St Kilda’s rollercoaster AFL season has soared to new heights with coach Brett Ratten hailing the Saints’ upset of Brisbane because the membership’s finest.
The Saints recorded a 3rd straight win to spoil Lions captain Dayne Zorko’s 2 hundredth AFL sport in a 32-point victory at Metricon Stadium on Saturday evening.
Their season gave the impression to be shot once they coughed up a 36-point result in lose to strugglers Adelaide a month in the past.
However their conquer the Lions takes St Kilda to 8-8, with solely a poor proportion conserving them outdoors of the top-eight.
“We have gained some video games, nevertheless it hasn’t gone for the 4 quarters we have been after,” Ratten mentioned.
“In opposition to the standard opposition that Brisbane are, I believe it was our greatest efficiency up to now this 12 months.”
Whereas glad with knocking over a premiership contender, Ratten is just not getting forward of himself with the Saints having a tricky run house.
“We have had a really chequered first half of the 12 months and even video games that we have gained we have had lapses,” he mentioned.
“We’re simply going to maintain chipping away and I do not wish to sound boring however that is only a actuality for us.”
After making finals for the primary time since 2011 final 12 months, the Saints have been smashed by key gamers being unavailable this season.
However midfielder Zak Jones made a welcome return in opposition to the Lions, becoming a member of ruckman Rowan Marshall, who has made a staggering distinction since coming again for the round-15 win over Richmond.
Luke Dunstan was out-of-favour earlier within the 12 months however he has returned in career-best kind, including one other dimension to the Saints’ midfield.
“It is a fantastic story,” Ratten mentioned.
“That is what places a smile in your face if you get to see any individual do this and get the rewards.
“He did not drop his bundle, he simply saved working arduous.”