In his second season at Sandringham Kade Answerth (20 years old) has emerged as a genuine leader and an extremely consistent, talented footballer for the Zebra’s.
Kade’s recent football journey has taken him from the TAC Cup with the Oakleigh Chargers, in what was two very successful seasons, to the Sandringham Zebras. Kade was voted the Oakleigh Chargers Best & Fairest in their Premiership season, as well as taking home the best on ground in the TAC Cup Grand Final. His journey from Oakleigh Chargers as their best & fairest in their premiership season as well as taking home the best on ground in the TAC Cup Grand Final Kade has always showed great promise during his junior football.
In his first year at the Zebra’s Kade burst on to the scene a fresh faced 19 year old with limited expectations. Coaches were aware of his courage and skill at TAC Cup level and only hoped he could translate that into VFL footy. Kade exceeded all expectation, finishing runner up in Neil Bencraft Best & Fairest Award behind St.Kilda listed player, Cam Shenton.
The 20 year old has been among Sandringham’s best throughout the season but more so recently, the last six weeks for Answerth has shown how good he can be.
Brendan Allen, Sandringham’s midfield coach put it to Kade to find more of the footy compared to earlier in the year,
“A few months ago is when I spoke to BA about that, trying to get around the ball more and engaging that want for the ball and the aggression to tackle”
The confidence from his coaches has allowed the 20 year old to recapture some great form over the past 8-9 weeks of the season.
The first six rounds saw Answerth averaging 13 disposals and in the last six the Oakleigh Chargers product is averaging 22 disposals.
Saint listed player injuries in the midfield has led to an opportunity for increased midfield time and has slightly altered his role. Kade has played his last 7 games more focused as a midfielder rather than more of a forward/mid role when Saints had their full complement of players.
Kade has had 10+ tackles on 4 occasions this season, an extremely impressive feat considering only four other players have had 10+ tackle games and three being St Kilda Listed players.
“All through TAC at Oakleigh I was the leading tackler,”
“When someone else has the ball I want it more, I always try to get the ball back for our team”
Earlier this season Answerth spent most of his time forward. During his time at TAC level he played either half back or midfield and has now been able to add this aspect to his game.
“The forward line role has helped me develop as I wasn’t the best forward through TAC Cup and played more midfield but I have been able to improve that playing VFL footy”
In his second year Answerth took on the Vice-Captaincy role alongside Dylan Weickhardt and under former Saints player Tom Curren.
“I was definitely very nervous the first time I captained by myself with Tom’s absence due to injury,”
Despite being only 20 years old Kade has shown he is more than capable to lead his teammates and he continues to grow in his role alongside Dylan Weickhardt.
“As the games go on I have felt more comfortable even though the task is daunting and with St Kilda listed players coming down each week who are a lot older than me”
“The support I have had from the leadership group of Jack Noone, Elliot Le Grice and Myke Cook who has been a former leader at Sandringham has paved the way for me and held me in good stead”.