Blog log from R9 of 2022: St Kilda vs Geelong

Stengle catches a touched kick in the pocket, turns and checkside from 15m that curls into the post.
Ryder gets a ruck free for a block by Selwood in the pocket 25m out for the first goal.
Battle drops an intercept mark at defensive hotspot from the Selwood centre clearance kick, Hawkins stayed down to rove and goal. (Q1 3:04)
Cameron marks 40m out on the flank, he kicks with a drop punt and hits the far goalpost. (Q1 4:59)
Stanley intercepts a Webster kick in to 40m on the flank, he gives off to Tuohy who goals. (Q1 7:29)
King plays on after marking over De Koning for his first goal from 20m. (Q1 8:44)
Smith receives from Cameron and snaps a nice goal on the run from 40m in front in classic style on the end of a rebound. (Q1 12:25)
Billings sets up Membrey for a left-foot snap across the body off a step from 35m on the flank that falls into the post. (Q1 16:59)
Hawkins kicks over a host of Saint defenders to Miers running back to the square for his first goal. (Q1 18:56)
Sharman passes to Ryder to mark in the pocket in front of Blicavs 30m out, but the set shot doesn’t score. (Q1 22:25)
Stengle gathers a bouncing ball 30m out on the flank with a man on his ginger, he has to shoot instantly but it wobbles well wide. (Q2 2:09)
Cameron marks a Zach Guthrie pass in front of Hill 45m out on a slight angle, and misses again. (Q2 3:03)
Marshall flies at the hotspot and takes a big pack mark in between three Cat defenders for a goal. (Q2 5:38)
Cam Guthrie marks 50m out on a slight angle, plays on and bombs to the square… Hawkins shepherds it through with a bump on Howard. (Q2 12:38)
Blicavs kicks long from the point of the centre square after the next bounce, Battle chases, ball bounces, did he get a toe on it for a point? Review shows yes, behind. (Q2 14:08)
Gresham kicks very high from the pocket, Sharman flies but ends up missing it and running interference for King to mark on his chest and goal. (Q2 20:09)
Stengle marks a nice Parfitt pass to 45m on a slight angle in front of Paton and roosts a nice set shot. (Q2 22:08)
Knevitt kicks OOTF with a set shot from 30m on the boundary. (Q2 28:50)
McKenzie passes to Membrey 20m out in the pocket on the end of a chaotic rebound through a crowded corridor, he snaps truly. (Q3 3:15)
Ross hits the lead of King to mark in front of De Koning 45m out on the flank following the next centre bounce. King misses near side. (Q3 5:00)
Tuohy runs up members wing, handball at the feet of Cameron on the HFF but the ball ricochets off Hill back to him, he swerves to 45m on the flank and kicks a big goal! (Q3 6:45)
Hawkins wins a wrestle with Howard to mark a Selwood centre clearance kick 35m out in front, he makes no mistake with the set shot. (Q3 8:00)
Sinclair turns the ball over by foot on the wing and the Cats counter quickly, Smith passes very short to Duncan 45m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q3 12:40)
Marshall feeds Jones at a stoppage 25m out on a slight angle for a right-foot screwing snap which sails through! (Q3 14:38)
Ross bounces away after roving the next centre bounce, he goes long towards King in the square but Kolodjashnij is third man up to spoil and rush. (Q3 16:00)
Sharman marks a Wood snap from the pocket that lands on the far behind line, he goals. (Q3 17:15)
King has Billings in support after contesting in the pocket, he gives to Long who snaps another one for the Saints from 10m! (Q3 20:00)
Wilkie passes to King on the boundary 25m out who kicks OOB in the opposite pocket, weirdly. (Q3 22:00)
From the resultant throw in, Ryder taps over the back to Billings who snaps the go-ahead goal from 20m in front off the left, Saint fans going ape droppings! (Q3 22:45)
Ross kicks from the next centre bounce to grass at half forward, Saints work the ball by hand, Long gives to Wood who baulks and shoots from 40m in front… another one! (Q3 24:15)
Marshall grubbers wide from a stoppage 20m out on a slight angle. (Q3 28:53)
Dangerfield slips and coughs the ball up on the wing, Saints everywhere, Sharman has a snap from 50m on a slight angle but it’s wide. (Q3 29:46)
Stewart drops a defensive intercept mark 20m out, Membrey roves and looks like scoring but a flying challenge by Atkins prevents it. (Q3 31:42)
Membrey marks an excellent pass from Ross leading sideways to 30m on the flank. The 3QT siren sounds, the Skunk shoots… it’s good! (Q3 33:16)
Smith kicks to Hawkins who gets a contact free on Howard 40m out on a slight angle, artfully drawn with an arm lock on the defender. But the Tomahawk misses. (Q4 1:14)
McKenzie tries a switch from the HBF but picks out Hawkins at the hotspot with a shank. Hawkins shanks it again but it wobbles straight. (Q4 2:39)
Windhager sets up Ryder for a snap from 25m on a slight angle but he curls it off the right into the goalpost. (Q4 5:22)
Hawkins marks on the behind line for the second in a row for Geelong. (Q4 6:27)
Ryder marks at the hotspot for his second goal. (Q4 8:23)
Ryder stands tall in a pack 25m out on the flank to clunk a Crouch ball with all the Cat defender attention going to King. He converts again! (Q4 11:25)
Crouch roves and misses from deep in the pocket 20m out. (Q4 15:21)
Close, who has been nowhere all game, hits the post with a snap from the pocket. (Q4 15:47)
Cameron marks a short Duncan pass just inside 50m on a slight angle in front of Hill. His kick flirts with the right goalpost but falls in! (Q4 18:07)
7:34 to go and Cats only two kicks behind. It’s a grind from here, two good sides duking it out to the last bell. (Q4 18:55)
Stewart drops an intercept mark on the HBF, Membrey roves and feeds Gresham who kicks over Duncan to Wood near the hotspot. This would just about be the sealer… no good. (Q4 21:15)
Five minute warning on the kick in, anyone’s game. (Q4 21:35)
Billings marks 45m out on a slight angle despite a late lunge by Selwood., he also misses with 3:36 to go. (Q4 23:02)
Tuohy bombs long to the centre from the kick in but there are a host of Saints to mop it up and play some tempo, clock under 3:00. (Q4 23:38)
Close hits Narkle on the fat side wing with a long kick, Narkle fumbles but has time to butter up and pass to Cameron 45m out on a slight angle, kick is short and rushed. (Q4 25:38)
50 seconds on the restart, that should be enough. (Q4 25:55)
Ah but it’s ruled OOB off Hawkins, stoppage deep in attack for Geelong… Billings to Hill for the rebound… (Q4 27:22)
Smith has a lash from 50m on the flank but that’s wide, Saints are home. (Q4 27:38)

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