Peter Jackson VFL Round 1
Sandringham Zebras vs. Footscray Bulldogs
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham
2:00pm Saturday April 7, 2017
Last 4 – Sandringham: 2, Footscray: 2
Last Time They Met: Sandringham 5.10 (39) DEF BY Footscray 19.24 (138)
Sandringham will begin their 2018 campaign this Saturday at 2pm when they face Footscray Bulldogs at home.
Coming off the back of a convincing win against Coburg in the final practice match last week, the boys will be looking to back up what was a promising performance.
The playing group will be looking to improve after the preseason, where they had just the one win in four matches.
Disappointing losses to Port Melbourne and Williamstown, as well as a draw against the Northern Blues left much to be desired, and fans will be hoping for the team to rally this week.
Still, there were good signs from a lot of the boys during the preseason and with sixteen new recruits this year there is plenty for fans to get excited about.
2017 Best and Fairest winner, and 2018 captain Kade Answerth had a big preseason and is looking to continue improving going into the 2018 season.
Against Coburg on the weekend, he had 35 touches including a goal and had a very solid presence on the ground.
Senior coach Aaron Hamill was appointed prior to the beginning of the preseason.
The former St Kilda Assistant Coach played 190 AFL Matches for both Carlton and St Kilda between 1996 and 2006.
Having been at Sandringham’s AFL affiliate club since 2012, he brings a lot of knowledge, as well as having an established relationship with a lot of the players.
2018 is shaping up to be a strong season for the Zebras, and this round one clash against Footscray is one not to be missed.
Get there early to watch the Hampton Rovers Women’s side take on Old Haileybury at 11:45am in round one for the VAFA Women’s.
48. D McKenzie
61. D Joyce
78. B Rice
67 S Gilbert
37. H Goddard
1. D Weickhardt
44. H Clark
54. J Steele
46. E Phillips
12. B Bailey
23. T Lamb
17 J Haidon
39. J Lonie
36. J Battle
15 J Sziller
60. T Hickey
2 K Answerth
9. M Cook
45 L Austin
40. O Clavarino
62. R Connellan
50 B Paton
27 N Smith
53 K Stevens
3 L Verma
56 N Wright
6. H Mclean