Dockers suffer key injuries as underdogs snatch rare AFL win

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Messenger St Kilda Best-afield Jade Gresham and Tim Membrey booted four goals each while Jake Carlisle (22 disposals, nine marks) got the better of Demons forward Tom McDonald.Gresham, whose last-minute winner against Gold Coast in round 13 handed the Saints their first win since round one, was involved in everything, burning the Demons with his scorching pace and setting up two of Membrey’s goals.St Kilda led at every break but the Dees were never out of the game despite plenty of fans heading for the exit before the final siren.“That was one of those games that I felt absolutely in control of, and then within the blink of an eye, it was not that,” Saints coach Alan Richardson said.“I’m really pleased for the guys. If you can park the last three minutes, that was our best performance for the year.” Melbourne Demons Australia sport Pinterest Reuse this content At the MCG, a Max Gawn masterclass failed to lift Melbourne off the canvas, with St Kilda prevailing by two points in a nail-biting slugfest.Down by 27 points early in Sunday’s final term, the Demons cut the deficit to two points with 30 seconds left when Jordan Lewis kicked truly from 40m out.But the Saints won the ball out of the middle at the final stoppage and held on to secure their third win of the season, prevailing 18.11 (119) to 18.9 (117) in front of 38,910 fans. Read more Share on Twitter Read more Since you’re here… Tim Membrey celebrates kicking a goal against the Demons. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Fremantle have lost star duo Nat Fyfe and Aaron Sandilands to injury as Brisbane overcame their opening-quarter demons to post a 55-point AFL win at Optus Stadium.Sandilands succumbed to a right calf injury just minutes before the opening bounce on Sunday, while Fyfe injured his right hamstring midway through the second term.Brisbane made the most of the injuries by running rampant in the 18.11 (119) to 9.10 (64) win, stunning the 41,674-strong crowd. Topics AFLcenter_img From collection to analysis: sports data and its profound impact on the AFL Support The Guardian Brisbane Lions Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Facebook Share on WhatsApp Fremantle Dockers Barry Hall apologises after being sacked for vulgar on-air comments Twitter Lions ruckman Stefan Martin dominated in the absence of Sandilands, finishing the match with 46 hitouts, 19 disposals and seven clearances in his 150-game milestone.Dayne Beams tallied 33 disposals and 12 clearances and Lewis Taylor booted three goals.The Lions entered the match having lost all 13 of their opening quarters this year. But they ended that rut with the opening four goals of the game. Fyfe struggled to assert his influence on the match opposed to tagger Jarrod Berry.The Fremantle skipper received some treatment on his hamstrings early in the match and ended the first quarter with just five disposals and one clearance.Fyfe tallied just three more disposals in the second term before pinging his right hamstring while leaning forward to collect the ball on the wing.Brisbane led by 24 points as Fyfe limped his way to the bench and the visitors entered the long break with the same advantage.Martin dominating in the ruck, the Lions put Fremantle to the sword in the third quarter, booting six of the first seven goals of the stanza to open up a 54-point lead. The Lions’ second win of the season lifts them one game clear of last-placed Carlton.The cellar-dwellers lock horns at the Gabba next Saturday in a match that will go a long way towards deciding the wooden-spoon battle. Fremantle’s shock loss leaves them two wins and a significant percentage adrift of eighth spot. The Dockers lacked intent and urgency against the Lions and ended up losing the contested possession count 141-122. Share via Email Australian rules footballlast_img

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