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2023 NAB AFLW Season 8
Essendon v St Kilda
Round 2 •
40 6.4
Full Time
28 4.4
Bombers Won By 12
Windy Hill,  Melbourne  • Wurundjeri
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    Game Day Guide: Round 2 v Essendon

    Everything you need to know heading into Sunday's Round 2 match between St Kilda and Essendon.

    With a quick bounce back front of mind, the Saints are jetting off to Windy Hill as a bruising battle with the Bombers awaits.

    Round 2

    Essendon v St Kilda
    Sunday 10 September
    3:05pm AEST, Windy Hill
    Broadcast live on Channel 7, Fox Footy, Kayo and the AFL Official Live App

    Click here to secure your tickets to Sunday's match between the Saints and Bombers.

    Tickets to our remaining games of the season can be viewed in our AFLW Ticketing Hub.

    There is limited street parking available around Windy Hill, so it is recommended that all patrons are use public transport to arrive at the venue.

    Windy Hill is only a short 650m walk from Essendon Station, which can be accessed via train, bus and tram. Make sure you plan your journey ahead of time so you don't miss a minute of the action.

    Important game day information to note:

    • There are multiple mobile food and beverage options located at various points in the ground.
    • Bringing your own chair is not permitted at AFLW games. Seated options will be available in the Reynolds or Cookson Stands.  
    • Pets are not allowed inside the Windy Hill precinct on game day. If you have a service pet, please bring necessary documentation to ensure you and your pet are welcomed into the stadium.  

    An early hop from the Roos proved a bridge too far for the Saints to overcome, seeing season opener honours go the way of the home side.

    North held St Kilda scoreless for the first half, and despite a pluckier third term which was largely controlled by Nick Dal Santo's side, couldn't capitalise fully on their momentum.

    Nicola Xenos and Hannah Priest combined for 21 tackles, Olivia Vesely left nothing in the tank as she battled against the Roos' seasoned on-ballers, while Bianca Jakobsson fought hard in defence against former Saint, Kate Shierlaw.

    NORTH MELBOURNE  3.3  5.6  5.7  8.8 (56)
    ST KILDA  0.0  0.0  1.4  2.4 (16)

    GOALS
    North Melbourne:
    King 2, Randall 2, Garner, O'Loughlin, Shierlaw, Tripodi
    St Kilda: Patrikios, Stuart

    BEST
    North Melbourne:
    Garner, Riddell, Shierlaw, King, Kearney, Smith
    St Kilda: Xenos, Priest, Patrikios, Stuart, Vesely

    Follow St Kilda's official social media channels for all the latest news and behind-the-scenes action on game day.

    Join the conversation and show your support through InstagramFacebook and X by using the official hashtags #SaintsFooty and #AFLWDonsSaints.

    Visit the official Saints Match Centre for live in-game stats, highlights, news and other updates.

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    Saints pick up steam, but Bombers prevail in Windy Hill revival

    St Kilda put up the good fight, but it wasn't enough to spoil Essendon's Windy Hill homecoming.

    A surging St Kilda surge came close to derailing Essendon's historic first AFLW fixture at Windy Hill, but the Bombers held firm when it mattered most to bank a 12-point win and contnue its unbeaten start to the season.

    Prolific midfielder Madison Prespakis starred again with a game-high 29 disposals in the Bombers' 6.4 (40) to 4.4 (28) victory on Sunday.

    It was Essendon's first game at its spiritual home in a national competition - either men's or women's - since August 1991.

    SAINTS MATCH CENTRE: View all news, stats and videos from Round 2

    Prespakis continued her hot form, winning 15 contested possessions and five clearances to lead her side to victory. Georgia Gee (19 touches, one goal), co-captain Bonnie Toogood (17, one), Sophie Alexander (19 disposals) and Brooke Walker (15, six clearances) were also strong contributors the Bombers.

    The Bombers' win came at a cost, with co-captain Steph Cain undergoing a concussion test during the final quarter after her head met the turf in a tackle from Jaimee Lambert. Cain (13 disposals) also hurt her right shoulder earlier in a physical encounter.

    Lambert starred for St Kilda with 25 touches, six clearances and a goal, while Tyanna Smith (13 disposals, five clearances) and Georgia Patrikios (15, two) worked hard.

    Round 2 v Essendon

    Essendon was dominant early and grabbed the ascendancy with three straight goals in the opening 10 minutes.

    The Saints gradually dragged their way back into the contest, kicking four of the next five majors to level the scores midway through the third quarter.

    But the Bombers steadied late in the third term and turned for home 12 points in front.

    Neither side managed to score in a hard-fought final period, leaving St Kilda winless from the opening two rounds.

    ESSENDON  3.1  3.3  6.4  6.4  (40)
    ST KILDA  1.2  2.4  4.4  4.4  (28)

    GOALS
    Essendon: Vogt, Clarke, Gee, Toogood, Wuetschner, Radford
    St Kilda: Xenos, Stevens, Lambert, Vesely

    BEST
    Essendon: Prespakis, Toogood, Gee, Walker, Alexander, Vogt
    St Kilda: Xenos, Lambert, Smith, Vesely, Patrikios, McDonald

    Crowd: TBC at Windy Hill

     

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