Finals Week 2 – Richmond v St Kilda: Sad end to the Saints’ stellar season





By Braham Dabscheck

Richmond v St Kilda

7.50 PM Friday 9 October

Metricon Stadium



What was a stellar season for the Saints has come to a sad end. They weren’t up to the mark against the Tigers. The Saints competed strongly throughout the game but struggled to convert periods of dominance into scoreboard pressure; a problem which was compounded by poor kicking for goal. In contrast, the Tigers scored more easily. In both the first and second quarters they had periods where they kicked three or four in a hurry. The Tigers dominated centre clearances and were cleaner with their handling and fluency going forward.


The Saints were more competitive after half time but the damage had already been done. Moving Hunter Clark into the center seemed to do the trick and he set up a neat goal for Seb Ross early in the last quarter. The forward line did not function well and the Tigers little guys dominated proceedings. Late in the game Tim Membrey hurt his leg; hopefully it is not serious. He had a good season and always puts in a wholehearted performance.


Despite the loss, it was a good year for the Saints. It was the first time since 2011 that they qualified for the finals. In 2019 they finished fourteenth; this year it was sixth. They provided fans with a sense that at last they were on the move; something to look forward to whenever they played. They and all of the teams helped us fans take our minds off the problems associated with the pandemic. The signs look good for next year. Thanks to Ratts, his brains trust and the players for a great year. Enjoy your escape from the bubble, have a safe trip back to Melbourne and a well earned break with your families and friends.


Go Saints!!


Richmond   5.1   9.1   10.4   12.8 (80)

St. Kilda    2.2   3.6   5.11   6.13 (49)



Richmond: Bolton 3, Lynch 2, Edwards 2, McIntosh, Rioli, Prestia, Castagna, Martin.

St. Kilda: Savage, Butler, Steele, Battle, Kent, Ross.



Richmond: Houli, Edwards, Martin, Lynch, Bolton.

St. Kilda: Steele, Ross, Clark, Hannerbrey, Coffield.


Crowd: Sad Saints and other persons.




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  1. John Butler says

    Braham, every time the Saints got some momentum they’d squander a chance and the Tigers would take it down the other end and score. They just couldn’t ever get there teeth fully locked onto it.

    But much comfort to be taken in the season as a whole. Some big steps taken by both team and individuals.

    The challenge is to find the improvement again next season.


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