Round 4 – St. Kilda v Hawthorn: Saints’ One Percenters add up to a Perfect Score

 

 

 

St. Kilda v Hawthorn

3.20PM, Sunday April 14

Marvel Stadium

 

 

A pulsating nail biter; a great contest from go to woe and a tribute to the skill, courage and daring of the players from both teams. Down by 26 points halfway in the third quarter the Saints looked done and dusted. They stemmed the tide, kicked two majors late in the quarter to be 11 points in arrears at three quarter time. Wearing a disguise to hide a blood nose Rowan Marshall ghosted into the forward line early in the last quarter to take two marks and kicked truly with his second attempt. Diminutive Jack Lonie who showers in a thermometer was rewarded for a tackling free kick late in the quarter and kicked his third for the game (he also kicked 5 behinds) for what turned out to be the winning goal. It is the second time this season that Jack has kicked the ‘winner’ for the Saints – remember his point against the Suns.

 

2018 was a season from hell for the Saints. Whatever decisions that were made by the Saints’ brains trust in the off-season seem to have worked. The 2019 Saints are made of sterner stuff. While they still have problems with their fluency going forward and converting in front of goal, they are harder to score against. They were stiff against the Dockers and their three wins so far have been built on the back of hard work and tenacity. What may have been viewed as a lucky win over the Suns now looks more meritorious, given the Suns recent form.

 

In the final analysis the win over the Hawks resulted from a series of one per centers where players all did whatever was necessary to counter the Hawks. A number of players who have been around for a few years are, at the risk of stating a tautology, playing like veterans. Jack Billings has gone to another level being relieved of forward duties and took two courageous marks in the last quarter. Jack Sinclair and Blake Acres, especially in the second half, had great games. Seb Ross had a best on ground performance. Rowan Marshall is a revelation in the ruck and Josh Battle’s move to the backline has been a master stroke. This is not to ignore the contributions of the other players; those who have been around for a while and recent additions to the team.

 

The portents for 2019 are promising. Watch out Demons!! The Saints are back in town.

 

Go Saints!!

 

 

ST. KILDA       3.2   5.5   8.9   10.14 (74)

HAWTHORN   3.2   6.5   10.8   10.9 (69)

 

GOALS

St. Kilda: Lonie 3, Long 2, Bruce, Marshall, Acres, Ross, Newnes

Hawthorn: Roughead 2, Henderson 2, Scully 2, Nash, Wingard, Puopolo, Breust

 

BEST

St. Kilda: Ross, Marshall, Lonie, Billings, Acres

Hawthorn: Sicily, Henderson, Scully, Worpel, Roughead

 

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Our votes (Malarkey Medal): Ross (St. Kilda) 3, Marshall (St. Kilda) 2, Lonie (St. Kilda) 1.

 

 

Comments

  1. Rick Kane says

    Congrats Braham it was a great comeback by the Saints. The Hawks injured and walking wounded meant it was always going to be tough for the mighty Hawks to hang on. Cheers

  2. ThinkingSport says

    I think having Brett Ratten and Brendan Lade added to coaching panel is helping – bringing knowledge of what makes a successful team.

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