Saints’ AFL season goes from bad to worse after 101-point loss.
They say beware the wounded animal and St Kilda have found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Facing the Geelong Cats after their upset two-point loss to Adelaide last weekend, the Saints were on the end of a 101-point mauling by Chris Scott’s side at Simonds Stadium in round 18.
Despite the size of the final margin the game was close until mid-way through the second quarter before the Cats went into the long break up by 46 points.
From there it was one-way traffic as the Saints only managed to score five behinds for the rest of the game while the Cats piled on the pain in the way of nine goals.
It was not all good news for the Cats who lost Dawson Simpson to a knee injury, with the extent of the damage not clear at this stage.
However, as if to rub salt into the wound, the Saints lost skipper Nick Riewoldt and key defender James Gwilt to injury to go with the 21.11 (137) to 5.6 (36).
Elusive Cats half-forward Steven Motlop starred with four goals and 29 touches, skipper Joel Selwood had three goals and 32 disposals, while Tom Hawkins was active in front of goal.
James Podsiadly snared two, including one from a spectacular high-flying mark late in the second quarter.
Geelong find themselves in second place on the AFL ladder after their massive win and will look to continue their momentum into their clash with North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium in round 19.
St Kilda’s season is about salvaging pride as they continue to slide down the standings with only the Melbourne Demons and Greater Western Sydney lower than them.