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THE DROUGHT IS OVER by George on the Outer - POST MATCH DISCUSSION

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THE DROUGHT IS OVER by George on the Outer

What does a first game coach do when he finds his team down by four goals at quarter time at a hoodoo ground against a team it hasn't beaten in ten years after losing a backman to a shoulder injury and having an already depleted defence?

Whatever it was that Simon Goodwin did or said at the quarter time break it was a different Melbourne side that came out following that first break. Maybe, it was the superior fitness of the Demons who seemed to have much more run in their legs in the hot, humid conditions inside Etihad Stadium (and why was the roof closed?) or maybe the new coach had learned a wealth of lessons from his mentor in Paul Roos and was now ready and up to the task on his first up assignment?

Whatever it was, from the time when the second term began, it was the Demons who controlled the game and the Saints were no longer toying with their young opposition side.

It was either a case of the Saints fluffing their interchanges or the Demons being much smarter but their only true ruck was in Hickey was hardly given a break in the first half.  On the other hand, when Max Gawn went off for a rest and some attention to his back, Jack Watts took him on and remarkably more than held his own.  By half time, Hickey was completely shot, and could barely raise a trot when he finally had to take a breather. That the Saints left Bruce, their backup ruck, sitting on the bench for just as equally long periods was baffling.  

Melbourne took advantage of St Kilda's failings and exploited them in the second quarter with the team stepping up a gear. The four goal deficit was wiped out in just eight minutes, and then the Demons piled on 11 goals to one in the second and third quarters to put the game beyond doubt.  

What was particularly heartening for the Demon faithful were the performances of Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Jayden Hunt and newbie Mitch Hannan. Opposition supporters can now be heard mouthing the familiar cry of "where did they get him from?" Importantly, all of these players have not just been selected, but have been developed so that when they get a senior spot, they are ready to go from the start. None more so an example in this match than Hannan, who had the crowd gaping in awe as he scooped a loose ball up one-handed, in front of goal and screwed it back through the big sticks like he was shelling peas!  

Oliver was simply a beast. It took a while to warm up but his output of 36 touches, 9 clearances and 14 contested possessions (75% of game time) is one not normally seen in a 19 year old in his second  year player.  Petracca with 23 touches including 11 contested and his ability to hold his feet in tight situations was something for which the Saints had no answer. Hogan has signaled his arrival for 2017 with three goals and four important contested marks. He is that forward target that the Demons have been looking for since the departure of David Neitz.

But when looking at Hogan's performance, it is too easy to focus on him. There was a reason he was left one on one, and that was the work of Watts and Sam Weideman to drag their respective defenders far away. When the ball moved through the middle, the ball carrier was left with the vision of the best contested mark in the side playing alongside a reject from either Collingwood or Essendon. Again the coaching and development that provides this type of situation can easily go unnoticed.

Down back Neville Jetta was the shining star.  How often is he left one on one with an opponent either taller or stronger, and he still manages to nullify or comprehensively beat them? There is no doubt that he should be one of the first picked each week, so reliable is he. And he even chipped in with a goal of his own this week.

And what about a mention for Max? Those 49 hitouts against a man who beat him twice last year was an emphatic way of saying “I am King ... now get out of my way!" Then there was Jordan Lewis with 32 touches, 9 of them contested for whom can only thank the Hawks for sending him our way.  I should also make mention of Nathan Jones and his 35 touches and the list goes on and on.

This was a game against a team which has finals aspirations. It was always a measure of where the Demons stood against the Saints in terms of their prospects for finals as well. That it was such an emphatic win reminds one of Guru Bob's biblical analogy:

As Moses said when he parted the waters of the Red Sea:

"That will give the side a lot of confidence."

With a home game next week against the struggling Blues, the fans should be looking to end another hoodoo with yet another Good-win.  

Melbourne 2.3.15 9.4.58 15.7.97 18.12.120

St Kilda 6.2.38 7.8.50 9.9.63 13.12.90
  
Goals

Melbourne Garlett Hogan 3 Hannan  Petracca 2 Brayshaw Jetta Jones Neal-Bullen Stretch Vince Watts Weideman 

St Kilda Riewoldt 4 Gresham 3 Armitage Billings Bruce Dunstan Lonie Membrey 

Best

Melbourne Oliver Lewis Gawn Jones Vince Hogan Jetta Garlett 

St Kilda Riewoldt Gresham Billings Steven Steele

Changes 

Melbourne Nil

St Kilda Jack Lonie replaced Paddy McCartin (hamstring tightness) in the selected side 

Injuries

Melbourne Max Gawn (back tightness) Joel Smith (left shoulder)

St Kilda Nick Riewoldt (knee)

Reports

Melbourne Nil 

St Kilda Nil 

Umpires Chamberlain Fleer Ryan

Official crowd 36,249 at Etihad Stadium        

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Wiseblood    12,054

Is it a grand old flag?   You freaking bet it is!  DEMONS!

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McQueen    7,861

Did we win?

We Sh!t it in.

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Wiseblood    12,054

After quarter time you could argue that we didn't have one bad player on the park.  Everyone made a contribution to the victory.  To roll the Saints on their home turf like that shows how far we've come as a club.  I couldn't be more excited right now and I hope everyone else is, too! 

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Mr Steve    836

St Kilda are our [censored] they have not beaten us in how long now.

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DemonOX    3,867

Wow we finally beat this mob. 

FINALLY. 

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Petraccattack    13,072

A phenomenal performance.  One player down since early in the game and we steamrolled them.

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beelzebub    14,851

Saints went to their Waterloo.

Knew we had this.. Go Dees

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Lace Out    252

Great game, well fought out and a terrific coaching performance.

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Wadda We Sing    1,802

MFC please explain why Goodwin hasn't been Coach the last few years.....just kidding. Whoooooooohoooooo

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PaulRB    3,538

Clinical in the end.

Thats settled which is a better team in 2017...

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beelzebub    14,851

Cant wait for media sycophants lol

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Emerald    1,078

It's going to be a long year for Dwayne.flip.gif.ad2c59a3ba09e3f69b394fcca67275d3.gif

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Mr Steve    836
Posted (edited)
2 minutes ago, PaulRB said:

Clinical in the end.

Thats settled which is a better team in 2017...

Have to play them again yet.

Edited by Mr Steve
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Petraccattack    13,072
Just now, Wiseblood said:

I'll just leave this here:

Oliver - 35 possessions, 14 contests, 9 clearances and 8 tackles.  What a player.

 

 Doesn't turn 20 until July.  Scary.

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Abe    9,852

1. Feel deeply for rewoldt 

2. Jordan Lewis was huge 

3. Clarry is amazing 

4. We need to back that up now. 

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titan_uranus    5,265
2 minutes ago, PaulRB said:

Clinical in the end.

Thats settled which is a better team in 2017...

Easy now.

We beat GWS in Round 1 last year. 

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Mr Steve    836

All jokes aside The Saints are a very good team. This was no small win.

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Sylvia Saint    2,984

Oliver is a bigger freak than Steve Smith.

 

 

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PaulRB    3,538
Posted (edited)
1 minute ago, titan_uranus said:

Easy now.

We beat GWS in Round 1 last year. 

We pulled GWS out of our butts last year. This was controlled and kind of brutal.

Edited by PaulRB
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