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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Saints sweat after former No.1 pick suffers head knock


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St Kilda are holding fears for former No.1 pick Patrick McCartin after he was forced to leave the field early due to yet another head knock.

McCartin, who is said to have suffered seven concussions since 2014, was withdrawn from the Saints' 14-point win over the Western Bulldogs after colliding with teammate Ben Long before crashing to the turf late in the first half.

The 22-year-old did not return for the second half of the contest for precautionary measures and will undergo scans this week to determine whether he has suffered yet another concussion.

The incident comes at an inopportune time for McCartin after he backed up his impressive JLT 1 showing against North Melbourne to kick a pair of first-half goals for the Saints.

Patrick McCartin

McCartin's injury took the gloss off an encouraging performance by the Saints, who made it two wins from two trial games.

With star midfielder Jack Steven - back at the club after time away to deal with a mental health issue - looking on in the stands, St Kilda led by 13 points at halftime.

Former Richmond forward Sam Lloyd kicked two goals for his new club as the Dogs levelled the scores at three-quarter time.

With tensions occasionally boiling over throughout the clash, the Saints came out on top after a feisty final term.

Gresham shows his class

Long sealed the win with just over two minutes remaining, kicking the last goal of the day after beating Zaine Cordy to a loose ball.

Jack Steele and Josh Billings were outstanding for St Kilda with 25 touches each, while Tim Membrey booted three goals.

Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley were prominent for the Bulldogs with 29 possessions apiece. Lloyd finished with three goals, as did Aaron Naughton.

The Saints will open their 2019 home and away season with a Round 1 clash against the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium.

- With AAP

St Kilda are holding fears for former No.1 pick Patrick McCartin after he was forced to leave the field early due to yet another head knock.

McCartin, who is said to have suffered seven concussions since 2014, was withdrawn from the Saints' 14-point win over the Western Bulldogs after colliding with teammate Ben Long before crashing to the turf late in the first half.

The 22-year-old did not return for the second half of the contest for precautionary measures and will undergo scans this week to determine whether he has suffered yet another concussion.

The incident comes at an inopportune time for McCartin after he backed up his impressive JLT 1 showing against North Melbourne to kick a pair of first-half goals for the Saints.

Patrick McCartin

McCartin's injury took the gloss off an encouraging performance by the Saints, who made it two wins from two trial games.

With star midfielder Jack Steven - back at the club after time away to deal with a mental health issue - looking on in the stands, St Kilda led by 13 points at halftime.

Former Richmond forward Sam Lloyd kicked two goals for his new club as the Dogs levelled the scores at three-quarter time.

With tensions occasionally boiling over throughout the clash, the Saints came out on top after a feisty final term.

Gresham shows his class

Long sealed the win with just over two minutes remaining, kicking the last goal of the day after beating Zaine Cordy to a loose ball.

Jack Steele and Josh Billings were outstanding for St Kilda with 25 touches each, while Tim Membrey booted three goals.

Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley were prominent for the Bulldogs with 29 possessions apiece. Lloyd finished with three goals, as did Aaron Naughton.

The Saints will open their 2019 home and away season with a Round 1 clash against the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium.

- With AAP

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