David Armitage has firmly made his case for a return to senior football, collecting 33 touches to back up last week’s 34-disposal performance.

The 29-year-old laid five tackles and kicked a goal as Sandringham suffered their first loss of the season, falling short to Port Melbourne by just 10 points.

Another standout Saint was second-year player Ed Phillips, who worked hard to impress Zebras coach Aaron Hamill.

His 32 disposals and five tackles showcased the athletic 20-year-old’s ability to win the ball inside, as well as his impeccable ball use and run and carry on the outside.

Promising young Saint Josh Battle was well held, whilst defender-turned-forward Nathan Wright finished with two majors from four shots on goal.

Wright provided the moment of the match, with a magic finish from the boundary line as he was being tackled.

Key defender Logan Austin was tasked with nullifying Port Melbourne spearhead Jordan Lisle, and successfully kept him goalless in the first half.

The Zebras have the week off with the bye, and they’ll look to return with a vengeance when they step onto Box Hill City Oval to face the Hawks on Saturday May 5.