Saint Kilda blitzes into the final

Saint Kilda redeemed their group phase loss to UniSA to defeat them 38:10 (19:2) this afternoon, and move into the final of the National Club Championship.

The onslaught began from the start of the game. Within the first five minutes, St Kilda had a 6:0 lead, and things didn’t get better for UniSA after that.

Boosted by national team goalkeeper Thomas Gerstch, St Kilda’s defence offered no easy options for UniSA. Gerstch amassed an incredible 14 saves from 16 shots in the first half, and a string of fast-break assists.

In the attack phase, St Kilda were just as imposing. Their experienced back-line, led by playmaker Lazar Spirovski, wreaked havoc on UniSA’s 5:1 defence. Christopher Fallah took full advantage of the work St Kilda’s backline put in, to contribute with a series of goals from the left wing. Fallah top-scored for the match with 11 goals.

In the second semi-final, as expected, UQ defeated cross-city rivals Brisbane HC 27:14 to join St Kilda in tomorrow’s Championship final.

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Vale Sasha Dimitrić

I was 15 when I first met Sasha, in 1987. A Kuwaiti friend found a handball team based in Kensington, and we wanted to meet with them with a view to joining their team. “Stand up straight with your shoulders back or they won’t pick us,” was my friend’s advice to me before we went. What he should have said was: ‘bring your gear’!