Zebras all over black, white
- COLLINGWOOD failed to celebrate Nigel Carmody's 150th senior VFL game with a win yesterday, going down to third-placed Sandringham by 30 points in an error-riddled affair at Trevor Barker Oval.
Carmody, who captained rival Casey Scorpions last season, has been one of the Pies' most consistent and was in the thick of the action with 26 possessions.
But despite an improved second half, they could not find a regular avenue to goal and Sandringham held on to win 11.13 (79) to 6.13 (49).
Significantly Ben Reid and Shannon Cox - both listed as emergencies for today's MCG clash - did not line up for Collingwood's seconds.
Kris Pendlebury, brother of AFL star Scott, had his best game in black and white stripes, starring across half-back with 16 kicks and 21 handballs, while AFL-listed Sam Iles had 34 touches and Danny Stanley was prominent with 32 possessions.
In an interesting match-up, Melbourne-listed defender Nathan Carroll was opposed to Magpie livewire Chris Egan, and kept him goalless.
Magpies coach Gavin Brown admitted Carroll, who had 21 possessions, had caused him headaches in the coach's box.
"He gave us a bit of grief, Carroll, because he was playing very well," Brown said.
"He zoned off and kicked to the right spots. (But) we limited his effectiveness in the second half."
Sandringham captain Peter Summers, who missed last week's state game against South Australia through injury, was inspirational at the stoppages and finished with 34 disposals, while Melbourne ruckman Mark Jamar was a standout with 25 possessions.
"We lost three of our best players today before the game, so that didn't help," Sandringham coach Andy Lovell said.
"Tom Johnston, (Chris) Waller and (Shane) Tregear all pulled out through injury. A lot of our speed was gone, but again it was an opportunity for a few other blokes."
Lovell will have to reconstruct his forward line without Nick Sautner for at least another month as the star full-forward recovers from two broken bones in his hand.
The Zebras also could lose elevated Melbourne rookie Shane Valenti, who was reported for wrestling Danny Nicholls in the first quarter.
Nicholls was also reported for wrestling Valenti.
In other games yesterday, Casey had its sixth win of the season, defeating Geelong by 39 points at Casey Fields.
Led by a St Kilda rookie Andrew McQualter, the Scorpions prevailed 18.9 (117) to 11.12 (78) to retain fourth spot.
Ryan Gamble was Geelong's best with four goals, while Tom Hawkins, Harry Taylor, Brodie Moles and Matthew Firman were late withdrawals after being named to play.
Geelong football manager Ben Waller said Hawkins and Taylor were rested.
"They've had a pretty heavy workload over the last month so it was decided it was best to give them a week off rather than play this week," he said.
"We had two first-gamers and two other guys playing their second games so it wasn't as bad as it looked on paper.
"We stayed with Casey for a lot of the day and they blew us away in the end unfortunately."
And Coburg defeated Werribee by 37 points at Bartercard Oval with Richmond forwards Cleve Hughes and Jack Riewoldt combining for nine of the Tigers' 14 goals.
On Saturday, North Ballarat had its seventh win of the season after a 36-point home win against Frankston, Williamstown consolidated top spot with a 46-point win against Northern Bullants at Princes Park, and Port Melbourne edged Tasmania by three points at Bellerive Oval despite Justin Hardy booting seven for the Devils.