Round 17 – Brisbane v St. Kilda: Saints cross the Brisbane Line on the Gold Coast!

 

 

 

by Braham Dabscheck

 

Brisbane v St. Kilda

7.25 PM Saturday 10 July

Metricon Stadium

 

 

The Saints travelled North to take on the Lions at Metricon Stadium, the venue of some of their great victories last year. Zak Jones returned from a long lay off with an injury and Dean Kent played his first game for the year, following a late withdrawal by Mason Wood with a hamstring problem. The pundits predicted a win for the Lions who had won ten of their last eleven games. The Saints had strung two wins together against the Tigers and the Pies. The Saints made it three in a row, in possibly their best win for the year.

 

The game had its own strange rhythm. At the beginning of each of the first three quarters the Lions dominated possessions and field position. The Saints weathered the storm and controlled proceedings for the rest of these quarters. In recent weeks they have had problems in last quarters. Not this time. They totally dominated the last quarter running out easy winners by 32 points. The Saints had two purple patches in the second and last quarter where in five minute bursts they scored five and four goals, respectively. The stand out was Max King who kicked three in three minutes in the second quarter. He didn’t trouble the scorer for the rest of the game; this was only the second time he has kicked more than two goals in a game. He does have long arms to pluck birds out of the sky.

 

This was an all round team performance. The back line held up well. They kept the Lions’ forwards quiet for most of the game. The midfield dominated and the forwards, despite a few misses from gettable set shots, have found their kicking boots. The young guns Ryan Byrnes and Leo Connolly continue to impress, kicking two and one goal(s), respectively. Leo, who kicked one late in the third, the first of his career, put on a Luna Park smile and was mobbed by team mates. Ben Long had possible his best game for the Saints up forward. He kicked truly half way in the last quarter and followed this with the only speccy of the game. It resulted in a goal to Dan McKenzie from a neat snap. The midfield were outstanding. Jack Steele put in another best on ground performance, with two goals in the last quarter. Luke Dunstan, Zak Jones with his dash, Jack Billings and Brad Crouch all had high possession games. At different times Tim Membery drifted into the back half to shore up the defence. The Saints had more pace and often switched the ball to the other wing and set up a chain of possessions down the boundary line in launching forays into the forward 50. They look more coordinated and cohesive in both defence and attack.

 

They looked like an accomplished team. The Saints are back.

 

Port next week at home. We can only hope.

 

Go Saints!

 

Brisbane     1.5   4.8   7.8   8.15 (63)

St. Kilda      1.3    6.6   9.9   14.11 (95)

 

Goals

Brisbane: Zorko 3, Ah Chee, Bailey, Daniher, McStay, Birchall.

St. Kilda: King 3, Membrey 2, Steele 2, Brynes 2, Crouch, Billings, Connolly, Long, McKenzie.

 

Best

Brisbane: Neale, Rich, Zorko, McCluggage, Lyons.

St. Kilda: Steele, Dunstan, Jones, Membrey, Long.

 

Crowd: 9,075 and World War II history buffs.

Umpires: Brown, Hosking, Stephens.

Malarkey Medal: Jones 1 (StK), Dunstan 2 (SK), Steele 3 (StK).

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Football Analyst says

    It was a sensational win by St Kilda. I believe this was St Kilda’s best performance under Brett Ratten, considering they were playing Brisbane away and who were 3rd on the ladder, having won 10 of their last 11 games.

    I agree that it was Ben Long’s best game for St Kilda and I am a massive fan of Brad Hill. Tom Highmore impresses me greatly and Ryan Byrnes continues to improve as a footballer. Max King is becoming a matchwinner.

    The loss to Adelaide, as bad as it was, has rejuvenated St Kilda so much. The Bridging The Gap Review was a resounding success as St Kilda has had 11 good quarters out of 12 since that match.

    I actually think that St Kilda have been playing better the last 3 weeks than last year, when they played in the finals.

    Congratulations to David Rath, Simon Lethlean and Brett Ratten for sorting out St Kilda’s problems after the Adelaide game and I can see a definite improvement in St Kilda’s game plan and ball movement. They are playing with belief and they have trust in one another. Their teamwork and helping out one another, as well as their pressure has been outstanding.

    Looking forward to the rest of the season and seeing what this club can achieve in the next few years.

    Carn The Mighty Saints!

  2. Guru Gus - Singapore says

    Here’s hoping the Saints keep this going – week to week proposition now, cannot get ahead of ourselves.

    Highmore is another quality SANFL recruits, following in Callum “57 out of a possible 57 games” Wilkie being picked up in 2019.

    And I am loving Brad Hill’s work. Such poise and ability to find space.

  3. Football Analyst says

    Sorry GG but you have to dream big to succeed and win flags in the AFL. Look at Brendan Gale, who said 10 years ago, that Richmind would win 3 flags in the next 10 years and he was laughed at. Guess what, we know they did.

    Yes, it’s fine to get ahead of ourselves because I have absolute faith in this current group of St Kilda players. I said that at the start of the season and I will continue to mention it. St Kilda, at the start of this year, in my opinion, had a list that was capable of being in the top 4, with the addition of Higgins and Crouch.

    Injuries at the start of the season and throughout the year went against St Kilda, not to mention the hard draw.

    I’m not surprised one bit how well St Kilda have played in the last 3 weeks because I thought they would play like this for the majority of the season. Getting key players back, as well as better ball movement and a better game plan has turned the season around.

    GG, St Kilda will play finals this season and there’s no reason why St Kilda cannot do a Western Bulldogs of 2016 and win the flag in 2021 from 7th or 8th position on the ladder, especially if Richmond miss the finals in 2021.

    For me, the lid is well and truly off.

    Carl The Mighty Saints!

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