St Kilda used a North Melbourne loss earlier on Saturday to claim the eight and final spot on the AFL ladder after a compelling win against the highly touted Essendon Bombers, 21.7.133-8.14-62.
Key forwards Nick Riewoldt and Stevie Milne played great games, anchored by Dal Santo and Hayes in the midfield, to kicked five and four goals respectively. Riewoldt also added 24 disposals as he aggressively hunted the ball outside of the Saints 50 meter arch.
After Essendon ran off with a strong start, but St Kilda amazingly turned things around by kicking 20 of the next 26 goals.
Milne starred in game 250. The controversial small forward four goals in the third quarter to help setup a huge 46-point lead with just a quarter to play.
A few newsworthy incidents occurred. Two separate people jumped the barriers onto the field with one lady appearing to approach the Bomber’s bench preaching a religious message.
The St Kilda win was even more impressive due to the fact the pulled off the upset while missing a few important players. Brendan Goddard was out with suspension while Rhys Stanley and Jason Blake were also missing in action.
Key forward Michael Hurley can’t catch a break. He suffered another injury, a hamstring, which may keep him out of more matches. The young goal kicker can’t seem to shake the injury prone tag which might tarnish what could be a special career.
Essendon are currently in fifth position, but will be surpassed by Hawthorn today when they demolish Greater Western Sydney.