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Zebras romp to emphatic win

Alan Richardson was on hand to lend some helpful advice on Sunday.
The Box Hill Hawks at home next week presents a new challenge.
Paul Hudson

SANDRINGHAM has disposed of the Frankston Dolphins by 75-points on this afternoon, its biggest win of the VFL season so far.

In sensational sunshine at Frankston oval, both sides hit each other with great physicality in a high scoring first term.

The Zebras accuracy provided the advantage at quarter time, kicking six straight against Frankston’s four goals and three behinds.

Frankston went goalless in the second quarter with the Zebras taking control of the contest.

The 5.6 second term was on the back of the midfield dominance from captain Adam Cockie (22 disposals) along with several St Kilda-listed players.

Tom Curren (31 disposals, 5 tackles, 1 goal), Darren Mitchington (20 disposals, 9 tackles, 2 goals) and Blake Acres (26 disposals, 8 marks, 2 goals) were fed by the tap work of the developing Jason Holmes (13 disposals, 3 marks, 1 goal) in fine fashion all afternoon.

Ahmed Saad also had four goals up to half time, two of which came in the game-defining second term.

Paul Hudson switched Tom Lee (17 disposals, 10 marks, 2 goals) from back to forward and Mitch Brown (17 disposals, 4 marks, 2 goals) from forward to defence at the main break, which only seemed to further enhance the Sandringham’s dominance.  

The Dolphins looked to take the game on in the third term but the class of the St Kilda-aligned Zebras proved too much for the home side to pull back.

A classic run from Ahmed Saad on the wing and a contested mark from Tom Lee showed strong transitional play, which led to a handball to Jason Holmes, who was on the move and ran into an open goal.

Key moments like that which received great applause from the Sandringham crowd in attendance.

With the last quarter to play and a commanding 59-point lead, the Zebras didn't let up -a six goal to three final term overpowering Frankston for an emphatic victory.

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Sandringham romped to a 75-point win on Sunday. (Photos: Dave Savell)

Posted by St Kilda Football Club on Sunday, 17 May 2015

St Kilda Development Coach and Sandringham Coach Paul Hudson was very pleased with the win away from home.

"It was a fantastic team performance to make the trip out here (to Frankston) and most importantly get the four points," Hudson told SAINTS.com.au.

"Ahmed Saad worked really hard to hit the scoreboard and apply pressure. Tom Curren and Darren Minchington were really important on the inside also.

"Blake Acres gave us a lot of outside run and the versatility of Mitch Brown and Tom Lee was terrific.

"The Box Hill Hawks at home next week presents a new challenge but it'll be a good test for us against what we expect to be strong opposition."

In further pleasing news for St Kilda, midfielder Farren Ray (28 disposals) made a successful return in his comeback from a hamstring injury.

Josh Saunders (32 disposals, 1 goal) was a standout in the Development Squad, highlighted by a great running goal through the middle of the ground.

Paddy McCartin and Hugh Goddard were rested and will be available for selection next week ahead of Sandringham’s clash with Box Hill Hawks at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.

FRANKSTON 4.3 4.6 6.7 9.7 (61)

SANDRINGHAM 6.0 11.6 15.6 21.10 (136)

GOALS: Saad 4, Zijai 3, Membrey 3, Brown 2, Minchington 2, Lee 2, Acres 2, Ong

BEST: Curren, Acres, Lee, Saad, Cockie, Minchington