Both teams were on 66 points at the end of the fourth quarter, forcing the match into two five-minute halves of extra time.
The Saints kicked the first goal in extra time through Nick Riewoldt, but the Pies responded through Josh Fraser and despite a couple of squandered chances, were able to sneak home by one point, 2.8.8 (74) to 1.9.10 (73).
The Saints were on the back foot early after two nine-point super goals from the Pies and trailed by 24 points at the first change. A super goal from Brendon Goddard and goal from Fergus Watts helped the Satins pull within 15 points at the main break and after four goals and a super goal – from Riewoldt – in the third term, the 2004 pre-season champs were in front by five points at the last change.
They looked set for victory when they kicked the first two goals of the final term, but the Pies managed to kick the final two of the match to grab the lead. With the Saints trailing by two points Stephen Milne hit the post with the ball rebounding back into play. Goddard and Fraser Gehrig then kicked points, with the spearhead’s effort coming from just 30m out after the siren to level the scores. The Pies rallied from their early setback in the ‘fifth quarter’ and Josh Fraser put them back in front for good with a goal early in the sixth term.
Collingwood 2.2.1, 2.3.2, 2.4.4, 2.7.6, 18.104.22.168 (Fraser, Licuria 2) d St Kilda 0.1.0, 1.2.2, 1.6.6, 1.8.9, 22.214.171.124 (Riewoldt 3, Harvey, Goddard 2).
Other results —
West Coast 126.96.36.199 (Judd, Cousins, Embley, Stenglein) lost to Fremantle 188.8.131.52 (McPharlin 6, Longmuir 3). Fremantle has sent a warning to its WA rival that it won’t be playing second fiddle in 2006 with an authoritative win.
Adelaide 184.108.40.206 (Hentschel 6, Perrie, Burton 4, Goodwin 2) d Port Adelaide 0.8.7 .55 (P.Burgoyne, Motlop, Tredrea 2). Adelaide humiliated local rival Port Adelaide. The Crows forward line was in ominous form.
Carlton 220.127.116.11 (Fisher, Fevola 2) lost to Geelong 0.15.8.98 (Kingsley 9, Lonergan 2). Kingsley dominated the first term, when he nailed five goals, and in the last, when he kicked his fourth goal for the quarter after the siren.
Hawthorn 18.104.22.168 (Williams 5, Bateman 2) d Richmond 0.11.9.75 (Deledio, Hyde, Stafford 2). Five goals to Williams, including two in the final five minutes, sealed a win for Hawthorn.
Kangaroos 22.214.171.124 (Thompson, Grant 2) d Sydney 0.5.7.37 (Matthews, Brabazon, Doyle, Grundy, Moore 1). An undermanned Sydney line up was no match for the dashing Kangaroos, who were never threatened after a strong first quarter.
Western Bulldogs 1.7.12 .63 (Murphy 4) lost to Melbourne 0.9.15.69 (Davey, Robertson 3). The Demons were able to hold on and win by a goal in the humid, wet conditions in Darwin.
Brisbane 126.96.36.199 (Brennan, Clark 3) d Essendon 188.8.131.52 (Lucas 3). After leading all night, the Bombers were unable to hold on, as the powerful Lions snatched victory late.
Next week —
– Brisbane v Melbourne, Telstra Dome, Fri 3 Mar 7:40pm
– Hawthorn v Adelaide, Aurora Stad, Sat 4 Mar 6:40pm
– Kangaroos v Geelong, Cazaly Stad, Sat 4 Mar 7:45pm
– Fremantle v Collingwood, Subiaco, Sun 5 Mar 4:10pm