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- That’s all for tonight
- Magpies pile more pain on battling Blues, Daicos ‘gut punch’ to be scrutinised
- FT: St Kilda 13.14 (92) d GWS Giants 12.8 (80)
- 3QT: St Kilda 11.7 (73) to GWS Giants 11.4 (70)
- Giants, Saints tied at half-time; Mitchito Owen off with concussion
- Johnson, Hill reflect on highlight plays
- FT: Collingwood 13.7 (85) d Carlton 7.15 (57)
- Crowd passes 80,000
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That’s all for tonight
That’s all we have for you tonight. The Hawks thrashed West Coast, Collingwood beat Carlton and St Kilda outlasted the Giants.
Thanks for the comments and interactions today and please keep visiting The Age and SMH Sport this week for more AFL news and we will return with more footy blogs next weekend.
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Magpies pile more pain on battling Blues, Daicos ‘gut punch’ to be scrutinised
An irrepressible Collingwood have poured more misery on Michael Voss and Carlton with a sixth victory in a row that entrenches them as flag favourites but leaves the Blues flailing.
Carlton’s early competitiveness evaporated in a four-goal Magpies burst in eight first-quarter minutes before they cruised to a 28-point victory that was far easier than the margin suggests.
Jordan De Goey kicks while being tackled by Patrick Cripps.Credit: Getty Images
Collingwood, who are a game clear on top with nine wins from 10 rounds, have gone to another level in coach Craig McRae’s second year, but the Blues’ continued struggles is proving an even bigger story.
Carlton have won just one of their last six contests to slump to 11th spot since a season-opening draw with Richmond and victories over an out-of-sorts Geelong and bottom-four rivals GWS Giants and North Melbourne.
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FT: St Kilda 13.14 (92) d GWS Giants 12.8 (80)
That was a huge effort from the Saints to hold on as the Giants threw everything at them in the final minutes.
The conditions were slippery and hostile for both teams but the Saints made the best of them to take the win.
Max King celebrates a goal.Credit: AFL Photos
Max King kicked four goals on return and Jack Sinclair was sublime yet again with two goals and 37 disposals.
Tom Green, Lachie Whitfield and Toby Greene were all exceptional for the Giants but they couldn’t find a way to get ahead of the Saints.
Mitch Owen, Harry Himmelberg and Nick Haynes all went off with concussions, Owen looked the most serious as needed to be carried off but he recovered enough at half-time to spend the second half on the team bench.
Both sides miss chances
St Kilda has missed a couple of set shots in this last term that could have put them in a much stronger position while Hogan just missed a shot on goal that would have cut the lead to five points.
Saints 91, Giants 80 with four mins to go.
Sinclair extends lead
Jack Sinclair has again been a star for the Saints and he has just snapped a goal from a Caminiti handball that just bounced through the uprights.
Saints 86, Giants 77 with 16 mins to go.
King kicks fourth, regains lead
Max King has kicked four goals on return for the Saints today and his most recent goal was invaluable as he took a contested mark and converted from 25m out.
He looks more and more confident as the games goes on.
Saints 79, Giants 77 with 17 mins to go.
Max King.Credit: Getty Images
Briggs puts Giants in front
Giants big man Kieren Griggs had just missed a set shot from goal but moments later he had the chance to run onto a bouncing ball and he snapped the goal without a second thought to put his club in front.
Giants 77, Saints 73 with 18 mins to go.
3QT: St Kilda 11.7 (73) to GWS Giants 11.4 (70)
The conditions are as slippery and challenging as any these teams will face this season but St Kilda and GWS will both go into the final term seeing themselves as good enough to come away with the win.
If St Kilda’s defensive setup can take charge again, they should force enough turnovers to take down the home side but if the Saints are sloppy with the ball they will be punished as that last goal from Daniels showed.
There may also need to be a watch on the Giants’ fatigue levels as they have been playing with a man down this second half.
Toby Bedford.Credit: AFL Photos
Greene, Daniels combine for stunning goal
Toby Greene made a blind turn and them weighted handball to Brent Daniels who ran to the 50m line and booted the goal.
The Giants are still in this.
Saints 73, Giants 70 with 20 seconds to 3QT.
Toby Greene of the Giants is challenged by Callum Wilkie of the Saints.Credit: AFL Photos
Sinclair kicks running goal
St Kilda has responded to that challenge from the Giants and they have forced repeated turnovers which finally led to Mason Wood marking and passing to Sinclair on the run who converted from about 40m.
Saints 73, Giants 64 with four mins to go in Q3.
The Saints celebrate a goal.Credit: AFL Photos
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