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Richmond vs St. Kilda

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Round: 22   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 20-08-2016 2:10 pm   Crowd: 35,255  
Richmond 2.1.132.5.173.9.276.10.46 C:  Damien Hardwick
St. Kilda 3.5.235.8.385.10.407.13.55 C:  Alan Richardson
  STK by 10STK by 21STK by 13STK by 9  
Weather
min temp  6.9°C      max temp  13.6°C
rainfall  9.4mm    humidity  50%    air pressure  1011.7mb
wind speed 17km/h      wind direction  NW
Brownlow Medal 3 Sebastian Ross (STK)2 Leigh Montagna (STK)1 Blake Acres (STK)

Match Report

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. 

GOALS
Richmond: Rioli 2; Elton, Riewoldt, Moore, Lambert
St Kilda: McCartin, Membrey 2; Gresham, Riewoldt, Billings

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
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

INJURIES
Richmond: Nil
St Kilda: McCartin (broken collarbone)

UMPIRES: Stevic, Deboy, Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Eddie McGuire, Anthony Hudson, Brad Johnson, Jonathan Brown, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
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
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 192 100 160 352 6 10 24 44 22 19 24y 209d 1887 1222
St. Kilda Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
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
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 233 113 177 410 7 13 34 65 19 22 25y 21d 2128 1455

Match highlights

David Armitage gave away 8 frees for St. Kilda vs. Richmond (AFL, Premiership Season, R22)

Footnotes

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