The Saints’ spherical 9 conflict with the Cats received off to a dour begin, however a cameo from St Kilda legend Fraser Gehrig actually lightened the temper.
As soon as identified for his intimidating on-field persona, ‘G-Prepare’ lower a relaxed determine at Marvel Stadium on Friday evening.
He completed nearly all the things in his 14-year AFL profession, making the All-Australian Workforce twice and main the Coleman Medal depend in each 2004 and 2005.
However on Friday evening, Gehrig assumed one other function: meat pie fanatic.
Cameras lower to the two-time All-Australian sitting within the stands, the place he gave the impression to be handing out pies to different footy followers.
“He’s giving freely pies,” stated Fox Footy commentator Brian Taylor.
“He’s having fun with that pie, I inform you what, two bites and it was gone,” added James Brayshaw.
Punters on social media lapped up Gehrig’s look at the footy, though some have been shocked that the two-time Coleman Medallist selected to not eat his pie with sauce.
St Kilda have been made to pay the worth by Geelong for a horror evening in entrance of aim, to undergo a deflating 21-point loss to the Cats at Marvel Stadium on Friday evening.
The Saints lived as much as their status because the worst set-shot crew within the competitors within the first half, with their three key forwards Max King (twice), Tim Membrey (twice) and Rowan Marshall all lacking simple set pictures for aim, with three of them occurring contained in the opening eight minutes.
King ended up the most important perpetrator with 1.5 – the most expensive of his misses a set shot from straight in entrance late within the remaining quarter which might have lower the deficit to 11 factors, however as an alternative hit the submit.
As a substitute of taking an early 18-point lead and taking pictures out of the blocks, St Kilda solely led by three, and regardless of their superior strain and territory dominance within the first half, it finally counted for nought as they didn’t translate it onto the scoreboard.
St Kilda’s first 9 scoring pictures have been all behinds and so they completed up with a woeful 5.17. After falling eight factors behind late within the second quarter and absorbing all the Saints’ finest pictures, the Cats hit again onerous like high groups do, making the Saints pay the worth for his or her inaccuracy by kicking six of the subsequent seven targets to take a 23-point lead early within the remaining time period.
Cameron Guthrie was the principle motive why the Cats have been nonetheless within the contest in the course of the St Kilda onslaught, persevering with his spectacular season with one other best-on-ground efficiency which noticed him register 36 disposals (11 contested), six marks, seven tackles, 4 clearances, a aim, six rating involvements and a aim help to assist make sure the Cats stayed within the high 4 this spherical.
James Frawley really made a reasonably good membership debut for the Saints, protecting Tom Hawkins pretty quiet, however with the sport within the steadiness early within the final quarter, he received too near the person on mark deep in defence. His kick was touched and ended up with Sam Menegola who kicked a ripping aim from 40m out on a pointy angle to place the Cats up by 11 factors. One other couple of targets to Brad Shut and Gary Rohan in fast succession shortly after put the outcome past the Saints’ attain.
KING CAN’T COLLECT IT
Late within the third quarter with St Kilda trailing by six factors, King was all by himself in ahead 50 however couldn’t collect the ball and Geelong’s Zach Tuohy pounced after the younger Saint overran it to clear the hazard for the Cats. It was a golden alternative to degree the scores gone begging and people frustrations for the Saints have been compounded seconds earlier than three-quarter time when Membrey dropped a chest mark deep in assault, which denied his crew the possibility to take the lead.
GUTHRIE MAKES AMENDS
Early within the third quarter, Guthrie’s kick in defence was chopped off by Seb Ross, which allowed Jack Steele to assemble the tablet and break the Guthrie sort out earlier than kicking a captain’s aim from shut vary, which he’s making a behavior of doing this yr with equally essential targets in opposition to West Coast and Gold Coast. It gave the Saints a three-point lead and Guthrie knew he owed his crew a aim, and three minutes later he did simply that with a beautiful little snap from a good angle within the pocket to offer the Cats again the lead.
TUOHY BRINGS BACK THE BARREL
In a throwback to yesteryear, Tuohy unleashed an enormous torpedo punt from a kick-in early within the sport which was so massive that it went previous the centre circle and nearly hit the roof. It ended up bouncing to the Cats’ half-forward line and truly arrange a scoring alternative for Quinton Narkle who missed to the left on the run.
SAINTS 0.7 3.11 4.13 5.17 (47)
CATS 2.1 4.2 6.6 10.8 (68)
LERNER’S BEST Saints: Howard, Crouch, Steele, Frawley, Membrey, King. Cats: C.Guthrie, Duncan, Henderson, Tuohy, Smith, Shut.
GOALS Saints: Membrey 2, King, Butler, Steele. Cats: Shut 2, Rohan 2, Hawkins 2, Narkle, Cameron, C.Guthrie, Menegola.
INJURIES Saints: Marshall (TBC), Sinclair (lower cheek). Cats: Nil.
LATE CHANGE Luke Dahlhaus (ribs/again) changed in Geelong’s chosen facet by Jordan Clark.
UMPIRES Fisher, Energy, Gavine
VENUE Marvel Stadium
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
3 C.Guthrie (Geel)
2 M.Duncan (Geel)
1 D.Howard (StK)
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