Just like they had 12 months earlier, St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs would meet in the penultimate weekend of the 2010 AFL season for a place in the Grand Final. Coming off the weeks break, just like they had in the 2009 fixture, the Nick Riewoldt led Saints were slow out of the blocks. They would score four behinds before the kicked their first goal through Stephen Milne and would trail by eight points at the first break.
Adam Schneider would kick the first of three goals for the night to close the margin early in the second quarter but a Dylan Addison goal would help the Bulldogs out to a 10 point break. A running Ben McEvoy would steal back the margin with a late goal but few could have imagined what would follow.
Beginning with another goal to Milne to open the third quarter, the Saints would kick 10 of the next 11 goals to take a commanding 45-point lead early in the final term. With Nick Riewoldt at the centre of almost everything, it was all one-way traffic in the second half. The skipper would kick three himself with Justin Koschitzke two, while Michael Gardiner and Brett Peake added one each.
With a place in the Grand Final confirmed, the thoughts of Coach Ross Lyon turned to the following week. In an attempt to protect some of his stars from injuries he would have five players on the bench during the games final stages. This would see the final margin reduced to 24-points but that mattered little as the Saints marched on to a second consecutive Grand Final.