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    St Kilda vs. Essendon

    Etihad Stadium
    AFL Home and Away July 14, 2017
    St Kilda 57, Essendon 118
    St Kilda Essendon
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q1022   2517
    Q22618   61046
    Q341135   131290
    Q471557   1716118

    Round 17 begins with a bang, as two in form, and speedy, teams – the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers – do battle on a Friday night at Etihad Stadium! Join us on The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:50pm AEST.

    It’s hard to imagine that either of these teams would have many complaints after their brilliant Round 16 victories.

    The Saints, coming off three straight victories, played Richmond in the second annual ‘Maddie’s Match’, and came away massive winners.

    They smashed a deplorable Tigers outfit in the first half, before taking their foot off the accelerator in the second to eventually win by 67 points.

    Essendon, too, had a comfortable victory of their own, dispatching archrivals Collingwood to the tune of 37 points. A good weekend for both teams, evidently.

    Friday night’s match, though, will be a much tougher assignment for both sides. St Kilda is sitting 9-6, in seventh spot, whilst the Dons are 7-8 and in tenth position.

    While St Kilda’s win against the Tigers was probably as good a win as any in recent years, the team from Tullamarine have shown themselves to be a formidable opponent in most rounds this season, and will be desperate to get a win to keep their finals chances alive.

    Essendon’s forward line is going to be a big threat, with Orazio Fantasia and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti two players in particular who have been in form this season.

    The Saints, though, have their own group of talented small forwards, with Jade Gresham and the rapidly improving Jack Billings a duo whom have been omnipresent as of late.

    St Kilda’s defence, led by Jake Carlisle, will be tested against the Bomber’s aforementioned small forwards and their aerial threats – namely Joe Daniher.

    The midfield battle will be led by the usual suspects: Jack Steven (who was magnificent in this fixture last year) and Zach Merrett, to name but a few.

    St Kilda’s biggest frustration heading into this weekend’s footy is the absence of forward Tim Membrey, who has been banned for two rounds after an incident in Round 16.

    The team from Sandringham will also have a debutant, with last year’s draftee Josh Battle (who is actually still completing Year 12) set to run out with the seniors for the first time.

    Billy Longer is out with an injury, whilst Tom Hickey is back in the side.

    There’s just the one change for the Saints’ opponents, with Essendon resting Jobe Watson for tonight’s clash; meaning Craig Bird set to play his first senior game of the season.

    This is going to be a cracker of a game. While both sides tend to thrive on the grounds of Docklands, I’m going to say it’ll be St Kilda who’ll take home the four points. Narrowly (probably literally, given their accuracy issues), and quite possibly by under a goal. It’s going to be a beauty.

    St Kilda by 5 points.

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    Quarter 1
    1' BEHIND - Rushed (St Kilda)
    2' BEHIND - Orazio Fantasia (Essendon)
    3' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    4' BEHIND - Cale Hooker (Essendon)
    6' BEHIND - Orazio Fantasia (Essendon)
    7' GOAL - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    14' GOAL - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    18' BEHIND - James Stewart (Essendon)
    23' BEHIND - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    Quarter 2
    2' BEHIND - James Stewart (Essendon)
    4' GOAL - Jack Lonie (St Kilda)
    6' BEHIND - Jack Steele (St Kilda)
    7' BEHIND - James Stewart (Essendon)
    8' GOAL - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    9' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    10' BEHIND - James Stewart (Essendon)
    11' GOAL - Josh Bruce (St Kilda)
    18' BEHIND - Dyson Heppell (Essendon)
    20' GOAL - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    22' BEHIND - Jack Newnes (St Kilda)
    23' BEHIND - Jack Sinclair (St Kilda)
    24' BEHIND - Orazio Fantasia (Essendon)
    25' GOAL - David Zaharakis (Essendon)
    30' GOAL - Josh Green (Essendon)
    Quarter 3
    1' BEHIND - Jack Steven (St Kilda)
    3' BEHIND - Tom Hickey (St Kilda)
    5' BEHIND - Rushed (Essendon)
    6' GOAL - Conor McKenna (Essendon)
    8' GOAL - Josh Green (Essendon)
    10' GOAL - Joe Daniher (Essendon)
    12' BEHIND - Jack Steven (St Kilda)
    12' GOAL - David Zaharakis (Essendon)
    16' BEHIND - Jack Lonie (St Kilda)
    18' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    20' GOAL - Josh Battle (St Kilda)
    25' GOAL - Tom Bellchambers (Essendon)
    26' BEHIND - Darcy Parish (Essendon)
    27' GOAL - Michael Hurley (Essendon)
    29' GOAL - Jack Sinclair (St Kilda)
    33' GOAL - Tom Bellchambers (Essendon)
    Quarter 4
    1' BEHIND - Travis Colyer (Essendon)
    3' GOAL - Jake Carlisle (St Kilda)
    6' GOAL - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
    9' GOAL - Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
    10' BEHIND - Jack Billings (St Kilda)
    13' BEHIND - Jack Lonie (St Kilda)
    14' BEHIND - Travis Colyer (Essendon)
    16' BEHIND - David Myers (Essendon)
    17' GOAL - Cale Hooker (Essendon)
    20' BEHIND - Jack Steven (St Kilda)
    21' GOAL - Travis Colyer (Essendon)
    24' BEHIND - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    25' GOAL - Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (Essendon)
    29' GOAL - David Myers (Essendon)
    30' BEHIND - Jade Gresham (St Kilda)

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    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:49pm | ! Report

      Apologies for the delay on the match report, but I kept getting distracted watching Roaming Brian. Funny stuff (and I know I’m in the minority saying that).

      Thanks for joining me tonight, and enjoy the rest of the weekend’s footy (including the Sydney and WA Derbies!).

      Good night!

      • 1:17pm
        JR said | 1:17pm | ! Report

        I didnt like roaming BT initially but it has grown on me. Funny stuff.

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:47pm | ! Report


      Essendon has won its first Friday match since 2014, smashing a dismal St Kilda side by 61 points in front of 47,000 people at Etihad Stadium.

      Despite high expectations for the game – evidenced by a massive crowd – St Kilda were horrifically inaccurate, and were honestly never really in the game. Essendon, despite some inaccuracy of their own, were largely brilliant, and deserved every ounce of their victory.

      The first quarter was quickly shown to not be a repeat of St Kilda’s brilliant start last weekend, with the ‘home side’ booting just two behinds, compared to the two goals and five behind haul delivered by the inaccurate visitors. Low-scoring, then, but certainly entertaining. Fast at least, with only one stoppage in the first 10 minutes and six for the entire quarter. It was Essendon with the 15 point lead come quarter time, but St Kilda were too good to be down for long, right?

      Wrong. St Kilda were certainly much more competitive, but were still caught out too often by Essendon’s extreme pressure. Josh Bruce and Jack Lonie booted a goal a piece, but Essendon managed to boot four in the still fast paced, and inaccurate game. It was the Dons by 28 points, then, come half time.

      If St Kilda’s inaccuracy was a problem in the first half, it became extremely worrying in the third quarter. They were dismal in the third, blowing opportunity after opportunity. Whilst a goal to Jack Lonie was a relief, I’d say their only real highlight from the quarter would be debutant Josh Battle’s first ever goal. The Dons, for their part, continued to diligently expand their margin, booting 7 goals to head into three quarter time with a 55 point lead.

      The final quarter, surprisingly, started with a trio of Saints goals. It was their best 10 or so minutes of play for the game, but it was probably more of a bittersweet moment, as Essendon soon planted their foot back on the accelerator to boot four more goals, to finish off the game leading by 61 points.

      Zach Merrett (37 touches), David Zaharakis (31 and 2 goals) and Michael Hurley (27, 9 marks and 1 goal) were all sensational for the victors. Dyson Heppell and Andrew McGrath were also great, whilst Joe Daniher (4 goals) and James Stewart (4 behinds) were also constant threats in the forward line.

      Shane Savage (31 touches), Jack Steven (30) and Jack Newnes (27) were prolific for the Saints. Dylan Roberton (26 and 8 marks) and Jake Carlisle (19 touches and 11 marks) were brilliant in an under-siege defense. No player booted multiple goals, whilst debutant Josh Battle finished with five disposals and a goal.

      St Kilda face an ominous Sydney in a massive game next week in Sydney, whilst Essendon host a poor North Melbourne at the Ethiad.

      St Kilda: 7.15 (57)
      Essendon: 17.16 (118)

    • Roar Guru

      XI said | 10:38pm | ! Report

      First match I can see live in a month and it’s a blow-out. I would have thought two finals contenders would be a great match. Even worse, BT has started trying to be chums with the players in the rooms now?

      Thanks for the blog, AD. Hope the two local derbys can put on a show for each of us this weekend.

      • Roar Guru

        AdelaideDocker said | 10:50pm | ! Report

        You haven’t watched Roaming Brian before?

        No problem, but I’m a bit disappointed they game was a blow-out.

        How was Europe, by the way?

        • Roar Guru

          XI said | 2:56pm | ! Report

          Nope. And (as Queen Vicky definitely didn’t say) I am not amused.

          Yeah. It’s hard to watch games like this sometimes

          Fantastic! Now I have to readjust to the cold and short days. :/

    • Roar Guru

      Cat said | 10:31pm | ! Report

      Sorry I abandoned the blog but that game just wasn’t doing it for me. Saints really got ahead of themselves after last week. Richardson very, very, very poor coaching.

      • Roar Guru

        AdelaideDocker said | 10:52pm | ! Report

        Ha, I’m pretty disappointed that I had to blog a blow out on a Friday night.

        Even more disappointed in the Saints, though.

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:22pm | ! Report


      It’s Essendon by 61 points.

      Full match report to come.

      St Kilda: 7.15 (57)
      Essendon: 17.16 (118)

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:21pm | ! Report


      Gresham has a shot on a siren, but it drifts to the right.

      St Kilda: 7.15 (57)
      Essendon: 17.16 (118)

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:20pm | ! Report


      McDonald-Tpiungwuti takes his fourth mark insdie 50 in about 5 minutes, but passes it off to Myers who goes BANG!

      St Kilda: 7.14 (56)
      Essendon: 17.16 (118)

    • 10:17pm
      Birdman said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      I’m out – thanks for blogging AD – it’s been grand.

      • Roar Guru

        AdelaideDocker said | 10:18pm | ! Report

        Have a good weekend, Birdman! Good luck for your Hawks tomorrow, that’ll be a great game!

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:16pm | ! Report


      McDonald-Tpiungwuti redeems himself moments later!

      That’s his second of the match!

      St Kilda: 7.14 (56)
      Essendon: 16.16 (112)

    • Roar Guru

      AdelaideDocker said | 10:14pm | ! Report


      They’re just punishing the Saints now, or perhaps not.

      McDonald-Tpiungwuti … MISSES!

      St Kilda: 7.14 (56)
      Essendon: 15.16 (106)

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