Youthful Bombers stun Saints in AFL

2021-04-03 14:01:45

Essendon have kickstarted their AFL season and left a listless St Kilda of their wake in a surprising 75-point thrashing at Marvel Stadium.

Heavy underdogs heading into Saturday’s sport, the Bombers ran riot for a thumping 22.11 (143) to 9.14 (68) victory.

The Bombers had been coming off two losses and accidents to Dylan Shiel, Jye Caldwell and Sam Draper, whereas skipper Dyson Heppell was additionally sidelined.

However in his first sport for the 12 months Jake Stringer was at his explosive greatest – organising the victory with a surprising four-goal first half, whereas Darcy Parish (34 disposals) and Zach Merrett (34 disposals) had been excellent by way of the midfield.

Cale Hooker snagged 5 objectives, whereas Jordan Ridley (35 disposals, 10 marks) was commanding in defence and draftee Nik Cox impressed all day.

It was a horror time out for the Saints who, bar skipper Jack Steele (35 disposals) had been overwhelmed on all fronts and misplaced gun midfielder Jade Gresham to a suspected achilles damage within the second quarter.

The Bombers had been frenetic from the opening bounce, with relentless strain and youthful enthusiasm coming to the fore.

Stringer began within the center with Merrett and Parish however pushed ahead to get Essendon off the mark within the opening minute.

He then arrange Cox to snap Essendon’s second and the Bombers kicked on from there – taking a 19-point lead into quarter-time.

St Kilda’s day went from dangerous to worse when Gresham needed to be helped off the sector by trainers within the second quarter, changed instantly by medical substitute Ben Lengthy.

In the meantime the Bombers booted six objectives – together with three from Stringer – to St Kilda’s one for the quarter to take a 49-point lead into the principle break.

Essendon activated medical substitute Tom Cutler within the third quarter for Mason Redman (hamstring) and whereas they eased off, nonetheless prolonged their result in 61 factors on the last change.

They then added one other six within the final time period, condemning the Saints to a 1-2 begin.

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