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  • Goals 18
  • Behinds 19
  • Total 127

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Match Report

Match Report: Round 22

August 20, 2017 7:36 PM

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North Melbourne has fallen to St Kilda by 49 points in a disappointing performance at Etihad Stadium.

The Roos started strongly to lead by five points at quarter-time in their last Melbourne fixture of the 2017 season, but injuries took their toll as St Kilda dominated the second and third terms.

The Saints had 14-straight scoring shots after North captain Jack Ziebell gave his side its final lead inside the first eight minutes of the second term. But it was a slow burn, with 10 of the first 12 only behinds, including five rushed by a desperate Roos defence.

The teams' respective forward-half disposals for the quarter (78-19 in St Kilda's favour) told a sorry tale for the blue and white.

North threatened to make the Saints pay for their wastefulness when they briefly made a stand early in the third term to cut the difference to 21 points. But a Nick Riewoldt goal kick-started four on the trot to put paid to the Kangaroos' challenge.

Ben Cunnington finished with 36 disposals and 2 goals as North's best, while Shaun Higgins had 32 touches. Taylor Garner was terrific in attack, with 24 possessions and 2 majors. 

Young Roo Dan Nielson (concussion) didn't make it to quarter-time, copping an accidental Josh Bruce knee to the head that saw him stretchered from the field in a neck brace. A thumbs-up to the crowd indicated he was okay, but he took no further part.

North coach Brad Scott was pleased with his players' "energetic start", but said they were well beaten in the final three quarters.

"They (the Saints) completely turned the game around inside the contest after quarter-time and we were very reactive in the stoppages after that, and they really got on top of us and then outworked us from there," Scott said.

"We tried to peg it back in the second half, but again, St Kilda were very clean and very crisp with their movement away from the contest, and I thought that was the most significant difference between the sides.

"I thought the St Kilda midfield overall got right on top through weight of numbers … and losing four guys throughout the course of the game for periods of time (hurt us)."

MEDICAL ROOM
St Kilda: The Saints' sole concern is defender Sam Gilbert, who left the field in the third quarter with an abdominal issue.

North Melbourne: The game was held up for more than five minutes in the first quarter as trainers placed Daniel Nielson on a stretcher. Todd Goldstein left the match briefly in the opening term after a finger in the eye, but returned in the second quarter. Of more concern was the knee injury he sustained late in the contest. Braydon Preuss (right shoulder) played the match out despite disappearing into the rooms midway through the second term.

NEXT UP
St Kilda may already know its finals scenario by the time it plays Richmond at the MCG on Sunday week, but regardless it must defeat the Tigers to have any chance. North takes on Brisbane at the Gabba. 

ST KILDA 4.3 8.14 14.17 18.19 (127)
NORTH MELBOURNE 5.2 6.3 8.5 12.6 (78)

GOALS
St Kilda: Bruce 3, Membrey 3, Gresham 3, Riewoldt 2, Savage 2, Billings, Acres, Weller, Steele, Sinclair
North Melbourne: Garner 2, Brown 2, Hrovat 2, Cunnington 2, Simpkin, Gibson, Ziebell, Goldstein

BEST 
St Kilda: Steven, Ross, Dunstan, Billings, Steele, Newnes
North Melbourne: Cunnington, Higgins, McDonald, Goldstein, Garner

INJURIES 
St Kilda: Sam Gilbert (abdominal)
North Melbourne: Daniel Nielson (concussion), Todd Goldstein (left knee)

Reports: Jake Carlisle reported for striking Luke McDonald and Declan Mountford in two separate incidents in the first quarter
Umpires: Margetts, Kamolins, Wallace
Official crowd: 29,126 at Etihad Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Jack Steven
    Jack Steven
    40
  • St Kilda
    Sebastian Ross
    36
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Cunnington
    36
  • St Kilda
    Luke Dunstan
    32
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    32
Fantasy Leaders
  • Ben Cunnington
    Ben Cunnington
    135
  • St Kilda
    Luke Dunstan
    118
  • St Kilda
    Jack Steven
    117
  • St Kilda
    Jack Steele
    110
  • St Kilda
    Sebastian Ross
    107
Scoring Leaders
  • Josh Bruce
    Josh Bruce
    3.3
  • St Kilda
    Jade Gresham
    3.1
  • St Kilda
    Tim Membrey
    3.0
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    2.2
  • North Melbourne
    Nathan Hrovat
    2.1
St Kilda

Match Stats

North Melbourne
  • 432 Disposals 376
  • 79.4 Disposal Eff 74.5
  • 132 Contested Pos 138
  • 98 Marks 86
  • 12 Free Kicks 12
  • 45 Clearances 26
  • 61 Inside 50s 44
  • 30 Rebound 50s 43
  • 70 Tackles 64
  • 34 Hit-outs 37
  • 89 Interchanges 75
St Kilda

Breakdown

St Kilda
  • 4.3 (27)
    5.2 (32)
  • 8.14 (62)
    6.3 (39)
  • 14.17 (101)
    8.5 (53)
  • 18.19 (127)
    12.6 (78)

Player Stats

St Kilda

St Kilda

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Luke Dunstan 15 17 32 4 0 1 0 6 0 2 118
2Jack Steven 14 26 40 1 0 2 1 5 0 1 117
3Jack Steele 8 14 22 3 0 2 1 11 1 0 110
4Sebastian Ross 12 24 36 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 107
5Blake Acres 13 17 30 4 0 1 0 3 1 1 105
6Jack Billings 8 17 25 8 0 0 0 3 1 2 102
7Jack Newnes 10 15 25 8 0 0 2 3 0 1 91
8Jack Sinclair 10 13 23 3 0 0 1 5 1 0 88
9Josh Bruce 9 4 13 8 1 1 0 1 3 3 86
10Nick Riewoldt 9 6 15 8 0 3 0 2 2 0 86
11Jarryn Geary 8 9 17 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 85
12Koby Stevens 6 18 24 7 0 0 2 3 0 0 81
13Tim Membrey 11 3 14 8 0 0 0 0 3 0 81
14Shane Savage 15 4 19 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 81
15Jade Gresham 10 6 16 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 74
16Dylan Roberton 10 9 19 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 72
17Billy Longer 2 4 6 1 33 1 0 3 0 1 64
18Jimmy Webster 11 7 18 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 57
19Maverick Weller 7 5 12 3 0 1 1 3 1 0 56
20Jake Carlisle 9 3 12 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 56
21Sam Gilbert 4 4 8 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 37
22Nathan J. Brown 0 6 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 16
North Melbourne

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Ben Cunnington 12 24 36 5 0 2 2 7 2 0 135
2Shaun Higgins 14 18 32 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 107
3Todd Goldstein 5 10 15 7 24 0 0 3 1 0 98
4Sam Gibson 10 11 21 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 93
5Taylor Garner 9 15 24 6 0 0 1 1 2 0 88
6Luke McDonald 11 15 26 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 88
7Andrew Swallow 9 11 20 3 0 0 1 7 0 0 83
8Declan Mountford 10 10 20 5 0 2 1 4 0 0 80
9Ryan Clarke 12 13 25 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 78
10Ben Brown 9 0 9 8 0 1 0 2 2 2 74
11Scott D. Thompson 7 11 18 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 70
12Kayne Turner 5 13 18 1 0 2 0 5 0 0 66
13Trent Dumont 10 8 18 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 65
14Robbie Tarrant 14 6 20 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 64
15Shaun Atley 11 6 17 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 62
16Jack Ziebell 7 7 14 2 0 2 0 3 1 0 61
17Nathan Hrovat 6 4 10 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 58
18Jy Simpkin 4 7 11 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 50
19Cameron Zurhaar 6 1 7 3 0 1 0 4 0 1 47
20Braydon Preuss 5 3 8 4 13 0 1 0 0 1 44
21Sam Durdin 3 4 7 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 25
22Daniel Nielson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Lineups

St Kilda

B

  • Jarryn Geary,
  • Nathan J. Brown,
  • Dylan Roberton

HB

  • Jack Newnes,
  • Jake Carlisle,
  • Jimmy Webster

C

  • Jack Steele,
  • Luke Dunstan,
  • Sam Gilbert

HF

  • Jack Billings,
  • Nick Riewoldt,
  • Jack Sinclair

F

  • Jade Gresham,
  • Josh Bruce,
  • Tim Membrey

Fol

  • Billy Longer,
  • Sebastian Ross,
  • Jack Steven

I/C

  • Shane Savage,
  • Blake Acres,
  • Koby Stevens,
  • Maverick Weller

No Late Change

In

  • Nick Riewoldt

Out

  • Brandon White (Omitted)

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