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St. Kilda vs Melbourne

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Round: 20   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 11-08-2012 1:45 pm   Crowd: 23,464  
St. Kilda 4.2.265.5.3512.11.8316.11.107 C:  Scott Watters
Melbourne 0.3.32.7.194.9.3312.10.82 C:  Mark Neeld
  STK by 23STK by 16STK by 50STK by 25  
Brownlow Medal 3 Beau Maister (STK)2 Nick Dal Santo (STK)1 Sam Blease (MELB)

Match Report

A scrappy win over Melbourne, which kept the Saints' September flame flickering, was marred by a knee injury to Nick Riewoldt. St Kilda was dominant in the first quarter, thanks mainly to the influence of Riewoldt, who had a hand in two goals and kicked one himself. But when he landed awkwardly late in the opening term and hyperextended his knee, the Saints' skipper appeared to have done some serious damage. Riewoldt was subbed off and St Kilda's forward structure immediately dissolved, with the Saints managing just one further goal prior to the main break. With goals to Lyndon Dunn and Sam Blease early in the third term, the Demons closed the margin to less than a goal and it appeared that Melbourne had all the running.

Ex-Eagle Beau Wilkes then stepped up to replace Riewoldt as a forward focal point, kicking three of a run of eight consecutive goals that took St Kilda's lead out to 56 points early in the last quarter and put the result beyond doubt. The game then opened up, allowing Melbourne to kick eight of the last eleven goals but the Saints nevertheless cruised to comfortable 25-point win. Riewoldt was sent to Epworth Hospital for scans and returned to the MCG with news that was not as bad as had been initially feared. The scans revealed a minor split to a tendon behind the knee, and Scott Watters expressed confidence that Riewoldt would return in time for the finals if St Kilda were to get that far.

Wilkes finished with a career-high five goals and showed a capability of assuming a key forward role in Riewoldt's absence. The Saints' old guard of Nick Dal Santo and Leigh Montagna played prominent roles in the win, while Melbourne were well served by the ever-reliable Nathan Jones and Sam Blease, whose five-goal, 20-touch performance pointed towards a bright future. With St Kilda only a game outside the eight, a Friday-night round 21 encounter against Geelong looms as vital.

GOALS
St Kilda: Wilkes 5; Milne, Koschitzke, Cripps, Saad 2; Riewoldt, Steven, Goddard
Melbourne: Blease 5; Sellar 2; Howe, Dunn, Jetta, Green, Sylvia

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
St Kilda: Wilkes, Dal Santo, Armitage, Dempster, Hayes, Montagna, Geary
Melbourne: Blease, Jones, Grimes, Rivers, MacDonald

BEST - SPORTAL.COM.AU
St Kilda: Wilkes, Geary, Dempster, Hayes, Steven, Cripps
Melbourne: Blease, Tom McDonald, Howe, Joel McDonald, Grimes

COACHES' COMMENTS
Scott Watters (St K): [The loss of Riewoldt] was a little unsettling [but] Beau Wilkes had a terrific opportunity to impact the game and was outstanding. Mark Neeld (Melb): Given the experience of both the sides and the manner in which our boys went about it, there was another glimpse into our future

Umpires: Stewart, Hosking, Kamolins

Source

Match report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

St. Kilda Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
20 Armitage, David 13 4 7 20 0 1 0 4 1 2 24y 56d 69 43
35 Cripps, Jamie 5 1 11 16 2 0 0 4 0 1 20y 110d 13 14
26 Dal Santo, Nick 18 4 12 30 0 2 1 3 0 0 28y 171d 235 134
24 Dempster, Sean 12 7 6 18 0 0 0 3 0 0 28y 204d 138 17
38 Dunell, Samuel 5 5 8 13 0 0 0 2 2 2 22y 172d 5 1
25 Fisher, Sam 9 6 8 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 30y 32d 181 21
14 Geary, Jarryn 12 5 13 25 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 49d 69 12
19 Gilbert, Sam 5 4 10 15 0 0 0 5 0 0 25y 358d 129 25
18 Goddard, Brendon 13 8 11 24 1 2 0 4 1 1 27y 83d 202 99
1 Gram, Jason 15 2 7 22 0 0 0 3 0 0 28y 106d 154 69
33 Gwilt, James 11 4 4 15 0 0 0 4 1 1 26y 0d 93 19
7 Hayes, Lenny 11 2 13 24 0 0 0 7 0 1 32y 210d 260 89
23 Koschitzke, Justin 6 7 7 13 2 1 6 5 1 1 29y 326d 194 243
15 Ledger, Tom 8 0 6 14 0 0 0 0 1 2 20y 147d 4 1
37 Maister, Beau 13 12 4 17 5 0 4 1 0 0 26y 144d 30 11
5 McEvoy, Ben 3 2 4 7 0 0 39 2 2 1 23y 31d 66 19
44 Milne, Stephen 7 1 5 12 2 1 0 3 1 1 32y 156d 255 536
11 Montagna, Leigh 16 3 13 29 0 0 0 7 1 2 28y 283d 188 111
12 Riewoldt, Nick 3 3 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 29y 299d 238 520
21 Saad, Ahmed 4 2 4 8 2 1 0 3 1 0 22y 307d 13 23
31 Simpkin, Tom 5 4 2 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 22y 4d 18 0
3 Steven, Jack 13 4 11 24 1 0 0 1 1 1 22y 136d 48 39
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 207 90 167 374 16 11 50 69 13 17 26y 71d 2602 2046
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
44 Bail, Rohan 9 5 9 18 0 0 0 5 1 1 24y 46d 33 13
6 Bate, Matthew 8 7 12 20 0 0 0 4 1 0 25y 79d 102 98
17 Blease, Sam 12 8 8 20 5 0 0 3 0 0 21y 174d 18 17
14 Dunn, Lynden 12 5 3 15 1 0 0 3 0 1 25y 89d 96 87
20 Garland, Colin 14 5 6 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 105d 77 12
18 Green, Brad 8 4 2 10 1 1 0 0 1 0 31y 151d 252 347
16 Grimes, Jack 19 5 10 29 0 1 0 3 2 0 23y 92d 50 3
38 Howe, Jeremy 4 2 8 12 1 1 3 1 0 2 22y 43d 32 33
39 Jetta, Neville 7 4 4 11 1 0 0 5 0 0 22y 181d 33 19
2 Jones, Nathan 11 2 15 26 0 1 0 5 3 2 24y 204d 132 66
28 MacDonald, Joel 10 7 17 27 0 0 0 4 0 2 27y 306d 120 6
49 Magner, James 2 0 3 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 24y 365d 17 4
25 McDonald, Tom 9 6 9 18 0 1 0 2 1 0 19y 328d 19 0
13 McKenzie, Jordie 6 1 13 19 0 0 0 3 2 1 22y 51d 54 7
22 Moloney, Brent 5 0 5 10 0 0 0 2 1 2 28y 196d 145 37
27 Rivers, Jared 10 8 11 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 27y 298d 147 14
30 Sellar, James 6 3 6 12 2 0 12 3 1 0 23y 140d 34 7
42 Spencer, Jake 4 2 6 10 0 0 28 3 1 2 22y 307d 14 1
19 Strauss, James 6 1 12 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 22y 58d 16 0
12 Sylvia, Colin 2 1 10 12 1 0 0 8 1 0 26y 277d 135 120
35 Tapscott, Luke 9 5 1 10 0 0 0 6 1 0 21y 44d 26 4
9 Trengove, Jack 12 4 10 22 0 0 2 2 1 0 20y 344d 56 27
  Rushed   5  
  Totals 185 85 180 365 12 10 45 69 17 13 24y 76d 1608 922

Match highlights

Matthew Bate played his last game for Melbourne (AFL, Premiership Season, R20)
Brent Moloney played his last game for Melbourne (AFL, Premiership Season, R20)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.