Round 22- St Kilda v Hawthorn: Missed by THAT much

Etihad Stadium


Saturday 18th  August 2018



I peeked out the closed door of Saints season 2018. I saw through the crack  the light of what might come.


With my Hawks supporting drafted son Yariv, with cousin Gary and friend Phil we came and witnessed. By luck and happy circumstance, Jonathan the Queensland Sainter and his two grown up kids Josh and Aurora, snuck into the empty Saints membership section. We warmed each other in our little circle and enjoyed an unexpectedly close game. And friendship.


Not so confident Hawks supporting Yariv


To not suck is great.


To show great promise gives hope.


To worry Hawthorn is a bonus, a gift that just kept giving.


Jack Gunston proved pesky for the Saints, getting the first within moments. Shaun Burgoyne with the second showed he should never retire, ever. Luke Breust got their third, and at this juncture of the afternoon, Saints fans expected the inevitable Saintly capitulation.


The Saints attacked repeatedly, and finally got reward for effort and statistics when Jack Steele got the first for St Kilda. Conor Nash and Gunston score behinds before James Worpel goals.

[Watching the replay with Rina on Monday night, we tried to understand the Hawthorn coiffure situation. Was Worpel’s style a mullet? Was it a mohawk?  Was it a new form – Mo-mullet or Haw-mullet? And what about the mohawk and beard vs the short back and sides?  Rina cracked up when I said, ‘He gets up in the morning, looks in the mirror, and he think that look is a great idea?’].


From our seats at Docklands, hair styles weren’t an issue. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t understand Daniel McKenzies hair situation either. This is not an opposition team thing.


Saints attack in this second quarter, despite their hair. Jack Lonie finally shows form in the big league. Tim Membrey doing what we need him to do. Jack Billings a sneaky one. The Saints are getting it forward and scrapping for goals, endlessly attacking.  We were loving this. Until Membrey kicked the next one out on the full.


He makes up for it moments later. David Armitage misses. Ben McEnvoy doesn’t. [Can you please explain to me Channel 7 why you repeat ‘Big Boy McEvoy’ ad nauseum? Is it to hear your own voices and cleverness? Maybe it’s your version of what was going on in the hair department.  The commentary team must think they look pretty good in their monitors/mirrors too.]


It’s a tight, even, tense game. After an initial burst of cheering, Yariv is very quiet.  The Saints have shut up Hawthorn’s enthusiasm and confidence.  I kinda like that boys.  Keep it up.


Breust misses one before Ben Patton gets his first goal for the Saints and in AFL and Gunston keeps pulling the Hawks back up by his boot straps.


Half time we were able to converse and catch up. Jonathan is a Saints man who I met while travelling in 2015. We met in New Zealand at a pub, a gathering of St Kilda travellers, and have remained in touch over the years. He bought three copies of ‘Siren’s Call’, one for each adult child, Rupert, Josh and Aurora. I am yet to inscribe them so am due to go to Queensland just for that. And for the sunshine and warmth. And for their lovely company. The Saints haven’t played in Queensland for the three years since. Down here to visit Josh who is working temporarily in Melbourne, the family were able to enjoy this game with us, surrounded by red, white and black, and heaps of affection.


Before the game, Gary, Yariv and I had gone to the Saints Social Club in the Victory Room, and saw lots of familiar faces.  When players came in for interviews and photos with fans, Yariv and I asked Shane Savage for a photo.  Yariv said to Shane, “Bet you wish you’d stayed at Hawthorn”.  You can’t take your children anywhere, even the drafted ones! Shane laughed on the outside at least.


Yvette, Shane Savage and Yariv


In the crowd of 24,752 people, there seemed heaps of Hawks supporters.  They were noisy throughout.  I missed our young friend Jaiden who usually revved our quiet section up. The swings and roundabouts of the game had each team cheering, and then going eerily quiet.


Third quarter was upon us, and it didn’t disappoint. Jack Newnes – goal. Gunston for the next. Nash gets his first AFL goal and is hugged by the gold and brown. Jarman Impey makes it three in a row and Hawthorn supporters relax a little as Gunston gets his fourth for the night. Four goals, just like that.


Lonie is on fire and gets the next two and just as we feel we’ve pulled back into this game, Breust gets his second. In what is one of his best St Kilda games so far, Lonie gets his fourth.


Saints’ hearts break as Breust scraps a kick through and it miraculously bounces through in the way we all mourn Milnes kick in 2010 Grand Final didn’t. Had THAT ball bounced the way the magic balls of Hawthorn did, we’d have been premiers.


Nine-point game on the line for the last quarter. With Jade Gresham kicking the last goal of the game within moments, and being only 3 points behind, there was still hope. The ball went up alternate ends, with huge efforts by tired players of both teams keeping us all on the edge of our seats. With a few behinds scattered through the quarter, it was all up to the last moments of play.  We just couldn’t pull the rabbit out of this footy hat and get that goal to put the Hawks away and they were relieved and still in the finals top four with a four-point win in the end.


Metro trains remain a mystery to footy fans.  We are told to go to platform 12 for our train, and then go rushing to platform 13 (up and down escalators) to catch the correct one.


We are tired but good natured. The closeness of the game to a top four side gives us hope. Suddenly, 2019 is looking better. (And St Kilda is not in the media cauldron all week). And we only missed by THAT much.


ST KILDA              4.4        6.6       10.9      11.10 (76)
HAWTHORN          1.3       7.5        12.6      12.8 (80)


St Kilda: Lonie 4, Membrey 2, Billings, Gresham, Newnes, Paton, Steele
Hawthorn: Gunston 4, McEvoy 2, Breust 2, Burgoyne, Impey, Nash, Worpel


St Kilda: Steele, Lonie, Geary, Ross, Gresham, Steven, Billings
Hawthorn: O’Meara, Gunston, Burgoyne, Mitchell, McEvoy, Worpel


St Kilda: Jake Carlisle (back/personal reasons) replaced in selected side by Sam Gilbert, Geary (concussion)
Hawthorn: Frawley (jarred back)


Reports: Nil


Umpires: Margetts, Williamson, Glouftsis


Official crowd: 24,795 at Etihad Stadium


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About Yvette Wroby

Yvette Wroby writes, cartoons, paints through life and gets most pleasure when it's about football, and more specifically the Saints. Believes in following dreams and having a go.


  1. Hi Yvette,

    It was a good match and your writing is also great. We have a big hope, but the boys need to keep working hard. No more coaster week by week.

    The media is quiet this week on St Kilda, but I think Footy Classified points out the club negatively. I don’t like their attitudes so it’s not worth to worry. I much prefer Fox Footy’s On the Couch because four true experts (former players and the premiership coach) discuss about on field performances.

    As for the Metro train issues, why don’t send a letter to them asking to improve services?



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