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Blog log from R1 of 2023: St Kilda vs Fremantle

Blog log for St Kilda vs Fremantle, R1 of 2023

Darcy clears from a stoppage on the wing, Jackson feeds Frederick who swings through a lovely finish from 45m on the flank for the first goal of the evening! (Q1 1:19)
Wood intercepts a rebound kick by Ryan that bisects two Dockers, he finds Butler with a short pass to 45m on a slight angle who tugs it left. (Q1 3:44)
Owens picks off a Darcy kick to the centre and has a convoy running with him to half forward, he gives to Butler whose snap from 45m lands in the square for Cox to cut off. (Q1 5:05)
After a rebound around outer wing, Gresham is over the back of Wilson in the square for a quick kick by Cordy, he boots the first goal for St Kilda. (Q1 9:44)
Higgins skids through a snap from 50m on a slight angle after Caminiti provides a contest at half forward to a long Phillipou kick. (Q1 13:29)
Cox slides back just in time to rush a Clark bomb from half forward. (Q1 13:48)
Webster passes to the pocket for Owens to mark behind Wilson 30m out. His left-foot screwing set shot is short and rushed. (Q1 17:40)
Switkowski hits the post with a right-foot checkside from 30m on the flank. (Q1 18:32)
Schultz puts his head over the footy after a stoppage at the top of the square, Wanganeen-Milera is pinged for contact to give him the goal. (Q1 21:50)
Marshall almost marks a long Steele pass 20m out but Owens roves and snaps very high for the goal anyway. (Q1 23:27)
Webster roves on the last line but Jackson closes fast and claims him HTB 10m out… then shanks it OOTF, much to the delight of the Saint devotees. (Q2 4:17)
Wilkie is pinged for a hold on Taberner in the pocket 20m out, then gives the ump a piece of his mind to concede 50m and the easy goal. (Q2 6:17)
Another gift goal for Fremantle after Aish takes a strong mark 40m out and then a 50m penalty for more umpire spraying by the indisciplined Sainters. (Q2 8:57)
Henry gives to Aish 40m out, he snaps off the left and it rolls past the contest in the square for a point. (Q2 10:42)
After good ground work by Pearce behind the wing, Switkowski runs back with the flight to mark a Brodie pass to 40m on the flank. He misses. (Q2 11:42)
Pearce is pinged for a block on Caminiti 50m out on a slight angle to reverse a Chapman intercept. The first-gamer misses left. (Q2 13:57)
Byrnes gathers a dump rebound kick by Clark and goes quickly to Bytel 40m out on a slight angle, who kicks the goal to level the scores. (Q2 21:42)
Phillipou takes a contested grab at the hotspot and gives St Kilda the lead with his debut senior goal. (Q2 24:03)
Gresham marks a Wood pass over Chapman on the boundary 30m out but his checkside set shot is OOTF. (Q2 27:43)
Serong feeds from a pack on the wing to Henry who has ropom to run to CHF and pass to Treacy… Howard is pinged for some rather soft contact 20m out, HT siren goes, Treacy goals. (Q2 29:59)
Switkowski runs through an arm tackle by Wood after roving a stoppage in the pocket and goals from the square. (Half Time)
Owens marks untouched just inside CHF on a fast break. He goes back for the set shot, and shanks it OOTF. (Half Time)
Henry roves a Taberner contest to a Darcy inside 50m kick to the pocket, he uses good vision to give inside to Schultz who has time to measure a right-foot snap for the goal. (Q3 7:28)
Butler snaps across the face from a pack 30m out near the boundary. (Q3 11:22)
Jackson misses from ruck 25m out on the flank. (Q3 12:04)
After Fyfe has a fast break but gets mown down by Wilkie, the Saints sweep forward with Owens running into the open goal! (Q3 16:04)
Fyfe roves a speculator by Henry to 20m but snaps across the face off the left. (Q3 23:02)
Gresham gives to Wood who snaps off a step from the hotspot… bounces into the right goalpost. (Q3 27:16)
Switkowski passes to Henry in the pocket 30m just before the 3QT siren, who doesn’t score. (Q3 30:44)
After a Hughes fumble in defence, Paton rides a challenge to feed to Wood who screws through the goal from near the hotspot to level the scores. (Q4 4:17)
Hughes can’t mark a long ball to the square, that rushed behind gives Freo a lead. (Q4 6:21)
Brayshaw fumbles a crumb deep in defence after Owens contest 20m out, the ball falls for Gresham who snaps truly off the right. (Q4 7:05)
Caminit roves his own contest against Cox to a Hill kick to the top of the square and gives outside to Wood who screws through the goal off his left! (Q4 9:32)
Brodie misses a long snap. (Q4 10:16)
Fyfe has done bugger all today but he marks 45m out on a slight angle, the Saint fans boo as he strides in…. short and rushed. (Q4 11:17)
Henry worries Hill out of a one-two inside 50 and flips it out to Jackson who snaps around the corner but across the face from 25m on a slight angle. (Q4 13:34)
Wilson gives Young a hospital handball at half back, Cordy catches him HTB 45m out on a slight angle. The ex-Bulldog hoofs through a big goal for his new club! (Q4 15:12)
Serong roves at half back but misses Frederick on the rebound and Wanganeen-Milera intercepts 45m out in front, NWM misses. (Q4 24:34)
2:37 to go and Freo don’t look like it at all. (Q4 24:34)

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