Saints march over Suns

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES: Stephen Milne is embraced by Lenny Hayes at Etihad Stadium yesterday.
SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES: Stephen Milne is embraced by Lenny Hayes at Etihad Stadium yesterday. Photo Michael Dodgegetty IMAGES

ST KILDA veterans Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna, Nick Dal Santo, Lenny Hayes and Stephen Milne turned back the clock yesterday to show the young Gold Coast side the work ethic required to be successful in the AFL.

The Suns laid a paltry 27 tackles for the game, eventually going down by 46 points, 17.14 (116) to 10.10 (70).

Milne and Riewoldt finished the game with four goals each, Milne acknowledging after the match he would play his last game for the club against Fremantle on Saturday.

Riewoldt was unstoppable all afternoon, also taking 15 marks, 10 of them inside the 50m arc - the most by any player this season.

Montagna also turned in one of his best performances of 2013, finishing with 33 possessions and three goals.

While the Saints are in re-building mode, the good news for fans yesterday was that Hayes would play on for one more season in 2014.

Gold Coast played like a team that cannot wait for the season to end, captain Gary Ablett again well held by Saints tagger Clinton Jones.

Ablett had been unbackable to win the Brownlow Medal a month ago, but a run of average games by his standards has seen the likes of Geelong's Joel Selwood come right into contention for the award.

Topics:  afl gold coast suns st kilda

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