I don’t where to start with this one. We comprehensively pulled off the upset of the season; Jack Billings played a great game and the Bombers season has been shoved off-course and into I don’t know where.
Oh, and I forgot to mention: the Saints are now 3-2 heading into a match against the toothless Lions in NZ. Shi* just got real.
Just like it’s part and parcel of a rebuilding process to witness efforts like last week’s against Adelaide, where there is next to nothing for fans to take away, there are occasions when youngsters are going to surprise you in a nice way. Last night, that happened in abundance, and the old fellas got in on the act in a big way too. All round, it was a very even performance.
Two goals deep into junk-time of the second term finally gave the Saints some scoreboard reward for the toil they’d exerted to erase Essendon’s early lead. More importantly, the second – kicked by Geary – got them on even terms and had us in the stands starting think that the unthinkable could actually be on the cards.
You would’ve almost been satisfied or understood if the Saints punched-in their cards for the night from that point. They’re still incredibly young and not yet rebuilt after all.
There were passages of play that pretty much filled my quota of excitement for the night in isolation. Jack Billings’ goal on the run early on from 50m, was one of said moments. When Billings, Dunstan and Eli combined later that quarter I also declared myself done for the night.
Heading into the game I was mainly excited to see those guys – such as Jack Billings, Josh Bruce and Sebastian Ross. In fact, when Tom asked me about my predictions for the result I pretty much said I wasn’t fussed. Seeing these guys against pretty accomplished opposition and in front of a decent crowd wasn’t something we had seen previously this year.