Round 16 – North Melbourne v St Kilda: Worried about next weekend


North Melbourne versus St Kilda
Sunday, 7 July 2019
3:20 pm
Blundstone Arena, Hobert


Another disappointing loss was the result on Sunday and is the reality of the St Kilda Football Club.


Now I am worried of the loss next weekend against Geelong.


We didn’t perform well at all and the Cats were defeated by my soft spot of the Bulldogs on Saturday.


Then you know what? Our opponents who had lost the previous week bounced back and won over us.


For example, at Round 10:
Port Adelaide lost to Hawthorn by 31 points in Launceston.
St Kilda won against Carlton by 13 points at Marvel Stadium.


Then St Kilda lost against bloody Port Adelaide by SEVENTY points at Round 11 in Shanghai!!


Even Nick Riewoldt tipped St Kilda on the Shanghai clash at the Camel Sports Bar on Friday night at the Shanghai weekend.


I had the same thought. Then I told him I was disappointed with the loss on Sunday after the game, and he said the same.


On Sunday morning, I watched the replay of the Western Bulldogs versus Geelong because of unexpected Doggies’ win (I watched the game live on the train, but Scray were behind and I thought Geelong were better).


It was a low scoring game and Bulldogs didn’t handle with ball well. They wasted opportunities quite a lot.


Bontempelli’s kicks had been inefficient at the game, but at last quarter, he scored the winning goal.


Young forward Naughton kicked four goals.


The Bulldogs won the much congested game under the much pressure.


We could win, but I am worried of the Cats learning from the mistake and snaring.


Another reason to worry is that the Saints haven’t won over any top eight team.


Also not showing efforts at last quarter/minutes makes me worried of another loss.


At MRV Match, we couldn’t bounce back at last quarter. Instead we allowed bloody Richmond to score more and more goals.


Then Ben Long crossed the mark in the last few minutes of the North game. And he gave the Kangaroos away a 50-metre penalty.


Where are our great performances now? I simply can’t believe the Saints were on top/second and the Bulldogs were bottom eight side. Now Bulldogs are above than us and even have a hope to play in September.


What can Saints do to win the away game in Geelong? Maybe like what Dogs have done, putting a lot of pressures? Creating the space to score more goals?


I cannot find any more, to be honest.


Changing the topic, I have seen Facebook posts St Kilda supporters complaining umpiring. They urge us that umpires advantage opponents and ruin games.


Even such posts have been found on the Tasmanian game.


If so, why not start a petition? And I would pen and contribute a story to the AFL Fans Association website. Also suggesting St Kilda Football Club to complain to the Umpire Association and writing a letter to AFL could be options to speak up.


Even unable to find us to win next weekend, I hope a miracle happens. I would cheer my boys hard on Saturday night.


NORTH MELBOURNE 7.5 10.6 13.7 17.10 (112)
ST KILDA 1.1 6.3 8.5 11.7 (73)

North Melbourne: Zurhaar 5, Larkey 5, Brown 3, Ziebell 2, Simpkin, Ahern
St Kilda: Bruce 6, Membrey 2, Hind, Marshall, Gresham

North Melbourne: Simpkin, Zurhaar, Goldstein, Larkey, Ziebell, Tarrant
St Kilda: Bruce, Billings, Dunstan, Steele, Marshall

Umpires: Foot, Gavine, Hay

Official crowd: 10,696



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Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.

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