Round 16 – Collingwood v St. Kilda: Saints’ three quarter effort enough to take out crumbling Pies

 

 

Collingwood v St. Kilda

3:20pm Sunday July 4

MCG

 

 

The game was an arm wrestle where the Saints prevailed for the first three quarters. The kept the Pies at bay and only conceded three goals until three quarter time. Up by more than six goals they seemed intent on playing out time and rarely pushed the ball forward. A mistake here, a mistake there and the Pies, let back into the game, got a sniff and kicked five for the quarter. They also kicked six points. If they had have kicked straight they might have won. Strange, is it not, that teams down on form also have problems converting in front of goal? The Saints, for their part also missed at least three getable set shots, two of which were posters.

 

 

The game started with the Saints dominating possession and field position. The ball was camped in the Saints forward line. The Saints eventually capitalised when Tim Membrey grabbed a loose ball and snapped a clever goal. The Pies responded with one of their few forward thrusts. The game then opened up and became more free flowing. Bradley Hill gathered an embarrassing number of possessions and continually pushed the ball forward. But this wasn’t being translated into goals. The Pies then gave up a soft goal. Jack Billings kicked a low ball which Brodie Grundy marked lying on the ground. He hand passed it to Steele Sidebottom who, apparently thought the umpire would hold up play for Grundy to get on his feet and take the kick, but called ‘play on’. Jack Higgins grabbed the loose ball and a few possessions later Daniel McKenzie ran forward to kick an easy goal. Jack Higgins then kicked one late in the quarter to give the Saints an 11 point lead.

 

 

The second quarter was marked by both sides finding it difficult to string together any sense of coordinated play. The only goal for the quarter came from a free to Max King. On an angle he steered it through.

 

 

The third quarter was all the Saints. Tim Membrey replicated his effort of the first quarter with a nice snap. The big boys, Rowan Marshall, Max King and Paddy Ryder (two goals) took big marks and kicked truly. Paddy, after he kicked his first, pointed to the heavens honouring his uncle, whose funeral he attended in Western Australia a couple of days before the game. He was mobbed by team mates after his second goal. Dan Butler kicked the last one for the Saints following a free. And then the last quarter happened. Despite the Pies getting their act together they never looked like they would do enough to win.

 

 

Despite the last quarter, the Saints look more accomplished. Ben Long, Mason Wood and Dan McKenzie all put in impressive performances. The ruck duo of Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder held sway and kicked three goals to boot. The midfield of Jack Steele, Luke Dunstan and Brad Crouch continued their dominance. Brad Hill had one of his best games for the Saints. Callum Wilkie put in another solid effort at the back, as did Jack Sinclair and Jimmy Webster. The Saints are back.

 

 

The Lions next week, who knows where? A good game to win, even if it is by only a point!

 

 

Go Saints!

 

 

COLLINGWOOD   1.2   1.5    3.7     8.13 (61)

ST KILDA                3.1   4.5   10.8   10.10 (70)

 

GOALS

Collingwood: Mihocek 2, Elliot, De Goey, Daicos, Hoskin-Elliot, Cox.

St. Kilda: Membrey, King, Ryder 2, McKenzie, Higgins, Marshall, Butler.

 

BEST

Collingwood: De Goey, Adams, Pendlebury, Mayne, Crisp

St. Kilda: Steele, Dunstan, Hill, Sinclair, Ryder

 

Crowd: 18,082 and lost souls sheltering from the cold

 

Malarkey Medal: Hill 1 (St K), Dunstan 2 (St K), Steele 3 (St K)

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Dr Rocket says

    As always a good analytical match report Braham

  2. Football Analyst says

    Agree with BD and DR.

    As St Kilda were 49 points ahead at one stage, I was beginning to think how far St Kilda but then I’m thought of St Kilda’s last quarter fade outs against North Melbourne and Adelaide this year.

    If St Kilda fans were told before the match that their team would win by 9 points, they would have taken it. I would like to think that at three quarter time, if the scores were level, St Kilda would have risen to the occasion and won the game.

    With Zak Jones returning this week, if only the season for St Kilda had started against Richmond a few games ago.

    St Kilda were dominant for three quarters and deserved their win. It was the best game I have seen Brad Hill play for St Kilda. It’s the type of game I had been expecting from him more consistently when he arrived to the club. He had been building up to that level in recent weeks and hopefully Brad Hill will continue to give value for money in the future and more importantly, St Kilda continue to raise and maintain the level of their game, when the match is on the line.

    Watch out opposition, St Kilda’s premiership window will officially begin in 2022, according to the St Kilda President, who has got it right with stability, recruiting and coaching. It’s in the lap of the gods, but less injuries to St Kilda’s better players for a shorter period of time will certainly help achieve the St Kilda President’s aim of a long awaited 2nd flag. He has been quoted as saying he will leave no stone unturned until St Kilda wins another premiership.

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