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Burgoyne boots three as Hawks topple Saints in emergency services fundraiser

For the Saints, former Swan Zak Jones, with 30 touches through the midfield, and Dylan Roberton were the stand-outs.

Skipper Jarryn Geary, Jimmy Webster, Roberton and Nathan Brown were strong in defence, with Brown having the better of Jonathon Patton.

Roberton, having returned from a serious heart issue, provided drive from half-back and had at least half-a-dozen intercept marks. Youngster Ben Paton was also a creative force from defence but was on the receiving end of a front-on clash from Tom Scully which came under scrutiny by the umpires.

The Saints were undermanned up forward, with Tim Membrey, Max King, Jack Lonie and Dan Butler rested.

Saints coach Brett Ratten said he was happy with how the club’s young talent had played.

“We were really competitive tonight and to give Jack Bytel, Ryan Byrnes, Leo Connolly and Sam Alabakis the chance to line-up against the likes of Shaun Burgoyne and Jaeger O’Meara was great,” Ratten told the club’s website.

“It gives them a taste at this level and that will hold them in really good stead this year.”

The Saints could make as many as 17 changes come round one of the home-and-away season.

The Hawks face Melbourne in Launceston in their second – and final – community series match next Friday, while the Saints and Collingwood will clash in Morwell on Sunday week.

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