The crucial contest will carry even more importance with the game also representing the seventh instalment of ‘Maddie’s Match’, a fundraising tribute to Maddie Riewoldt, the late sister of Saints legend Nick Riewoldt, who lost her battle with aplastic anaemia in 2015.
St Kilda looked destined to head into the contest at one win and four losses when they trailed West Coast by more than five goals midway through the third quarter.
But a stunning turn-around saw the Saints kick the last eight goals and put their season back on track.
New recruit Brad Crouch, who was impressive with 26 disposals and 12 tackles, says he’s proud the team was able to work its way through difficult circumstances.
“It was a bit scary for us at times, we sort of felt like we were playing decent enough footy but weren’t getting the results early days,” Crouch said.
“We didn’t start well at all and at half-time we still felt like we were doing a lot right and it wasn’t far away from turning.
“It turned pretty quick when it did.”
Meanwhile Nick Riewoldt isn’t at all surprised about the success of the man who took his number, Max King.
The 20-year-old, playing in his just 21st game, was one of the most influential players on the ground, booting five goals.
The man who wore the famous number 12 before him said it’s of little surprise that King is developing so early in his career.
“I’ve got my ear to the ground here and know how certain guys go about their work, and everything that I hear is that he’s a really diligent, professional person who wants to get the best out of himself,” Riewoldt said.
“You combine that with the raw natural talent that we’ve all seen, and it’s no surprise he got the result on the weekend.”
Riewoldt, who will lead a bike ride for his late sister on Thursday, said he’s proud of what the annual game between St Kilda and Richmond has become.
“Six years ago when we started this journey, it was really under-resourced and an issue that not many people had much awareness about,” he said.
“We feel like we’ve been able to take some strides and make some significant gains in that area but there’s still a fight to be had, so that’s why we’ll continue to do things like Maddie’s Match and Ride for Maddie on Thursday.”
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Sam McClure is a sport reporter for The Age and winner of ‘best news reporter’ at the AFL Media Association awards.
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