Jack Steele opened the Saints 2020 Goal scoring account in the first quarter against North Melbourne. Despite being better known for his work around the ball, the 24-year-old took advantage of his brief stay at full-forward with a strong mark and set-shot-goal.
On debut and wearing the number 12 made famous by Nick Riewoldt, Max King kicked the Saints second goal from a free-kick. On the receiving end of considerable attention from the Kangaroos defenders, the lifelong St Kilda fan almost had a fairytale finish to his first game in the red, black, and white with his second goal retaking the lead for the team late in the contest.
Jack Billings was another Saint who kicked two goals on the day, his first was a smart piece of work from a ball up inside forward fifty. His goal In the shadows of quarter time, extended the lead to 14 points which was a fairer reflection of their dominance to that point. His second took small quick thinking and a strong shepherd from Tim Membrey as he played on from a mark right on fifty. With it the Saints lead ballooned to 28-points, just one point shy of the biggest margin of the day.
Tim Membrey’s goal came on the back end of a beautiful, some might say ‘delicious’ piece of work from Brad Hill. The former Docker, eased through traffic in the centre square and delivered the Sherrin lace out to the leading Membrey. Lost in the beauty of Hill’s work, was the quality of the lead from the Saints 2019 Leading Goal kicker, who created and used space perfectly to latch on the pill.
Like Max King, Paddy Ryder was able to hit the scoreboard in his first game in the red, black and white. Combining with Rowan Marshall in the middle to combat Todd Goldstein, the former Bomber made the Kangaroos pay when he drifted forward. Taking advantage of a miss-match inside forward fifty, Ryder marked strongly from a Marshall kick then after being awarded a fifty metre penalty decided to kick on the run from the top of the square rather than the goal line. Kicking truly, he avoided some the considerable blushes a miss from this opportunity would have prompted.