It’s back to a level with Harry McKay marking uncontested inside-50 and then snapping the set shot.
Early signs looking like this could be a shootout tonight, with some really talented young forwards at either end.
Jack Silvagni is now lining up for the Blues’ second. Walsh and Cripps both getting their hands busy in that play.
And Silvagni’s set shot doesn’t make the distance, play continues.
Fresh off a six-goal haul last week, Max King has the opening major in tonight’s clash with Carlton.
Tim Membrey marked on the lead outside 50 and then put a beautiful ball in front of King, allowing him to mark the ball at its highest point and then goal from 35 metres out.
Rowan Marshall and Tom De Koning doing battle in the ruck – Paddy Ryder a late out of the side tonight.
The match has begun, let’s look at a couple of the early match-ups.
Patrick Cripps and Jack Steele have started next to each other on the ball.
Seb Ross running with Sam Walsh.
And Max King has just taken a mark inside-50 on the lead ahead of Jacob Weitering.
The round hasn’t even kicked off but let’s have one last look at the ladder and the fight for the eight.
8th: GWS Giants, 34 points, 96.6%
9th: Essendon, 32 points, 103.4%
10th: Richmond, 32 points, 98.2%
11th: Fremantle, 32 points, 90.3%
12th: St Kilda, 32 points, 86.9%
13th: Carlton, 28 points, 91.9%
We’re not far off the start of this clash between the Saints and Blues.
But before that, Jack Higgins had a little trouble helping himself to a banana in the pre-game.
How mouthwatering is Max King up against Jacob Weitering?
Weitering would have to be in the All-Australian mix, while King continues to improve as the season progresses.
In 17 matches this season, the 19-year-old has kicked 30 goals and last week took a stunning eight contested marks, all of them inside forward 50, to bag six goals against the Eagles.
While plenty rides on the result tonight, it’s going to be so exciting seeing Charlie Curnow back in the navy blue!
In 58 games, Curnow has won just 10 matches for the Blues, but his last match – in round 15, 2019 – was a win against Fremantle, albeit he injured his knee very early in that contest.
A week earlier, Curnow kicked seven against the Bulldogs!
He’s had a terrific season, Jack Steele. Can it continue tonight?
Marcus Bontempelli looks to have one hand on the Charlie, but Steele is certainly a top-five prospect heading into round 20.
Nicky Winmar was like a man in the middle of a glorious dream from which he did not want to wake.
He could not bear to walk up the race and leave the crazy scene at Moorabbin behind him.
Perched high above the sea of St Kilda fans on somebody’s shoulders, Winmar was punching the air in triumph with a manic, passionate expression on his face. If only the moment could last forever.
Huge news. Paddy Ryder is out of the St Kilda side!