AFL Round 3 – GWS Giants v St.Kilda: Giant hunger

It’s school holiday time in NSW and the ACT and that means one thing. Kids galore.  Twilight games must be heaven for the food vendors because kids are at the football instead of  having dinner at home.

Today’s game is for real. I have no desire to be stuck in a  queue missing the action hence avoid the food chain.

Manuka Oval, now  to be known as Startrack Oval during the footy season,  retains the feel of a community football ground. A place where people can walk around behind or in front on the stands, engage in conversation, and have a kick on the ground after the game. The new light towers resembling  giant fly swats have allowed twilight games to be staged.

The Saints begin the game well with the ever pesky Steven Milne kicking the first goal.  Riewoldt follows up after being awarded a free. Milne scores another from a free kick . Riewoldt  brushes aside Davis  to  mark strongly but registers a behind which is some relief for the Giants. Saad and Armitage  add goals for the Saints . The Saints’ backline  gobble up everything the Giants send in starving the Giants. The Giants do not even get a shot a goal and finish the quarter  scoreless.

The Giants must feel like naughty kids sent to bed without their dinner.

In the second quarter  the Saints  continue to rung rings around the young Giants.  Ben McEvoy dominates in the ruck and the Saint’s  receivers  break into space and move the ball quickly at will.

If the Giants have a game plan , I can’t figure it out and neither seemingly can they.” What’s goin’ on Sheeds?”

The Giants crowd are delighted when Jonathon Patton scores their first goal for the day. The lady sitting next to me offers me bikkies and cheese(camembert and rice crackers) as if in celebration. It might be the only snack we get for the day. Giles misses a set shot for the Giants. At least the Giants have managed to scavenge  a small morsel this quarter.

The Saints reply. The Giants do not seem to be minding their men. Brogan scores the Giants’ second goal from a set shot on an angle .  The Saints score another before Scully lobs a beautiful pass over to Brogan who goals .The Saints score the next before Treloar keeps the Giants hopes up with another.

When Patton chases the ball in the goal square he goes down when tackled and clutches his leg , screaming in agony. This is bad. It looks like he has done his knee. The lady next to me tries to be positive when the trainers help Patton limp off .”He can put weight on it as he’s walking” she says but I am less optimistic. I fear he has done his knee  badly.
MIlne scores  again for the Saints . As Treloar is pushed after a mark the young Giants get angry and come in for a scrap . Empty stomachs has them feeling cranky . Treloar then gets them a much needed goal. The Giants have scored 5 goals -as many as the Saints this quarter.

In the third quarter Saad gets the Saints first. Giles misses a set shot before Smith  for the Giants get one back.

Cameron marks and scores his first goal for the day.The Giants are running  and  moving the ball now and look so much better. They can’t sustain it though.  The Saints are never threatened.  They get 5 more for the  quarter . Their fans in the front rows try to start the Mexican wave. “Hey, the game isn’t that bad surely?” The wave peters out after several attempts. The crowd is obviously here for the footy.

The Giants begin the last quarter in a positive fashion with Giles getting the first two goals of the quarter. But the Saints respond  putting the foot down to  pile on six goals  to run out easy winners.

After the game the fans flood the ground for kick to kick under lights and are invited to stay on for an  extended session when the players  are due to return to the ground after about 45 minuntes. I have a 2 hr trip home so decide to head off.

The Giants  were done like a dinner tonight but the good news is  there is plenty of room for improvement and they have precisely the same number of wins for the season as Carlton, North Melbourne  and Melbourne.

Here’s hoping the hunger for a win spurs them on next week against Melbourne. The Saints will face their own test against a fired up Essendon.

St Kilda 5.4  10.8  15.12   21.14 (140)

Giants   0.0    5.1     8.3     10.8.   (68)

GOALS

St.  Kilda-  Armitage 4, Saad 3, Riewoldt 3,Milne 3, Maister 2, Miera 2, Steven, Montagna, Gilbert, Lee.

Giants – Treloar ,2 Brogan 2, Smith 2, Giles 2, Cameron, Patton.

BEST

St .Kilda- Armitage, Mc Evoy, Saad, Riewoldt, Hayes, Milne

Giants- Ward, Treloar, Brogan, Bugg, Smith

Umpires- Chamberlain , Fila, Burgess

Crowd 11,092

OUR BEST: 3. Armitage (Saints); 2. Saad (Saints); 1.McEvoy (Saints)

Comments

  1. Guru Gus - Singapore says:

    Like the Suns, the Giants will get there. They will gave the occasional downer, as per Saturday night, but last time these 2 teams met, the Saints cruised in by 128 points…..so St Kilda’s average winning margin against GWS is exactly 100 points. For the Saints – a huge 3 weeks coming up, with Essendon (with all the Hird nonsense, barely a word has been spoken re BJ and the Saints), Swans and Collingwood. These 3 weeks should determine whether 2013 will mean anything for the Saints.

  2. HI Pamela, good feel for the game. So sad about Patton, awful to see when boys get hurt. You have some good young guns who will threaten teams in the future, but not on this occassion. I also like to see the newer young guns for the Saints and the team is better for it. Be well

    Yvette

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