AFLW Round 4 – St. Kilda v Fremantle: Saints outpointed in unlucky loss to Dockers

St. Kilda v Fremantle

3.10PM Sunday March 1

Moorabbin Oval




A heartbreaking loss for the Saints. They more than matched the Dockers and with a couple of minutes to go were up by seven points. Olive Veseley had previously hit the post when she was forced to play on by the umpire after taking a mark. The Dockers got a point back. After play restarted the ball was kicked out on the full on the 50 meter line. Molly McDonald received a 50 meter penalty for not passing the ball back to a Docker; she put the ball on the ground. Earlier in the quarter she had kicked a crunch goal with a left foot snap. The Dockers didn’t miss from a kick on the goal line and then kicked a behind in the hectic last minute to disappoint the Saints.


The loss was also soured by knee injuries to Tarni White in the first quarter and Kate (the terrier) McCarthy in the third. It looks like both will be out of action for the rest of the season.


Poppy Kelly debuted for the Saints in the ruck and had more than a good game. Peta Searle had more tall players at her disposal whom she pushed forward. Tilly (the tattooed pocket rocket/hyphenated back pocket) Lucas-Rodd assumed the goal keeper role at the back.


It was a hard fought and closely contested game that was played in two halves. The first half was relatively scrappy with a lot of ball ups. The Dockers had the edge winning the inside 50s 10-17. They were held at bay by the Saints’ tenacity. The second half was more open. The Saints were more free flowing and on several occasions used chains of long kicking to good effect. The Saints dominated the third quarter but only managed to kick one goal;a dropped mark by the Dockers’ full back that gifted Caitlin “G Train” Greiser a goal. The Saints needed to capitalise more on the dominance they had in this quarter. It was nip and tuck in the last quarter and the Saints just fell short. Four of the goals were from open play, two from errors.


Though the Saints lost there are a number of positive signs for the future. Rosie (the gardener) Dillon had an outstanding game. Clare (the Irish comet) Fitzpatrick, who was returning after being carried off against the Crows, is a rare talent; tall and quick over the ground. She made two important interventions in the last quarter. If a replacement can be found for her in the back line she could be a potent force up forward to work in tandem with Caitlin Greiser. The team as a whole looked more cohesive after half time. If the side has a problem it is with handball. On a number of occasions a handball put a teammate under pressure which resulted in a turnover. Thought should be given to instructing players to kick more and kick long (a refrain of fans – well me – also directed at the boys); at least getting the ball forward would help to clear packs and open up play.


The Saints are hurting. Be warned Blues; you heard it here first.


Go Saints!




ST KILDA         0.1   1.1   2.4   3.5 (23)

FREMANTLE   0.1   1.3   1.3   3.6 (24)



St. Kilda: Veseley, Greiser, McDonald.

Fremantle: Stewart, Bowers, Flood.



St. Kilda: Dillon, Kelly, Fitzpatrick, Veseley, Watt.

Fremantle: Houghton, Bowers, Seth, Grieve, Ebony Antonio.


Our Best: Dillon 3 (St. Kilda), Houghton 2 (Fremantle), Kelly 1 (St. Kilda).






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  1. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi Braham,
    felt quite lost after this game. I want to win some of these close ones and come away winners. We really held them to account all day and deserved the win, but I think the two injuries hurt us so – Tarni White would have held the defense up and stopped that behind, and Kate McCarthy may have zoomed the ball forward for our own goal….it wasn’t to be.

    Was a great atmosphere at Moorabbin.

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