St Kilda co-captain Ryan Smith has smashed the VWFL record for most goals in a game, slotting an enormous 22 majors in his sides’ 76-point win over Hawthorn on Sunday.
Coming off the back of a 13-goal outing the previous round against Collingwood, Smith picked up where he left off with a dominant performance to lead the Saints to their second straight victory.
The No. 99 was a force as he slotted goal after goal, sitting on the previous record of 16 at three-quarter time before adding a further six to his tally to end with all but one of his sides’ 23 goals.
Smith was aided by the excellent work of Mark Walker in the midfield, who consistently provided the link between attack and defence as the Saints contested the footy in the middle.
Nathan Tanner offered solid support as a second option up forward while Liam Fitzgerald looked strong in defence, clunking plenty of marks to keep the Hawthorn forwards at bay.
It wasn’t just a successful round for the senior side, with the Saints’ Development team notching their first win of 2022 with a 21-point victory earlier in the day.
Defender Daniel Fatouros was solid down back, while youngsters Tyler Nash and Brady Cochrane showcased their class across the court in an impressive display.
Nash slotted all seven goals in only his second game of VWFL footy, while Cochrane proved winning the ANZAC Day medal last round was no fluke as he looked every bit his dangerous self throughout the game.
Both 14-year-olds were drafted by the club following the Come & Try Day earlier in the season and have impressed early in the year.
The Saints will now have a week off in the VWFL before taking on Essendon the following week from 11:00am at Boroondara Sports Complex on Sunday, 29 May, while the club’s VBFL side are back in action this Saturday as they meet Hawthorn from 12:00pm at Action Indoor Sports Stadium.