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Three bags full for Gresham

There's just something about the MCG for exciting young Saint Jade Gresham. Jade Gresham is our Round 15 Dare Iced Coffee Sainter of the day, collecting 19 disposals and 4 goals in our win over Melbourne.
'Gresh' has the ability to be a really special player for a long time.
Alan Richardson

It’s official, the MCG is Jade Gresham’s hunting ground.

In St Kilda’s last three outings to the famous stadium, Jade Gresham has kicked a total of 15 goals, with three bags of five, six and four respectively.

He booted five against the Tigers in Round 23 last year in Nick Riewoldt’s send-off, before bettering that with six, again against Richmond, in Round 10 this year.

The livewire was again instrumental in the Saints’ latest visit to the ‘G, booting four goals straight to set up an emphatic underdog 2-point win for Alan Richardson’s side.

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Taken with pick No. 18 in the 2015 National Draft, Gresham put in the performance of a lifetime against the Demons, spending periods running through the midfield as well as fruitful spells up front.

The dynamic Saint was also critical to the team’s firepower with an equal team-high nine score involvements, including a crafty tap into the path of fellow quadruple goalkicker Tim Membrey to put the heat firmly on the Demons in the final term.

Saints fans were also witness to Gresham’s explosiveness and ability to win the footy through the midfield, where he spent his years as a junior.

Gresham, one of three Saints with indigenous heritage, echoes some of the famous indigenous names that have gone before him in the red, white and black, showing equal parts technical brilliance and creative flair.


Jade Gresham kicked four goals straight in the Saints' upset win on Sunday afternoon.

Finishing with 19 disposals, including eight contested possessions, Gresham’s game is only looking up.

“It was nice to get on the end of a few today, but more pleasingly we got the four points,” he told saints.com.au.

“The last few weeks we’ve been playing how we want to play, and it’s good to get the win against a quality opposition in Melbourne.

“We haven’t had the year we wanted, but we’ve just stuck fat. We’re a close group, so we knew we’ve just got to keep persisting and it’ll come.”

 

The 20-year-old also attributed the win to the Saints’ determination to play bold, aggressive, hard football.

“We played four quarters today and our pressure was really good,” Gresham said.

“We just backed ourselves in and took the game on. That’s when we’re at our best, just playing on instinct, and I thought today that was really good.”

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Gresham’s standout performance was not lost on senior coach Alan Richardson.

“‘Gresh’ has the ability to be a really special player for a long time,” he said post-match.

“He wins contest, he’s creative … he’s pretty tough. He’s one of those guys that you want in clearance and you want in front of the ball … I think he’s kicked four again today, so he’s heading the right way.

“We need to keep improving and building his game, so he can potentially play a little bit more in the midfield, but as our forward line is evolving, he’s still pretty important to us in front of the ball.”

Gresham’s four goals against Melbourne takes his season total to 26, the highest of any Saint in 2018.