Written by AFL Online on 19th Jul 2008
St Kilda has won its fourth game in a row by upsetting third placed Hawthorn at Telstra Dome on Saturday night. The five goal victory was the Saints best for the season and it keeps them in the top eight in this tight tussle for a finals spot.
Hawks by 36
Playing tonight are two well-supported, high-performance clubs. Tonight Saint Kilda and Hawthorn do battle at the Dome. Hawthorn are looking to continue their good form, and the saints MUST win, if they want to be in the race for September action. Roof open, slight wing, but nothing to get exited about, we’re set for a cracker tonight!
The game started quickly with a bang, Mark Williams marked and goaled to give the hawks a good start in the opening minute. The next goal came 12 minutes later, kicked by Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin. Hawthorn could not have wished for a better start as Mark Williams marked (again) and booted his second. St. Kilda got the quick reply as young gun Sean Dempster goaled, but an even quicker reply saw Jarryd Roughead boot a goal. Saints got the next as tall forward Justin “Kosisstki???” kicked truly from 50 metres. Not long after that Mark Williams booted a third first quarter goal to see the hawks leading by 21 points. At the end of the quarter Saints gun Nick Reiwoltdt mark and goal on the quarter time siren. Hawks could have been winning by more, but they wasted several oppertunites.
Quarter Time :
St. Kilda: 3.1. 19
Hawthorn: 5. 4. 34
Luke Hodge goaled to begin the second quarter, and signs were bad for St. Kilda. Shortly after, the ball came to Clinton Jones in goal-kicking range, you wouldn’t always back him, but he got the job done on this occasion. Michael Osbourne nearly took down an absolute screamer, but he dropped it at the wrong time. Little did it matter because Hawks star Franklin marked and booted his second from long range. About 10 minutes later, one of the assists of the year took place, as Ciryl Rioli hand-balled OVER HIS HAID to Lance Franklin who booted his third. Not long after, Saints skipper Nick Reiwoldt ran into an open goal and supplied the “Captains goal.” But the Saints struggeled to pull 2 together, with goals to Hodge and then Followed by Roughead. The second term ended as Shneider booted his first.
Half Time :
St. Kilda: 6. 3. 39
Hawthorn:10. 7. 67
The saints started on fire, as Skipper Reiwoldt kicked two consecutive goals, including an oppisite foot snap from an extremely tight angle. Jarryd Roughead then slammed home his third, but it was all St. Kilda from there on in. Goals to Blake, Blake, Shneider, Reiwoldt and Blake saw the sainters unexpectedly in front. Michael Osbourne had had enough, he kicked a goal to put the Hawks back in front. Nick Dal-Santo goaled from the boundary line to see the Saints in front at 3 Quarter Time, and suddenly, we have a game on our hands.
Three Quarter Time :
St. Kilda: 14. 5. 89
Hawthorn: 12. 8. 80
With just 9 points the diff, and both sides hungry for victory, we’re set for a thrilling final term. St. Kilda started the final quarter just as they finished the third, as Dal-santo kicked his second. Nick Reiwoldt looked as if he had sealed the deal, he booted his sixth to extend the margin. St. Kilda player Jason Gram did what he does best, kicking a great running goal. The quiet Stephen Milne did what he loves to do, and thats snap around on his right boot for a goal. Hawks Michael Osbourne kicked his second, but it was too little, too late. The saints have an unbelievable upset 30 point victory, over the rampaging Hawks.
Stk: 3.1. 6.3 . 14.5 . 18.11 (119)
Haw: 5.4. 10.7. 12.8. 13.11 (89)
St Kilda: Riewoldt 6, Blake 3, Schneider 2, Dal Santo 2, Dempster, Koschitzke, Jones, Gram, Milne
Hawthorn: Williams 3, Franklin 3, Roughead 3, Hodge 2, Osborne 2 (No Singles)
St Kilda: Riewoldt, Blake, Dal Santo, Hayes, Montagna, Schneider, Ball, S.Fisher
Hawthorn: Hodge, Sewell, Williams, Roughead, Croad