Round 8 – Fremantle v St Kilda: Ups and Downs


Saturday May 12th, 8.10 pm

Optus Stadium


This season, for St Kilda Saints supporters, feels a bit like this:





Will the train go up again, will it come off the rails completely, will it just continue its journey as footy does? Fans have no control, no brakes, no say, no voice except in love or in criticism for some.


I first did a version of this cartoon in 2012. Ross Lyon just left, we were employing Scott Watters (and wasn’t that a raging success…he’s still a go to for press when things are shaky at St Kilda land, he did the rounds this week).


Last Saturday night, I watched, kinda, the Fremantle v Saints game on TV at home. Watching is a strong word. I played games on my phone, afraid to look, and with good reason. I listened, peeked, hoped, and there we were at half-time, with 1.5 to Dockers 7.5.





We made Fremantle look great! And then, we turned it around in the 3rd quarter, and the Saints caught my attention. Fremantle piled on another goal with Lockie Neale and Tim Membrey finally remembered what he knew in his bones, forgot his head and scored beautifully from a Rowan Marshall pass. Jade Gresham goaled from a free. Jarryn Geary put us within 25 points. Gresham another.


Freo reminded us that were still playing when Adam Cerra put one through. Saints weren’t finished with the third quarter – Jack Newnes and Jack Stevens wowed us. Twelve points in this game at ¾ time. I had the happy face.





It didn’t last long, we were back to our usual tricks and lack of confidence in the last. The three misses in front of goal completely deflated the Saints spirit. It didn’t help that we’d lost Jake Carlisle who had been shifted forward early in the 3rd. Concussion. Gone for the game. We missed his great marking in defence.





I was happy to not be there. I was happy with newbie Ed Phillips and he showed great confidence for a first gamer.





I cringed when I thought we were playing the Pies the next week.





And I smiled when I heard the next day that the Southern Saints had a convincing win against Williamstown in the VFLW.





I avoided Facebook, Twitter, St Kilda Fan sites, newspapers, TV and radio.





I thought we’d have better draft picks cos we are so low on the ladder this year.





But felt deflated that no one may want to be traded to St Kilda in 2019. Players want to shift clubs to have chances at Premierships.




I did have a wonderful Mother’s Day the next day, and it’s been a year since the launch of my book, ‘Siren’s Call’. And whatever else is said, we have a young team, building towards a better future. And Saints fans will be there one day when we win that elusive second flag. We will be there when the VFLW Southern Saints find their stride. And we get an AFLW team in 2020. We will be there when the whole rebuilding of Moorabbin is complete and we can watch reserves and women’s games there.





Whichever face I have, whichever smile or frown I wear, post-game, life takes over and I float through another report and play with my art stuff again and life goes on.



As the weekend approaches, I board the train again. Woo-woooo. Here we go again.





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. Yvette Wroby says

    And Bob Murphy writes beautifully of the players ups and downs .

    Great read

  2. Love it, Yvette!

  3. I enjoyed the Bob Murphy piece also Yvette. And the Stewart Crameri interview on Fox Footy last night on the tough times of being rubbed out for a year because of Essendon and missing out on the Dogs flag.
    BUT it made me think about the artificial world of entitlement these young men live in and the lifestyle expectations that creates. Average AFL player salary in 2017 was $352,470.
    Reasons to be cheerful. Unfortunately too many think the short AFL bubble is life.
    (You could always move to Perth and join the happy team at the Eagles. Worked for me 20 years ago. Love, PB)

  4. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi Jan,
    thanks for that.

    PB, never.

    It’s in the blood. Can’t do anything about it. Passion and Pain. It’s the train I’m on but I am not alone. I enjoy what I can. Humour helps.

  5. Hi Yvette,

    Your drawings are well representing your emotions and how we perform

    As for Scott Matters, i think he had been inexperienced to coach the club where young kids hadn’t had enough opportunities and veterans were performing down. But he should’ve advised positively like what Milney told.



  6. John Butler says

    Yvette, for Saints supporters this is another season to focus on the journey, rather than the destination. :)

    Another book in that, perhaps?

  7. I really liked this Yvette. Brilliantly done.

Leave a Comment