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Saints honour Harvey again with win

By Roger Vaughan 30/06/2007 10:06:29 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda have honoured Robert Harvey again, holding on in the last term to beat Richmond by 17 points in their AFL match at Telstra Dome.

Harvey was best for the Saints as they first broke clear in the final quarter and then withstanding the Tigers' late charge to win 17.15 (117) to 15.10 (100).

The Saints legend played his 350th game in last week's outstanding upset win over West Coast in Subiaco.

The club marked the milestone at home this time, with children wearing his No.35 jumper forming a guard of honour for the team as it ran out onto the ground.

Harvey had 28 disposals as St Kilda notched their fifth win for the season.

But their ongoing injury curse continued, with key defender Max Hudghton suffering a hamstring injury during the first quarter.

This was only Hudghton's fifth game this season because of injury.

Fraser Gehrig, returning from a hand injury, kicked five goals and fellow Nick Riewoldt was also important with four goals.

Despite the height advantage to Riewoldt, Richmond persisted with Andrew Raines as his opponent throughout the match.

Saints midfielder Leigh Montagna was awesome in the final term, picking up 15 possessions.

Emerging Tigers midfielder Nathan Foley was again superb, picking up 21 disposals.

He also twice burst out of the centre to kick booming goals on the run.

The lead changed 12 times in the first three terms, with St Kilda having the biggest lead of 11 points during the opening quarter.

Richmond frequently looked the better side, especially when they went forward, but were never to gain a break on the Saints.

The Saints finally broke the deadlock with five goals to one at the start of the final term for a lead of 28 points.

But the Tigers rallied, kicking three of the next four goals to trail by only 17 points at 23 minutes.

St Kilda was then able to control play, with no more scoring for the rest of the game.

Kayne Pettifer kicked four goals for the Tigers and Matthew Richardson put through three, while Nathan Brown continued to show encouraging signs in his second game for the season.

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