Blog log from R2 of 2021: St Kilda vs Melbourne

Pickett pulls the ball out of the opening centre bounce. He finds Oliver, who flicks wide to a pacing Viney. Jack unloads from 45 and goals! (Q1 0:26)
The Dees surge forward once more and Fritsch with Viney run hard ahead of the pill. Bailey nabs the grab unattended, but fails to convert from 40 on the flank. (Q1 2:31)
King takes a big pack mark on the flank and wastes little time, sending it deep to the run of Membrey. The former Swan marks and goals from close range! (Q1 3:58)
The Saints throw ball to foot out of congestion, the random kick falling in the arms of Brayshaw. Within shooting range, Angus misses to the far side. (Q1 7:03)
Gawn takes the intercept at half-back and goes straight through the middle. Petracca goes out the back to the former captain in Jones, who soccers home from close range! (Q1 12:48)
Jones of the Zac variety forces the turnover deep in the Saints forward pocket. Steele hunts the pill and throws boot to ball in congestion, missing to the far side. (Q1 16:55)
Highmore wraps Petracca and the decision is duly awarded. A 50 is paid for slow ball release and the second gamer finds Billings inside 50. Jack misses from 50. (Q1 18:51)
Clark wins the ball deep in the defensive stoppage, but Viney grabs the Saint and is rewarded for his tackling efforts. He nails his second from 25! (Q1 21:58)
Resting forward, Steele leads out against Jetta and takes the strong grab. Shooting from the arc on the slight, the Saints midfield leader hammers through his first! (Q1 25:06)
Hunt runs up on the wing and chisels a pass to the leading Fritsch, marking ahead of Sinclair. His second shot this term, Bailey misses poorly from 45 to the near side. (Q1 27:08)
The Saints go high through Gresham, to the May/King contest. The former Sun is adjudged to have held the Saint out of the contest and Max duly converts from 35! (Q1 29:54)
Back to back goals for the Saints as they hit the lead for the first time tonight! Hunter and Gawn launch in a five-strong pack. King waits at ground level and goals! (Q2 2:03)
Lonie receives out of congestion and dabs the pass to the sliding lead of Membrey. Tim takes the set shot from 40 on the flank, missing to the far side. (Q2 4:08)
Make that another for the Saints! Steele peels through the middle and goes long. The numbers stack up in red, white and black, with Billings finishing the play from close range! (Q2 9:24)
Harsh deliberate call against Tomlinson, deep in the forward pocket, results in a free for Battle. Josh takes advantage of the new rule, rounding the mark and goals! (Q2 11:39)
McDonald wins the pill following the boundary throw in. The pinch-hitting ruck throws boot to ball, missing to the near side. (Q2 18:41)
The Dees finally break the run of Saints majors. They launch out the back and Neal-Bullen runs onto the loose pill, hammering home from close range! (Q2 19:59)
Make that two in a minute for the red & blue! Pickett roves the pack, moves left and right through the traffic and goals with the left foot snap! Classy play! (Q2 22:09)
Melbourne have three in a row and regain the lead! Spargo moves the ball within the arc and Sparrow is the recipient. Tom settles and finishes from 30! (Q2 25:43)
This time Fritsch has the mark inside scoring range! He shoots from 45 on the sharp angle, missing to the near side, his third minor of the night. (Q2 26:47)
From the first centre bounce of the second half, the Dees pace away with ball under Petracca’s arm. He runs his measure and bounces to the right-hand side. (Q3 1:03)
Pickett is proving hard to handle, this time winning the intercept and proving unchaseable. He runs his measure, and misses from 45 to the right. (Q3 4:19)
The Saints turned off on this one. Hunt marks out the back unopposed, no one goes near him and Jayden waltzes in to hoof it through the big sticks! (Q3 5:40)
Demons have five in a row! Spargo gathers after the forward pressure results in another defensive half turnover. Charlie pounces and punishes from 45! (Q3 6:43)
Pickett hits the stoppage at an exhilarating pace, leaving Webster in his dust. He hammers it from 30 at top pace, missing to the left hand side. (Q3 8:27)
Steele, Hill and Membrey combine up the wing, the former Hawk finding the former Swan. Tim gets ordered to play on quickly, resulting in a hooked shot from the arc. (Q3 13:01)
Demons swing it from one end to the other, this time Viney finding McDonald out on the boundary. He marks and shoots from 35, missing to the near side. (Q3 13:26)
Hunt moves it wide to the marauding Salem. Christian launches goalward from the arc, missing to the near side. (Q3 15:23)
The Saints grab one against the flow! Steele roves the pack, winning the pill out the back and slamming it through from point blank range! (Q3 16:53)
Steele has his third of the evening! Lever dropped the unopposed mark and Jack pounced gleefully. He summed the options and bounced it through from 35! (Q3 24:04)
Fritsch leads ahead of Howard and takes the mark 35 from goal. Having missed three opportunities this evening, Bailey splits the middle this time round! (Q3 28:24)
Brayshaw and Petracca link through the middle before Angus chips the pass to the unmarked McDonald. Tom takes the mark 45 from goal on the slight and finishes truly! (Q4 1:06)
Another for the Dees as the curtain begins to fall. Pickett, who has been exceptional all night, pounces on the loose pill, launches over Wilkie and goals from 45! (Q4 3:26)
Spargo has an early contender for goal of the year, but we are having a score review. Charlie managed to get an incredible angle from a drop punt on the boundary… (Q4 4:31)
The ball is adjudged to deflect off the post and a minor is called. (Q4 5:11)
Neal-Bullen darts through the middle of Marvel Stadium and pulls the kick to the leading Petracca, marking ahead of Howard. He misses from 45 on the flank. (Q4 7:06)
The Saints chain hand pass from defence to attack, linking finally from Long to Battle. Josh shoots from the arc, missing to the left. (Q4 9:12)
Petracca marks ahead of Howard once more, losing his man with guile. He shoots from beyond the arc, bouncing through his third minor score. (Q4 10:11)
Pickett flicks to Jordon as the Dees go searching for their twelfth of the night. The second gamer thumps it off the right, pulling to the right hand side. (Q4 11:32)
McKernan grabs the Saints ninth, perhaps a little too late. He marks in the pocket and the three-club player splits the middle with the snap! (Q4 12:27)
Gresham paces out of the middle, rounds Rivers, settles on the shot and has the Saints second in a minute! The Petracca mishower handball set Jade up that time round. (Q4 13:52)
Coffield is caught one out with McDonald and Nick gives away the free for holding his jumper. Tom lines up from 30 on the slight and goals! (Q4 17:12)
Higgins has his first of the night to keep the door slightly ajar! He receives in the pocket and pulls it through from the tight angle! (Q4 20:12)
Steele struggles with the ground level ball, Sparrow cleans up and Petracca finishes the play, finding Jackson. Luke, via the set shot, misses to the left. (Q4 22:12)
Higgins, Billings and Jones link by hand as they push from half-forward to scoring range. Zac shoots from the sharp angle, never giving it a chance. (Q4 24:31)
With 25 seconds left to play, Membrey has a set shot from the flank region. He misses as we count down to the Dees second win of the campaign! (Q4 30:33)

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