Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saints Win Their Preliminary Final!

St Kilda vs Western Bulldogs

St Kilda overcame the Western Bulldogs in their Preliminary Final.  It was a tense battle in the 1st and 2nd quarters, with the Saints trailing by a goal at half time.  Then in the 3rd quarter, Milne kicked a quick goal to level the scores, and then Riewoldt dominated.  The Saints kicked 7 goals to 1 in that 3rd term to grab a stranglehold on the game.  Make no mistake - it was not just Riewoldt, it was the entire team that lifted.  Milne tackled ferociously. Kosi had some possessions. Schnieder and Peake worked tirelessly.  Gwilt, Blake, Fisher, McEvoy, Gardiner, Hayes etc etc ... all played strong, team oriented football.

Final score:
ST KILDA  1.5    3.6  10.10 13.10 (88)

WESTERN BULLDOGS 3.1   4.6   5.9   8.16 (64)

St Kilda: A Schneider 3 N Riewoldt 3 J Koschitzke 2 S Milne 2 B McEvoy B Peake M Gardiner.
Western Bulldogs: M Hahn 2 B Hall D Addison D Giansiracusa J Grant L Gilbee L Picken.

The Saints now go into a their second Grand Final in 2 years.

The other team to win through was Collingwood, with an easy defeat of Geelong.  This game was over at quarter time, with Geelong looking tired, slow and ... well ... they looked like rabbits in a spotlight. Dazzled and overwhelmed.  A real shame, because I was counting on Geelong to make Collingwood earn their right to a Grand Final berth the hard way.

Next Saturday - St Kilda vs Colingwood.  Last met in a Grand Final in 1966.  St Kilda won by a point.  That was St Kilda's one and only premiership.  Time now to make it two premierships. 

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