Round 21 – St. Kilda v Sydney: Saints swamp Swans in all round four quarter display

 

St. Kilda v Sydney

7.50 PM Saturday 7 August

Marvel Stadium

 

The Saints had lost their last three; two in close contests and the third against the Blues in a disappointing display. The Swans had won five in a row. The smarty pants predicted a Swans’ win. I had another early morning premonition that the Saints would win; I had had one the week before they would lose against the Blues (not that I told anyone in case I was wrong). It should be pointed out here that I once predicted that the internet would never take off; though in my defence this was a view I had before I knew how to turn on a computer. My advice is not to place bets on any of my predictions; even ask me for my predictions. What in the hell do I know?!

 

The game started at a cracker jack pace with both teams looking likely. The ball travelled up and down the ground with nine goals kicked in the first quarter. Third gamer Cooper Sharman looks a likely prospect. He leads well to the ball and took a couple of good marks. He kicked the Saints first from wide on the boundary line following a neat pass from Dean Kent. Both Max King and Tim Membrey kicked truly following marks, sandwiched between two crumbing goals by Jack Higgins, one on his right the other on his left peg. The Swans got a late goal with the Saints up by 5 points at the first change.

 

The second quarter was more of an arm wrestle. The Saints were able to stop the Swans running game out of the back half, forcing turnovers and winning crucial one per centers to break up their flow. Kent kicked an early goal, crumbing a ball over the back. The Swans got one back on a Saints’ error. Jack Steele kicked the Saints second for the quarter following a mark. Jack Higgins got another one on his left peg to put the Saints up by 3 goals at the main break.

 

The next two quarters involved the Swans getting on top at the start of the quarter, kicking the first two goals on both occasions, with the Saints then not so much pegging them back but rather taking over. Near the half way mark of the third, the Swans were only a goal behind. Following a center bounce Zak Jones burst forward and was felled after he kicked the ball. A free down the field saw Dean Kent kick truly and steady the good ship St. Kilda. Smart play by Daniel McKenzie where he tapped the ball to Max King who kicked a nice goal from a right foot snap. The tall lad did something to his leg which saw him on the bench and then subbed off. Hopefully, he will be available against the Cats. This was followed by a goal to Tim Membrey from an athletic intercept mark. Cooper Sharman marked following a classic forward lead; quickly turned around and steered it to Jack Higgins who marked just outside the goal square and kicked his fourth. The Swans got another late goal with the Saints up by 4 goals at the last change.

 

The last quarter was a dour affair. The Saints dominated most of the play but had trouble with the crucial pass to the forward 50 and started to get the yips in front of goal. The Swans kicked a couple, one from a dubious free and a second against the run of play. Jack Steele who was moved up forward, who put in another best on ground performance and must be a chance for the Brownlow – remember what I said about my predictions – then produced a bit of magic to seal the win for the Saints. He contested a high ball in a one on one contest on the forward 50 line, scooped up the ball and hand passed it to Cooper Sharman who kicked a neat running goal from 40 meters out. A late goal to Dean Kent following a free in the goal square was icing on the cake. A great win over the Swans by 29 points.

 

The midfield and the forwards usually get the accolades when a team wins. The Saints have had a poor season in front of goal; though this did not apply against the Swans. The backline has generally played well, despite being forced to chop and change due to injuries. Callum Wilkie is a revelation at the heart of the defence. He kept Buddy Franklin to 5 kicks, two of which were from frees. Jimmy Webster and Jack Sinclair are always solid and provide the team with a lot of run out of the back half. Moving Jack Sinclair with his ability to read the game and high tail it up forward has enabled him to progress to another level as a player. In Nick Coffield and Tom Highmore the Saints have two quality half backs who know how to take contested marks. They combined with 12 against the Swans. Darragh Joyce, who played his first game since playing the Suns in Round 8 following an injury, put in a solid performance; he is strong in a contest and doesn’t turn over the ball. And Bradley Hill provided a lot of drive out of the back half.

 

I am yet to have a premonition about the Cats next week, so I can’t give you my prediction. But then again, I am a person of science and not superstition, so premonitions aren’t worth even thinking about; well, except when it comes to footy and the Mighty Saints!

 

Go Saints!!

 

 

St. Kilda   5.0   8.2   12.4   14.9 (93)
Sydney      4.1   5.2   8.4   10.4 (64)

 

Goals

St. Kilda: Higgins 4, Kent 3, Sharman 2, King 2, Membrey 2, Steele.
Sydney: Dawson 2, Papley 2, Gulden 2, Hayward 2, Franklin, Florent.

 

Best

St. Kilda: Steele, Marshall, Higgins, Sinclair, Jones.
Sydney: Parker, Lloyd, Kennedy, Dawson, Cunningham.

 

Crowd: Those who never enjoyed being forced to participate in athletics at school! You know what I mean.

 

Umpires: Chamberlain, Fisher, Foot.

 

Malarkey Medal: Higgins 1 (StK), Marshall 2 (StK), Steele 3 (StK).

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Footy Analyst says

    It was a Saintsational performance and win by St Kilda, considering they were missing the following players from their best 22:
    Paddy Ryder, Hunter Clark, Jack Billings, Ben Paton, Jarryd Geary, Jade Gresham, Dougall Howard and Dan Hannebery (when fully fit). Max King was also injured during the match.
    Other players who are not in the best 22 but are injured include Jake Carlisle, Josh Battle and Mason Wood.

    This proves that St Kilda has great depth to beat Sydney, who had been outstanding for the previous 5 weeks. Considering the amount of injuries St Kilda has had to their better players for long periods of time throughout the whole season and one of the toughest draws in the competition due to finishing 6th last year, I am immensely proud that St Kilda is currently only 2 points outside the top 8, in what is the most even and unpredictable season that I can remember.

    The most pleasing thing was that St Kilda won every quarter on the scoreboard.

    Imagine how good St Kilda could have been this season if they had less injuries and less weeks on the sidelines to their best players.

    I can’t wait for the 2022 season to begin, the year that St Kilda’s premiership window will begin.

    Carn The Mighty Saints!

  2. Saints certainly better on the day! What a strange season. Top teams losing to lower ones. Surprise after surprise. All we really want is consistency, and for your sake, hopefully you’ll get it next year.

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