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NICK Riewoldt and Nick Dal Santo were able to celebrate their milestone games at the MCG on Saturday evening, with St Kilda defeating Melbourne by 35 points.
Neither of the 250-game players starred in the 16.8 (104) to 10.9 (69) victory, and indeed it was their long-time teammate Leigh Montagna who was best on ground as the Saints won for just the third time this year.
St Kilda stalwarts Nick Riewoldt and Nick Dal Santo get chaired off the ground.
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ST KILDA 7.2 10.3 15.6 16.8 (104)
MELBOURNE 3.0 5.4 7.5 10.9 (69)
St Kilda: Riewoldt 3, Koschitzke 2, Ray 2, Jones, Dennis-Lane, Montagna, Ross, Dempster, Stanley, Armitage, Milera, Geary
Melbourne: Watts 2, Howe 2, Kent, Blease, Dawes, Jones, Byrnes, Fitzpatrick
St Kilda: Montagna, Steven, Ray, Roberton, Dal Santo, Gwilt
Melbourne: Garland, N. Jones, Blease, McDonald, Spencer, Clisby
St Kilda: Fisher (foot), replaced in selected side by Murdoch, McEvoy (concussion)
St Kilda: Ben McEvoy subbed out for Jimmy Webster in the third quarter
Melbourne: Chris Dawes (ill) subbed out for Daniel Nicholson in the fourth quarter
Reports: Spencer (Melbourne) reported for head-high frontal contact against McEvoy in the second quarter
Umpires: Dalgleish, Ryan, McInerney
Official crowd: 28,751 at the MCG
Riewoldt kicked three goals – two of them as the result of soft free kicks – and truth be told, lowered his colours to Melbourne youngster Tom McDonald.
Dal Santo was typically industrious with 28 possessions, but the key to the win was Montagna, the best midfielder on the ground with 35 possessions. Jack Steven was also great for the Saints, particularly early, with 30 touches including a game-high nine clearances.
It was a big week for both clubs. The Saints had the milestone celebrations and the dramas surrounding Stephen Milne, while the Demons were playing their first match under interim coach Neil Craig following the sacking last Monday of Mark Neeld.
It should have made for a frantic opening, but the Saints dominated early with three goals in the opening five minutes, before the Demons registered their first kick in the match. Steven was pivotal St Kilda's flying start and was the dominant player in the first term, in which the Saints kicked seven goals to three to lead by 26 points.The Saints were never really threatened thereafter. Melbourne put together some decent bursts in patches and certainly Craig and the hardy few Melbourne supporters among the 28,751 at the MCG would have taken some encouragement from parts of the match.