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Blog log from P1 of 2024: St Kilda vs North Melbourne

Blog log for St Kilda vs North Melbourne, P1 of 2024

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Kallan Dawson is pinged for early contest after Xerri gives up a fending free in possession at half back, King boots the first goal of the day. (Q1 1:43)
Stocker comes in hot and tackles Duursma high after a contest 15m out in front, Duursma voncerts. (Q1 8:11)
Sheezel glides past for a receive from Powell at half forward and hits the lead of Zurhaar near the hotspot, who kicks truly. (Q1 10:16)
Sharman drifts in front of a pack to mark at the top of the square for his first goal. (Q1 14:16)
North is attacking the corridor especially on turnover, Stephens is on the end of a handball chain and lets fly from CHF… but it drifts left and OOTF. (Q1 21:19)
Owens has started brightly and screws in a lovely snap from the pocket 20m out on the end of a coast-to-coast rebound around outer side. (Q1 21:40)
King marks a Bonner kick in front of Pink 20m following the next bounce, classic spitter play. He converts as well, two for him. (Q1 23:24)
Simpkin centres from the HFF but gets bumped fair in the forehead by Webster after disposal, big melee forms and downfield free at the hotspot. Lull as Simpkin is assessed. (Q1 30:02)
Stephenson accepts the charity goal. (Q1 33:06)
Next bounce, Membrey marks on the lead at mid range and converts after the QT siren. (Qtr Time)
Scott roves in the back pocket but his backwards handball is to green grass, King gets there first and feeds Owens for an easy goal. (Q2 0:28)
Duursma reacts first to an inside 50 kick by Xerri that drops short into the wind, he marks unopposed 40m out on a slight angle and punches low and straight for his first goal. (Q2 3:04)
Higgins tries his luck with a blind snap over his shoulder under pressure from the boundary 20m out, crowd goes ooh then aww as it flies wide left. (Q2 4:47)
Henry marks strongly in front of Sheezel on the HFF and gives it back to Bonner, who swings through a sensational snap with the breeze from 55m! (Q2 8:17)
Bonner has another lash from 45m on the other side but misses this one. (Q2 10:42)
Marshall bangs through another one on the breeze from 50m. (Q2 11:49)
Wood is over the back for a centring ball by Phillipou that clears the pack at the top of the square, but he misses a screwing set shot from 15m. (Q2 14:34)
Fisher is involved in another rebound up the guts, Lazzarro goes over Howard to the pocket for Larkey 25m out. Tough kick into the wind… swerves away for no score. (Q2 17:05)
Wood misses a flying snap from half forward. (Q2 18:53)
McKercher is pinged for high contact tackling Higgins 30m out, but the set shot rams into the post. (Q2 20:28)
Wilson drops the knees in possession to draw a high contact free on Davies-Uniacke 40m out on a slight angle, he starts the kick left and it stays there. (Q2 22:55)
Owens marks on the HFF, wheels and shoots from 55m… breeze swerves it left. (Q2 28:32)
Wanganeen-Milera snaps on the turn from 40m on a slight angle… also to the left. (Q2 29:32)
Powell gathers a dud Wilkie kick across half back, jinks clear and pokes a pass to Davies-Uniacke who misses from 40m in the corridor. (Q3 3:22)
Scott has not looked great at half back today, and he gives away an unnecessary contact free to Wilson in a double-team 45m out in front. However, Wilson gets caught HTB by Scott. (Q3 5:22)
North rebounds up the middle as it wants to do today, Larkey marks in the pocket but Scott reverses it with contact off the ball on Wilson, another poor play. (Q3 6:11)
Goater mops up a loose ball on the HFF and snaps off a few steps from just outside 50m… rides the wind for a nice goal. (Q3 8:25)
A soft holding free to Larkey on centre wing against Howard then some silly timewasting by Schoenmaker, easy set shot from the hotspot which Souva converts. (Q3 11:29)
Zurhaar marks a Nyuon pass on the lead in front of Howard in the pocket 30m out. His set shot is lovely, working left to right on the breeze. (Q3 14:32)
Coleman-Jones bombs from the next bounce from the centre circle, the wind takes it over the pack at the top of the square to skid through for another one! (Q3 16:08)
Larkey pops through another set shot from 40m on a slight angle. North finally getting value for inside 50s with the wind. (Q3 17:30)
Collard lets fly from the impossible angle on the boundary 35m out with a man on his collar, starts right and gets blown across the face. (Q3 21:21)
Higgins marks at the hotspot in between two Roos but misses, as he often does from set shots. (Q3 22:44)
Xerri misses a set shot from 50m on the flank. (Q3 26:08)
Curtis intercepts at CHF and pokes a pass to Larkey 40m out on a slight angle, who hits the post. (Q3 28:18)
North runs the ball by hand on rebound, Wardlaw’s ball to the square falls short but eventually Bonner gets in the back of Larkey to concede the lead-changing goal. (Q4 3:19)
Bonner passes behind Goater to Membrey on the boundary 20m out. Wind will help the set shot… curled through to restore St Kilda’s lead. (Q4 11:16)
King marks 55m out on the flank, crowd yells at him to have a shot with the wind at his back, he does… hits the right goalpost two-thirds of the way up. (Q4 13:17)
Garcia wobbles a snap wide from a big pack 35m out on the flank. (Q4 14:03)
Steele passes short to Garcia on the boundary 45m out. Another one where the wind can help, the kid’s kick lands on the line… Sharman clunks the mark and goals. (Q4 15:37)
Henry misses a tentative set shot from near the hotspot, wind didn’t take that one. (Q4 20:20)
Henry is under pressure after roving on the boundary 20m out, gets tackled by Wardlaw but tries a checkside… and screws it in! Crowd loved that one. (Q4 25:02)
Duursma marks in a pack at the hotspot just before the final siren but his kick skews OOTF. (Q4 27:21)

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