Mem­brey shocker sinks Saints

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JUSTIN CHAD­WICK

ST Kilda for­ward Tim Mem­brey has had a shocker in front of goal, with Fremantle hold­ing off a spir­ited Saints fight­back to se­cure a 30-point AFL vic­tory at Op­tus Sta­dium.

In a topsy-turvy Sat­ur­day night, Fremantle led by 43 points early in the third quar­ter, be­fore the Saints closed to within 13 in the fi­nal term.

But a way­ward night from Mem­brey proved costly, with Fremantle mak­ing the most of St Kilda’s misses to se­cure the 13.11 (89) to 8.11 (59) win in front of 41,752 fans.

Mem­brey fin­ished with 1.5 in a hor­ror night. The 23-year-old should have closed the mar­gin to eight points early in the fi­nal quar­ter, but he sprayed a set shot from 20m out.

Dock­ers skip­per Nat Fyfe boosted his Brown­low medal chances by tal­ly­ing 36 dis­pos­als, 13 clear­ances and a goal, while Aaron Sandi­lands starred in the ruck. The Saints barely put up a whim­per in the first half, and lost star swing­man Jake Carlisle to con­cus­sion in the sec­ond term.

Carlisle had dom­i­nated un­til that point, clunk­ing five marks in de­fence. But his night was ended when Fyfe’s left knee ac­ci­den­tally col­lected Carlisle in the head while the Saints’ de­fender was on the ground.

Fremantle’s win was a pos­i­tive end to what had oth­er­wise been a night­mare week. Dock­ers coach Ross Lyon has been in the fir­ing line over the sex­ual ha­rass­ment storm which has en­gulfed him.

Club pres­i­dent Dale Al­cock and chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Rosich were forced to pub­licly back Lyon amid ru­mours the be­sieged coach might be sacked. And the drama didn’t end there, with Bradley Hill’s run-in with po­lice adding more un­wanted at­ten­tion to the Dock­ers.

But the play­ers man­aged to put the dis­trac­tions to one side to se­cure the win, de­spite the late with­drawal of Stephen Hill (quad).

St Kilda haven’t tasted vic­tory since round one, and they are fac­ing a hor­ror four­week stretch of games against Colling­wood, Rich­mond, West Coast and Syd­ney.

The Saints butchered the very few chances they cre­ated up for­ward, with Mem­brey the worst of­fender.

Mem­brey had 0.3 to his name by half­time, and the Saints trailed 54-11 early in the third quar­ter, as the Dock­ers threat­ened to bury the vis­i­tors. But St Kilda fi­nally clicked into gear, boot­ing six of the next seven goals to close the mar­gin to just 14 points by the fi­nal change. How­ever, poor goal­kick­ing con­tin­ued to haunt them to the very end, with Mem­brey miss­ing two set shots in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Pic­ture: GETTY

Fremantle’s David Mundy on the burst in the Round 8 AFL clash against St Kilda at Op­tus Sta­dium last night

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