Sandringham Mid Year Review

By Nick Ciantar

Ladder position after round 13: 5th. Played 11 games: 7 wins, 4 losses, 109.11%.

Leading Goal Kicker: Beau Wilkes: 20 goals.

Development Squad:
Ladder Position after round 13: 5th. Played 11 games: 6 wins, 5 losses, 96.86%.

Leading Goal Kicker: Matthew Stapleton and Michael Lourey: 11 goals.

Year so far:

Sandringham has had a solid start to season 2012. At the half point, they sit 5th on the ladder with four defeats. They started the year strongly, with two fifty plus victories against Box Hill at home and North Ballarat away. They then went on to lose their next two games to Coburg and Williamstown at home, by a combined total of 24 points. Apart from the heavy defeat to Werribee in round 12, Sandringham would be pleased with their progress so far. They have fought admirably in most games and challenged Casey in the last quarter. A worrying sign for Sandringham this year would be the fourth quarter fade outs. Werribee kicked 8 goals to Sandringham’s 0 in the last quarter, which turned a winnable game into a sour defeat. However they turned the tables the following week, starting the last quarter strongly against Casey and almost snatched a game that Casey had control of.

Player Watch:

Sandringham has been inundated with St Kilda talent and some of their own.

From St Kilda; Beau Wilkes has been a stand out in the forward line, Sam Dunell has quietly impressed through various positions and Jackson Ferguson has been solid as a full back. Whilst Tom Curren and Tom Ledger have been consistent in the midfield.

Sandringham drafted Adam Cockie, Myke Cook, Michael Sikora, Jackson Coleman, Beau Dowler and Hamish Shepheard at the start of the year. They have all been consistent for the Zebras and Beau Dowler was appointed captain. Cockie and Cook have had stand out years for the Zebras in the midfield, being consistent week in and week out, whilst also kicking goals. Cook played in the State league game and has improved in many areas of his game. Dowler has had a terrific year down back, whilst Sikora has had a terrific year in the ruck.

Due to St Kilda’s depth and not many injuries, many of the Sandringham players have not been able to cement a spot in the senior squad. James Hallahan is one of few to play all senior games this season and he has been strong down back, whilst also moving forward on occasions and kicking goals. Michael Lourey, Chris Irving, Chris Michaliades and Darcy Brown have all been in and out of the senior squad, though have taken their chances when given them. Marcus Marigliani played his first senior game in round 13 and impressed.

What lies ahead for the second half of the season?

Sandringham will go into the second half of the season with confidence. After a strong first half of the year, they will be looking at doing the same. They will be looking at consistency with their game, as fade outs have occurred. They have multiple forward targets, a strong midfield unit and a structurally sound defence. There are many senior players playing in the Development Squad and not many injuries to talk about.

Sandringham have the talent to finish in the top four, however consistency will need to be in their mind. They are capable of beating the teams around them (Geelong and Bendigo) and will need to continue that to look at a top four position. With 7 games (not including finals) left in the season (3 at home), Sandringham will be looking at consistency and a top four spot. If they continue the year the way they started, then a top four spot looks likely.

Prediction: 4th.

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