ZEBMAIL - Volume 1

Howdy Zebra Fans,

Welcome to the first edition of ZEBMAIL!!!

THIS WEEK AROUND THE CLUB
Finally the season is upon us. This Sunday the mighty Sandringham Zebras kick off the 2006 Premiership campaign with a match against arch rivals Port Melbourne. In what is traditionally one of the harder fought matches each year, Sandy and Port will be showcasing new recruits and putting to use all the hard work done over pre season. Round 1 is always exciting and this week will be no different.

Adding to the excitement of round 1 is the unfurling of our Premiership Flag for the second year in a row. Always a proud moment for the club and one that will certainly inspire the players and set the scene for a great day of footy at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. The unfurling of the flag will take place on the Social Club balcony at around 1:50pm - just before the start of the seniors match.

The honour of unfurling the 2005 Premiership Flag in front of the Zebra army this Sunday has been awarded to Robert Merola - Managing Director of our major sponsor, SEW Eurodrive. Robert and SEW have been a major partner of the Sandringham Football Club for 10 years and the honour of unfurling the flag is fitting as Robert and SEW have helped create the winning environment that has secured 4 Premierships during that time.


FEATURES OF ZEBMAIL
ZEBMAIL is the new weekly email newsletter that aims to bring Zebra fans closer to the action. Each week ZEBMAIL will profile your favourite SFC players and provide an insight into the weekends action through Coaches Corner and weekly match reports.

Another feature of the email will be action photo's. These photo's are a great idea for computer desktops and screensavers.

ZEBMAIL will also run competitions with great prizes that will test your football trivia and tipping skills.

ZEBMAIL will provide details of all upcoming events around the club and keep you posted on any SFC member benefit updates.

Senior and Reserves fixtures have been attached to this edition which can be downloaded onto your computer for easy convenience.

With ZEBMAIL still in its infancy any suggestions for improvements are welcome by replying to the email.

PLAYER PROFILES
This week ZEBMAIL profiles two of the exciting recruits to join the Zebras for 2006.

CHRIS LAMB: Chris Lamb has returned to Sandy after spending a year overseas. Chris debut for the Melbourne Football Club in 1999 and was a member of Sandringham's 2004 grand final win over Port Melbourne. A lasting memory of that 2004 grand final was Lamby's mark in the dying seconds of the last quarter on the Port goal line. Lamby is looking forward to playing a key role in the Zebra defence in 2006 and will provide great leadership for the younger players around the club.


Name: Chris Lamb D.O.B: 11/03/1981

Nickname: Lamby, Chop, Rakka Position: Backline

Number: 20 Past Clubs: Melbourne, Wodonga Raiders

Marital Status: Longterm girlfriend Occupation: Student



Career Highlight: 2004 Grand Final

Best AFL player seen: Wayne Carey

Best Sandringham player seen: Chad Liddell

Most embarrissing football moment: Doing an airy - missing the ball when trying to kick

Pre match preparation: Get up have breakfast, drive to the game then play

Superstitions: None

Biggest Influence on your career: My family

Favourite Food: Pizza

Favourite Drink: Water

Favourite movie: Braveheart

Favourite band/song: Metallica

Sports you play outside of footy: Golf

Last book read: Turn right at Istanbul

Best team mate to room with and why: Ezra Poyas, he's the only one I have roomed with

Worst team mate to room with and why: Ezra - as above



SHANE VALENTI:
Shane Valenti is a young recruit from the Sandringham Dragons playing his first season with the mighty Zebras. Shane is a tough midfielder with a good football brain. Capable of racking up big swags of possessions, Shane will be pushing to break into the star studded Sandy midfield team this season. After impressing the coaches through pre season with his attack on the ball, Shane is sure to become a crowd favourite at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.


Name: Shane Valenti D.O.B: 29/01/1987

Nickname: Flash Position: Centre/forward

Number: 7 Past Clubs: Cheltenham, Haileybury

Marital Status: Single Occupation: work



Career Highlight: 3 premierships in a row at Cheltenham

Best AFL player seen: Greg Williams

Best Sandringham player seen: Sean O'Keeffe

Most embarrassing football moment: Slipped on bum after having a shot at goal

Pre match preparation: Changes every week

Superstitions: none yet

Biggest Influence on your career: Wayne Johnston

Favourite Food: Nando's

Favourite Drink: Club Soda

Favourite movie: Rocky

Favourite band/song: I like everything

Sports you play outside of footy: Baseball

Last book read: Encyclopaedia Britannica/form guide

Best team mate to room with and why: Nick Marston - very funny man

Worst team mate to room with and why: Nick Tsindos - talks to much rubbish



UPCOMING EVENTS
Unfurling of Premiership Flag
- 1:50pm Sunday 9 April - Sandringham v Port Melbourne

Presidents Luncheon
- This Sunday is the first luncheon of 2006.$22 per person for 2 course meal.
bookings essential

Annual Dinner Auction
- Great opportunity to grab a bargain and have a great nights entertainment
Saturday 29 July - Caulfield Racecourse. Booking essential

MEMBERS BENEFITS
Don't forget the great benefits available through your Sandringham Football Club membership.

Rebel Sports - MVP membership card enables SFC members to receive 5% discount on all purchases. Shop 3047B Southland.

VRI Benefits:
- Movie Tickets: $10.50 adults and $8.50 children
- Metlink Tickets - 5% discount
- Cheap adventure park tickets
- Accommodation packages
- Ambulance Cover
- Telstra and Vodafone pre paid cards
- Contact Andrew in the office for further details

THIS WEEKS MATCHES
Sunday 9 April

Seniors:
Sandringham v Port Melbourne
2pm

Reserves:
Sandringham v Port Melbourne
11:10am


PRE SEASON MATCH REPORTS
Sandringham v Casey Scorpions - 19 March 2006
http://www.sandringhamfc.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&aid=104186

Sandringham v Williamstown - 26 March 2006
http://www.sandringhamfc.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&aid=104596


Hope to see you all here on Sunday for the big game against Port Melbourne and the unfurling of the 2005 Premiership Flag.

Go Zebras!!


www.sandringhamfc.com.au
sandyfc@bigpond.net.au
Contact ZEBMAIL:
Andrew McLeish
Sandringham Football Club
9598 8629


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