St Kilda Saints lastly scalp Geelong Cats, however Jack Higgins head knock sours win

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Whereas Tim Membrey snapped his first main of the night to start out the time period, the Cats, by means of Tuohy and Hawkins, responded in form, giving Geelong a 21-point edge eight minutes into the time period. Victory appeared effectively of their grasp, however the Saints had been impressed when Zak Jones sharked a handball from Rowan Marshall at a stoppage and transformed. This sparked a surprising run, for the Saints added one other 4 in fast succession to take a nine-point lead.

At one level within the time period, they’d a 41-7 benefit in possessions, the Cats missing run and confidence – highlighted when Stewart grassed an open mark. The Saints could also be third-quarter specialists – this was the eighth time they’ve outscored an opponent on this time period this season – however this was all of the extra meritorious as a result of this got here from a degree of virtually despair.

When Membrey marked and goaled after the siren, they’d accomplished a seven-goal-to-two turnaround, and had been primed to assert a significant scalp.

In-form: Tim Membrey celebrates a purpose.Credit score:Getty Pictures

The match up between Saints spearhead Max King and star younger defender Sam De Koning whetted the urge for food for what lay forward for the remaining of the last decade. De Koning has been a revelation this season, along with his intercept marking a speciality. King had two targets to half-time – every fortuitous – however De Koning had 10 touches, together with 4 marks.

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There was a second of first-term insanity Ratten will little doubt overview along with his group this week. If it wasn’t dangerous sufficient that Jimmy Webster’s kick in was intercepted by Stanley, that he was allowed to return, then whip a handball to Zach Tuohy for a operating purpose, was a breakdown that will have angered the teaching workers.

On the board

Gryan Miers has been greater than a useful goal-kicker in recent times. He had 28 in 2019, 19 in 2020 and 12 final 12 months. That’s why it was odd to grasp his mark and profitable snap in the primary time period was his first purpose of this season, coming in his sixth sport. Tyson Stengle’s emergence has made it tougher for the Grovedale product to have an affect on the scoreboard.

Impressed alternative

Stengle continues to be one in all the extra impressed recruits of the 12 months. The previous Tiger and Crow has prospered for the reason that Cats took the punt on him. He had 16 targets heading into Saturday’s conflict, his tempo and skill to deceive an opponent – he’s all the time on the transfer inside attacking 50, not permitting his opponent to settle or work out which facet to face – a significant factor. His lengthy purpose within the second time period prolonged the Cats’ result in 15 factors, a bonus they preserved come the major break.

Again within the fold

Jack Billings, having battled hamstring points, had his first senior sport of the season. He got here alive after half-time when shifted from the midfield to attacking 50.

Greatest
Geelong:
Stewart, O’Connor, Selwood, Cam Guthrie.
St Kilda: Ryder, Crouch, Gresham, Marshall, Wilkie, Sinclair.