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VFL: Hawks claw Zebras

Sandringham has been dealt a football lesson by the top of the table Box Hill Hawks, going down by 47-points at Trevor Barker Oval.

In a game the Zebras struggled to get going, the Hawks’ class and ability to win the contest was evident across the four quarters on Sunday afternoon.

It was a dominant 11 goal first half by the Hawks which included a second quarter blitz of six consecutive goals to set up a 53-point lead over the Zebras.

An inaccurate Sandringham had five shots on goal in the second term, failing to kick a goal but the Chris Newman-coached Box Hill weren’t done with yet.

Despite the Zebras kicking four majors of their own in the third quarter, the Hawks put through another nine goals of their own to put margin out to 86-points at the last change.

VFL coach Lindsay Gilbee implored his team to fight it out in the final term and his Zebras found a way, kicking eight of the last ten goals of the game to gain some respect on the scoreboard.

Standout Zebras

Irishman Ray Connellan starred for the second successive week as a small forward to finish with ten disposals and two goals to his name, showcasing his blistering speed towards goal.

Its five goals in two weeks for Connellan, who’s shaping as an exciting prospect for St Kilda coach Alan Richardson.

Midfielder Nick O’Kearney was another to impress for the Zebras, who continues to push his case for an AFL debut following a 35 disposal performance and a goal to his name.

The next challenge

Sandringham will welcome an in-form Casey Demons outfit to Trevor Barker Oval next Saturday afternoon, with the Zebras fighting to keep their finals chances alive in the last month of the season.