Essendon coach Ben Rutten spoke to the media after the game…
This former champion hasn’t been too impressed with the round three action so far…
Parish (34 disposals), Stringer (four goals), Ridley (35 disposals), Hooker (five goals), Merrett (34 disposals), Nick Hind (25) and Devon Smith (26) were fantastic for the Bombers.
For the Saints, skipper Steele led by example with 35 touches and a goal, while Higgins (three goals) and Billings (two) also tried hard.
Amazingly, Steele was the only St Kilda player in the top 11 ball winners on the ground today. That was a really insipid performance from Brett Ratten’s side and not many people saw that coming, let alone against Essendon.
What an incredible victory by the Bombers. Who picked that one? Season 2021 already throwing up heaps of massive upsets.
After being thumped by Port Adelaide last week, Essendon turn the tables dramatically to smash St Kilda by 75 points.
That was the Bombers’ biggest win in seven years, and their biggest victory over St Kilda in 18 years, and 22.11.143 is their biggest score in eight years.
It was certainly one of the most complete Essendon performances of the past decade, and it showed on the scoreboard.
They absolutely dominated the disposals 439-326 and the fact that they also comfortably won the tackles 51-33 illustrates how pathetic the Saints were today.
Essendon also convincingly won the marks 136-95 and had the edge in the clearances 33-27, inside 50s 56-53, contested possessions 121-120, free kicks 22-18.
Hind had to leave the game for a period due to a cut mouth sustained in a heavy head clash, but he has been one of Essendon’s best players today with 24 touches, 9 marks, 5 score involvements, a goal assist and 376 metres gained – and he’ll be extra happy that he played so well against his old side St Kilda.
A dirty day gets even dirtier for the Saints with Zak Jones hobbling from the ground with what looks like a lower leg injury.
They already lost Gresham earlier in the day to a seemingly serious Achilles injury.
The Bombers have their sights on a 100-point win here. They have kicked five of the first six goals of the final quarter to lead by 83 points, 21.10.136 to 7.11.53.
There’s still over 12 minutes of playing time left and if the Saints aren’t careful, this will certainly be a triple-figure final margin.
This has been one of Essendon’s best performances of the past decade and Parish has been the stand out for them with career-highs in disposals (32) and metres gained (529).
Good news for Essendon with Hind cleared to return to the game after suffering a heavy knock to the head in the third quarter.
There’s not much that can be salvaged from this game for St Kilda.
With a quarter still to be played, they trail by a whopping 61 points, 6.9.45 to 16.10.106.
Essendon’s big ball winners are Parish (27), Merrett (26), Ridley (26) and Ham (23) while Stringer (four) and Hooker (three) have combined for seven goals.
Captain Steele can hold his head high for the Saints with 23 touches and a goal while Billings had had 14 and two majors.
At three-quarter time, the Bombers have had 99 more disposals (327-228) but have also laid 13 more tackles (36-23) which is an indictment on the effort levels and work rate of the Saints.
Essendon have also dominated the clearances (27-18), with Parish (9) leading the way with a third of all their clearances.
Nick Hind going to the rooms with the club doctor after his head clash with Hunter Clark.
Bleeding has stopped from his mouth, but he may be heading for a concussion test.
The Bombers have already used their medical sub, Tom Cutler, to replace Mason Redman.