VFL Round 20 Sandringham vs Collingwood Review

It’s been 4 years since Sandringham has tasted finals football but that is about to change after the Zebras secured their spot in this year’s finals with a dominate 74 point win over Collingwood.

The Zebras were led by Terry Milera and Arryn Siposs who kicked 4 goals each and Jack Newnes who showed his class with 3 goals and composure around the contest.

Tom Curren (34 disposals) and Marcus Marigliani (32 disposals) led Zebras midfield and were well supported by Adam Cockie and Myke Cook who continue to press their claims for 2nd chance in AFL .

Beau Dowler was used all over ground and managed to kick 2 goals, one a worthy nomination for goal of year from impossible angle on boundary.

The winner of Sandringham’s best first year player award in 2011, Chris Michaliades was again impressive with 16 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and kicking 1 goal. This came on the back of playing only limited game time after staring in the Development Squad on Saturday where he was named in the best collecting 13 disposals and 9 tackles.

“With the Development Squad playing on Saturday and the late change coming on Sunday it meant we would have played one short if Chris didn’t play. Obviously it wasn’t ideal.” Operations Manager, Lucas Blatman said.

”He was on limited minutes but as always Chris really had a crack and contributed to the win. He had 16 touches in about a half of footy, his pressure around the contests are always first rate and he was rewarded with a goal in the last quarter but I think he would have slept pretty soundly last night”

Sandringham too strong for Collingwood – By Nick Ciantar

With perfect conditions at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, a big crowd came to see the home team take on Collingwood and comfortably defeated the Pies by 74 points, 24.15 (159) to 13.7 (85). The Zebras’ strength in the midfield and strong opening first half set up a strong win leading into the finals.

Sandringham began the game smoothly with minor adjustments to their structure. Captain Beau Dowler moved up forward in the first quarter and was instantly awarded with a goal. Dowler also played in the ruck, which enabled ruckmen Hamish Shepheard and Michael Sikora to play in the forward line.

“It gives us the opportunity of having three guys rotating through the centre,” said Sandringham Assistant Coach Ryan Webster on the Zebras ruck rotations.

The Zebras kept the Pies locked in the Zebras forward line and they held a handy 19 point lead into the first break. The second quarter saw the Zebras get on top in the midfield. Myke Cook, Tom Curren and Marcus Marigliani led the Zebras midfield from the front and helped set up a seven goal to four goal quarter with their clearance work.

Webster said: “They (Cockie and Cook) win a lot of contested footy for us. Tommy Curren was very, very good the whole game, consistent four quarter performer.”

Sandringham’s quick movement of the ball set up many players across the ground. Terry Milera kicked their last goal of the quarter after a quick handball from a Brett Peake mark. The Zebras went into the main break with a 39 point lead.

Sandringham started the second half just like they started the first. Their clearance work was better than the Pies which enabled the Zebras to enter their forward line 25 more times than the Pies. Whilst Ben Johnson and Ricky Ferraro were consistent for the Pies, they were outclassed by the Zebras’ midfield.

In a simple play of footy in the third quarter, Sandringham handballed through the Pies’ forward press, Jack Williams then kicked to an open Milera in the forward line and went on to kick a goal. At the final break, the Zebras extended their margin to 59 points.

Curren (34 disposals, 3 tackles) and Marigliani (32 disposals, 5 tackles, 1 goal) kept the same pressure and intensity that was seen all day in the last quarter. Marigliani played his best game of the year and was the best on the ground. He has worked his way into the team this year after recovering from serious knee injuries.

“He trains his heart out every week; he plays his heart out every week. His ball use kicking inside our 50 was the highlight of his game.”

The depth of the Zebras’ midfield was too strong for the Pies; as Cook (18 disposals, 3 tackles, 1 goal), Peake (23 disposals, 1 goal) and Jack Newnes (15 disposals, 3 tackles, 3 goals) all had great games. Sandringham wanted to guarantee a finals place and it showed with them having “a lot of contributors in the midfield,” said Webster.

Ferraro (23 disposals, 2 goals) and Johnson (22 disposals) were two of the best for Collingwood, whilst Jarrod Witts (20 disposals, 20 hitouts) played strongly as a ruck and in various positions across the game.

Sandringham’s first half set up the victory and they continued with it in the second half. Sandringham faces a tough away game against Williamston at Burbank Oval next Saturday, whilst Collingwood meets Casey Scorpions at Victoria Park also on Saturday.

WATCH FULL REPLAY OF SUNDAY’S GAME HERE – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-118-0-204557-0&sID=91640&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=20243450

Sandringham  24.15 (159)
Collingwood  13.7 (85)

Sandringham: Milera 4, Siposs 4, Newnes 3, Polo 2, Dowler 2, Marigliani,  Peake,  Ross,  Michaliades,  Archer,  Cook,  Shenton, Winmar, Sikora
Collingwood: Corr 2, Ferraro 2, Ceglar 2, Wallace 2, Cathcart 2, Young,  Krakouer,  Witts

Sandringham: Shenton, Curren, Marigliani, Ferguson, Sikora, Newnes
Collingwood: Ferraro, Witts, McNamara, Thomas, Wallace, Johnson


Arryn Siposs (22 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 4 goals) – Watch highlights HERE

Terry Milera (14 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle, 4 goals) – Watch highlights HERE

Jack Newnes (16 disposals,6 marks, 3 tackles, 3 goals) – Watch highlights HERE

Clint Jones (21 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle)

Marcus Marigliani (32 disposals, 11 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal)

Beau Dowler (13 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle, 2 goals)

Myke Cook (18 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal)

Michael Sikora (8 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 1 goal, 23 hitouts)

Chris Michaliades (16 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal)

Adam Cockie (23 disposals, 6 marks, 1 tackle)

Brett Peake (23 disposals, 6 marks, 1 tackle, 1 goal)

Dean Polo (20 disposals, 6 marks, 2 goals)

Cameron Shenton (22 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal)

Tom Curren (34 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles) – Watch highlights  HERE

Daniel Archer (15 disposals, 8 marks, 1 goal)

Hamish Shepheard (10 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle)

Jack Williams (15 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles)

Jackson Ferguson (13 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle)

Nicolas Winmar (17 disposals, 6 marks, 1 goal)

Raph Clarke (19 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle)

Seb Ross (20 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 1 goal)

Daniel Markworth (18 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles)

Jason Blake (5 disposals, 2 marks)

2012 AFL Vic Development League

In Development Squad Sandringham came from 29 points down at 3 quarter time against 2nd placed Casey Scorpians to record a 3 point win.

Sandringham 18.17 (125)
Casey Scorpions 19.9 (123)

Sandringham: Fallon 3, Maley 3, Coleman 2, Staley 2, Soriano 2, La Rocca, Stapleton, Beech, Andreoli, Mavric, Widdowson
Casey Scorpions: Weekes 4, Galvin 3, Lang 2, Fieldsend 2, Thompson 2, Pollard 2, Eddy 2, McInnes, Salton

Sandringham: Plostins, Maley, Michaliades, Jones, Beech, Staley
Casey Scorpions: Corry, Lang, Pollard, Rosier, Petropoulos, McInnes

Here are some of best photos from Zebras big win taken by Dave Savell. You can view them all HERE



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