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Blog log from R15 of 2018: Melbourne vs St Kilda

Blog log for Melbourne vs St Kilda, R15 of 2018

Geary kicks from the last line to the HBF but it’s straight to Hibberd, who hits the hotspot but no score results. (Q1 2:08)
Gawn marks on the lead 40m out in the corridor from a careful pass from the wing by Jones. But big Maxy misses badly to the right. (Q1 2:48)
Salem roves the kick in to the HBF and passes to Fritsch on a short lead to 40m on a slight angle, who strokes through the first goal of the afternoon. (Q1 3:53)
Brayshaw roves his own contest aftr Longer spoils 20m out on a slight angle, breaks an arm tackle by McKenzie and snaps truly. (Q1 6:38)
Hannan forces Joyce to cough the ball up by hand deep in defence, eventually Jetta passes short to Brayshaw 45m out in front who boots his second goal. (Q1 10:08)
Battle marks the next centre clearance at the hotspot after winning a wrestle with Petty, but he sprays it wide right. (Q1 11:26)
Sinclair intercepts the Lewis kick in to 35m on the flank, but he also misses. (Q1 11:53)
McCartin gathers a loose footy on the HFF and gives to Battle who snaps wide off a step from 40m. (Q1 13:20)
Again the Demons can’t clear half back on the kick in, Sinclair roves a pack and passes to McCartin who marks 20m out on a slight angle and goals. (Q1 14:26)
Gresham zips away from the next centre bounce and hits Membrey leading sideways to 40m on a slight angle in front of Jetta. Membrey kicks truly, Saints answer the challenge. (Q1 15:22)
McCartin gets slung for a free on the HFF by Smith plus a 50m for encroachment by Tyson and Viney to ensure the goal from the square. (Q1 19:38)
Billings marks a Clark pass and plays on through CHF for a miss but Gawn pushes him in the back, downfield free on the behind line, Gresham plays on into the open goal! (Q1 23:54)
Hannan roves on the HFF, has space and time but chooses to centre to Melksham at the hotspot. Bad decision, as Melksham fluffs it. (Q1 25:37)
Harmes passes short to Neal-Bullen on the boundary 30m out, ANB plays on and screws through a quality finish off the right boot. (Q1 27:39)
Fristch roves a Tom McDonald contest 20m out and goals with no Saint player going with him. (Q2 1:19)
Savage passes to Billings to mark in front of Jetta at half forward, the give goes back to Savage who bangs through a goal from 50m on a slight angle. (Q2 2:43)
Billings marks, wheels and provides again with a pass to the leading McCartin 40m out near the boundary. Paddy shoots across the face. (Q2 3:59)
McCartin misses from the pocket. (Q2 6:14)
Membrey marks at the hotspot and boots his second goal. (Q2 7:49)
Sinclair gives Gresham a Joe the Goose special on the end of a fast attack, Saints making a move in Q2. (Q2 9:45)
Gawn roves his own ruck tap on the wing and passes to Weideman 35m out on the flank, who misses. (Q2 12:19)
Viney plays on from a push free on Gawn on the wing and pumps down the flank to a pack 30m out where Tom McDonald marks on the chest and kicks truly. (Q2 13:02)
Neal-Bullen feeds Petracca for a snap from 30m on the flank after a ball in, that one screws through. (Q2 15:21)
Harmes chases the crumb from a Hannan contest that falls towards the square, he gets a toe on it but did McKenzie touch it too? Umpire’s call stands, ruled a goal. (Q2 17:28)
Clark wins a rather lucky HTB free on Lewis 25m out on a slight angle and converts. (Q2 21:43)
Steele gets an easy goal from the square after a 50m penalty on Melksham for encroachment. (Q2 24:10)
Geary marks on the HFF and gives off to Newnes who bangs through another one for the Saints! (Q2 28:35)
Tyson sails through a set shot from 50m on a slight angle after Smith forces a turnover at half forward, goal assist pass came from Neal-Bullen. (Q2 30:35)
Armitage gets a free on the wing plus 50m for Oliver scragging McKenzie afterwards, he lines up from 30m on a slight angle after the HT siren and just squeezes it home. (Q2 32:45)
Fritsch passes to Harmes near the boundary 40m out, his set shot is near the post, the umpires confer and send it upstairs to see if it nicked the post… ruled a goal. (Q3 2:07)
Steven misses under pressure from the pocket. (Q3 4:45)
Weideman catches Armitage HTB on the boundary 20m out but kicks wide. (Q3 5:44)
Newnes marks at half forward and the Melbourne defence goes to sleep to allow Membrey to mark 25m out on the flank. He goes back for the set shot, and misses. (Q3 7:13)
McCartin marks in front of Hibberd and Oscar McDonald 40m out on the flank and shoots across the face. (Q3 9:56)
Gresham gets a free on Jetta 35m out on the flank for getting in his back. The MCC members hoot their disapproval, Gresham runs in right and shoots a little leftish, but it’s good. (Q3 11:28)
After a foot clanger by Lewis on the wing, Sinclair has Gresham over the back of Oscar McDonald to mark 15m out on a slight angle for another one for St Kilda! (Q3 13:43)
Joyce gives away a free to Hogan 25m out on the flank for some obvious front-on contact, he steers through his first goal. (Q3 15:07)
Membrey marks 45m out on a slight angle and delivers the counterpunch to cancel out Hogan’s goal. (Q3 16:50)
Membrey roves an Armitage inside 50 kick to a pack at the hotspot but snaps wide across the body off the right boot. (Q3 18:30)
Fritsch marks 40m out on a slight angle but misses. (Q3 23:25)
Hogan gives to Lewis for a flying snap from 40m on the flank, that is narrow. (Q4 0:29)
The Saints go coast to coast from the kick in, Battle roves in the pocket and goes quickly to the square where Billings is over the back to mark and run into the open goal. (Q4 1:04)
Harmes plays on to advantage from McKenzie getting in the back of Fritsch, he gets legged by Rice to get the free at the hotspot and kicks truly. (Q4 3:24)
Melksham snaps another one for Melbourne from a pack at the hotspot after Harmes starts an attack from half back. (Q4 5:17)
Membrey avoids the diving Lewis and makes it two goals each for the quarter with a snap from 20m after a tap forward by Gresham. (Q4 6:34)
McCartin gets a free on Oscar McDonald 45m out on the boundary but doesn’t score. (Q4 12:42)
Fritsch marks 35m out on a slight angle and keeps the Demons in touch with his third goal. (Q4 14:29)
Hogan marks a Tyson pass 40m out on the flank and sails through his second goal, two kicks in it now with 7:07 to play. (Q4 17:55)
Viney to Jones after the next centre bounce, the long ball to the top of the square is off hands for a point. (Q4 19:10)
Armitage clears after the next centre bounce, Battle marks in front of Joyce near the hotspot and kicks truly. (Q4 20:15)
Ross drops a relieving mark in the pocket, Hogan tackles and is paid the HTB free near the behind post but his checkside is narrow. (Q4 22:36)
Long ball to the St Kilda square, Oscar McDonald and Steven chase it back, the ball pitches and sits up for Steven to gather and kick the sealing goal. (Q4 24:15)
Fritsch snaps a nice goal from CHF after the next centre bounce, his fourth, 2:25 left and three kicks in it. (Q4 25:36)
Ross is pinged for a throw trying to tap a loose ball near the Demon behind post, Hogan converts, 1:06 left and two kicks in it. (Q4 27:56)
Viney runs away from the next centre bounce, long bomb to the hotspot but no mark, from the ball up Lewis marks 40m out on the flank, he plays on and goals… or does he? (Q4 29:30)
Video review on possible touch on the line… no, Membrey touched it behind the line, it’s a goal. 30 seconds left, two points in it! (Q4 29:40)
Steven clears to the wing, ball out for a throw in, 11 seconds left. (Q4 31:14)
Saints everywhere at the fall, no clearance, siren and the Saints win! (Q4 31:14)

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