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St Kilda Stuns Sydney with Upset Win in AFL Thriller



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In a thrilling encounter at Marvel Stadium, the Sydney Swans were left reeling by a stunning upset victory from St Kilda. Despite late chances for Tom Papley and Logan McDonald, the Swans couldn’t convert, allowing the Saints to clinch a 13.6 (84) to 11.16 (82) win. St Kilda mounted a remarkable comeback, kicking eight of the last ten goals, with young gun Mattaes Phillipou leading the charge.

The standout performances of Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera, Liam Henry, and Jack Higgins contributed significantly to St Kilda’s triumph, showcasing relentless contested ball work and potent attacking plays. The Swans, on the other hand, struggled in the second half, managing only 3.11 in total.

St Kilda’s early pressure set the tone for the game, disrupting the Swans’ rhythm and forcing them into errors. Despite a strong showing towards the end of the second quarter, the Swans couldn’t maintain their lead as St Kilda rallied with dominant play in the third quarter. The Saints capitalized on turnovers and swift counters, spearheaded by the likes of Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera and Liam Henry.

While Sydney exhibited flashes of brilliance through players like Errol Gulden, Chad Warner, and Ollie Florent, their inability to capitalize on forward entries proved costly. St Kilda’s defensive resilience and efficient ball movement turned the tide in their favor, leading to a memorable upset victory over the ladder-leaders.

Rachel Adams

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