2021 was a whirlwind of a year for St Kilda, with dominant performances, incredible comebacks and the return of a legend all being showcased throughout the season.
With the home and away season having come to a close, we are reliving the best moments from 2021. Today, we are counting down from 12 to 9 and will continue to re-live the best of 2021.
12 – A quarter fit for a King
Three goals in a quarter. Max is on ?? pic.twitter.com/EuA5Cb0nrp— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) July 10, 2021
Clunking marks and breaking defenders' hearts.
Max King came to the party in the second quarter against the Lions, booting three majors in the space of seven minutes to give the Saints a healthy 18-point buffer.
Hit up by a smart kick from Dan Butler, King converted his first before bringing down two huge contested marks and kicking truly to head into half-time with three goals to his name.
Oh, and he also would do this on two-time All-Australian Harris Andrews, dishing up an entree to what he would serve later in the season.
11 – D-Mac kicks off the comeback
Relentless pressure from Daniel McKenzie ??— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) April 11, 2021
The moment that helped spark our comeback. pic.twitter.com/hk3ssH6aF4
It was the tackle that begun the comeback.
Late in the third quarter and in arrays of West Coast by 26 points, the Eagles had possession and looked to work their way out of the backline.
With a chipped kick falling short of Jeremy McGovern, Dan McKenzie snuck up behind him and wrapped the defender up in a monstrous tackle, going fairly close to blowing the roof off of Marvel Stadium.
Rewarded with the free kick, the roof nearly came off once more when 26-year-old put through the goal, whipping the St Kilda faithful into a frenzy as the Saints stormed into the final term with all the momentum.
Pressure and then calmness under it, it was the moment where Dan McKenzie proved to himself and others that he could play AFL footy
10 – G-Train returns
What kind of madman eats a meat pie without any sauce? Fraser Gehrig, that’s who.
The St Kilda legend was a special guest at the Round 9 clash against the Cats and was captured downing a pie in the same manner that he would down defenders back in his heyday.
A reputation as a monster on the field, feared by any opposition that would find themselves in the firing line of the big man, fans got a rare glimpse at the soft side of the icon.
While he had every right to gobble up all the pies, Gehrig was kind enough to hand one of them to a fan, though he did scoff when asked if he had any sauce available.
9 – Jack the Giant slayer
Jack Lonie from the boundary! ?? pic.twitter.com/c2naUdeiTk— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) March 21, 2021
Some might say Jack Lonie's miracle goal was a fluke, but if you ask Seb Ross, he'll happily tell you otherwise.
Trapped up against the boundary line surrounded by Giants, the small forward conjured up something special as he slammed the ball onto his boot.
The footy sailed through to put the Saints within a goal at GIANTS Stadium, and would prove crucial in the Saints storming home to get their season off to the perfect start.
"I know Lones has had that shot many a time (at training)," Ross told saints.com.au.
"To do it under that sort of pressure though, at that stage of the game, was huge."