|Brownlow Medal||3 Luke Parker (SYD)||2 Lance 'Buddy' Franklin (SYD)||1 Dan Hannebery (SYD)|
St Kilda's slim hopes of playing finals in 2016 evaporated at Docklands on Saturday night as Sydney put the Saints to the sword in the second half of their Saturday-night match to record a crushing 70-point win. The match looked to be anybody's at the long break, with the Swans only ahead by five points, St Kilda having matched it with them throughout the first half, but the third and fourth quarters saw Sydney play some of its best footy of the season. The Swans outscored the Saints eight goals to two in the third term and almost repeated the does in the final quarter, adding another seven goals to two to run out easy winners and remain well in the hunt for a top-of-the-ladder finish.
Paddy McCartin, playing his first match for six weeks, got the Saints off to a great start with a goal in the second minute of the match but an answering goal from Xavier Richards a couple of minutes later levelled the score and paved the way for a free-flowing first term. Kieran Jack marked and goaled to give the Swans the lead but majors to David Armitage and Tim Membrey had St Kilda ahead by five points after 12 minutes. The rest of the quarter was goal of goal, Lance Franklin's first answered by Saint Mav Weller's first, and Dan Hannebery's first also responded to by a first to Nathan Wright, giving St Kilda a five-point quarter-time lead.
The Swans took the initiative early in the second term, and goals to Xavier Richards and Sam Naismith had them leading by five points after eight minutes. St Kilda turned things around over the next five minutes with a goal to Sean Dempster bring the Saints to within a point and then two misses to Blake Acres putting them ahead by that margin. Paddy McCartin then chipped in with a mark and his second goal to extend the lead to seven but the next two majors went Sydney's way and it was the Swans ahead narrowly at the half.
After the long break the game took on a completely different complexion, the Swans completely dominating the first 12 minutes and making it count on the scoreboard as Isaac Heeney, Tom Papley, Luke Parker, Toby Nankervis and Franklin all kicking goals as Sydney suddenly led by 34 points. Acres gave the Saints brief respite with a goal at the 13-minute mark but the Swans closed out the quarter by kicking three of the next four goals, two more going to Franklin, to lead by 41 points at three-quarter time.
Any thoughts of a last-quarter comeback were put aside as soon as the last quarter began with a lovely snap from Josh Kennedy extending Sydney's margin to 47 points. Jack Newnes managed to kick the next major for St Kilda but the Swans went into overdrive after that, holding the Saints scoreless over the next 15 minutes while George Hewett, Papley, Franklin, Jarrad McVeigh and Parker all added goals as the lead blew out beyond 70 points. After a couple of behinds from the Saints, Richards kicked his third before a mark and consolation goal to St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt cut the final margin to 70 points, the Swans recording an emphatic victory.
Franklin played one of his best games since going the Swans, collecting 28 possessions, the equal most of his career, to go with his six goals. For the vanquished, veteran Leigh Montagna (27 touches, six tackles) played a fine game.
Sydney will give itself every chance of finishing at the top of the ladder off it can defeat North Melbourne in Hobart and Richmond at home in its last two home and away games. While the Saints top-eight chances have now passed them by, they will be looking to finish off the year on a high note, and wins against Richmond and Brisbane would see them finish ahead of the ledger with 12 wins and 10 losses.
St Kilda: McCartin 2, Membrey, Riewoldt, Gresham, Weller, Acres, Wright, Montagna, Newnes, Dempster
Sydney Swans: Franklin 6, Papley 3, Parker 3, X.Richards 3, Heeney, Jack, Hannebery, Naismith, Nankervis, Kennedy, Hewitt, McVeigh
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St Kilda: Montagna, Riewoldt, Acres, Armitage, Weller, Newnes
Sydney: Franklin, Parker, Hannebery, Kennedy, Lloyd, Mills, McVeigh
BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
St Kilda: Acres, Armitage, Ross, Steven
Sydney: Franklin, Parker, Kennedy, Hannebery, Mills, Lloyd
St Kilda: Hickey (left ankle), Fisher (jaw and hamstring), McKenzie was a late replacement for Geary (back)
UMPIRES: Nicholls, Schmitt, Fleer
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network
COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
|St. Kilda||Match Stats||Career|
|8||Acres, Blake||16||4||7||23||1||3||0||5||2||2||20y 311d||24||8|
|20||Armitage, David||8||6||21||29||1||0||0||6||2||2||28y 58d||148||88|
|15||Billings, Jack||7||3||6||13||0||0||0||3||1||1||20y 361d||40||26|
|27||Bruce, Josh||5||5||6||11||0||1||0||3||0||2||24y 66d||66||92|
|24||Dempster, Sean||10||8||4||14||1||0||0||1||2||1||32y 206d||220||21|
|25||Fisher, Sam||3||2||8||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||34y 34d||227||22|
|19||Gilbert, Sam||3||1||8||11||0||0||0||2||3||0||29y 360d||177||35|
|22||Gresham, Jade||9||2||7||16||0||0||0||3||0||2||18y 355d||17||10|
|1||Hickey, Tom||2||2||8||10||0||0||24||3||2||2||25y 160d||61||20|
|32||McCartin, Paddy||4||4||1||5||2||0||0||0||0||1||20y 116d||16||15|
|36||McKenzie, Daniel||9||4||6||15||0||0||0||3||0||1||20y 88d||14||0|
|28||Membrey, Tim||7||5||2||9||1||0||0||2||0||1||22y 79d||28||49|
|41||Minchington, Darren||3||2||5||8||0||0||0||3||0||0||22y 248d||23||18|
|11||Montagna, Leigh||12||6||15||27||1||0||0||6||0||0||32y 285d||269||150|
|16||Newnes, Jack||14||2||6||20||1||1||2||8||1||0||23y 171d||89||24|
|12||Riewoldt, Nick||13||6||11||24||1||1||7||4||3||0||33y 301d||317||679|
|17||Roberton, Dylan||8||4||8||16||0||0||0||2||1||1||25y 53d||100||14|
|6||Ross, Sebastian||13||2||15||28||0||0||1||4||1||0||23y 98d||57||8|
|5||Savage, Shane||12||4||9||21||0||0||0||6||0||0||25y 221d||109||53|
|3||Steven, Jack||13||0||12||25||0||1||0||3||0||1||26y 138d||132||87|
|44||Weller, Maverick||6||2||12||18||1||1||0||4||0||0||24y 182d||88||42|
|34||Wright, Nathan||6||1||2||8||1||0||0||8||1||0||22y 179d||28||5|
|36||Aliir, Aliir||8||9||9||17||0||0||0||1||0||0||21y 343d||8||0|
|7||Cunningham, Harry||12||9||7||19||0||0||0||0||0||0||22y 251d||68||36|
|23||Franklin, Lance 'Buddy'||18||9||10||28||6||1||0||4||0||5||29y 196d||241||773|
|39||Grundy, Heath||9||5||6||15||0||0||0||1||0||1||30y 72d||207||23|
|4||Hannebery, Dan||20||7||17||37||1||0||0||2||2||1||25y 171d||164||79|
|5||Heeney, Isaac||8||5||5||13||1||1||0||2||1||0||20y 100d||32||40|
|29||Hewett, George||6||3||14||20||1||0||0||1||0||2||20y 228d||18||13|
|15||Jack, Kieren||11||3||9||20||1||0||0||2||1||1||29y 46d||205||141|
|12||Kennedy, Josh||9||5||26||35||1||0||0||4||2||0||28y 54d||177||108|
|44||Lloyd, Jake||21||7||14||35||0||0||0||1||3||0||22y 328d||63||16|
|3||McVeigh, Jarrad||13||4||13||26||1||0||0||3||0||0||31y 128d||282||190|
|14||Mills, Callum||17||8||10||27||0||0||0||1||1||2||19y 133d||19||1|
|6||Mitchell, Tom||8||4||11||19||0||0||0||8||0||0||23y 74d||59||34|
|35||Naismith, Sam||4||2||8||12||1||0||18||2||1||3||24y 28d||7||2|
|13||Nankervis, Toby||6||2||9||15||1||1||24||3||1||0||22y 1d||11||3|
|41||Papley, Tom||9||4||7||16||3||1||0||3||1||0||20y 31d||14||19|
|26||Parker, Luke||17||9||16||33||3||1||2||5||2||3||23y 293d||121||98|
|24||Rampe, Dane||6||2||8||14||0||0||0||1||0||1||26y 72d||92||6|
|42||Richards, Xavier||8||7||4||12||3||0||0||3||0||0||23y 110d||6||9|
|16||Rohan, Gary||8||2||0||8||0||3||0||1||0||0||25y 67d||73||57|
|40||Smith, Nick||12||8||8||20||0||0||0||4||2||0||28y 62d||161||9|
|22||Towers, Dean||6||2||12||18||0||0||1||1||0||0||26y 101d||29||18|