St Kilda’s wheelchair side have finished the VWFL showcase weekend on a high after defeating Collingwood by 17 points.
Following a loss earlier in the day to Richmond, the Saints came out firing against the Magpies, slotting the four of the first five goals.
Leading from the front once more, Ryan Smith slotted 14 goals, while Nathan Tanner fought manfully in attack and Mark Walker ensured that the midfield had first use at every stoppage.
Despite Collingwood challenging throughout the game, Nathan Wilburn’s leadership across the court saw the Saints steady the ship and come away with a hard-fought victory.
The win capped off an enjoyable day at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, which hosted all five VWFL sides and also a junior wheelchair AFL program, with St Kilda forward Max King in attendance to cheer on the team and help run the session.
Meanwhile, St Kilda’s blind team have continued its unbeaten start to the 2022 VBFL season, with an impressive win over Essendon last Saturday.
Despite having only five players available for the game, the Saints started strongly and did not let up throughout the clash, with every player on court booting one goal or more.
Youngster Lachlan Kosic booted 12 goals while skipper Shannon Jones kicked five, though he did not finish out the game after suffering a concussion late in the last quarter.
The Saints will also be sweating on the fitness of Kate Aarons, who hurt her ankle in the second quarter and did not return to the game.