On Tuesday the reign of St Kilda’s second longest serving coach came to an end when Alan Richardson and the club ‘mutually agreed’ for him to resign effective immediately. While his time in charge was a difficult one for the club, there were still moments that filled Saints fans with joy. With this in mind we give you the top five wins of the ‘Richardson Era’.
5. Rd 14, 2015 v Essendon
in truth it was a forgettable game against a horribly mismatched opponent, but this would prove to be the largest win of Richardson’s tenure and the largest win over Essendon. So for both those reasons it makes it’s way onto this list.
With a 37-point lead at the main break the Saints had the match well in hand. Playing with flair and daring against a woeful opponent the second half performance turned it into a percentage boosting win that would bring an end to James Hird’s time as Essendon’s coach.
ESSENDON 1.0 5.1 7.3 8.4 (52)
ST KILDA 5.3 10.8 17.9 25.12 (162)
Essendon: Hooker 3, Heppell 2,Cooney, Daniher, Hibberd
St Kilda: Bruce 5,Riewoldt 4, Montagna 2, Weller 2, Armitage 2, Sinclair 2, Membrey 2, Newnes, Lonie, Webster, Savage, Schneider, Dunstan
Essendon: Heppell, Hurley, McKernan
St Kilda: Armitage, Steven, Lonie, Roberton, Dempster, Bruce, Montagna, Longer
4. Rd 15, 2018 v Melbourne
The 2018 season had been an unmitigated disaster with the Saints tasting victory just twice before this encounter with Melbourne at the MCG. Rather than this one becoming just another sad afternoon in a sorry season, the Saints produced their best game of the season to defeat the finals bound Demons.
Thrown into the midfield with great effect, Jade Gresham had one of his best games for the club capped off with four goals when resting forward. Jake Carlisle and Jack Billings were also instrumental as the Saints built a substantial lead.
A late Demons surge meant a nervous finish, but the Saints held on by two points on the back of a herculean final quarter from Jack Steven.
MELBOURNE 4.2 9.3 11.6 18.9 (117)
ST KILDA 4.3 11.6 14.10 18.11 (119)
Melbourne: Fritsch 4, Harmes 3, Hogan 3, Brayshaw 2, Petracca, Tyson, T.McDonald, Neal-Bullen, Melksham, Lewis
St Kilda: Gresham 4, Membrey 4, McCartin 2, Savage, Steele, Clark, Newnes, Armitage, Billings, Battle, Steven
Melbourne: Gawn, Brayshaw, Harmes, Viney
St Kilda: Carlisle, Billings, Gresham, Sinclair, Steele, Steven, Armitage
3. Rd 6, 2015 v Western Bulldogs
When Jake Stringer taunted Nick Riewoldt as the two teams went to the half-time break, not even the most optimistic Saints supporter would have predicted what was to follow. That it would be the Bulldogs who scored first on the resumption after the half-time melee made it even more unlikely given the Saints had fallen 55-points behind.
Yet somehow from this moment on, the team kicked 12 of the next 14 goals to produce one of the greatest comebacks in League history. David Armitage was immense in the middle, collecting 40+ disposals, but Jack Billings was the story of the day with four last quarter goals to complete the remarkable victory.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 3.3 10.3 11.6 13.9 (87)
ST KILDA 2.2 2.3 9.6 14.10 (94)
Western Bulldogs: Stringer 4, Picken 2, Goodes, Stevens, Wood, Crameri, Dahlhaus, Cordy, Honeychurch
St Kilda: Billings 4, Sinclair 2, Hickey 2, Schneider, Riewoldt, Lonie, Dunstan, Bruce, Armitage
Western Bulldogs: Picken, Stringer, Johannisen, Dickson, Macrae, Goodes Wood
St Kilda: Armitage, Billings, Steven, Schneider, Fisher, Newnes, Sinclair
2. Rd 14, 2016 v Geelong
Facing the top team in the competition, there weren’t many prepared to give the Saints much hope in this one at Etihad Stadium. Despite this, or perhaps in spite of it, on the back of almost maniacal pressure the Saints jumped their more fancied opponents in the first half and led by 24-points at the long break.
The Cats charged back into the contest in the second half and grabbed a nine point lead in the final quarter. In the face of the onslaught, St Kilda refused to yield. A piece of Jade Gresham magic, followed by a goal from best on ground Jack Steven, helped them retake the lead late and hold on for a memorable victory.
ST KILDA 4.2 8.6 12.8 14.9 (93)
GEELONG 1.4 4.6 10.9 13.12 (90)
St Kilda: Minchington 3, Wright 2, Newnes 2, Weller 2, McCartin, Bruce, Membrey, Gresham, Steven
Geelong: McCarthy 3, Hawkins 3, Kersten, Lonergan, Dangerfield, Menzel, Murdoch, Blicavs, Motlop
St Kilda: Steven, Ross, Riewoldt, Dunstan, Minchington, Gresham, Weller
Geelong: Selwood, Dangerfield, Henderson, Blicavs, Taylor, Guthrie, McCarthy
1. Rd 16, 2017 v Richmond
Unquestionably the high water mark of Alan Richardson’s time with St Kilda, the second Maddie’s Match against Richmond was the most complete performance of the last six years. While Richmond was destined for that years flag, and St Kilda another year in the finals wilderness, you wouldn’t have known it from watching this game.
In a withering first half barrage, the Saints would kick 14 goals to one and leave the Tigers in their wake. A masterclass from Nick Riewoldt on Alex Rance one of the highlights on a night that the team’s pressure looked certain to take them deep into September.
ST KILDA 5.3 14.8 19.8 21.12 (138)
RICHMOND 1.3 1.4 4.9 10.11 (71)
St Kilda: Membrey 5, Riewoldt 3, Bruce 2, Stevens 2, Gresham 2, Montagna 2, Ross, Billings, Longer, Steven, McKenzie
Richmond: Castagna 2, Cotchin, Caddy, Grigg, Martin, Butler, Lloyd, Ellis, Riewoldt
St Kilda: Ross, Steven,Riewoldt, Montagna, Stevens, Steele, Membrey, Sinclair, Longer
Richmond: Lambert, Grigg, Ellis, Edwards, Astbury