The Courier-Mail

SAINTS SWING AND MISS

- BRUCE MATTHEWS

IN terms of football lessons, yesterday was a particular­ly painful one for St Kilda.

Trailing by nearly 10 goals by halftime, the substitute had already been activated and there was an bench full of more aching limbs.

Fremantle hammered out a double warning at Etithad Stadium, showing just how far off the pace the young Saints are and – as if other Victorian clubs needed reminding – of the premiershi­p threat posed by this version of the Purple haze, with a 15.6 (96) to 8.11 (59) victory.

Simply, the Saints were never in this contest. A few goals in the final quarter flattered them, but so pronounced was the Docker domination that you wondered how on earth St Kilda beat them on the two previous meetings at the Docklands.

From the midfield monopoly of big Aaron Sandilands and his onballers, led by David Mundy and Lachie Neale, the Dockers were far too precise with hand and foot to ensure the Saints never had a sniff of another home upset. That was even without injured Brownlow favourite Nat Fyfe.

Fremantle’s only concern from the day was another calf injury to key backman Luke McPharlin who was subbed off midway through the third quarter.

 ??  ?? BOXING ON: St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt takes a swing at Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin. Picture: Michael Klein
BOXING ON: St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt takes a swing at Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin. Picture: Michael Klein

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