The Saints visit to Ikon Park will be remembered by the team as an opportunity lost as wastefulness in front of goal cost them a chance of an upset victory. Taking it right up to one of the competition’s premier teams they produced a number of magic moments.
5. Shielaw’s Marking up Forward.
One of a number of Saints playing against her old team for the first time, co-captain Kate Shierlaw provided a strong target up forward for the Saints. The athletic forward kicked her first goal for the club and took a number of strong marks.
4. Tackling with Intent.
The Saints tackling has been a feature of their 2020 campaign and it was no different against the Blues. Emma Mackie, Alison Drennan, Tilly Lucas-Rodd (who managed to recover and handpass the ball to a teammate afterward) an Molly McDonald all completing tackles worthy of rewatching.
3. Clearance Work
Some of the Saints work out of the centre was a joy to watch. Caitlin Greiser’s second goal for the match came from a great tap by Poppy Kelly to Rosie Dillon who quickly moved the ball to the big forward’s advantage for the first of the Saints goals from centre clearances. Darcy Guttridge and Georgia Patrikios were on hand to set up Rhi Watt for her first goal in Saints colours from another well-won hitout from Kelly. Patrikios was also at the centre of another centre clearance where her class and composure saw her work through heavy traffic to get the ball moving forward for her team.
2. Nat Exon
The former Blue and Lion had her best game in Saints colours against her old team. Whether it was pinpoint passes into her leading forwards or bone-crunching tackles Exon was doing everything within her powers to get the Saints across the line. Our particular Exon highlight was her efforts to win the ball off two Blues on the wing then upon winning the ball, deliver it perfectly to a waiting Kate Shierlaw inside forward fifty.
1. Goal of the Year?
It was good enough to see Caitlin Greiser earn her second nomination for Goal of the Year and for top spot in our Magic Moments of Round Five. Not content in breaking up a Carlton chain of possessions by bringing the ball to ground, she followed up her good work by presenting for a handball receive before slotting the goal from a tight angle. While it still might be our second favourite Greiser goal in 2020, it was one of the best of the season to date.