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Zebras Win 2005 VFL Grand Final

While it was a tight start to the game, there were worrying signs early for the Zebras with Sautner unable to get near the ball and Werribee running out of defence with ease.

Sautner broke through for his first goal early in the second term, and when Steven Armstrong goaled minutes later, the Zebras looked like breaking clear.

But Podsiadly put Werribee back on level terms with Sandringham moments before he crashed into the boundary fence, injuring his back and shoulder. The league's leading goalkicker was late to return to the field in the third quarter, as was his team after the halftime break, with Atkins taking as long as he could to get his message across.

The third quarter was decisive. The Tigers failed to respond as the Zebras kicked five unanswered goals at the start of the third term to take control of the game.

Shannon Motlop, who replaced Broadbridge on the Melbourne list, split the game open when he kicked two goals in the space of a minute to give the Zebras a 29-point three-quarter time lead.

After taking a 29-point three-quarter time lead, Sandringham survived a spirited last-term comeback from the minor premier. Werribee hit back with goals to Bandy, Wayde Skipper and Damien McCormack in the final term to cut the margin to 14 points, but the Zebras' third quarter had proved too costly and they won, 11.17 (83) to 11.8 (74).

This was the club's ninth premiership (after 1946, 1962, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000 and last year) but the first time that Sandringham has won back-to-back flags.

Sandringham players wore red armbands in memory of Troy Broadbridge, who played his last game of football for the Zebras in last year's premiership win against Port Melbourne. Troy was killed in a Tsunami in Phuket, Thailand on Boxing Day 2004.

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