St Kilda break losing streak in scrappy win over Kangaroos

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    The game was ugly, the crowd was low and the result was beautiful for St Kilda as they posted a vital 17-point AFL win over North Melbourne.

    Breaking a run of three-straight losses, the Saints dominated much of the Etihad Stadium clash for the 12.17 (89) to 10.12 (72) win.

    Just 26,107 fans attended the Friday night fizzer, which was blighted by skill errors.

    But that will not bother the Saints, who answered coach Alan Richardson’s call during the week to play with more daring.

    Saints star Nick Riewoldt will come under scrutiny for a second-term incident where he threw a punch at Scott Thompson.

    After the North defender elbowed him to the midriff, Riewoldt wheeled around and threw a roundhouse at Thompson’s back.

    The margin flattered the Kangaroos, who had honoured retired legend Brent Harvey with a pre-game lap of the ground.

    They kicked the last four goals of the game after the Saints led by 42 points early in the last quarter.

    Ending a dirty night for North, forward Jarrad Waite had to be helped from the ground when he was crunched in the last couple of minutes.

    Midfielder Seb Ross starred with 32 disposals and Jarryn Geary played an outstanding captain’s game across half-back.

    Riewoldt did a power of work with his hard running but let himself down with poor kicking for goal.

    St Kilda’s ordinary form had prompted plenty of scrutiny and commentator Dermott Brereton took aim earlier in the week at Leigh Montagna.

    The veteran defender responded with a strong game that featured 28 disposals.

    North recalled Declan Mountford for his second senior game and he stuck to star Saints midfielder Jack Steven like glue.

    But late in the second term, Steven went forward and he snapped two crucial goals.

    That blew the margin out to 38 points, with North only kicking 0.1 in the second quarter and two goals for the first half.

    The margin would have been worse but for the video review, which cruelled Jack Billings.

    The Saints forward kicked two goals and thought he had two more in the first half but they were ruled to be touched after North defenders appealed to the umpires.

    North lost Jamie Macmillan before the bounce with hamstring soreness and his replacement Jed Anderson had a quiet night.

    There was some speculation about whether Saints defender key Jake Carlisle might also be a late withdrawal, but he was solid particularly in the third term.

    © AAP 2018

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    • June 17th 2017 @ 12:34am
      Powerboy said | June 17th 2017 @ 12:34am | ! Report

      Could someone please tell me why Brad Scott is so often mentioned by “knowledgeable” footy pundits as a fine coach?
      How about why a team that can only muster 22,000 fans to a home game, indoors, is in any way viable in these modern days of AFL football.
      Finally, why would any player even consider an offer from this rabble to leave a team with even the remotest hope of a premiership?
      I understand that the Power’s Jasper Pittard has been promised the earth…. But, really, a regular place in his present side and every second game in front of a full house? Port would have to offer very little more than the aforementioned reasons to retain the kid.
      Tasmania beckons, Roos…. JUMP!

      • June 17th 2017 @ 8:43am
        Pope Paul VII said | June 17th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

        Lol your mob should move to an island to the south except they wouldn’t win the Kangaroo Island comp based on their “effort” against Essendon.

        • June 17th 2017 @ 1:38pm
          Powerboy said | June 17th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

          Ho ho ho, very droll Pope Paul! I’m pretty sure the Power would at least get more than twenty thousand souls to K.I for a game. One game does not make a winter…. sadly North Melbourne have consistently proven their mediocre status – both on and off the paddock.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 7:59am
      Ditto said | June 17th 2017 @ 7:59am | ! Report

      Scratch both sides from list of relevant teams.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 8:15am
      Swannies said | June 17th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      North face a lengthy rebuild based on last night’s performance. Scott continues to play his favourites while Daw and Preuss languish in vfl. Doubt that Scott will ever coach this team to a finals again. Saints are now in with a big chance of playing finals this year and would be great to see them in September.

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      June 17th 2017 @ 8:58am
      Rick Disnick said | June 17th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

      Another fine example of why we have too many Melbourne teams. Both won’t be around much longer judging by the crowd and performance.

      Gill should be shot allowing these two peasant clubs to play on a Friday night against each other.

      • June 17th 2017 @ 9:23am
        Pope Paul VII said | June 17th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        No it’s the other way around. There are too many Geelong teams.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 9:15am
      Blake Standfield said | June 17th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      The standard this season is not high but most games in the bye period have been unwatchable. That was worse than the Carlton, GWS game last week. Another theme of the bye rounds is teams showing up with no effort whatsoever. Fremantle and Port were witches hats last week and the fact that St Kilda and West Coast only won by small margins speaks to the overall poor standard.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 6:08pm
      Swannies said | June 17th 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

      Scott made me laugh with his press conference…”we’re not ruling out finals”. Go figure that one!

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