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Blog log from EF of 2023: St Kilda vs Western Sydney

Blog log for St Kilda vs Western Sydney, EF of 2023

Sharman goes back with the flight ahead of Whitfield to take a pack mark at the hotspot for the first goal of the day. (Q1 0:47)
Greene bounces through the first goal for GWS after Whitfield bombs long from the next bounce. (Q1 2:37)
Caminiti scrubs a kick from CHF to the one on one contest between Taylor and King, ball rolls and rolls past their wrestle and into the left goalpost. (Q1 5:18)
Lloyd plays on to advantage from a free to Riccardi on the HFF but misses near side right from the pocket 20m out. (Q1 7:05)
Caminiti takes a big link mark on the HFF, centring ball to the top of the square where Flynn is pinged for a hold on Marshall, goal to RoMa from 10m. (Q1 8:03)
A loose ball bounces off the boot of Crouch in the back pocket and OOTF 30m out, Riccardi takes the bonus free but sprays it… Hogan marks opposite pocket, goal GWS! Lucky. (Q1 17:03)
Butler drops a simple uncontested mark at half back and drops his head, O’Halloran roves and spots up Bedford 45m out on a slight angle. Snooze puts the Saint booers to sleep. (Q1 21:23)
After a King contest provides a crumb, Owens catches Himmelberg HTB in a pack 30m out near the boundary but just misses near side right. (Q1 22:47)
Greene kicks to the square, four players chase the crumb, Brown to Keeffe back to Brown who toepokes in mid-air for the goal despite a lunge by Windhager on the line! (Q1 25:18)
Green marks a Callaghan pass 50m out on a slight angle, looks dubious then tries a set up pass, no direct score results. (Q1 27:18)
GWS have good structure behind the ball to get repeat inside 50s, Kelly passes short to Daniels 40m out on a slight angle who kicks truly! (Q1 28:48)
The Giants are outnumbered in defence on a fast break but manage to create a crumb, eventually Clark wobbles a kick to the pocket where Sharman marks 15m out and misses. (Q1 31:14)
Greene marks a Daniels pass 45m out on a slight angle and goes short back to Daniels 35m out on the flank… who shanks OOTF. (Q2 1:34)
Ash passes to the lead of Bedford on a slow play, Saints zone not working today on the larger MCG. Snooze shoots wide left from 45m on a slight angle. (Q2 4:52)
Ross catches Ward HTB trying to baulk at half back, but hits the near right goalpost from 45m on a slight angle. (Q2 7:52)
Himmelberg is pinged for dropping Butler before a throw in, Thor got sucked in there with some classic small forward rascal work. Butler misses from 35m near the boundary. (Q2 9:34)
GWS rebounds at pace in classic orange tsunami style, Hogan takes a contested grab one out over Cordy from a Perryman long ball and steers through the counter-attack goal. (Q2 10:49)
Greene misses a low-percentage snap from the pocket. (Q2 12:23)
Greene roves his own contest at CHF and gives to Riccardo who tries a right-foot checkside off a step from 45m and gets the slide rule working to perfection, curls it through! (Q2 14:34)
Lloyd slams on another one for GWS from 40m on the flank with Greene involved again, they are running rampant now! (Q2 16:04)
Daniels centres from the pocket for Kelly to dive in front of Butler and mark 20m out for another one. GWS almost putting together a winning lead already, Saints are getting drowned. (Q2 20:54)
Marshall to Crouch for a clearance from the wing inside 50, Sharman flies over Whitfield to juggle a strong mark 40m out on a slight angle, he converts. (Q2 22:56)
Battle starts a rebound around members wing, Butler goes over Taylor to King near the behind post, who misses what should have been a soda. (Q2 24:47)
King marks over Taylor again, this one a strong contested mark 40m out on a slight angle from a centring ball by Gresham. King kicks truly this time, crowd goes up. (Q2 27:14)
Another centre clearance to St Kilda, King gets a holding free on Taylor 15m out on a slight angle, another goal to the Sainters! (Q2 28:57)
Kelly receives on the HFF, has no one to aim at so goes himself off the left boot from 45m, starts it left but swerves it in for a sensational finish! Pure Joya! (Q2 31:15)
Hill rides a tackle and snaps a goal with three seconds left on the clock before HT after a play on advantage call… or does he? Review for a nick on the post… confirmed goal. (Q2 34:30)
Gresham to Hill from a stoppage 30m out on the flank but Hill’s tumbling left-foot snap flies wide left. (Q3 1:53)
Windhager spins out of a Kelly tackle at half forward and gives to Crouch whose snap skews wide right from 35m. (Q3 6:04)
Kelly leaps over Wilkie to mark on outer wing, plays on and passes over Sinclair to Wilkie’s man Greene 40m out on the flank. The Tractor punches the set shot across the face. (Q3 10:28)
Brown is front and square for a crumb from a Hogan contest at the hotspot but his curling snap is just wide left. (Q3 11:22)
Brown leads back in front of Webster to mark a Green inside 50 kick to 20m on a slight angle. He makes no mistake with the set shot despite the Saint fans booing lustily. (Q3 12:22)
Saints just can’t rebound at the moment, getting strangled by the GWS zone, Kelly’s latest repeat inside 50 kick is marked by Hogan 40m out on the flank, he shanks for no score. (Q3 15:15)
Briggs misses a set shot from just on 50m on a slight angle. (Q3 16:40)
Bedford scoots ahead of Steele through the centre and goes long to Riccardi who marks easily over Cordy 25m out on a slight angle, another goal GWS. (Q3 20:05)
Bedford gets on the scoreboard himself with a screwing snap from the same spot, that is the ball game. Arm wrestle won, coach of the year award decided, all over bar the shouting. (Q3 21:40)
Sharman roves a long speculator to a pack in the pocket 20m out and gives behind to Owens for the goal. (Q3 23:07)
Hill marks a Sharman pass 45m out on the flank and kicks a booming set shot to give the Sainters some bare sniff of a hope going into 3QT. Cruel, really. (Q3 26:35)
One thing Ross Lyon sides have never been able to do in the past is overcome a big late deficit, there has been no switch marked “go go go”. He needs one now. (Q3 27:24)
Wanganeen-Milera receives in a pack 40m out on a slight angle and shoots off a step just before the 3QT siren… falls in! (Q3 28:17)
Butler marks 40m out on the flank but his screwing set shot is a shank, across the face for a point. Probably too far out for that type of kick. (Q4 1:49)
Higgins wears contact from Whitfield to take a contested grab from a repeat inside 50 kick up the guts from Battle, he kicks his first goal from the hotspot. (Q4 2:52)
Green gets the next centre clearance, Riccardi beats Battle to mark sliding on his knees 20m out, he converts for his third. (Q4 4:17)
Kelly it was with the rove and give to Green from that centre bounce, huge play in the game. (Q4 5:02)
Green clears himself from the next bounce but Battle intercepts to relieve this time. (Q4 5:36)
Lloyd gathers a bouncing Whitfield kick to the pocket and goes to the square where Riccardi marks and… somehow pulls the wrong lever to miss from point blank range! (Q4 6:17)
Callaghan marks the kick in on the HFF and gets a 50m penalty on Higgins to bring him to the top of the square, goal GWS! (Q4 6:32)
Ash is pinged for encroachment to bring Sharman to 45m on a slight angle, kick is short and rushed. (Q4 8:35)
Riccardi beats Cordy again to mark a Daniels kick to the flank 30m out, Cordy just not back shoulder enough today. Riccardi misses, however. (Q4 15:07)
King flies over Taylor to clunk a long speculator up the corridor to 20m, he goals but it’s too late. (Q4 19:33)

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