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Saints edge Blues in pre-season shootout

THE potential offensive impact of the AFL’s contentious new ‘stand’ rule was laid bare as St Kilda and Carlton produced a fast-paced shootout in the opening match of the AFL pre-season series.

The teams combined for 13 goals in a blistering first quarter under the roof at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night as the ball often pinged from end to end at rapid speed.

Only fatigue appeared to slow players down late in the contest as the Saints prevailed, with Jack Lonie, Max King and Tim Membrey combining for 10 goals in their 19.11 (125) to 15.9 (99) win.

The ‘stand’ rule – which prohibits the player on the mark from moving in any direction – has been a point of contention for players, coaches and fans over the off-season.

It was under the microscope early when Saints forward Shaun McKernan was penalised for a blatant indiscretion.

But there were few major glitches or hold-ups in play as a result of the new rule, which is designed to promote faster ball movement and, ultimately, higher-scoring matches.

St Kilda’s win was soured by the sight of former Hawthorn premiership defender James Frawley limping off with a hamstring injury before quarter-time.

Carlton also has concerns ahead of Round 1, with key forward Harry McKay going down with an ankle injury and boom recruit Zac Williams sure to be looked at by the match review officer for a high hit on Hunter Clark.

Former Richmond livewire Jack Higgins was dangerous for the Saints and Brad Hill produced a typically hard-running display as Lonie (four majors), King and Membrey (three each) were among those who cashed in around goal.

Adam Saad gave glimpses of why Carlton pushed so hard to recruit him, kicking a running goal from 50m during the third quarter, while emerging stars Sam Walsh and Zac Fisher were busy throughout the night.

Former Melbourne forward Oscar McDonald kicked two goals and had a hand in others while playing in attack on trial for Carlton as he continues to press his case for an AFL lifeline.

Jack Silvagni kicked three goals in a clean display for the Blues.

(C) AAP 2021

ST KILDA 8.1 13.5 15.8 19.11 (125)

CARLTON 5.1 9.2 12.8 15.9 (99)

Goals: St Kilda: J Lonie 4 M King 3 T Membrey 3 B Hill D Butler J Battle J Gresham J Higgins J Sinclair P Hunter S McKernan S Ross. Carlton: J Silvagni 3 M Murphy 2 M Pittonet 2 O McDonald 2 Z Fisher 2 Z Williams 2 A Saad D Cuningham.

Umpires: Simon Meredith, Craig Fleer, Nathan Williamson, Justin Power.

Official Crowd: 10,228 at Marvel Stadium.