Round 9 – St Kilda v Sydney: Saints wins the Pride Match finally

 

Saturday 1 August 2020
5:10 pm
Gabba

 

St Kilda and Sydney Swans have an  alike footy history as their clashes were battles by lake side when the Swans were South Melbourne. Having been longing / longed a flag (Swans had a 72-year drought and Saints won their only  flag in 1966), and have been honouring the gender diversity (LGBTI equality and anti-homophobia in sport) since 2016.

 

Our annual Pride Match has won by the Swans for the first four years. The Bloods have been good sides for a while and the Saints have been  downhill since 2012. But in 2020, St Kilda are different to the past nine seasons and improving much. And winning over Port Adelaide in the previous round at Adelaide Oval brings us more confidence and I feel we are contenders.

 

On the fifth Pride Match day, I was at the Dingoes training and checked the score regularly once we finished the training and while we were walking to the pizza izakaya. I was worried when the margin narrowed to 14 at the end of third quarter, but relieved with the big win by 53 points.

 

Saints gained a clearance at first but the Swans deployed more players in their defence line. It didn’t matter. King turned over and handpassed to Sinclair and he hit the target (Gresham). The small forward was in the right spot as all clear ahead and scored the game’s first goal.

 

Footy fans would have good knowledge that Sydney get more numbers at their backline, thanks to Richmond coach Damian Hardwick’s controversial post match press conference. It applied to the Pride Match and therefore the Saints allowed the Swans to lead in the midway of first quarter.

 

However Saints have been rebuilt and start demonstrating better footy. Wilkie’s long kick was flying high and dropped at the packed goal square. Everyone was desperate to win the contest but Hind read the ball movement, picked up and was running to start his best game by kicking a goal.

 

Great guy in the back with effective tackles and turnovers, Clark was covering the forward line, picking Steele’s handpass and kicked straight 47 metres out.

 

At second quarter, Sydney’s pressures were good at minimising Saints goalkicking, but Gresham and Membrey assisted a goal scored by the returned young forward Battle. And the small forward shepherded Swans defender Ling in order to win a contest. He ended up scoring his second goal.

 

Butler started the good chain of handpassing and kicking – Jones, Billings, Hill and Sinclair involved and the footy was handpassed to Butler who ended up scoring a goal. What a great team play and Brett Ratten got excited on the bench.

 

Then Coffield and Steele demonstrated good ball uses and Max King had good hands to beat more numbers of Swans in the goal square. The winning contested mark awarded six points.

 

Third quarter was the quietest term for the Saints but Jones demonstrated great skills in front of his former teammates. He took a mark from the low kick  by Parker and scored a goal. Then the former Swan handpassed Hind assisting a goal.

 

Sydney put much pressures at St Kilda’s goal square at the beginning of last quarter, but we beat the opponents’ efforts and found an exit – Butler acted quickly with limited space kicking a goal.

 

Geary and King were both close to goal posts and the latter picked the former’s handpass and kicked quickly before being tackled. Then Hind beat being under the pressure and scored a goal 40 metres out.

 

Jones found open space, ran and bounced. He eventually handpassed to King and the young talented forward could have kicked his own but sensed the pressure behind, so handpassed back to Jones and then to Geary. He got an opportunity and finished his job.

 

King could have taken a mark but dropped it and Battle backed up by picking up the footy and brought back to King with a handpass. Great back up and bounce back created another goal.

 

Savage’s long kick was great and what Saints supporters love. Battle took a mark and played on as it was close to goal posts. He scored the last quarter’s goal number six.

 

Like the previous match against Port Adelaide, Saints had a good last quarter. Margin got bigger and we scored more than double to the Swans. It was a great Pride Match and indeed the best blockbuster for us Saints supporters.

 

I am very relieved that we finally won the Pride Match. As always I appreciate Saints and Swans for having the meaningful match and hardworking of awareness of LGBTI equality and anti-homophobia.

 

ST KILDA 3.3 7.4 9.6 15.11 (101)
SYDNEY 2.1 3.6 5.10 6.12 (48)

 

GOALS
St Kilda: Hind 3, King 3, Battle 2, Butler 2, Gresham 2, Geary, Jones, Clark
Sydney: McCartin 3, Florent, Papley, Sinclair

 

BEST
St Kilda: Steele, Gresham, Hind, Jones, Clark, Billings, Paton
Sydney: Parker, Florent, McCartin, Lloyd, Cunningham

 

OUR VOTES
3. Hind (STK); 2. Jones (STK); 1. McCartin (SYD)

 

 

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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.

Comments

  1. Hi Yoshi
    Your Saints have certainly come a long way these past couple of years, and who know where you might end up in this crazy year of footy! We are re-building our team and obviously don’t expect that many wins just at the moment, but St Kilda certainly got right on top in that last quarter and deserved the four points. Take care

  2. Hi Jan,

    Thank you for your nice comment and I apologise for not responding sooner.

    Finally we have got good footy thanks to hardworking on rebuilding and recruiting great players including former your boys of Tim Membrey, Dan Hannerbery and Zak Jones.

    Having young playing list takes patience to get more wins, doesn’t it?

    Take care too.

    Yoshi

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