Zebra Tales – VFL Rd 6 v Essendon

It was a disappointing outcome for Sandringham in their Round Six encounter with Essendon at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. After a promising opening the Zebras were blown away in the second quarter in a 21-point defeat against the Bombers. There were a number of St Kilda listed players in action, how did they fare.

NATHAN FREEMAN: The headline act once again and understandably so given his difficult journey to date with injury. In his second match back after his most recent hamstring injury he continued his ball-winning ways collecting 31-touches in another encouraging performance. If he can stay on the park he will force his way into the senior team before the season ends.

BAILEY RICE: Adjudged the Zebras best, although his disposal is still a concern, with 30 touches he performed well as a distributor across half-back. The Sandringham backline were also served well by LOGAN AUSTIN, HUGH GODDARD and OSCAR CLAVARINO.

JACK LONIE: Also deemed to be in the best, Lonie completed six tackles for the match but like Rice will need to focus on his disposal. BRANDON WHITE and DANIEL McKENZIE will also be in the discussion for a recall to the senior team after being listed in the best against the Bombers.

JOSH BATTLE kicked two majors and presented an option up forward for the Zebras. BILLY LONGER toiled manfully in the ruck effecting 40 hit-outs for the afternoon. BEN PATON showed promise in the midfield with 22-possessions and five tackles.

In one of those confusing items that are thrown up from time to time, St Kilda rookie LEWIS PIERCE played for Frankston in their 49-point victory over Coburg. The 24-year-old big man was among the Dolphins best with his 34 hit-outs, 13 touches and 4 tackles.

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