Sandringham End of Season Review

By Nick Ciantar
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Sandringham Season Review:

Senior Coach: Simon McPhee.

Ladder position: 6th: 10 wins, 8 losses, 104.48%.

Leading Goal Kicker: Daniel Archer: 30 goals.

Development Squad:

Ladder Position: 6th: 9 wins, 9 losses, 95.83%.

Leading Goal Kicker: Darcy Brown: 19 goals.

Season 2012 Review:

Sandringham started 2012 with an impressive 54 point win against Box Hill at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. They then went on to beat North Ballarat by 55 points away. They started the year strongly before losing their next two games by small margins against Coburg (5 points) and Williamstown (19 points). Sandringham won their next 4 games and had good momentum going into a two week break.

The Zebras narrowly defeated a fighting Frankston team away from home to make it 5 wins in a row and sat 3rd on the VFL ladder. However they could not take the same form into the next 4 games, losing to Werribee by 79 points in round 12. Werribee kicked 8 goals to the Zebra’s 0 in the last quarter. The Zebras lost the next 3 games to top two teams Casey Scorpions (4 points) and Port Melbourne (30 points) and 8th placed North Ballarat (30 points). The Zebras hopes for finishing top four were fading and they went into the bye sitting 6th on the ladder.

“We found our way again with a big win in Bendigo,” says Assistant coach Brendan Allen.

After losing four games in a row, the Zebras defeated a strong Bendigo team by 11 points in round 17. The Zebras gained some valuable form with big wins against Frankston (44 points) and Collingwood (74 points). The Zebras ended their year with losses against Williamstown (66 points) and were competitive in a loss against Casey (19 points).

Sandringham was defeated by Box Hill Hawks in the elimination final by 30 points. Sandringham went into the main break at 50 points apiece, however they could not match the Hawks’ strength in the second half.

Sandringham were able to beat the teams below them, however Geelong was the only team they defeated that was above them on the ladder. Sandringham and senior coach Simon McPhee would be disappointed after a positive start to the season.

“To play finals is a fair effort. But we probably think as a coaching group that we had a fair bit more talent and could have gone deeper come finals,” says Brendan Allen.

 

Most Valuable players:

Myke Cook:
Played 18 games. Average Disposals: 18.94. Average Tackles: 4.94. Goals: 18.

Cook moved over to Sandringham during the summer after being delisted by Adelaide. Cook had a terrific year by being among the best many times. He played the majority of the year in the midfield and also played up forward. Cook had a terrific year and also played in the State game.

Adam Cockie:

Played 19 games. Average Disposals: 20.21. Average Tackles: 7.63. Goals: 8.

Cockie was another player to move across to Sandringham over the summer. He came from Subiaco in the WAFL and was the engine room of the Zebras midfield all year. He tackled hard and managed to set the forwards up with long passes.

Marcus Marigliani:

Played 9 games. Average Disposals: 16.55 Average Tackles: 1.8. Goals: 9.

Marigliani played 9 games (another 2 in the Development League) after returning from serious knee injuries. He played every game of the second half of the season and helped set the team up with his impressive midfield work.

“It’s a testament to his work ethic that he has actually even played finals… was a fantastic effort,” says Brendan Allen on Marcus Marigliani’s year.

 

What lies ahead for season 2013?

Sandringham will be looking at going deeper into the finals series next year. After a positive start, inconsistency came into their games in the second half of the year. With Myke Cook and Adam Cockie having stand out years, they could get drafted or rookie listed by AFL clubs.

“At Sandringham club level, there will be people looking for different opportunities. We’ll recruit, we’ll lose a few,” says Brendan Allen.

Darcy Brown (2 senior games), Jackson Coleman (8 senior games) and Jack Williams (4 senior games) played the majority of the year in the Development Squad and they are some names of the future of the club.

“Jackson’s (Coleman) defiantly a talent. He’s got a bright future ahead of him, be it at VFL level or possibly AFL level.”

Sandringham will be looking at keeping the same list including Coleman. At the start of the year they picked up Michael Sikora and he had a great year in the ruck (averaging 26.3 hit outs a game). Captain Beau Dowler was solid in defence and was able to kick goals when moved up forward (9 goals).

Sandringham would be happy that they made finals for the first time in four years, however they will be looking at going deeper in September next year.

“We’ve set a bench mark with our first elimination final this year so to progress, we’ve got to go second week of finals next year.”

Darcy Brown
Senior Games: 2
Senior Goals: 3
Senior Averages: 11.5 disposals, 2.5 marks and 1.5 tackles
Dev Squad Games: 18
Dev Squad Goals: 19
Photo by Arj Images Online

Hamish Shepheard
Games: 17
Goals: 1
Averages: 10.75 disposals, 9.11 hitouts, 2.76 marks and 3 tackles
Photo by Dave Savell

Michael Sikora
Games: 18
Goals: 3
Averages: 7.77 disposals, 26.3 hitouts, 1.38 marks and 2.66 tackles
Photo by Dave Savell

Chris Michaliades
Senior Games: 7
Senior Goals: 3
Senior Averages: 9 disposals, 1.57 marks and 5.86 tackles
Dev Squad Games: 13
Dev Squad Goals: 9
Photo by Dave Savell

Jackson Coleman
Senior Games: 8
Senior Goals: 15
Senior Averages: 8.1 disposals, 3.75 marks and 0.75 tackles
Dev Squad Games: 11
Dev Squad Goals: 13
Photo by Arj Images Online

Marcus Marigliani
Games: 9 games
Goals: 9
Averages: 16.55 disposals, 1.8 tackles and 4.5 marks
Photo by Arj Images Online

Myke Cook
Games: 19
Goals: 18
Averages: 18.94 disposals, 3.17 marks, 4.94 tackles
Photo by Dave Savell

Adam Cockie
Games: 19
Goals: 8
In 2012 Adam Cockie averaged 20.21 disposals, 2.95 marks & 7.63 tackles a game.
Photo by Arj Images Online

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