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Get the latest insight from Sandringham Senior Coach and St Kilda Development Coach Jake Batchelor following Sandringham's Round 9 win against Casey.

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CASEY  4.4  6.10  8.12  14.14 (98)
SANDRINGHAM  5.0  7.2  14.4  17.9 (111)

Casey: Jefferson 5, Brown 3, White 2, Laurie 2, Szybkowski, Cross
Sandringham: Membrey 6, Hotton 5, Lowe 2, Watson, Heath, Butler, Allison


Zak Jones

35 disposals, six tackles, two clearances

A really strong game by Zak. No matter where he played, he had a great attitude and compliance to his role, playing about 60 per cent midfield and 40 per cent on the wing. He brought great leadership on game day, particularly in the second half when we were under the pump.

Brad Crouch

33 disposals, six clearances, two tackles

Another solid game in the bank from Brad. He had quite a few special moments as he fought to win the ball all day. Stood up as a leader to get the boys over the line.

Hunter Clark

31 disposals, nine clearances, seven inside-50s

Hunter excelled as our best midfielder on Sunday. He didn’t go ball hunting, defended when he had to and took us forward strongly. Polled a total of 15 ground ball gets, seven inside-50s and six tackles, a solid game.

Dan Butler

One goal, 16 disposals, four clearances

Dan started like a house on fire as he brought his pressure, chase and hunt to the team. Had four shots at goal with only one conversion but was great to have him and his speed back in our forward line.

Isaac Keeler

14 disposals, five marks, nine kicks

Isaac started a little stagnant as he went into the game with a sore knee. He fought strongly throughout the match until the final siren which we’re really proud of.


Zaine Cordy

13 disposals, five marks, one clearance

Strong game against Ben Brown until the end of the third quarter when came off with a hyperextended knee. Will miss this week as we assess his return to play.

Angus Hastie

11 disposals, two marks, one clearance

Not as many involvements with the ball in hand but his defensive decisions were strong which was a big focus for him. He was sick throughout the week so to get up, play a variety of roles and perform was a good test of character and he succeeded.

Mattaes Phillipou

17 disposals, three tackles, five clearances

After a relatively slow start he worked to build himself into the game with some strong moments in the final quarter around clearance when we needed territory. Looking forward to seeing him continue to grow and flex his strengths on the field.  

Arie Schoenmaker

20 disposals, six marks, two tackles

Arie had a really good game on the weekend. His first half showed great defensive efforts through the contest which dropped off slightly in the second, however he was up against some big players in the final term. He’s shown on a few occasions that he’s one to rise to a challenge which he executed again against Casey.

Tim Membrey

Six goals, 16 disposals, 10 marks

Great game by Tim. Took some awesome marks which were married with a total of eight shots on goal. His sprint and speed were back which was great to see as well as his leadership throughout the game, celebrating his team mates strongly. Proud of him to play above the level.


Matthew Allison

One goal, eight disposals, one tackle

Not as big of an impact this week but still had his moments taking some strong marks when we needed it and providing a good contest ahead of the ball. Not every week is going to show progression stats wise, but he still competed strongly and showed growth.

Ben Paton

26 disposals, seven marks, one clearance

Ben had some really big moments for us on the weekend. He went back with the flight a couple of times, showed his bravery and was neat with the ball in hand. Had some sharp moments where he left his opponent to impact the contest and won it back for us. Played a brave game both physically and mentally.

Tom Campbell

16 disposals, 41 hitouts, six clearances

What can I say? It was another Tom Campbell game where he competed strongly all day. He and Max Heath worked to share an even ruck split this week as Tom continued to execute a high quality of football. He worked well with the senior midfield to keep sticking to our process when we could’ve gone away from it so really proud of that effort.

Olli Hotton

Five goals, 17 disposals, four clearances

Best game he’s played for the club so far, slotting five goals as the high half forward. We know that he can win the ball around the contest and his visibility to get forward on Sunday was also great to see. Good players take their moments which he did in spades. Really pleased for him and keen to see the growth continue.

Angus McLennan

10 disposals, two tackles, two marks

Angus was touch and go as he battled illness during the week. He made the decision to play and held his own. Although not as dominant as he was the past couple of weeks, sometimes growth as a footballer is to push through adversity rather than exceed in a skills sense.

Max Heath

21 hitouts, 19 disposals, one goal

Max had another strong game, competing well when in the ruck. He was getting pushed out of the way too easily in the first, but took the feedback on at half time to exploded off the blocks. Was a great target for us down the line taking five contested marks and seized his moment in the last quarter, taking a great mark and finishing off with a set shot. His celebration shows his care and love for playing at Sandringham.

Liam O’Connell

Nine disposals, three tackles, three marks

Shows improvement every week. He’s not a player that’s racking up possessions but one that’s learning the state of the game, the flow of the play, when he can drop off and when he needs to play tight. We’ve seen now in three close games where within five minutes of the final siren, Liam’s stood up and impacted really well showing impressive growth.


Ollie Lowe

Two goals, 16 disposals, four marks

Ollie had a big focus this week of bringing his strength to the table and that’s being in the air. Took two great contested marks in the forward-50 as a winger for two goals which stemmed the flow when Casey had momentum. He’s getting his defensive transition up and running also which was great to see.

Blake Watson

One goal, eleven disposals, one clearance

Blake played as a deep forward this week with a stacked midfield in place. He plays smart ahead of the ball, knows where the space is and absorbs pressure to create opportunities for teammates elsewhere. Kicked a goal as well, creating the most of his opportunities. A good game by him.