The Sandringham Dragons flexed their muscles in the first half to help secure a 29 point win. The game was almost out of the reach of the Pioneers at half time with the Sandringham midfield dominating clearances in all areas of the ground. The Pioneers put their best mids into the mix in the third quarter which that saw the Pioneers challenge Sandringham.
Here are the players to stand out:
Charlie Constable | Sandringham | Mid | 18-May-99 | 190cm | 83kg
Constable has a massive presence for the Dragons in the midfield, standing at 190 cm. He absolutely dominated the midfield for the Dragons until the Pioneers coaching staff made some changes at half time. Constable has the skill set, hardness and build to be an attractive top order draftee. I see him even as high as number one with more performances like Saturday’s.
Nathan Murphy | Sandringham | Fwd | 12-Mar-99 | 188cm | 84kg
Murphy is a Victorian Under 19 Cricketer but his talents flow over onto the football field. He dominated the forward line for the Dragon’s taking many strong contested marks. His movement in and around traffic is exceptional and his kick is generally very good. One of the classiest forwards I’ve seen this year.
Hayden McLean | Sandringham | Fwd | 20-01-99 | 197cm | 93kg
A Forward that really influenced the contest, especially in the front of goal. McClean uses the ball well and works hard with his running to will himself to as many contests as possible. He has a good balance of leading and getting separation on his opponent and attempting contested marks. He uses the ball well and has the capacity to bring others into the game. An impressive performance with two goals.
Lewin Davis | Bendigo | Fwd | 11-Oct-99 | 181cm | 71kg
Although not named in the best for the Pioneers, Davis turned the game on its head by kicking 3 goals in a 10 minute period. With the midfield stabilising, he took advantage of more opportunities.Has pace and can get by himself, however, he needs to feed off more(developing) and get cleaner below his knees. A very solid performance.
Keelin Betson | Bendigo | Def | 01-Sep-99 | 185cm | 89kg
Betson was the one defender that the Pioneers could rely on throughout the day. Constantly under pressure, Betson defended admirably and made some good decisions with the ball. He is tenacious and very competitive and has been a steady player for the Pioneers throughout the season. Betson plays as an ‘old time’ defender and can be trusted by his teammates to put the team first.
Brent Daniels | Bendigo | Fwd | 09-Mar-99 | 172cm | 70kg
I was excited to see Daniels back in Tac football after playing well for Vic Country. He spent a lot of time out of the action in a forward pocket in the first half. Like some of his teammates, Daniels improved after half time when he played through the midfield. Whilst he had little impact on the weekend, there is no doubt he is a very draftable player who can turn a game on its head in a short space of time.