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VFL Preview: Round 16 v Richmond

VFL Reporter Justin Cooper previews Sandringham's Round 16 clash with Richmond. - St Kilda Saints,Richmond Tigers,VFL
VFL Reporter Justin Cooper previews Sandringham's Round 16 clash with Richmond.

Several Saints will be out to impress in the VFL this weekend when Sandringham hosts the top-of-the-table Richmond in search of their sixth win of the season.


Where: Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

When: Sunday 22 July

Time: 2pm

Conditions: Partly cloudy with sunshine, reaching a top of 12 degrees.  

Form guide:

Sandringham (11th, 5-7-1) hasn’t been able to string together consecutive wins since Round 2, and if the Zebras are to make finals, they need to take a scalp. They matched Geelong for much of last week’s clash at Beach Rd before the Cats ran away with a 28-point victory.

Richmond (1st, 11-2) posted their fourth consecutive win last week with an 85-point win over North Melbourne at Beaconsfield.

Last time Aaron Hamill’s side met the Tigers was in Round 7, and the Zebras went down by 65 points.

READ: Sammy's VFL Review (Round 15)

Selected team:

B: H. Goddard, T. Laumets, B. White
HB: J. Hille, D. Joyce, J. Noone
C: M. Cook, B. Seccull, B. Paton
HF: B. Bailey, T. Lamb, R. Connellan
F: J. Haidon, H. McLean, N. Smith
R: B. Longer, K. Answerth, N. Freeman
Int: B. Acres, O. Clavarino, N. Coffield, M. Gundry, D. Langlands, J. Sziller, L. Verma, D. Weickhardt
23P: K. Owens

Players to watch:


Ben Paton

The first-year Saint has produced some strong performances for Sandringham in the VFL this season, averaging 19 disposals and seven tackles per game. The standout in the Zebras’ loss to the Cats last week, Paton kicked two goals and finished with 20 disposals and a team-high 14 tackles.

READ: Paton presses case

Hugh Goddard

The 21-year-old key defender has had a consistent run of late, after persistent injuries have derailed seasons gone by. Goddard continues to build and performed well under siege against Geelong to finish with 14 disposals, five marks and five tackles.


Tyson Stengle

The small forward is an exciting prospect for the Tigers, with a best-afield performance in the big win over North Melbourne. The 19-year-old kicked six goals along with 24 disposals, six marks and five tackles.

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Sam Lloyd

The 28-year-old has flourished since being given more time in the midfield, proving he’s not just valuable as a small forward. He finished with 37 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and a goal last week.