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Rhiley Wentworth  July 20, 2014 7:01 PM

Seb Ross was amongst the best for Sandringham. (Photo: Dave Savell)

Seb Ross was amongst the best for Sandringham. (Photo: Dave Savell)

St Kilda has missed out on completing the perfect weekend after Sandringham went down to Geelong by 129 points at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday Afternoon.

The Cats piled on the first 11 goals of the game to effectively end the contest early in the second quarter.

It took Darren Minchington to finally break the drought for the Zebras midway through the second term, kicking one of his two goals for the quarter.

It did little to stop Geelong’s momenteum however, as the Cats continued to breakdown the Sandringham defence time and time again.

Clinton Jones was one of the few positives for the Zebras; seemingly racking up possessions at will and using the ball well while Seb Ross was a handy foil to Jones.

An injury to ruckman Jason Holmes early in the first quarter meant that Lewis Pierce took on the majority of the ruck for the day with help from Spencer White.

The injury made an already difficult day for the Zebras, as the Cats finished the first half 73 points in front.

A more competitive third quarter would’ve pleased coach Simon McPhee, as the Zebras conceded only five goals while kicking three of their own.

With the margin at 84 points at three-quarter time, it was merely pride on the line for the Zebras in the final term as Sandringham tried to walk away having at least won a quarter.

It wasn’t to be however, as Geelong piled on seven unanswered goals to cap off a hugely disappointing game for the Zebras.

Sandringham will have the bye next weekend before taking on Richmond at the ME Bank Centre on Saturday 2 August at 1pm.

Sandringham   0.3    3.4    6.8      6.9      45
Geelong             6.3  15.5  20.8  27.12  174

Goals: Minchington 2, Milera, Ong, White, Dunell
Bests: Jones, Ross, Minchington