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 19, 1997
Sydney Swans 7.2, 12.5, 16.10, 17.17 (119)
St Kilda 4.6, 9.8, 13.12, 18.20 (128)
Crowd: 39,287 at the SCG, Sunday, August 11, 2.45pm
A rousing victory at the SCG saw St Kilda move to second place on the ladder on a sunny Sunday afternoon late in the 1997 season.
Sydney were looking to further their incredible run of 20 wins at home, but more importantly, keep alive their serious chances of going one-better than their unsuccessful Grand Final appearance in 1996. This game pitted third at home to fourth on the ladder, with a coveted top-two spot well and truly within striking distance for both sides.
Whilst St Kilda had come off three great victories, the Swans were on a high after wins of 97 and 116 points against teams at opposite ends of the table, in the second-placed Bulldogs and wooden-spooners-to-be Melbourne respectively.
With 22 and 25 goals kicked in those games, Sydney picked up where they had left off with a seven-goal first term. There were probably not too many surprised that their lead had blown out 38 points during the second quarter, as a Lockett-less Sydney had Darryn Cresswell and youngsters Michael O’Loughlin and Leo Barry doing more than their share of providing targets up forward. It wasn’t helping the Saints’ cause that Sydney maestro Paul Kelly was busy through the midfield, and continuing to display the kind of form that won him the Brownlow Medal two years before.