Round 12 – Adelaide v St Kilda: Saints Blindsided By Crows Under Friday Night Lights

 

 

 

By Braham Dabscheck

Friday 9 June 2017, 7.20 PM

Adelaide Oval

 

It was ‘Marvelous’ Maverick Weller’s 100th game (68th with the Saints) and Billy ‘Lanky’ Longer’s 50th game (41 with the Saints). These milestones were all the Saints were able to celebrate in this nine goal loss to the Crows in a Friday night game under lights. This is the third loss on the trot, with the Saints only kicking seven goals for the game. The Saints have fallen by the wayside and 2017 has the appearance of being another character building experience for Saints’ fans.

 

After having a week off the Saints recalled Josh Bruce, Jimmy Webster and Nathan Wright. Why Josh was dropped in the first place was a mystery. He was the Saints only effective forward, kicking a goal in each quarter and setting up another. He could have had five. Jimmy took a while to settle in and looked better as the game progressed. Nathan had little impact on the game.

 

The Saints looked up for the challenge in the early stanzas of the first quarter. The Crows first two goals came from frees, one of which looked ticky touch wood. The Saints struggled to get the ball out of the back half and when they did they either kicked it to Crows or fell foul of mysterious free kicks. In the first quarter the free kick count against the Saints was 10/3; for the match 27/15.

 

The game was over at quarter time, with the Saints down by a point shy of five goals. Throughout most of the game the Saints struggled to team well going forward and coughed up four turnover goals, They were more competitive after half time. In the third quarter they were let down by poor kicking for goal. At least four gettable goals were missed from set shots. They kicked three of the first four goals in the last quarter and brought the margin back to a respectable level. One was sheer class by Jack Billings who steered one through with his left from a tight angle. The Crows kicked three relatively soft late goals to put the final nails into the Saints’ coffin. To make matters worse Nathan Brown pulled up lame in the last quarter with a hamstring strain. Jake Carlisle has a bruised leg and ‘Marvelous’ Maverick tweaked his bad ankle, though he saw out the game.

 

The Saints styled themselves on playing pressure football; limiting opponents and forcing turnovers with quick breaks into the forward line. It worked well for seven rounds; now it is falling apart with players getting in each others way and opponents sweating on Saints’ mistakes. There are only brief flashes of quality team work. There is a need to spread the play with more options going forward. There is nothing more disheartening than to see a Saint having broken up the play turning backwards to give off a handpass or short kick to a teammate under pressure because there is no one forward to kick it too. Such re-calibration should be relatively simple. Moreover, the team is sick of losing and under performing. Watch out Kangaroos for a Saints’ lucky Round Thirteen next week under Friday night lights. You read it here first!

 

Go Saints!

 

Adelaide   5.6   8.9   11.11   16.15 (111)

St. Kilda    1.1   2.4   3.10   7.12 (54)

 

Goals

Adelaide: Lynch 3, Jenkins 3, Walker 3, Betts 2, Sloane, Otten, Milera, Smith Beech.

St. Kilda: Bruce 4, Stevens, Billings, McCartin.

 

Best

Adelaide: Laird, Lynch, Jacobs, Douglas, Smith.

St. Kilda: Ross, Bruce, Newnes, Sinclair, Steven.

 

Umpires: Hosking, Mollison, Roseberry, Schmidt.

Crowd: 46,082

 

Our Votes: Laird 3 (Adelaide), Lynch 2 (Adelaide), Jacobs 1 (Adelaide).

 

Comments

  1. Yvette Wroby says:

    Great report as usual Braham. Are you coming down? Very disappointing and we can only get better.

  2. Malcolm Ashwood says:

    Braham did you think the Saints were to defensive ? Agree re umpiring overall the Crows got the rub of the green

  3. Malcolm, yes they were. I feel the more general problem is they are trying too hard and play on too often. These are things that can be easily rectified-I hope!!

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