AFLW boilover: Saints get first win over wasteful Demons

THERE'S a new G-Train in town.

Bullocking forward Caitlin Greiser rubber-stamped her status as a St Kilda cult hero with two goals in a match-winning performance over Melbourne.

AFLW Match Highlights: St Kilda v Melbourne

04:41 Feb 21. 2020. 9:36 PM

The Saints and Demons clash in Round 3 of the AFLW

The Demons led for most of the evening, but it all turned once Greiser took a mark close to the boundary line midway through the final term and launched a bomb from 50 metres.

That outstanding effort handed St Kilda a 3.1 (19) to 1.8 (14) victory, its first ever in the NAB AFL Women's Competition.

SAINTS BE PRAISED Full match details and stats

Third-gamer Greiser spent the last two years in the VFLW and trailed only Collingwood's Jaimee Lambert in the goalkicking.

Greiser's partner in crime was the speedy Kate McCarthy, who set the tone with five bone-crunching tackles and broke the game open with 11 disposals.

The evening was soured slightly after Melbourne suffered another serious knee injury, with Maddy Guerin being assisted off in the second quarter.

Demon goes down in soul-crushing fashion

00:29 Feb 21. 2020. 8:08 PM

Maddy Guerin suffers a knee injury after dropping to the ground without any contact

The Demons believe ­­Guerin has dislocated her patella, but will wait for scans to confirm that.

Melbourne has already suffered three ACL blows this season to Ainslie Kemp, Shae Sloane and Katherine Smith.

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Karen Paxman was the stand out for Melbourne with 26 disposals, bolstering her claim to the throne as the most in-form player in the league.

The moment
Greiser's magnificent goal from outside 50 might have had a little assistance from the wind, but it was no doubt the standout moment of the game. With eight minutes left, the third-gamer had the composure of a ten-year veteran to slot the match-winner from a very tough angle.

The new G-Train bombs one home

00:44 Feb 21. 2020. 8:57 PM

Caitlin Greiser is earning the new moniker after a monster goal from the arc

ALL ABOARD A new G-Train is steaming through St Kilda

Who's that?
Melbourne fans would have been frustrated watching several shots get swallowed up right on the goal line by St Kilda co-captain Rhiannon Watt. With a breeze favouring one side of the ground, Watt tracked back to take several key marks and keep the Saints afloat under serious pressure.

The first blow
St Kilda is getting better every week, with the chemistry up forward starting to click. Greiser tapped on a ball that allowed McCarthy to boot the ball deep towards the goals. Instead of registering a score, the ball stayed in and McCarthy was able to get it again in the pocket, before Greiser received a free kick straight in front en route to her first goal.

Greiser gets past three and Guttridge goals with glee

00:28 Feb 21. 2020. 8:28 PM

Darcy Guttridge scores easily with Caitlin Greiser taking on three Demon defenders

One to watch
Sinead Goldrick was a standout in the first quarter for Melbourne before sitting out the rest of the game under the concussion protocol. The Irish recruit seemed to find the football with ease and looked promising in her limited game time.

Say what?
"
It was pretty special, I think that was the start of my speech tonight, it was a Friday night footy special." – St Kilda coach Peta Searle.

"If we kicked a little straighter we might be on the right end, but fundamentally the way we played we just didn't execute and play our roles the way we would have liked." – Melbourne coach Mick Stinear.

"I was actually a little bit disappointed that we didn't stop the game, because she was kind of in the middle of it." – St Kilda forward Kate McCarthy said in response to when Melbourne's Guerin went down with an injury.


"Kate McCarthy, I was standing with her when it happened and she was telling me that we've got to stop the play and I was telling her to get on with it. It was nice to have her concerned, it's good that she's so empathetic." – Daisy Pearce on when Guerin injured her knee.

What's next?
Melbourne faces Collingwood at Marvel Stadium next Friday at 5.40pm AEDT in a double-header with the State of Origin match for bushfire relief. St Kilda hosts Fremantle at RSEA Park on Sunday March 1 at 3.10pm AEDT.

Saints duo combine with a tap, 1-2, and goal assist

00:44 Feb 21. 2020. 7:57 PM

Kate McCarthy and Caitlin Greiser team up and take advantage of the open field to kick the opening major.

ST KILDA             1.0     2.0     2.0     3.1     (19)
MELBOURNE     1.4     1.5     1.8     1.8     (14)

GOALS
St Kilda:
 Greiser 2, Guttridge
Melbourne: Scott

BEST 
St Kilda:
 Greiser, Lucas-Rodd, Watt, Vesely, Guttridge, Drennan
Melbourne: Paxman, O'Dea, Gay, Pearce, Hore, Zanker

INJURIES 
St Kilda:
 Nil 
Melbourne: Guerin (knee), Goldrick (concussion)

LATE CHANGES
St Kilda:
 Nil
Melbourne: Nil

Reports: Nil

Crowd: 4012 at RSEA Park

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