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St Kilda continues march

By Guy Hand 30/05/2004 07:59:56 PM Comments (0)

Unstoppable St Kilda put a premiership swagger in its step, stretching its unbeaten AFL run to 10 games with a clinical 108-point demolition of Carlton at Telstra Dome.

Spearheaded by nine goals from full forward Fraser Gehrig and six from small forward Stephen Milne, the Saints were relentless in their 31.10 (196) to 13.10 (88) victory.

A stunning 12-goal second term - St Kilda's best quarter in its history - set up a win built on a level of pressure and intensity Carlton coach Denis Pagan said he had rarely seen in his time as a coach.

"From the first bounce, every time we got the ball we seemed to be under enormous pressure - pressure like they've never experienced before," Pagan said.

"I reckon that pressure turned us into really panicking. We couldn't get a clear possession and some of the decisions we made just compounded it.

"Their midfield was absolutely outstanding. They just took us to the cleaners."

Captain Lenny Hayes, Nick Dal Santo and Aussie Jones led the assault out of the centre, hitting stride in the second quarter as the league leader kicked 12 goals to Carlton's two in powering to an 87-point halftime lead.

The Saints extended the lead to 97 by three-quarter time and didn't ease up in the final term, stretching their advantage over 100 points.

Hayes finished with 37 possessions, Dal Santo had 32 and Jones 25 as St Kilda went on to kick the biggest score against Carlton in history.

Not since North Melbourne kicked 193 points against the Blues in 1983 has Carlton conceded as many points.

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