St Kilda surge to their best start to an AFL season in 13 YEARS with win over Gold Coast

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St Kilda surge to their best start to an AFL season in 13 YEARS as Jack Higgins kicks five goals on return from concussion to help down the Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium

  • St Kilda defeated the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium on Saturday
  •  It was the club’s fourth straight win after opening the season with a loss
  • The Saints had not won four games straight since midway through 2020
  • It is the best start to a season since 2009 when the club won 19 straight

St Kilda’s hot start to the 2022 season has continued with a dominant third-quarter and a career-best five goals from returning forward Jack Higgins inspiring the Saints to a 13.9 (87) to 9.7 (61) victory over the Gold Coast Suns.

Higgins was enormous against Richmond two weeks ago but missed last week’s win over Hawthorn after his head slammed into the turf in the Tigers match.

Higgins underwent two rounds of brain surgery in 2019 which made his most recent bout of concussion even more scary.

St Kilda registered their fourth win on the trot after beating Gold Coast on Saturday

St Kilda registered their fourth win on the trot after beating Gold Coast on Saturday 

Jack Hayes celebrates as the Saints climbed to third on the ladder at Marvel Stadium

Jack Hayes celebrates as the Saints climbed to third on the ladder at Marvel Stadium

However the small forward returned like he never left, picking up where he left off against Richmond including kicking two goals as part of a five-goal run by St Kilda in the third quarter.

It is St Kilda’s best start to a season since their dominant 2009 campaign where the Saints won 19 in a row before ultimately falling to Geelong in the grand final. It propels the Saints to third on the AFL ladder, pending results in the remaining matches of the round.

The Saints dominated the midfield and were highly effective on the flanks, sharing the load with Seb Ross, captain Jack Steele, Jack Sinclair, Brad Crouch, Daniel McKenzie, Josh Battle and Jade Gresham in his 100th AFL match all finishing with 20 or more disposals.

Saturday's win means the Saints have enjoyed their best start to a season in 13 years

Saturday’s win means the Saints have enjoyed their best start to a season in 13 years 

The icing on the cake was when Gresham kicked the match-sealing goal in his milestone match. 

Former Saints player and two-time All Australian Leigh Montagna said the Saints efficency was what made them so lethal.

‘That’s been a strength of theirs all year, the number one team in the competition at scoring when they get the ball inside 50. They move it so quick on retransition through the corridor, going to be hard for any defender to stop that,’ he said. 

Rising forward Max King also drew level with Brisbane Lion Joe Daniher at the top of the Coleman Medal tally with three goals for the match.

 The Saints went into the clash without star ruckman Paddy Ryder, who lost his bid to have a suspension overturned at the AFL tribunal, while coach Brett Ratten was also absent through Covid protocols.

St Kilda hero Max King celebrates with supporters after contributing to his side's victory

St Kilda hero Max King celebrates with supporters after contributing to his side’s victory

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