye in’ against North Ballarat. Both teams will be keen to stay in the winner’s circle for another week, so look forward to some fine football at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
The development team were on the wrong side of a 22-point game against Box Hill, relinquishing a lead at three-quarter time to go down 10.9-69 to 13.13-91. Their match is also at home, and they take on Werribee at 11am.
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B: 50. R. Atkins, 4. T. Laumets, 26. J. Wallace
HB: 22. C. Larkin, 37. H. Goddard, 46. R. Hayward
C: 52. K. Nissenbaum, 25. N. Scagliarini, 27. N. Smith
HF: 51. B. Bailey, 19. J. Dobosz, 5. R. Iudica
F: 17. N. Pavlou, 21. J. Fox, 7. C. Rich
R: 60. R. Monkhorst, 8. T. Thompson, 3. L. Verma
Int: 47. D. Hughes, 24. J. Lloyd, 15. J. Haidon, 56. T. Dundon, 28. C. Cathcart, 12. K. Lopo, 29. C. Riley , 23. M. Hooy, 18. K. Parsons, 48. J. Trew, 53. C. Colombo
B: 75. B. Rice, 61. D. Joyce, 87. S. Gilbert
HB: 62. R. Connellan, 20. E. Le Grice, 65. B. White
C: 64. B. Acres, 84. L. Dunstan, 70. D. McKenzie
HF: 80. S. Savage, 67. P. McCartin, 36. J. Battle
F: 32. J. Lonie, 77. R. Marshall, 33. N. Freeman
R: 71. L. Pierce, 41. D. Minchington, 95. K. Stevens
Int: 69. J. Holmes, 6. J. Fisscher, 43. T. Curren, 1. D. Weickhardt, 2. K. Answerth, 3. L. Verma, 16. M. Hayes, 39. E. Phillips, 63. N. O'Kearney, 66. J. Sinclair, 76. N. Wright, 9. M. Cook
23P: 49. J. Sziller