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In This Round…Round 18 – Last-gasp Saints keep their record intact

On the Thursday of each week of St Kilda’s season, we take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at memorable clash in St Kilda history from the corresponding round.

Sydney Swans vs St Kilda, Round 18, 2009
Sydney Swans 3.4, 8.9, 8.12, 13.15 (93)
St Kilda 4.4, 7.8, 11.13, 13.16 (94)
Crowd: 27,805 at the SCG, Saturday, August 1, 7.10pm

The St Kilda juggernaut of 2009 had just crushed two flag hopefuls in Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs in succession before heading harbourside to take on the Swans on a Saturday night.

Sydney and the Saints had a recent history of rather forgettable, particularly once ex-Swans assistant coach Ross Lyon took over for 2007. Both teams’ close-checking styles ensured this would be another pressure-filled contest, with little space given to either side.

And so it was, with neither team able to land a killer blow, another thriller.

The Saints started the marginally stronger, with big men Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke and Ben McEvoy all having a presence up forward.

The emerging young giant McEvoy continued to impress with a running goal early, combining with Gram for a one-two and nice finish from 40 metres out.

Koschitzke was hitting packs with his trademark attack at the contest, and brought the ball to ground after a huge leap that skipper Riewoldt pounced upon and snapped a goal on his left boot. The ball needed to and did bounce very kindly in the square; it was a year where this sort of thing seemed to happen more often that not.

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In This Round…Round 14

On the Thursday of each week of St Kilda’s season, we take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at memorable clash in St Kilda history from the corresponding round.

St Kilda vs Western Bulldogs, Round 14, 1998
St Kilda 4.7, 8.12, 11.14, 12.15 (87)
Western Bulldogs 3.0, 5.4, 7.10, 10.12 (72)
Crowd: 49,706 at Waverley, Saturday, June 27, 1998, 2.10pm

It was this round in the 1998 season that saw St Kilda’s premiership hopes reach the peak of a massive summit, before an incredible implosion that saw the club plummet from first on the ladder to sixth by season’s end, and bow out of the finals in heartbreaking fashion.

The game against the Western Bulldogs at Waverley pitted the top two teams against each other, and was christened the “Grand Final in June” by a football world hungry for a clash that arguably should have been the previous season’s Grand Final match-up.

St Kilda were behind the Dogs on percentage only, and both were two games clear of West Coast and Sydney in third and fourth respectively. The two sides had last met in Round 13 of the season previous (the Dogs won by 17 points), with a dream Grand Final match-up of the competition’s Cinderella clubs denied only by Darren Jarman’s heroics late in Bulldogs and Crows’ preliminary final.

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In This Round…Round 9

On the Thursday of each week of St Kilda’s season, we take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at memorable clash in St Kilda history from the upcoming round.

Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda, Round 9, 2000
Western Bulldogs 3.5, 9.5, 10.7, 16.9 (105)
St Kilda 4.1, 7.5, 15.8, 16.8 (104)
Crowd: 35,505 at Colonial Stadium, Friday, May 5, 7.40pm

When St Kilda stormed over the top of Geelong to take out a soul-stirring win in Round 10 of 1999, they moved to third on the ladder with their seventh victory of the year, and near premiership favouritism.

Not a year later, the Saints, under now second-year coach Tim Watson, would be winless in Season 2000 by the time they met Bulldogs on a Friday night at Colonial Stadium in Round 9; going into that game they would have won just three of their last 20 matches.

This would be the game that gave St Kilda fans the unforgettable image of Max Hudghton walking off the ground in tears, after the Saints led by 31 points at three-quarter time, only to capitulate in the final term and lose by one point.

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