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VFL Preview: Round 17 v Box Hill

Ben Paton continues to find form in the VFL. Ben Paton finished with 22 disposals and 3 tackles Sandringham's Round 16 loss to Richmond. Saints Emerging Stars thanks to H&M Tracey

Several Saints will be out to impress in the VFL this weekend when Sandringham hosts the fifth-placed Box Hill Hawks for the last time at Trevor Barker Beach Oval this season.


Where: Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Saturday, 28 July

2.10pm (also broadcast on Channel 7)

VFLW Curtain Raiser: 
Southern Saints v Hawthorn, 11:45am

Sunshine with a forecast top of 17 degrees

Form guide:

Sandringham’s (11th, 5-8-1) inconsistent season continued last week with a heavy 66-point loss to ladder leaders Richmond, including a goalless opening term that also conceded nine goals. The Zebras have now lost their past two games, with their last win coming against Port Melbourne in Round 13.

READ: The Long road back

The Box Hill Hawks (5th, 8-5) are knocking on the door of the top four having beaten Port Melbourne by 43 points two weeks ago. The Hawks downed the Zebras by 64 points in Round Five, so expect them to come in with confidence.

Selected team:

B: 51. D. Langlands, 61. D. Joyce, 1. D. Weickhardt
HB: 37. H. Goddard, 24. J. Hille, 54. B. Rice
C: 41. D.  Minchington, 43. N.  Freeman, 46. E.  Phillips
HF: 17. J. Haidon, 6. H. Mclean, 23. T. Lamb
F: 49. B. Long, 47. K. Owens, 65. N. Smith
R: 69. B. Longer, 2. K. Answerth, 5. B. Seccull
Int: 70. D. Armitage, 20. C. Carnovale, 62. R. Connellan, 9. M. Cook, 13. J. Noone, 50. B. Paton, 15. J. Sziller, 3. L. Verma
23P: 14. K. Nissenbaum

Players to watch:


Hugh Goddard

The defender has been building well in recent weeks, with plaudits coming from Sandringham coach Aaron Hamill. Goddard took 11 marks along with 21 disposals in a Sandringham defence that conceded 62 inside 50s.

Nathan Freeman

Another Saint who’s injuries have been well documented, ‘Freeza’ finished with 29 disposals, seven marks and five tackles on a tough afternoon against the Tigers. He's another who has been building form as he begins to push for senior selection. 


James Worpel

The Hawks’ leading ball winner in the win over Port Melbourne a fortnight ago, Worpel finished with 34 disposals and a goal. The 19-year-old is averaging 18 disposals across his nine games at VFL level.

David Mirra

The former skipper continues to lead by example and make inroads at AFL level. He finished with 22 disposals and nine marks across half-back last week, with his experience and strong body providing the Hawks with strong support in the back half.

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