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Max fires Saints to comeback win over Richmond


ST KILDA gun Max King has kicked 4 last-quarter targets amongst 10 consecutive majors to the Saints, ripping a commanding lead from Richmond then working away to an 18.9 (117) to 13.6 (84) win at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers held a 25-point lead halfway via the third quarter and appeared in management, however as co-captain Dylan Grimes was subbed out, the momentum swung rapidly and fully the Saints’ manner.

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Key ahead King was once more quiet early, held goalless via the primary three quarters, however swung into motion within the final to kick 4 for the time period.

Former Crow Brad Crouch was all over the place with 29 disposals, 9 tackles, 11 clearances and a purpose, whereas Jade Gresham and Jack Steele every completed with 32 touches.

It seemed like Richmond had loads of gamers in type at the start turned ugly, however Marlion Pickett was good once more and the type of Thomson Dow, ending with 23 disposals, 5 tackles and 7 clearances, will give Damien Hardwick one thing so as to add to a midfield that wants rejuvenation.

Extra to return

The primary time’s a attraction
When a younger participant slots a purpose early of their profession it is assured teammates will come working to congratulate them, but when issues take slightly longer the primary main could go unnoticed. Not the case for Callum Wilkie. The 26-year-old defender needed to wait until sport 66 to interrupt his duck and his teammates have been solely too conscious of the event, charging from all corners of the bottom to pat him on the again or give his head a rub. Judging by the dimensions of the smile on Wilkie’s face he’ll be on the lookout for purpose quantity two sooner somewhat than later.

Teammates congratulate Callum Wilkie after his first profession purpose in spherical three, 2022. Image: Getty Pictures

Opening on a excessive and a low
The primary quarter was free-flowing footy at its finest, producing 12 targets at six apiece with three of St Kilda’s majors coming off the boots of former Richmond small forwards Jack Higgins and Dan Butler. However the thrilling begin was spoiled considerably as Higgins ran in for a second, solely to be dragged backwards in a Hugo Ralphsmith deal with that resulted within the Saint’s head making contact with the bottom. Higgins left the sector for evaluation and was subbed out with concussion earlier than quarter-time. The incident seemed comparatively innocuous, however with Higgins’ medical historical past there’s positive to be some concern from membership, household and pals till the stylish and entertaining cult determine will get the all clear.

Former Saint beginning to purr as a Tiger
Taken by St Kilda as a 22-year-old within the 2018 Nationwide Draft, Matthew Parker seemed a ready-made participant, and with 16 targets from 17 video games in his debut season the Saints’ recruiters seemed to have made a canny selection. 12 months and two video games later issues had turned bitter and he was delisted. Nonetheless, Richmond noticed one thing it favored and prolonged a lifeline in final 12 months’s mid-season draft. Sunday’s conflict was sport 27 for Parker and arguably his finest, ending with three targets. Marlion Pickett was one other Tiger in effective type towards St Kilda, suggesting possibly different golf equipment ought to look to Punt Highway to get probably the most from the mid-year draft.

ST KILDA      6.2      8.4     11.8    18.9 (117)
RICHMOND   6.4    10.5     12.6    13.6 (84)

GOALS
St Kilda: King 4, Membrey 3, Butler 2, Lengthy 2, Marshall 2, Crouch, Hayes, Higgins, Wilkie, Wooden
Richmond: Bolton 3, Parker 3, Balta 2, Baker, Castagna, Lynch, Nankervis, Ralphsmith

BEST
St Kilda: Crouch, Wilkie, Steele, King, Gresham, Ross, Membrey
Richmond: Graham, Dow, Pickett, Brief, Broad, Nankervis

INJURIES
St Kilda: Higgins (concussion)
Richmond: Grimes (leg)

SUBSTITUTES
St Kilda: Ben Lengthy, changed Jack Higgins within the first quarter
Richmond: Jake Aarts, changed Dylan Grimes within the third quarter

Crowd: TBC at Marvel Stadium



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