Round 5 – Carlton v St. Kilda: Ben Long’s speccy highlight of Saints giving Carlton the blues

 

By Braham Dabscheck

 

Carlton v St. Kilda

7.40 PM Thursday 2 July

Marvel Stadium

 

Every now and then footy produces a moment when a player does something so out of the ordinary that it leaves one breathless. We had such a moment in this clash between the Saints and the Blues on Thursday night at Marvel Stadium. It occurred in the third quarter. We had a foretaste of what was to come earlier in the game. In the first quarter Ben Long hurled himself forward following the trajectory of a ball kicked from behind him against onrushing opponents to take a courageous mark. Then we come to the speccy. The Blues kick the ball forward and Ben Long leaps in the air, rides the shoulder of fellow Saint Nick Coffield and while being pushed in the back, and not gently, by an opponent, takes an unbelievable high mark which will be hard to better for mark of the year. Long has transformed his game since going into the back half. He has this ability to get in the way and break up opposition forward thrusts. He, with Callum Wilkie, was particularly influential in the first quarter where the Saints victory was set up.

 

This was an entertaining and hotly contested game. The Saints got out to an early lead. They dominated the first quarter and a half kicking four in the first and three by the half way mark of the second. The Blues then came back and more than matched the Saints and looked like, if they could kick a few in a hurry, do another Houdini act for the third week in a row. Such was not to be; the Saints were not going to let this one slip away.

 

The Saints jumped out of the blocks quickly. Max King put his long arms high up in the air to mark and kick the first goal of the game. Josh Battle kicked a second from six inches out following a kick by Jack Lonie into the goal square. Jarryn Geary who was moved forward to play a containing role on a Blues play maker kicked two, following strong marks. He could have grabbed another two later in the game if he had kept his kicking boots on. King grabbed a second from another high mark. His goal was either side of the two best goals of the game. The first was Jade Gresham, following the resumption of the game after half time. He grabbed the ball in open play, ran down the ground, and kicked truly from the 50 meter line. The second started in the back pocket. Nick Coffield ran past an opponent, kicked it towards the wing, the ball went over the back, Dan Butler grabbed it on the run, bounced the ball twice and kicked a long bomb from just inside the 50.

 

Butler kicked a second from a Blues turnover early in the third quarter. The Blues reasserted themselves and kicked the next three goals. Seb Ross and Jack Billings became more active in this period and helped to stem the tide. Jack Billings kicked a crunch goal late in the quarter to steady things down. Tim Membrey, from a snap, and Dean Kent, from on the 50 following a mark, kicked the first two goals of the last quarter to effectively seal the game. The Blues kicked the last three of the match with the Saints winning by three goals. The umpires had another good game.

 

The Saints look a more polished side than recent years. Their kicking for goal was not as on the money as last week; though they kicked three longer goals. The back line stayed solid and only gave up one gift from a fee kick. Jack Steele and Rowan Marshall held sway in the midfield and the team is more poised going forward. The only downer was that Dan Hannebery has done something to his hamstring which could see him miss a few weeks. The Saints are on the march and take on the Cats next Thursday night. Can’t wait!

 

Go Saints!!

 

 

Carlton     1.1   2.4   5.6   8.7 (55)

St. Kilda   4.3   7.4   9.5   11.7 (73)

 

Goals

Carlton: Setterfield 2, Betts, Philp, Martin, Cripps, Gibbons, Newnes.

St. Kilda: Geary 2, King 2, Butler 2, Battle, Gresham, Billings, Membrey, Kent.

 

Best

Carlton: Martin, Docherty, Cripps, Jones, Setterfield.

St. Kilda: Steele, Marshall, Long, Billings, Coffield.

 

Crowd: Circus Oz and Superman fan club.

Umpires: Debey, Roseberry, Wallace.

 

Our Votes: Steele 3 (St. Kilda), Marshall 2 (St. Kilda), Long 1 (St. Kilda).

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. John Butler says

    Braham, I reckon you’re on the generous side to both the Blues and the umps.

    Saints clearly outplayed us here – the margin flatters to deceive.

    Ratten coached well, just to rub it in.:)

    Cheers

  2. Long’s classic mark was so impressive and agreeing with fellow Saimters, it’s the contender for Mark of the Year.

    And did you hear BT saying ‘danger, danger, danger, danger. Butler, Butler, Butler, Butler!’ when he was running with two bounces and kicked a goal? It’s another incredible performance in the game.

    It was a good win for the Saints.

    Now fixture was revamped and we are playing Fremantle next weekend on the Gold Coast. Let’s smash them!

    Cheers – Yoshi

  3. Watched your Sainters last night and was very impressed. I commented to Mrs Fisho, “I bet Yoshi is very pleased”. The only disappointing thing for me was Eddie Betts didn’t kick any of his special goals. I’m not looking forward to the Crows getting smashed again this week. I might watch my grandson play marbles instead.

  4. Yes Fisho, I was impressed but got nervous at last quarter… It’s all over and Happy Saintly Friday!

  5. Roseville Rocket says

    You’re right Braham Sainters looking far more polished.

    So have St Kilda beaten Carlton more times this century than in the entire 20th century?

    Hopefully we’ll see the Sainters play in Sydney this season…

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