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WESTERN BULLDOGS: 6.3, 9.5, 12.10, 13.14 (92)
ST KILDA: 3.4, 13.5, 18.8, 22.10 (142)

GOALS - Western Bulldogs: Johnson 6, Montgomery, Street, Robbins, West, Gilbee, Grant, Minson
St Kilda: Gehrig 8, Riewoldt 5, Milne 2, Voss 2, Harvey 2, Dal Santo, Ackland, Koschitzke
BEST - Western Bulldogs: Johnson, Cross, Grant, Cooney, Gilbee St Kilda: Gehrig, Harvey, Riewoldt, Dal Santo, Montagna, S Fisher, Gram, Ball, Goddard
INJURIES - Western Bulldogs: Nil
St Kilda: Nil
CHANGES - Western Bulldogs: Faulkner replaced in selected side by Wight
REPORTS - Nil
UMPIRES - Kennedy, Allan, Jeffery
CROWD - 47,120 at Telstra Dome
FREE KICKS: For St Kilda 22, Against St Kilda 22
HITOUTS: St Kilda 22, Bulldogs 32
50m PENALTIES: St Kilda 1, Bulldogs 2
GOALS: St Kilda - Free 3; Play 5; Mark 14, Bulldogs - Free 1; Play 4; Mark 8
DISTANCE OF GOALS: St Kilda - 0-15m 3; 15-30m 3; 30-40m 3; 40+m 13, Bulldogs - 0-15m 3; 15-30m 2; 30-40m 1; 40+m 7
Betting: St Kilda was backed like there was no tomorrow, firming from $2.10 to $1.90 with Centrebet. All other agencies recorded similar interest.

Saints convincing win
Round 21 got off to an entertaining start on Friday night as the Saints blitzed the Bulldogs with a 10-goal second quarter which set up their 50-point win at Telstra Dome. Both sides played an attractive hard running, style of football and initially it was the pace of the Bulldogs that gave them the advantage. The extra height and marking power of the Saints was telling as key St. Kilda forwards Fraser Gehrig and Nick Riewoldt proved too much for the Bulldogs defense. Gehrig kicked eight goals and Riewoldt six, positive signs for the Saints as they always look more dangerous when their forwards are firing and tactically the team is looking to score heavily and not play with a defensive mindset.
Australian Football League Roundup: Round 21 Michael Clough/OhmyNews/InternationalSports/29Aug06

AFL awaits West proof
The AFL umpires' department is waiting on Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade to supply examples of illegal treatment to star midfielder Scott West. Eade complained to the AFL on Monday about St Kilda tagger Stephen Powell's off-the-ball tactics towards West during Friday's loss to the Saints. The AFL asked Eade to back his complaint with evidence. Umpires' boss Jeff Gieschen last night gave the match's three umpires - Brett Allen, Hayden Kennedy and Scott Jeffery - a tick for their performance. "There's no doubt Powell played him close, but when he stepped over the line our umpires paid free kicks," Gieschen said. Asked if they had missed any, Gieschen said: "If they did, they may have missed one or two at most."
The Article Mark Robinson and Daryl Timms/HeraldSun/30Aug06
Powell/West - Blog Comments HeraldSun

Positive signs for our finals run . . .

I am quietly getting more optimistic about the Saints Sept chances.

Compared to our last two finals campaigns we are better placed in ourselves to succeed (though in 2005 the opposition was arguably weaker . . .)

The G Train unlike last year is virtually fully fit and running into good form and touch. Importantly his accuracy at goal has returned and even more importantly he is leading more rather than staying back and wrestling. Against big full backs like glass wrestling is not a high % play.

Tactically GT and the coaching team have lifted their game in the second half of this year and we are now seeing the structures that I have been yearning for since last year.

Backline even with Maguire out this is the best finals backline we have had in recent years. While we used to have the run of Aussie, we now have several running HB's in Gram and Fisher. Having several options makes it harder for opposition coaches to play defensive HF's on them.

Ruck With Kosi, Sugar and Rix to choose from (and even Brooks providing more back up with good form in Casey) the Saints, while not strong, are the strongest they have been in many a year in the ruck. If Kosi can play like he can this unit could even become very good.

Forwards If we can maintain all of GTrain, Kosi, Roo and Sammy in the team this will give us our most powerful forward line unit in a finals series . . . quite possibly ever. The GTrain is looking very good, as is Roo . . . just need Kosi and Sammy to click into gear for it to be awesome. With the other 3, Sammy can afford to be played as a cameo forward.

Midfield now here is where we are weakest at present. But all is not lost without Lenny and a restricted Ball. Tough football is normally played in the finals . . . and while Thommo and Powell are not what they were, they are tough bugga's as is Powell. Powell could well be the "Liba" of the finals series. If we can play tough grinding footy at the bounces . . . then our quality in all other positions on the ground can well see us holding sway. It is just so very, very, very important that our midfielder's battle away and not let the opposition midfielders have space or room to breathe. It is also important that our lesser lights including Joey play as well as they can . . . and if at all possible for Ball to find a little bit freedom in his kicking, hopefully his touch last week was a good sign.

Run while our midfield may be a tad under-resourced, we can hopefully offset it with run . . . from Gram, Sam Fisher, X, Joey, Raph . . . and dare I say Fiora on the big grounds. As a group of runners this is a pretty handy and damaging group. But please Raph do a Grammy and clean up your disposal at the end of your runs . . . and learn to release the ball just that bit earlier before you are forced to cough it up. Come finals on the bigger ground with Kosi gaining match fitness and playing more ruck time, it may pay to put more run in the team and omit either Sugar or Rix for Fiora.

'saintsRrising'
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Bulldog Scott West mugged by Saints
The Western Bulldogs have complained to the AFL about the off-the-ball manhandling of Scott West on Friday night. But St Kilda coach Grant Thomas has defended tagger Stephen Powell and fired a broadside at the Bulldogs, including coach Rodney Eade. "I will be hopeful Rodney isn't able to intimidate the umpires into over-protecting a player," Thomas said. "Rodney's entitled to his opinion but the 'mob' - as he refers to us - we have faith in umpires to make the decision as they deem fit. If this is an opportunity for the Western Bulldogs to get an advantage by the umpiring fraternity for a finals game, then that needs to be noted also.
The Article Mark Robinson/HeraldSun/29Aug06
Ricciuto tested for Ross River Fever AAP/TheAge RealFooty/29Aug06

Turn spotlight on Robert Harvey
. . . While all this public discussion has surrounded the likely retirement or otherwise of (Hird, Archer, Koutoufides, M.Voss) there is one name that has continually seemed to slip under the radar - Robert Harvey. This has happened despite the fact that Harvey is the oldest player on any list, having turned 35 on Monday and, in his 19th season, the longest-serving current player. I'm continually amazed at Harvey's ability to keep such a low profile despite the fact he is one of the most decorated individuals the game has seen.
The Article Nathan Buckley/HeraldSun/28Aug06
Frasers friday by Bungiton/youtube.com/saintsational.com (video file)
Milne Magic by Bungiton/youtube.com/saintsational.com (video file)
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"We were very pleased with his game. We don't think there was anything untoward, or unfair. But it needs to be noted Powell gave away six free kicks and on cost benefit analysis, six free kicks isn't entirely happy on any given day, so he paid the price for whatever indiscretions he had. You can jump and down as much as you like, but umpires will determine the interpretation". - Grant Thomas re 'sour grapes' Eade


Saints chance at top 4?
After the Dockers' relentless 57-point victory, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Collingwood and St Kilda will all enter the final week with a chance of taking the two remaining positions in the top four behind West Coast and Adelaide. But only Fremantle and Melbourne have their fate in their own hands. If the Dockers beat the improving Port Adelaide at Subiaco on Saturday and Melbourne beat the slumping Crows at AAMI Stadium that night, both will book their top-four spots.
Dockers do the flying Richard Hinds/TheCouriermail/28Aug06
Why would we want to finish top 4? saintsational.com
Verdict: Melb in Week 1 . . . ? saintsational.com
Contenders' run home HeraldSun

Turn spotlight on Robert Harvey
. . . While all this public discussion has surrounded the likely retirement or otherwise of (Hird, Archer, Koutoufides, M.Voss) there is one name that has continually seemed to slip under the radar - Robert Harvey. This has happened despite the fact that Harvey is the oldest player on any list, having turned 35 on Monday and, in his 19th season, the longest-serving current player. I'm continually amazed at Harvey's ability to keep such a low profile despite the fact he is one of the most decorated individuals the game has seen.
The Article Nathan Buckley/HeraldSun/28Aug06

Chance of more money
Clubs may receive more than the $1 million a year already promised by the AFL, with consideration being given to bolstering the amount by $250,000. The AFL commission thrashed out the issue at a meeting last week, and referred a proposed payments scheme back to its executive panel for further number crunching. In another development related to the AFL's outgoings for 2007-11, it is believed more cash will be made available under the annual special distribution fund. Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs and the Kangaroos share about $5 million from the fund, which may be increased to $9 million and opened up to more clubs.
The Article Damian Barrett/HeraldSun/28Aug06


" . . . Harvey has been an absolute gun throughout my entire time in this competition. He is one player I have always tried to watch in order to learn more about the game and its limits, and I am one of the playing group from which he has earned universal respect." - Nathan Buckley


Coach of the week: GRANT THOMAS (St Kilda)
. . . The Saints showed yet again on Friday night, with their 50 point demolition of fellow finalists the Western Bulldogs, just what they are capable of when they have all their big guns fit and firing. Their attack of Fraser Gehrig, Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke and Aaron Hamill looked awesome and it's easy to forget that coach Grant Thomas has rarely had his four big guns in attack all fit at the same time during his time as coach. Yet despite that Thomas has steered the Saints into three successive finals series - only the second time the club has ever achieved that feat in their history, with the last such occasion being the years 1970-73 under the club's only premiership coach Allan Jeans. The Saints could yet end the season in the top-four and considering Thomas has also been without his best midfielder in Lenny Hayes for much of the season because of a serious knee injury, then the often unfairly maligned St Kilda boss deserves plenty of credit for keeping his team amongst the competition's elite this season.
Round 21 ponderings Paul Gough/AFL/saints.com.au/28Aug06

AFANA article Saints vs Dogs
. . . Every AFL season a young side lights up the competition with a surge up the ladder and a new way of winning. In 2006 as floods and possession-based defensive strategies have been in vogue, it's been the Western Bulldogs that have gladdened the hearts of footy supporters with their collective skill and pace. Injury troubles and a preoccupation with the interstate giants have allowed St Kilda to become an almost forgotten team this season, despite being flag favorite before the season. Tough midfielders, big marking forwards, cohesive defence and classy runners have been ingredients to many a past premiership side. St Kilda have all of these assets in spades.
Gehrig Demolishes Bulldogs Barry Kennedy/AustralianFootballAssociationofNorthAmerica/afana.com/27Aug06
Odds for all WA grand final shorten Paul Gough/Sportal/AFL/saints.com.au/28Aug06
The Windows of opportunity Theory saintsational.com
GT - On the Couch saintsational.com

Roosters hold off determined Scorpions
VFL Round 20 - North Ballarat 18.16 (124) def Scorpions 14.10 (94)
On a mild and somewhat sunny Sunday afternoon, North Ballarat finished the season of the Casey Scorpions by defeating them by 30 points at Casey Fields . . . Despite the disappointment of this loss, Saints fans will be keen to learn of the performances of the St Kilda listed players from this match, who will strongly push cases forward for selection in the St Kilda lineup next week for the final home and away match against the Brisbane Lions. Mark McGough was the leading Saint with 42 possessions (23 kicks, 14 marks, 19 handballs, 4 tackles). He was greatly supported by the efforts Aaron Fiora (30 possessions: 18 kicks, 14 marks, 12 handballs, 3 tackles), Andrew McQualter (25 possessions: 14 kicks, 11 handballs, 5 tackles), Allan Murray (24 possessions: 19 kicks, 8 marks, 2 tackles, 3 goals) and Barry Brooks (23 possessions: 16 kicks, 11 marks, 7 handballs, 4 spoils, 2 goals). Special mention to defenders Sam Gilbert (14 possessions: 10 kicks, 4 handballs, 3 tackles, 6 spoils) and Ed McDonnell (3 tackles, 5 spoils), who continued to work hard to thwart continuous Rooster attacks in defence.
Thanks to the Team
It has been a pleasure to write articles to you all on the progress of the Casey Scorpions as well as the St Kilda listed players this season. On behalf of the stats team who collate the stats with me so I can use them in the articles (Luciano, Lucas, Bob, Guy and Dene - thanks guys! And thanks also to Lachlan B). Lets work to ensure Season 2007 is the year of the Scorpions! Best wishes also to the Sainters in the finals!
The Article Gary Romeo/saints.com.au/28Aug06

On behalf of the Saints supporters that look for the Scorps articles each week - westofmoorabbin.com expresses a big thank-you to Gary and team.

Tragedy strikes twice
The former partner of late St Kilda star Trevor Barker is grieving over the loss of another love to cancer. Melinda Coker, 44, has been left heartbroken for the second time after her partner, Andrew Spinks, died suddenly last week. Ms Coker had watched helplessly as cancer took the life of her first true love, former St Kilda champion and pin-up boy Trevor Barker, aged just 39, a decade ago. The Brighton woman is again grief-stricken and left to console sons Matthew, 20, and Brendon, 18, from her 10-year partnership with Barker, and Mr Spinks'
The Article Rod Nicholson/HeraldSun/27Aug06

Invasive tests spark outrage
AFL Players Association chief executive Brendon Gale is "extremely concerned" by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's after-hours drug-testing procedures, which he and his association counterparts believe have become excessively invasive. Gale will be part of a phone link-up tomorrow with player association bosses of major sports around the country to discuss the possibility of mounting a legal challenge against ASADA's target testing practices. Even before the recent 5am drug test of National Rugby League player Frank Pritchard in his Sydney home, Gale had sought clarification from ASADA about its protocols for AFL players. He made another inquiry last week, but has not yet received a response.
The Article Samantha Lane/TheAge/27Aug06

Ten manager confident of a Foxtel deal
Foxtel this week closed the 24-hour channel, but White said he believed the pay-TV network was still keen to have some part in the football rights. "'We have been talking with Foxtel and negotiating that outcome," he said. "We still are, as far as I am concerned, and the fact that (Foxtel) chose to close down Fox Footy is completely irrelevant to the negotiations we have been having. Unless (Foxtel boss Kim Williams) said something to the contrary, I am fully expecting that the fact that he has chosen to close Fox Footy means that he is going to carry them on Fox Sports 3. I don't think anything has changed."
The Article Jon Ralph/HeraldSun/27Aug06

Saints soar in shoot-out
St Kilda shored up its own position in the eight and undermined the Western Bulldogs' with a 50-point victory last night at Telstra Dome. In a contest that matched St Kilda's power forwards against the Bulldogs' pace and run, the Saints prevailed comfortably in the end. The only time when it appeared otherwise was at the end of a free-flowing first quarter when the Bulldogs led by 17 points and the last five minutes had seen several handling errors by tired St Kilda players. That was pretty much the extent of the threat. St Kilda got an immense contribution from Fraser Gehrig (eight goals) and Nick Riewoldt (five) and by pushing numbers into the central corridor of the ground clogged up the Bulldogs' run.
The Article Len Johnson/TheAgeRealFooty/26Aug06

Talls telling for Saints
. . . "That was our strategy from early in the week. Can we match them for pace? Well, no we can't - I don't think anyone can because they're a very, very quick side - but we thought if we were going to get them under pressure it needed to be by moving the ball quickly in our own manner and getting it to the talls," Thomas explained after the match. "I think the guys really stuck to their tasks and big fellas - if they continue to work hard and present - make it really hard for an (opposition) side. If you're going to move the ball really quickly with Gehrig, Riewoldt, Hamill, Koschitzke down there and Ackland on occasion, it does put a fair bit of pressure on."
The Article Jason Phelan/saints.com.au/25Aug06

Coach of the week: GRANT THOMAS (St Kilda)
. . . The Saints showed yet again on Friday night, with their 50 point demolition of fellow finalists the Western Bulldogs, just what they are capable of when they have all their big guns fit and firing. Their attack of Fraser Gehrig, Nick Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke and Aaron Hamill looked awesome and it's easy to forget that coach Grant Thomas has rarely had his four big guns in attack all fit at the same time during his time as coach. Yet despite that Thomas has steered the Saints into three successive finals series - only the second time the club has ever achieved that feat in their history, with the last such occasion being the years 1970-73 under the club's only premiership coach Allan Jeans. The Saints could yet end the season in the top-four and considering Thomas has also been without his best midfielder in Lenny Hayes for much of the season because of a serious knee injury, then the often unfairly maligned St Kilda boss deserves plenty of credit for keeping his team amongst the competition's elite this season.
Round 21 ponderings Paul Gough/AFL/saints.com.au/28Aug06

Saints march over Bulldogs
Pace is a precious commodity in the modern game, but St Kilda showed on Friday night that there is still no substitute for having height up forward as it slammed on a 10-goal second quarter to thrash the Western Bulldogs by 50 points on Friday night. Fraser Gehrig, with eight, and Nick Riewoldt booted 13 goals between them in a game where the Saints piled on 11 majors to two either side of half-time to turn a 17-point quarter-time deficit into a 22.10 (142) to 13.14 (92) triumph. With Scott West held to a relatively low 22 possessions by Stephen Powell, the Bulldogs struggled to generate the run and overlap which has been the trademark of their game under Rodney Eade. Instead, it was the Saints' midfield which dominated.
The Article Andrew Wu/saints.com.au/25Aug06

Cats as spoilers no joy for fans
Geelong can today prevent Melbourne from making the final four when the teams meet at Skilled Stadium. But with the Cats having virtually no chance of playing in a third successive finals series, a win would be cold comfort for disappointed supporters.
The Article The Australian/26Aug06


"I've got a sore knuckle right now from punching something earlier in the season. Actually I wouldn't be surprised if it was broken, I think it might have been in the first game against West Coast at Subiaco. I punched the glass. Thankfully it was very thick glass."
- Grant Thomas


Saints yet to sway critics
. . . "What is their achilles heel?"
The mind. How can they be beaten by 10 goals against the Dockers and then, six days later, destroy the most fluent, attacking team in the competition by the same margin. They might not have the legs to handle Subiaco, and yet they play Telstra Dome like a school yard. It's got to be mental.
The Article Mark Robinson/HeraldSun/26Aug06

Saints Premiers 2006 wrote:
lets not go nuts here, dal is amazingly silky on his feet and with his skills . . . bj is coming into his own . . . and by god his own is bloody good . . . in a couple of years he will be the best user in the comp by far . . . One Luke Ball wrote: bj drills holes through players chests . . .
bj is the best user of the ball in the competition - saintsational.com
St. Luke wrote: there is no such thing as toning it down with Hammer, he goes in hard 100% of the time, and it's a commendable trait - even if its a scary sight for his fans! I hope he is well and plays next week! . . . BigD wrote: I was standing right behind the interchange area for the whole match and he looked OK right throughout. Certainly tired but not re-injured. The big question will be how the knee comes up overnight.
hamill - saintsational.com
Sandy_Saint wrote: I do rate Raph as a 200-game player for us . . . but at the moment . . . his decision making reminds me of some "Matthew Young brain explosions" from 10 years ago . . . saintDal wrote: Gram was the same at the beginning of the year. He would run and stop and then look around, not being sure of what to do. Then he got a feel for the game and now plays with confidence. Give Raph a chance to string some games together. I know we are going into the finals but I feel that he is getting better each week.
Raph Clarke

Umpires cop Eade rocket
. . . "It happens every time against this mob. The umpires never look at that," an annoyed Eade said when asked if he felt West had received enough protection from the umpires. "I'll have to go through the right channels."
The Article Michael Stevens/HeraldSun/26Aug06

St Kilda sounds warning
. . . Where do you begin? Nick Dal Santo, Luke Ball and Robert Harvey took over the midfield, Sam Fisher, Brendon Goddard and Jason Gram started to rebound effortlessly off half-back and the land-of-the-giants forward line of Gehrig, Riewoldt, Justin Koschitzke and Aaron Hamill caught everything in sight.
The Article Scott Gullan/HeraldSun/26Aug06

Saints confirm finals spot
St Kilda ensured they will take a place in the AFL finals series following an impressive 50-point victory over the Western Bulldogs in their round 21 clash at Docklands on Friday night . . . The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are still in danger of missing out with Geelong and Richmond eight points behind on the ladder. Should the Cats and Tigers win their remaining two matches and the Bulldogs lose to Essendon next Friday night, percentage will decide who claims eighth place. The Bulldogs' woes will be the least of St Kilda's worries however, the boys from Moorabbin having recovered from last Saturday's 58-point thrashing to Fremantle. Fraser Gehrig dominated up forward with eight goals and he was ably assisted by Nick Riewoldt.
The Article ABCSport/25Aug06

Why coaches loose the plot . . . "I crack wobblies like every other coach. But I'm probably seen to be a bit more bland and one-faced. That's because you are forever conscious of it," Thomas said. "For me to be effective I have to be calm. It's very difficult to remain this way all the time but when I'm frazzled and out of control I don't make my best decisions."
The Article Trevor Grant/HeraldSun/25Aug06

Saints show strength can beat pace
. . . "We thought if we were going to get them under pressure, it needed to be by moving the ball quickly in our manner and getting it to the talls," Thomas said. "Can we match them for pace? No, we can't. I don't think anyone can because they're a very, very quick side."
The Article Mark Stevens/HeraldSun/26Aug06

Saints' stars fire in big win over Dogs
St Kilda key forwards Fraser Gehrig and Nick Riewoldt kicked 13 goals between them as the Saints roared back into form . . . It was an encouraging performance by the Saints a fortnight out from the start of the finals series, and an important confidence-booster after last weekend's limp 58-point loss to Fremantle at Subiaco. The 'Dogs were on top in the midfield early, with giant Peter Street dominating the ruck against Cain Ackland, and midfielders Daniel Cross, Matthew Boyd and Adam Cooney taking advantage at ground level. But the Saints worked their way into control in the midfield after quarter-time, helped by a lift in the ruck from Michael Rix and later Justin Koschitzke, allowing their power-packed forward line, dominated by Gehrig and Riewoldt, to do the rest. The Bulldogs shuffled their defenders around on the Saints' talls several times, but Gehrig, who kicked eight goals, and Riewoldt, who kicked five, were too strong and talented for any of them, taking marks with imperious ease at times. Saints' half-forward Brett Voss also chipped in with two goals.
The Article AAP/HeraldSun/25Aug06

Twin peaks dominate Dogs
It was one thing for Nick Riewoldt to have his kicking boots on, but quite another for him to look around the forward line and see three of his biggest, strongest mates close by. The repatriation of Aaron Hamill to the St Kilda team last night meant the Saints' quartet of tall forwards was finally together again, and that has been a rare sight in recent times. It also meant the clash with the Western Bulldogs at Telstra Dome - seventh versus eighth - would be an intriguing contest between height and pace . . . Gehrig had three opponents and two goals within the first few minutes of the match, Hamill started to throw his muscle around and Koschitzke got on the end of one of his kicks.
The Article Chloe Saltau/TheAgeRealFooty/25Aug06

Fans left howling after Foxtel pulls plug
. . . spokesman for the Seven Network, Simon Francis, hit the ball straight back, saying: "We're back in AFL. We're pleased to be a partner with Ten. And there are no plans for a reduction in coverage of AFL on free-to-air television. The ball is now in Foxtel's court.
The Article Matthew Ricketson/TheAgeRealFooty/26Aug06

St Kilda flogs Western Bulldogs 142-92
"We just felt that a taller, more powerful team, if you got the ball moving quickly and got it long to them you'd either mark it or get it to ground and it would put enormous pressure on the opposition and it sort of worked out that way." Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade said. "It was hopefully one of those games where we get smashed and we've just got to move on from it," Eade said. "We've obviously got to learn from it."
The Article AAP/TheAgeRealFooty/25Aug06

AFL all for free TV deal
The AFL has embraced the prospect of channels Seven and Ten broadcasting all eight games each weekend on free-to-air television next year. League chief executive Andrew Demetriou yesterday described as remote the chance of the Seven-Ten consortium finding a pay-TV licensee to offload up to four games a weekend from 2007-11. If that is the case, Seven and Ten will be forced to televise all eight games a weekend between them from next year.
The Article TheAgeRealFooty/26Aug06


". . . Hamill played in short bursts in his return from a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury, and seemed to be labouring towards the end, and Koschitzke, his skull protected by a helmet, continued to work his way back to full match fitness." - Chloe Saltau, The Age RealFooty



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