World News – AU – Saints Edge Dogs set in fast-finishing thriller


St Kilda announced himself as back in town after winning their first final since 2010 with a breathtaking 107 (67) to 910 (64) victory over the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba

The Saints displayed all the characteristics of the squad they want to be with a powerful aerial display, a brave attacking mark of ball movement and the knowledge that the experienced players they brought to the club were all hardened stars in the final

For much of the match, the aerial contest was not even a contest as St Kilda won an extraordinary 21 contested points – the most by any team this season

Teenager Max King is shaping up as a star of the future and he absolutely dominated the airs early on with four contested marks and two goals No matter he was surrounded by Bulldog defenders he was just too good

King was only playing his 17th AFL game but looked like a seasoned pro His efforts prompted Dermott Brereton to declare King would be a million dollar player within two years

Paddy Ryder has also been influential both in the ruck and as a forward where he has scored two goals

The Bulldogs lost key defenseman Zaine Cordy to an ankle injury in the second quarter, but they were losing the air battle before that date

The Saints rolled the dice in defense playing high-risk football as they kept the ball alive at every opportunity and tried to roll the ball across the field

St Kilda had terrible trouble on several occasions after putting pressure on his teammates, but they found a way to break free and brought the ball down where the Dogs didn’t have a chance to recover numbers

St Kilda took eight points under 50 in the first half and 12 for the game They only average nine per game throughout the season

The Saints led by 26 points in the third term and the game was seen again But it wouldn’t be a drama-free St Kilda final and the Dogs put on a mind-blowing end challenge

The dogs showed the challenge They were the ones who took the game and it worked with four goals to one for the quarter

Strength and speed are a powerful combination They are a winning combination They turned into a winning combination of the final

Jarryn Geary is not a contested scoring machine St Kilda captain was a defender then stepped forward to lock down the opposition’s most dangerous rebounding backman But he worried the dogs for him by taking four disputed notes Geary had only had three contested wins for the season

St Kilda brought Dan Hannebery to the club hoping his experience in the final would eventually stand out He stepped up his action in his first final for the club Hannebery was one of Sydney’s best players in the first position of Prime Minister of 2012 and loves the big occasion He was superb for the Saints with a total of 20 eliminations

St Kilda Football Club, Western Bulldogs, Australian Football League, Paddy Ryder, AFL Grand Final

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