De­mons deny Saints

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE have boosted their AFL fi­nals hopes and all but snuffed out St Kilda’s, cling­ing on for a 24- point vic­tory in an MCG thriller. In a fierce bat­tle be­tween two sides des­per­ate to re­main in the hunt for a top- eight fin­ish, the De­mons dom­i­nated early and staved off the fast- fin­ish­ing Saints for a 14.12 ( 96) to 10.12 ( 72) vic­tory on Sun­day.

Jack Steven’s eight dis­pos­als and three in­side- 50s helped the Saints cut the mar­gin to 10 at the fi­nal break but the De­mons held strong to see off a fast fin­ish­ing St Kilda and take a ma­jor step to­wards the post- sea­son.

The re­sult lifts Mel­bourne into sev­enth while the Saints fi­nals chances are all but buried.

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