by Leigh Sullivan (Year 7)
It is the 2010 Grand Final, St. Kilda have been trailing all match but have fought back from a 24 point half time deficit to have the scores level at 61 apiece with 7 minutes remaining in the final quarter. Adam Schneider who has already tasted Grand Final success along with only two other players on the field, Darren Jolly and Sean Dempster, all in the successful 2005 Sydney Swans premiership team, won the ball outside the 50. Schneider corrals Daisy Thomas and handpasses the ball to the Lenny Hayes, the veteran in his 11th season, who manages to get a wayward kick away under pressure from the Pies skipper Nick Maxwell, the ball sails to the top of the goal square to a pack of four, GODDARD!!! Goddard has taken the mark perched on top of the shoulders of Collingwood’s Harry o Brien with his former St. Kilda teammate Luke Ball trying to spoil behind him. Goddard falls to the ground and tumbles he gets back up and from 15 metres out slots it through the big sticks, St. Kilda have finally hit the lead can the heartache of last year’s loss carry them through to victory today?
Unfortunately the ball doesn’t bounce the right way for the Saints and the Pies scramble a draw. The rest is too sad a tale to tell.