It was a historic night for the Saints at Moorabbin on Friday night with the team recording their first-ever win in the AFLW competition. Up against a Melbourne team who had yet to taste defeat in 2020, they were made to work hard for their victory with a late goal the difference in a nail-biting encounter. Here are our Five Magic Moments from a magic night at Moorabbin.
5. Georgia Patrikios.
While the 18-year-old mightn’t have enjoyed the quantity of possessions she had become used to in the opening rounds, this didn’t affect the quality of her usage. At a key moment in the final quarter she was able to manufacture space in the centre square to release Kate McCarthy on the wing for an inside fifty.
4. Darcy Guttridge.
The 20-year-old former Magpie was the beneficiary of some fine work from Caitlin Greiser at Half Forward to kick her first goal for St Kilda. Flying across the front of two Demons, Greiser brought the ball to ground. Not content with this single effort, she roved her own spillage and kicked the ball 40 metres to the advantage of the loose Guttridge who finished off the fine work with the Saints second goal of the night.
3. Kate McCarthy.
The former Lions pace is a major asset for the Saints and this was on full display against the Demons. Having used it to help set up the Saints first goal, later in the quarter. On hand to receive the ball from Nicola Xenos at halfback, McCarthy left a number of Demons in her wake as she sprinted forward. Her thrilling run would include three bounces before she delivered the ball to Greiser at half-forward.
2. Caitlin Greiser.
Caitlin Greiser was magnificent all night but never more so than in her match-winning efforts in the last quarter. Completing a strong one-handed mark inside forward fifty, she gave herself the opportunity to give her team the lead. Rising to the occasion the power-forward struck the Sherrin sweetly and, despite taking the shot frow well outside fifty, never looked like missing. Coming just four days after her 21st birthday it was the perfect belated present.
1. The Sweet, Sweet Taste of Victory.
Alright, this might seem like a bit of cop-out but you only ever get one chance to celebrate a team’s first-ever victory. The memory of seeing the team hold on for the thrilling victory and belting out the club song in the middle of Moorabbin will live long in the memory.