Blog log from R8 of 2022: Melbourne vs St Kilda

Neal-Bullen’s inside 50 kick from the wing near the hotspot hits grass, the crumb falls nicely for Pickett to rove and goal after Howard bumps off his teammate. (Q1 0:58)
Gresham snaps across the body after a feed by Butler 40m out on the flank, that bounces wide. (Q1 8:33)
McDonald marks a Harmes kick in front of Sinclair, who gestures to Battle who as out of position. The 200-gamer hits the post from 20m on the flank. (Q1 10:18)
Spargo marks a centring ball by Harmes to the square for his first goal. (Q1 12:16)
Rivers sharks a Ryder toepoke from a pack on the HFF and bounces through a nice finish from 50m. (Q1 19:29)
Pickett roves a Fritsch contest 40m out on a slight angle but his snap on the turn flies OOTF. (Q1 20:01)
Pickett sharks a Webster handball on the HFF, scoots to 35m and snaps wide. (Q1 22:15)
Pickett roves Jackson at a throw in to 35m out, he snaps his second goal. (Q1 27:09)
Membrey takes a pack mark at the top of the square just before the QT siren, the ump calls his set shot touched on the mark! Review inconclusive, point stands. (Q1 29:29)
McDonald marks an Oliver pass at half forward and plays on to hit Brown running behind the Saint defence to the square for an easy goal. (Q2 2:25)
Marshall marks next to the square for the first goal for St Kilda, belatedly. (Q2 4:31)
From the centre it’s Gawn to Oliver to Petracca to the flank 30m out where McDonald marks and goals. Simple game, footy. (Q2 6:56)
Jones turns the ball over by foot on the wing, the Demons switch to the opposite HFF where Brayshaw runs to 45m and bangs another one through for the Dees. (Q2 11:01)
Brown roves a Fritsch contest and screws through a quality finish from 30m on the flank. (Q2 12:31)
McDonald sharks a pressured Battle handball under a Harmes tackle at the same spot after a stoppage and repeats the damage. Melbourne’s dominance is scary. (Q2 14:31)
Membrey snaps his first goal after roving his own contest to a King bomb to the hotspot. (Q2 18:31)
Ryder catches Brayshaw HTB 15m out on a slight angle, plays on and goals. Saints have equalised in general play but their scoring rate is not nearly as quick. (Q2 26:02)
Gresham beats Brayshaw in a ground battle in the pocket and goes to the square where Hunt is holding King but the Saint takes the mark anyway for the goal. (Q3 5:31)
Petracca roves 20m out and checkside side. (Q3 7:46)
Wood runs clear to 45m on a slight angle, has options inside but goes himself… wide. (Q3 9:38)
Wanganeen-Milera performs some party tricks on the HBF to start a rebound, King draws a free on Petty at the hotspot to boot his second goal. (Q3 11:45)
Brown passes to Langdon on his own 40m out on a slight angle, who misses badly. (Q3 17:55)
Membrey flies impressively across a pack 45m out on a slight angle to clunk a long ball from the wing by Wood, but misses. (Q3 19:06)
Neal-Bullen’s kick to the hotspot is called touched off the boot, Brown catches and shoots in one action off the left and it falls in for his third goal. (Q3 20:36)
Fritsch snaps a goal from the square after roving a Brown contest to a long Langdon bomb to the pocket. (Q4 1:36)
Neal-Bullen hits the post with a set shot from the HFF. (Q4 3:17)
Windhager snaps a goal from half forward, the reaction from the Saints players shows they think they are beaten even though there is enough time left. (Q4 9:01)
Marshall marks 45m out in the corridor, his set shot starts right but swerves left and in. (Q4 10:21)
Petracca marks 45m out on the flank and misses. (Q4 13:22)
Pickett draws a high contact free on Sinclair 30m out on a slight angle for the official sealing goal. (Q4 18:11)
Higgins puts his body over a loose footy at the hotspot and draws a free on Petty for some garbage. (Q4 20:01)
Pickett passes to McDonald who misses from deep in the pocket. (Q4 24:37)
Harmes gets some junk with a set shot from 40m in front. (Q4 25:37)
Harmes catches Hill HTB in the pocket for some more garbage. (Q4 27:36)

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