AFL side shows what it is capable of as veterans lead from the front.
St Kilda have snapped one of the wort losing streaks in the club’s recent history after downing a disappointing Gold Coast Suns side by 46 points at Etihad Stadium.
With just two weeks left in the season the Saints were running out of chances to redeem something of themselves and their season, having lost eight in a row.
But after a tight first half, the experience in the Saints side shone through as they ran away with the game in the third and fourth quarters to win 17.14 (116) to 10.10 (70).
It was St Kilda’s first win since beating Melbourne at the MCG back in round 13 as they launched towards the win late in the third term by kicking six straight goals.
Suns’ captain and star Gary Ablett was kept quiet for much of the game, a big reason for his side’s loss.
While the Saints senior players chose the best time to stand up with Leigh Montanga, Nick Del Santo and Jack Steven providing plenty of drive and energy around the ground.
Nick Riewoldt kicked three goals for the game but it could have easily been more as he was at time wayward in collecting five behinds.
With both teams having been out of the running for the finals for several weeks, the Saints will finish their season next weekend when they tackle the in-form Fremantle Dockers.
Gold Coast will look to end their year on a high and should be a good chance to do so against the winless Greater Western Sydney Giants, when the two expansion teams face at Metricon Stadium.