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.