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.
West Coast Eagles vs St Kilda, Round 6, 1998
West Coast Eagles 3.4, 6.4, 14.7, 18.11 (119)
St Kilda 3.2, 8.8, 10.13, 18.13 (121)
Crowd: 36,406 at Subiaco, Sunday, May 3, 3.20pm
Season 1998 will forever bring up bitter memories for all St Kilda supporters who were unlucky enough to experience it.
On top of the ladder after Round 14, and second only on percentage after Round 17, the Saints quickly fell away through a series of heartbreaking losses, and crashed out in a Semi-Final loss to the resurgent Demons. Coach Stan Alves was sacked eight days later, after the club looked for much of the season to fulfill the Premiership dreams so close to being realised the season before.
It was a rollercoaster season throughout, with some stirring wins highlighting the better part of the season.
In Round 6, the Saints won their third match – in a row, and ever – at Subiaco, over West Coast after a brilliant comeback in the final term.
The Saints were without co-captains Nathan Burke and Stewart Loewe and coming off a dogged win over Carlton in the wet at Waverley the week before; the Eagles were looking to bounce back after narrow losses to Sydney and Richmond in the previous two weeks.
It would be left to two birthday boys to cover the tall forward timber gap left by Loewe. Both dangerous ruckman Peter Everitt (now with blonde dreadlocks) and Daniel Healy, also working as a secondary school teacher at St. James’ in Melbourne’s East Bentleigh, would finish with six goals.