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Blog log from R24 of 2023: Brisbane vs St Kilda

Blog log for Brisbane vs St Kilda, R24 of 2023

Dunkley is pinged for timewasting to bring Gresham from wing to near the hotspot for the first goal of the evening in the bright twilight. (Q1 3:04)
Daniher marks a long Berry ball to the square over the two rucks for what should be the opener for Brisbane… but he hits the post from point blank! (Q1 4:23)
Coleman misses a flying snap from 45m on a slight angle. (Q1 7:52)
Andrews starts a rebound around outer wing from the last line, Daniher passes long down the flank for Bailey to mark over Sinclair 35m out… he also misses. (Q1 9:17)
Cameron leans down behind a pack and marks a long Starcevich ball to the pocket 30m out, his curling set shot stays right for another miss. (Q1 11:25)
Cameron’s snap from the pocket lands in the square for Fletcher to rove and finally kick a goal from so close he couldn’t miss. (Q1 15:43)
Marshall grabs the ball out of ruck, Rayner strips him then Crouch catches Rayner high for a free kick 40m out on the flank. Rayner’s set shot is across the face. (Q1 17:45)
Hipwood spoils and roves the kick in but hits the post from 45m on the flank. (Q1 18:26)
Phillipou has been playing high the last five minutes and gets a favourable matchup of Wilmot to mark a Marshall kick 20m out in front, he kicks truly. (Q1 18:26)
Coleman beats Butler to intercept a Battle bomb to the wing, Zorko marks 40m out on a slight angle and steers through the set shot. (Q1 22:21)
The Saints are playing Cordy +1 and sending their half forwards very high, this appears to be the new version of the Ross Lyon flood. Scoring not easy in this game. (Q1 23:01)
Wood roves the crumb from a long speculator to the square by Phillipou and snaps off the left from 15m for a wobbly six-pointer. (Q1 24:11)
The flow of the match is mostly in Brisbane’s half with low scoring efficiency, but when St Kilda do get the ball on the counter they can score more easily in space. (Q1 25:46)
Neale misses a snap from a stoppage on the HFF. (Q1 26:11)
Owens’ dump kick is intercepted by McKenna 50m out on a slight angle, who plays on and misses. (Q2 5:58)
Lester’s repeat inside 50 kick after a turnover in the centre is to Daniher 30m out on a slight angle… whose drop punt is again skew-whiff to the left. (Q2 6:56)
Zorko kicks high towards the square from the HFF, Daniher and Cameron with their men back-shoulder, ball pitches and Webster allows Charlie to get behind him to toepoke the goal. (Q2 10:39)
Gresham roves a McKenna kick in clanger but misses from half forward. (Q2 15:39)
Coleman strips the ball at half forward, McKenna roves and sprints away to go quick to Daniher who marks over Cordy 20m out, keeps his feet and plays on into the open goal. (Q2 24:55)
Berry kicks to the hotspot from a stoppage at half forward, Rayner roves and feeds outside to Ah Chee who snaps OOTF off the left. (Q2 26:15)
Ah Chee gets another chance as the Saints again can’t rebound with the Lions defending high, he marks 45m out on the flank but his kick is poor for no score. (Q2 26:50)
Ross Lyon’s gameplan seems to be shortening the field so that the ball lives in Brisbane’s half, in the hope that he can slingshot scores the other way. It’s not working. (Q2 27:38)
Hayes feeds Crouch for a rolled goal from the pocket 20m out. (Q3 4:46)
Wood gets a slightly soft contact free on Lester in a marking contest just inside 50m on a slight angle, his set shot is long enough but just wide right. (Q3 6:28)
Coleman’s short kick in is picked off by Butler 40m out on a slight angle, who hits the left goalpost. (Q3 7:03)
St Kilda gets its turn for bulk repeat inside 50s with the wall set up across midfield, Byrnes centres from the pocket for Membrey at the hotspot after a Zorko clanger, goal Skunk. (Q3 11:23)
Scores level, classic Ross the Boss footy keeping scores low to enable a late surge off the back of pressure. (Q3 12:05)
Butler roves 15m out and skids through the go-ahead goal off the back of another turnover in midfield! Ross is the Boss. (Q3 14:24)
Cameron is over the back of Webster to mark a long Rayner ball and run into the open goal to level it up again. Two can play the slingshot game! (Q3 16:29)
Cordy spoils a long ball to Hipwood 15m out but the crumb falls over the back where Rayner beats Wanganeen-Milera and Stocker to gather and goal. (Q3 20:52)
And just like that, Brisbane retakes the lead. Meanwhile, across town… (Q3 21:29)
Another long ball to the Brisbane square, big pack forms, no mark but McInerney roves and snaps, Sinclair and Sharman with fingers nearby, review… called a goal for Big O! (Q3 23:29)
Another slingshot play, this one to St Kilda via Sinclair’s dash, it’s Hayes over the back for a long Phillipou ball to the top of the square for the goal. (Q3 29:04)
Zorko snaps wide after roving from mid-range. (Q4 0:50)
Membrey pounces on an Ah Chee error for a snap goal from the hotspot, margin back to a point! (Q4 2:48)
Daniher marks a short set shot from the HFF by Ah Chee next to the goal square. Not a lock from five metres out, is Joe… this one goes through. (Q4 4:59)
We keep saying McCluggage doesn’t kick straight, but he curls in a lovely snap from the pocket from 10m after breaking a Webster tackle from a stoppage. (Q4 7:44)
Bailey rides a Webster tackle and gives off to Daniher who floats a pressured snap off the left wide from 40m in front. (Q4 9:06)
Cordy is scragged in a marking contest in the square, no free so he fights on to try a volley but Webster gets back in time to block it for a point. (Q4 9:59)
Membrey marks 45m out near the boundary on the end of a flowing rebound through the corridor by St Kilda, who are getting more and more desperate. Skunk tugs it left. (Q4 13:24)
Zorko roves and shoots from fully 60m out on the flank to an empty square… wobbles and bounces near side right for a behind. (Q4 16:57)
Wanganeen-Milera passes to the hard-running Owens 45m out on a slight angle, this has to go through… sprays OOTF to the right. (Q4 20:39)
Lohmann bobs about in traffic 30m out like a cork in the ocean and snaps wide right. (Q4 21:49)
Webster is pinged for a jumper hold on Cameron going for a Fletcher kick to the pocket 30m out. Clock already under 3:00 so this is junk time, he misses anyway. (Q4 24:29)
2:39 at the kick in and still three kicks in it. (Q4 24:44)
Sinclair hits the corridor with a short pass, spoiled for Lohmann who misses a wobbler. (Q4 25:49)
Long kick in by Wanganeen-Milera to the centre, Phillipou marks and goes quickly to Membrey 45m out on a slight angle. Skunk HAS to kick this… lovely, big goal! (Q4 26:44)
1:28 to go at the next bounce and two straight kicks in it, this would be thievery if the Saints even draw this. (Q4 27:25)
Saints surge from the bounce, Byrnes passes to Higgins just inside 50m on the flank. Plays on for a set up kick, Neale roves and starts the rebound. (Q4 28:31)
Wanganeen-Milera intercepts and goes to half forwaqrd for Hayes who gets mown down for a HTB free, that’s the ball game. (Q4 29:15)

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