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In This Round…Round 19 – Surging Saints end the Swans’ SCG run

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.

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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 11

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.

St Kilda vs Richmond, Round 11, 1998
St Kilda 3.2, 9.4, 15.7, 21.11 (137)
Richmond 8.6, 10.9, 15.10, 16.14 (110)
Crowd: 71,488 at Waverley Park, Monday, June 8, 2.10pm

A gem of a game lost to Saints fans, after a devastating fall from grace in the latter half of the 1998 season shattered the expectation of another serious tilt at a second premiership to come later in September.

This match pitted St Kilda in third, at home to a resurgent Richmond who were sitting fifth on the ladder on the Monday of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The crowd of over 71,000 saw people turned back at the gate, and remains the highest attendance at a St Kilda home game in the club’s 137-year history.

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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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In This Round…Round 8

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.

Essendon vs St Kilda, Round 8, 1997
Essendon 2.4, 9.11, 12.14, 14.16 (100)
St Kilda 6.8, 7.9, 11.13, 18.16 (124)
Crowd: 51,928 at the MCG, Sunday, May 18, 2.10pm

A Sunday afternoon at the MCG was the setting for one of the best wins of St Kilda’s continued recovery in 1997, as they paved a platform for a record-breaking run towards Grand Final Day.

Not only was it a great win for the club, but it was also a great match between the 5th-placed Essendon – a club with a hugely imposing all-time record head-to-head – and the daring Saints, who would finish the round in the top 8 for the first time in over a year.

It was the kind of match that ebbed and flowed both ways for sustained periods of time, with both sides playing free-flowing footy with flair that thrilled the big crowd.

St Kilda had disposed of new team Port Adelaide in the clubs’ first meeting a week earlier out on a cold Saturday night at Waverley by 65 points, to follow up an 86-point demolition of Melbourne in the wet; the Bombers had dropped two of their last three matches but were still well in touch with the top part of the ladder, and keen to atone for their lull.

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