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St Mary’s (8th) vs. St Joseph’s (7th)

Anthony Costa Oval

Saturday, August 19, 2:10pm

IT was Round 17, 2015 when St Joseph’s quest for a championship was ended by Bell Park. Joeys had set a new club record of 16 consecutive wins prior to taking on the Dragons, but went on to win the flag. Coach Heath Jamieson would quite happily take a loss against St Mary’s if it guaranteed success on the second last Saturday of September. The last meeting between the two teams in Round 5 resulted in a high-scoring shootout that resulted in a 56-point win for St Joseph’s. Despite the loss, Sam Dobson starred for the Saints with seven goals. However, he’s unlikely to be there on this time around due to Geelong VFL commitments. That means former Cat Tom Gillies will need to continue his impressive run in attack. He has kicked 22 goals in the last six games, including six in the one-point loss to Bell Park last week. In a blow for St Mary’s, a knee injury has ended the season of star midfielder Ben Dobson.

Last time they met: Round 5, 2017: St Joseph’s 24.13 (157) def. St Mary’s 16.5 (101)

Prediction: St Joseph’s by 21 points