|Brownlow Medal||3 Sebastian Ross (STK)||2 Leigh Montagna (STK)||1 Blake Acres (STK)|
There are some AFL matches that are so thrilling and full of highlights, they are destined to live forever in the memories of those who were there to witness them. Sadly, this match was not one of them. If this match lives on in the minds of those who saw it, it will likely be for all the wrong reasons. In the aftermath of the game, won by St Kilda by nine points, even Saints fans were lamenting the low goal count and high error count in a match that started reasonably but got gradually worse as a spectacle as it wore on. In the end St Kilda won having kicked just four goals after quarter time. The Tigers did the same, with the last two of those four coming in the final minute, belying the Saints' overall dominance on the field.
The tone for the match was set to a degree in the first few minutes, with neither side scoring until Todd Elton marked in the goal square and kicked his first AFL goal at the five-minute mark. The Tigers had controlled general play at that point but St Kilda turned things around from that moment until time on, dominating most facets of play and making slightly fewer errors as Paddy Mccartin kicked two goals and Tim Membrey one to see the Saints out to a 15-point lead. Unfortunately for McCartin and the Saints, he was helped off the ground with a collarbone injury after his second goal and took no further part in the match. Daniel Rioli clawed one back with an intercept mark and major at the 22-minute mark. St Kilda added two behinds to one to see out term after that, the Saints ahead by 10 at quarter time.
After Richmond opened the second quarter with a rushed behind, St Kilda looked to get right on top over the next 15 minutes, adding 2.2 to nil, with goals to Membrey and Jade Gresham. Both sides struggled as the lacklustre tone of the match continued after that, neither side scoring a major before the long break, which saw the Saints ahead by 21 points.
A goal within the first two minutes of the third quarter could have had Richmond fans forgiven for expecting a comeback and supporters of both sides forgiven for thinking goals were about to flow. Unfortunately, those fans' thoughts couldn't have been further from the truth. Riewoldt's second-minute goal proved to be the last of the term, the Tigers adding four behinds to the Saints' two as both teams continued to turn the ball over with poor disposal. At the last change, St Kilda led by 13 points, 40 to 27.
The early stages of the final quarter again promised more goals, with Nick Riewoldt kicking one for the Saints and Rioli one for Richmond within the first five minutes. But once again, promises remained unfulfilled as only one further goal was kicked over the next 20 minutes, to St Kilda's Jack Billings. That took the Saints' lead to 18 points and effectively sealed the result of a very low-scoring match. They added three further goals and held Richmond scoreless until the very last minute, which saw the Tigers kick two classic 'junk time' goals, one to debutant Callum Moore and one to Kane Lambert to cut the final margin to nine points, one which wasn't at all reflective of St Kilda's comfortable if unconvincing win.
Dustin Martin kept his Brownlow Medal hopes alive with another fine 31-possession performance for the Tigers, while the Saints owed its win in a large part to Seb Ross, who had 34 touches and took seven marks.
Mathematically, the Saints can still make the eight, but they would need to defeat Brisbane by about 20 goals (not an impossibility) and hope that North goes down to GWS by a similar margin, and extremely unlikely prospect despite the Roos recent poor form. There are no such hopes for Richmond and the best the Tigers can hope for would be an upset win over Sydney at the SCG. While an unlikely prospect, it's not an entirely impossible one given that they scored a post-siren upset win over the Swans earlier in the year.
Richmond: Rioli 2; Elton, Riewoldt, Moore, Lambert
St Kilda: McCartin, Membrey 2; Gresham, Riewoldt, Billings
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Richmond: Martin, Rance, Vlastuin, Rioli, Lambert
St Kilda: Ross, Montagna, Newnes, Steven, Acres, Riewoldt
BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Richmond: Martin, Cotchin, Houli, Rance, Rioli
St Kilda: Ross, Riewoldt, Montagna, Newnes, Acres
St Kilda: McCartin (broken collarbone)
UMPIRES: Stevic, Deboy, Ryan
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
COMMENTATORS: Eddie McGuire, Anthony Hudson, Brad Johnson, Jonathan Brown, Cameron Mooney
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
|12||Astbury, David||6||5||8||14||0||0||0||1||1||1||25y 176d||59||8|
|9||Cotchin, Trent||13||3||15||28||0||0||0||2||1||2||26y 135d||172||98|
|10||Edwards, Shane||5||2||13||18||0||0||0||4||1||0||27y 300d||186||128|
|5||Ellis, Brandon||10||2||10||20||0||1||0||2||0||1||23y 17d||109||39|
|43||Elton, Todd||7||7||3||10||1||1||1||0||0||1||23y 113d||3||1|
|6||Grigg, Shaun||9||8||10||19||0||1||0||2||1||1||28y 123d||166||78|
|2||Grimes, Dylan||4||5||10||14||0||0||0||1||2||1||25y 35d||78||2|
|16||Hampson, Shaun||4||3||4||8||0||0||22||2||2||1||28y 152d||97||37|
|14||Houli, Bachar||11||7||11||22||0||1||0||0||1||0||28y 100d||148||33|
|28||Hunt, Taylor||7||5||10||17||0||0||0||3||0||0||25y 289d||102||21|
|23||Lambert, Kane||10||6||9||19||1||1||0||5||2||0||24y 268d||27||15|
|27||Lloyd, Sam||9||4||2||11||0||1||0||2||1||2||26y 170d||41||57|
|31||Markov, Oleg||10||6||4||14||0||0||0||0||1||1||20y 104d||7||1|
|4||Martin, Dustin||20||3||11||31||0||0||0||1||0||3||25y 55d||152||150|
|37||Menadue, Connor||9||7||5||14||0||1||0||0||0||1||19y 336d||19||7|
|15||Moore, Andrew||8||1||10||18||0||0||0||6||1||1||25y 82d||59||19|
|36||Moore, Callum||4||3||1||5||1||0||0||3||0||0||19y 352d||1||1|
|18||Rance, Alex||9||4||6||15||0||0||0||1||1||1||26y 316d||149||8|
|8||Riewoldt, Jack||7||5||2||9||1||1||1||1||1||0||27y 294d||201||482|
|17||Rioli, Daniel||8||4||8||16||2||0||0||4||2||0||19y 126d||17||13|
|45||Short, Jayden||11||2||1||12||0||0||0||2||0||0||20y 209d||15||6|
|1||Vlastuin, Nick||11||8||7||18||0||0||0||2||4||2||22y 123d||79||18|
|St. Kilda||Match Stats||Career|
|8||Acres, Blake||15||8||11||26||0||0||1||7||1||0||20y 318d||25||8|
|20||Armitage, David||10||6||10||20||0||0||0||4||1||8||28y 65d||149||88|
|15||Billings, Jack||15||4||10||25||1||0||1||5||1||0||21y 2d||41||27|
|27||Bruce, Josh||5||4||4||9||0||2||2||2||0||2||24y 73d||67||92|
|24||Dempster, Sean||14||7||4||18||0||0||0||3||1||1||32y 213d||221||21|
|14||Geary, Jarryn||5||4||10||15||0||0||0||2||1||0||28y 58d||140||23|
|19||Gilbert, Sam||11||7||10||21||0||1||0||2||1||0||30y 1d||178||35|
|22||Gresham, Jade||10||3||6||16||1||0||0||2||1||1||18y 362d||18||11|
|45||Holmes, Jason||1||0||4||5||0||0||25||3||0||3||26y 297d||4||0|
|13||Lonie, Jack||6||2||5||11||0||0||0||1||3||1||20y 7d||26||19|
|32||McCartin, Paddy||2||1||0||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||20y 123d||17||17|
|36||McKenzie, Daniel||8||6||6||14||0||0||0||3||0||0||20y 95d||15||0|
|28||Membrey, Tim||11||6||7||18||2||0||0||2||1||1||22y 86d||29||51|
|11||Montagna, Leigh||20||9||13||33||0||0||0||3||1||0||32y 292d||270||150|
|16||Newnes, Jack||13||4||15||28||0||0||1||2||1||1||23y 178d||90||24|
|12||Riewoldt, Nick||15||10||6||21||1||2||2||1||1||0||33y 308d||318||680|
|17||Roberton, Dylan||19||8||5||24||0||0||0||1||0||0||25y 60d||101||14|
|6||Ross, Sebastian||17||7||17||34||0||2||2||6||1||1||23y 105d||58||8|
|5||Savage, Shane||9||7||13||22||0||1||0||3||0||0||25y 228d||110||53|
|3||Steven, Jack||16||5||7||23||0||1||0||6||1||0||26y 145d||133||87|
|44||Weller, Maverick||6||3||11||17||0||0||0||5||0||2||24y 189d||89||42|
|34||Wright, Nathan||5||2||3||8||0||1||0||2||2||1||22y 186d||29||5|