ST KILDA has won back-to-back AFLW matches for the first time in club history, defeating Geelong by nine points in a scrappy contest at RSEA Park on Saturday.
The Saints managed just two goals in windy conditions but that proved to be enough against the goalless Cats in the 2.6 (18) to 0.9 (9) battle.
Midfielder Tilly Lucas-Rodd was dominant for the Saints, amassing 22 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 12 clearances, 10 tackles and seven inside 50s.
"We have a really young midfield. I only started playing there like a month before the season," Lucas-Rodd told Fox Footy post-match.
"We've obviously been beaten in the last couple of games in clearances and we had a big focus on that today."
Much of the first quarter was played in Geelong's forward half, as the Cats' backline - led by star defender Maddy McMahon - cut off a string of St Kilda attacks and continually sent the ball back inside Geelong's forward 50.
But the Cats were unable to capitalise, with many of their forward 50s proving too shallow to lead to scores.
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The Saints snuck in the only goal of the first quarter through Kate Shierlaw, who marked at the top of the goal square and kicked truly just seconds before the quarter-time siren.
St Kilda carried that momentum through the second quarter with Caitlin Greiser marking on the lead and kicking the only other goal of the match - her fourth without a miss this season.
The Cats threatened to fight their way back into the game in the third quarter, but kicked inaccurately, with Chloe Scheer and Claudia Gunjaca missing set shots as wind swirled.
The Cats peppered the goals again in the final term but could only add three behinds as the Saints held on to win on a significant day for the club.
A moment's silence was held before the opening bounce to honour the passing of cricket icon Shane Warne, who was a passionate St Kilda supporter and played Under 19s for the Saints.
St Kilda will return to RSEA Park on March 13 to take on Adelaide in its final game of the season, while Geelong will also play its last match at home, against Greater Western Sydney at GMHBA Stadium on Friday.
ST KILDA 1.2 2.5 2.6 2.6 (18)
GEELONG 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.9 (9)
St Kilda: Shierlaw, Greiser
St Kilda: Lucas-Rodd, Phillips, Jakobsson, Guttridge, White
Geelong: Morrison, Prespakis, Gardiner, A. McDonald, McMahon
St Kilda: Exon
St Kilda: Nil
Crowd: TBC at RSEA Park
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