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St. Kilda vs Richmond

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Round: 16   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 08-07-2017 7:25 pm   Crowd: 47,514  
St. Kilda 5.3.3314.8.9219.8.12221.12.138 C:  Alan Richardson
Richmond 1.3.91.4.104.9.3310.11.71 C:  Damien Hardwick
  STK by 24STK by 82STK by 89STK by 67  
Weather
min temp  5.3°C      max temp  13.5°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  73%    air pressure  1015.6mb
wind speed 11km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Sebastian Ross (STK)2 Tim Membrey (STK)1 Leigh Montagna (STK)

Match Report


In recent seasons, Richmond-St. Kilda contests have tended to be open and fast-moving affairs, with flowing play and plenty of goals, and in this match, played in honour of the late Maddie Riewoldt, all those elements were on display. What was exceptional about Saturday evening’s game, however, was that it was only one team, St. Kilda, that exhibited said qualities. The best that can be said about the other team was that it went AWOL (absent without leave) early and remained so for the entire first half, making spasmodic reappearances thereafter as the game fizzled out.

The temper of the game was apparent in the first few minutes, with the Saints moving fast out of the blocks, dominating possession from the centre and pumping the ball into the forward fifty with little resistance from the Tigers. Within ten minutes, the clearances were four out of five to the Saints, with the inside fifties standing at nine out of ten for the same. The general trend continued for the rest of the half.

Fittingly, the first goal came from a strong contested mark from Nick Riewoldt, who along with his cousin Jack, has been the driving force behind the ‘Maddie’s match’ concept. Josh Bruce scored soon afterwards, and a third goal, from Seb Ross, had Saints fans feeling that this could be their night. Elementary errors, including two 50-metre penalties, and numerous turnovers, had Tiger fans wondering what had happened to the team that overran Port Adelaide in Adelaide last week.

After the Saints had gained sixteen of the first eighteen inside 50s, the Tigers appeared to have turned the corner with the next five, but only one major came from the flurry, a running goal from Trent Cotchin. The revival was short-lived, however, as Jack Billings and Jade Gresham responded in kind for the Saints. The siren sounded with St. Kilda four goals ahead, although it seemed like more. The second quarter would tell the real story in a way few fans could have anticipated.

Over the course of the next thirty minutes, St. Kilda produced the best quarter of football for the year, of any team, while Richmond produced the worst, and it should be added, most insipid display for the same. The scoreboard for the quarter, 9.5 to 0.1, told the story. Just how this happened is difficult to say, given the relative form of the two sides going in, with the Tigers slightly favoured. On the one hand, St. Kilda put on a clinic, moving the ball with lightning speed and putting the Tigers under enormous pressure at every opportunity. On the other hand, for a potential top four side like Richmond to be down by 82 points at halftime, at events transpired, indicates a serious lack of mental application.

It took until the eight-minute mark for the Tigers to even get into their forward fifty, by which time the Saints had already piled on four goals, and a behind from an errant Josh Bruce, who on several other occasions missed from easy range. Whenever Richmond started to gain a bit of traction, the Saints hit back and dominated possession in a manner akin to circle work. The goals kept coming, to Koby Stevens, Leigh Montanga, and Tim Membrey, among others, the latter also managing to knock out Dylan Grimes after a marking contest. Jack Steven, seemingly free to run wherever he pleased, posted the ninth for the quarter. The half time siren couldn’t come quick enough for Tiger fans, who looked like stunned mullets in the face of the onslaught. Purple-clad Saints, on the other hand, were feeling the love.

After the long break, a better and more committed Richmond side appeared, determined to at least whittle down the margin. They gave it a crack too, but, in the third quarter at least, St. Kilda still had their measure and continued to run like gazelles. Straight kicking made a difference, as the Saints posted five goals straight to 3.5, stretching the margin out to 89 points. But at least the Tigers were trying to salvage some pride.

In the final quarter, Richmond continued their improvement and pegged the margin back to a ‘respectable’ 67 points at the final whistle, courtesy of some relatively easy late goals—the Saints simply running out of legs and seemingly satisfied with their efforts. In a nice bookend to the game, the last kick and goal went to Maddy’s cousin, Jack Riewoldt, who, like many of his teammates, was hitherto practically unsighted.

It was the Saints most impressive display so far this season, and everyone contributed. Jack Steven was a standout, with fellow midfielders Seb Ross and Leigh Montagna not far behind. Up forward, Nick Riewoldt was strong all night, finishing with 12 marks, as was Membrey with five goals. Billy Longer was outstanding in the ruck, with Jack Steele and Dylan Roberton very solid I defence. For Richmond, it was difficult to find good players. Brandon Ellis tried, as did Shaun Grigg. The stars were not shining, with Martin, Rance, and Cotchin having little impact.

St. Kilda coach, Alan Richardson, summed it up thus: "It was really pleasing. We rate Richmond really highly, and it's for Dimma (Hardwick) to talk about them, but I think it's fair to say they probably weren't at their best...But I'd like to think that we contributed to that with our pressure, with the way we went after our own footy with or without the ball in a really strong manner.

For Richmond coach Damien Hardwick, there wasn’t a great deal he could say to explain the disaster; "They were outstanding. To be down 30 in contested ball in the first half, the game was effectively over at half-time…They were terrific around the contest and away from the contest, and we just couldn't match them in any facet of the game. "It was incredibly disappointing. We set ourselves up for a big game, but they outplayed us in all areas tonight."

St. Kilda has a vital match next week against fellow finals hopeful Essendon, and on the weekend’s form will go in firm favourite. Richmond should be able to bounce back against Brisbane, but a complete change of attitude needs to occur before that game can be put in the bag.

GOALS
St. Kilda: Membrey 5; Riewoldt 3; Bruce, Stevens, Gresham, Montagna 2; Ross, Billings, Longer, Steven, McKenzie
Richmond: Castagna 2; Cotchin, Caddy, Grigg, Martin, Butler, Lloyd, Ellis, Riewoldt

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
St. Kilda: Ross, Steven, Montagna, Stevens, Steele, Membrey, Riewoldt, Sinclair, Longer
Richmond: Lambert, Grigg, Ellis, Edwards, Astbury

BEST - THE AGE
St. Kilda: Ross, Steven, Membrey, Stevens, Riewoldt, Geary, Montagna, Longer
Richmond: Lambert, Grigg

INJURIES
St. Kilda: Longer (hamstring)
Richmond: Grimes (concussion)

UMPIRES: Schmitt, Ryan, Mollison

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Basil Zempilas, Jason Bennett, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling

Source

Match Report by Adam Cardosi

Match stats

St. Kilda Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
15 Billings, Jack 4 2 15 19 1 0 0 1 0 1 21y 324d 57 43
22 Brown, Nathan 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 28y 203d 145 7
27 Bruce, Josh 9 7 5 14 2 5 2 1 0 0 25y 30d 81 120
2 Carlisle, Jake 9 5 2 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 25y 280d 100 58
14 Geary, Jarryn 8 7 10 18 0 0 0 1 0 1 29y 15d 156 25
19 Gilbert, Sam 7 4 12 19 0 0 6 7 2 1 30y 323d 194 36
4 Gresham, Jade 13 3 8 21 2 1 0 1 1 1 19y 318d 33 31
21 Long, Ben 5 2 6 11 0 0 0 5 1 2 19y 321d 3 0
18 Longer, Billy 2 4 9 11 1 0 39 5 2 1 24y 57d 54 3
13 Lonie, Jack 5 3 13 18 0 1 0 3 2 0 20y 329d 35 26
36 McKenzie, Daniel 7 5 2 9 1 0 0 2 1 1 21y 52d 19 2
28 Membrey, Tim 7 9 4 11 5 0 0 2 0 0 23y 43d 45 79
11 Montagna, Leigh 18 7 13 31 2 0 0 3 1 0 33y 248d 285 155
16 Newnes, Jack 14 5 11 25 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 134d 106 30
12 Riewoldt, Nick 13 12 2 15 3 2 0 3 1 0 34y 264d 331 712
17 Roberton, Dylan 17 2 3 20 0 0 0 1 1 0 26y 17d 117 19
6 Ross, Sebastian 18 4 15 33 1 0 0 8 3 1 24y 62d 74 12
5 Savage, Shane 16 8 6 22 0 0 0 3 1 1 26y 184d 116 54
35 Sinclair, Jack 11 4 17 28 0 0 0 2 1 0 22y 146d 37 24
9 Steele, Jack 9 1 19 28 0 1 0 9 0 2 21y 207d 30 12
3 Steven, Jack 16 8 17 33 1 1 0 3 0 1 27y 102d 147 94
25 Stevens, Koby 12 6 17 29 2 0 0 3 1 1 26y 20d 83 39
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 221 109 208 429 21 12 47 66 18 15 25y 117d 2248 1581
Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 12 9 5 17 0 0 0 3 0 0 26y 132d 75 8
40 Butler, Dan 8 3 3 11 1 1 0 1 0 2 21y 35d 13 17
22 Caddy, Josh 14 3 7 21 1 2 0 4 1 1 24y 283d 109 86
46 Castagna, Jason 5 5 5 10 2 1 0 4 0 1 20y 361d 20 19
9 Cotchin, Trent 10 3 7 17 1 0 0 3 2 2 27y 92d 188 112
10 Edwards, Shane 4 4 17 21 0 0 0 1 2 0 28y 256d 197 135
5 Ellis, Brandon 16 7 5 21 1 1 0 1 0 0 23y 339d 125 45
6 Grigg, Shaun 15 8 14 29 1 2 0 5 2 1 29y 80d 182 87
2 Grimes, Dylan 2 1 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 25y 357d 94 3
28 Hunt, Taylor 3 2 7 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 26y 245d 105 21
23 Lambert, Kane 10 7 14 24 0 0 0 5 0 0 25y 224d 42 21
27 Lloyd, Sam 6 6 4 10 1 1 0 1 1 0 27y 127d 50 64
4 Martin, Dustin 13 1 6 19 1 0 0 5 2 3 26y 12d 168 170
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 6 4 2 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 23y 96d 43 8
37 Menadue, Connor 8 3 8 16 0 0 0 2 1 1 20y 292d 28 10
25 Nankervis, Toby 7 5 6 13 0 0 18 3 1 2 22y 330d 26 8
3 Prestia, Dion 7 2 11 18 0 1 0 1 0 0 24y 269d 108 31
18 Rance, Alex 5 5 6 11 0 0 0 3 0 2 27y 272d 165 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 6 6 1 7 1 1 0 2 1 1 28y 250d 217 519
17 Rioli, Daniel 2 1 6 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 83d 33 26
15 Short, Jayden 11 5 3 14 0 0 0 0 1 1 21y 165d 30 8
44 Stengle, Tyson 5 3 3 8 0 1 0 4 1 1 18y 262d 2 2
  Totals 175 93 144 319 10 11 18 54 15 18 24y 240d 2020 1408

Match highlights

Josh Bruce kicked 5 behinds for St. Kilda against Richmond (AFL, Premiership Season, R16)
Jake Carlisle played his 100th V/AFL game: St. Kilda vs. Richmond (AFL, Premiership Season, R16)

Footnotes

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