- Aug 17, 2015
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St.Kilda v Fremantle
St.Kilda's very slim finals chances were dashed last Saturday night as they let opportunities slip in an improved but ultimately disappointing 22 point defeat. It was the Saints 11th loss of the year, and will take a minor miracle to sneak into the final eight with only three rounds left.
As for Fremantle, they had one of the upsets of the season at Optus Stadium in a convincing 34 point victory over ladder leaders Geelong. Whilst Fremantle find themselves in a similar boat to St.Kilda regarding a finals spot, they have kept themselves in the race with this their ninth win of the year.
Let’s have a look at possible best 22s:
St.Kilda Best 22
B: Shane Savage, Nathan Brown, Daniel McKenzie
HB: Callum Wilkie, Jake Carlisle, Hunter Clark
C: Jack Billings, Sebastian Ross, Jack Newnes
HF: Nick Hind, Josh Bruce, Jack Steele
F: Jack Lonie, Tim Membrey, Blake Acres
Foll: Rowan Marshall, Luke Dunstan, Jade Gresham
I/C: Nick Coffield, Josh Battle, Matthew Parker, Jack Sinclair
Fremantle Best 22
B: Taylin Duman, Joel Hamling, Jason Carter
HB: Ethan Hughes, Griffin Logue, Adam Cerra
C: Bradley Hill, Nat Fyfe, Ed Langdon
HF: Bailey Banfield, Michael Walters, Mitchell Crowden
F: Lachie Schultz, Sean Darcy, Sam Switkowski
Foll: Aaron Sandilands, Darcy Tucker, David Mundy
I/C: Brandon Matera, Reece Conca, Andrew Brayshaw, Connor Blakely
St Kilda's Jade Gresham copped a knock to the jaw at the opening bounce but was cleared to continue.
The Dockers appeared to get through without any fresh injury worries.
St.Kilda's small hope of potentially playing finals football in 2019 all but ended last Saturday night as they fell to Adelaide for their 11th loss of the year. St.Kilda will need to win the final three games of the season, and hope other teams around them lose a majority of their games. Clearly there has been an improvement in the way St.Kilda have played since caretaker coach Brett Ratten took over responsibilities three weeks ago, and the Saints should feel confident of getting back onto the winners list this Sunday when they host Fremantle at Marvel Stadium.
In a competitive but ultimately disappointing performance, there were still a few shining lights, including the performance of ruckman Rowan Marshall who is fast becoming one of the best young ruckman in the league. Marshall finished the night with 20 disposals and 5 marks to go along with his 32 hit-outs to be adjudged the Saints best on the night.
Other notable performances included Jack Billings (26 touches, 7 marks, 4 tackles), Tim Membrey (17 disposals, 8 marks, 3 goals), Hunter Clark (26 possessions, 5 marks) and Jack Steele (26 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles).
Fremantle have shown glimpses of the type of team they could've been in 2019, but inconsistency has been their main issue and as a result find themselves sitting 11th after 20 rounds with 9 wins and 10 losses. They've been impressive in their victories against North Melbourne, St.Kilda, GWS, Western Bulldogs, Brisbane, Collingwood, Port Adelaide, Sydney & Geelong, however disappointing in losses to Gold Coast, West Coast (twice), Adelaide, Richmond, Essendon, Melbourne, Carlton, Hawthorn & the Western Bulldogs.
Fremantle's performance last Saturday afternoon was anything but disappointing, causing one of the upsets of the year in their emphatic 34 point victory over top of the table Geelong.
Michael Walters was voted as the Dockers best on ground with 29 touches, 5 marks, 5 tackles and a goal. Walters wasn't alone however, with others playing a crucial role in the win including Nat Fyfe (27 touches, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals), Ed Langdon (28 possessions, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 2 goals), and wingman Brad Hill (27 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles).
Blake Acres & Jack Newnes look ready to return to the senior team after missing last weekends game through illness.
Other potential changes could be Jimmy Webster returning from injury and Jack Steven as he makes his potential return after weeks in the VFL.
Sonny has been one of Fremantle's best players all year, and last weekend was no exception - the crafty small forward bobbing up with a goal from his 29 touches. St.Kilda have struggled with small forwards all year and Walters may just be the best of the lot. If he has another big game on Sunday afternoon the Saints could be in trouble.
Fyfe's 27 possessions and 2 goals on the weekend tells you all you need to know about the kind of influence he is able to have on games. First use out of the middle will be critical on Sunday, and St.Kilda's chances of winning the game will be strengthened if they can stop the former Brownlow medalist.
Finals is out of the question for the Saints but they have continued to play a more consistent, attacking brand of football and given the game is in Melbourne, and the fact Fremantle have only one once interstate all year, I think the Saints will be able to get the four points on Sunday afternoon.
Saints by 15 points.