Forgotten Saint returns with a bang as Blue posts huge numbers against Cats - petsitterbank

Forgotten Saint returns with a bang as Blue posts huge numbers against Cats

It was a huge day of Saturday VFL with numerous players staking their claims for a return to the big time in Round 19.

All eyes were on the return of injury-prone St Kilda midfielder Dan Hannebery as the Sandringham Zebras defeated a gallant Coburg 61-89.

The 31-year-old who has managed just 15 games for the red, white and black in his fourth year at the club collected 29 disposals and seven inside 50s in three-quarters of game time. More importantly for Saints fans, he finished the match unscathed.

Tom Campbell (one goal, 26 disposals, 45 hit outs) was huge for the Zebras yet again, and with the calf injury to Paddy Ryder may find himself a spot in the senior side for the second time this year, while Jack Bytel collected 25 crucial touches after coming on at quarter-time.

The Brisbane Lions took their spot in the top-four after a crucial 58-76 victory over the in-form UWS Giants.

The Lions were helped over the line by stand-out performances from Ryan Lester (30 touches, 12 marks), Tom Berry (one goal, 26 disposals) and Deven Robertson (29 disposals, eight tackles) and will be looking to continue their run for a home final by defeating cross-town rivals Gold Coast next week.

Braydon Preuss (23 disposals, 44 hit outs, 11 marks) was huge in his side’s loss and combined with fellow ruck Kieren Briggs (one goal, 18 disposals, 19 hit outs) ensured first use for the Giants’ midfielders.

Box Hill edged out Werribee to claim a seven-point win as veteran Liam Shiels (two goals, 27 disposals) turned back the clock in an impressive display.

Carlton continued the misery for Geelong’s VFL side as they claimed a 70-59 win at Ikon Park.

Will Setterfield set the game alight with 40 keys and was supported strongly by Lachie Fogarty (26 disposals) and Paddy Dow (30 keys, four inside 50s).

For the Cats, pick 47 in the 2020 AFL draft Nick Stevens collected 36 disposals alongside nine marks as he continues to press for his debut while Shannon Neale slotted four goals in a potent display.

The day’s final game saw Richmond survive a scare from North Melbourne to come away 56-58 in the low-scoring affair.

Matthew Parker (27 disposals, six tackles), Riley Collier-Dawkins (one goal, 24 disposals) and Jason Castagna (24 touches) fought hard in the windy conditions and helped in the hard-fought win.

Yet again, former Demon Marty Hore was best afield for the Roos with 31 disposals and nine marks, although Jack Mahony (one goal, 22 keys) and Josh Walker (22 disposals, eight marks) were also pivotal in the close loss.

Sunday sees Port Melbourne host Collingwood before Essendon faces Gold Coast at Windy Hill.



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