Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Saints -- and Riewoldt -- keep marching on

Virtually unstoppable for most of the season, ST. KILDA moved to within a victory of an AFL GRAND FINAL appearance today.
NICK RIEWOLDT (pictured, center) kicked five goals (three in the second quarter) as the Saints beat COLLINGWOOD, 12.8 (80) to 7.10 (52), to reach a preliminary final against either WESTERN BULLDOGS or BRISBANE, who play Friday.
The Aussie Rules team who won the flag the year I was born (1966) have won 21 out of 23 contests this season at the MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND, the spiritual home of the game.
Born in Tasmania and raised in Queensland, Riewoldt was drafted first overall by St. Kilda in 2000. His cousin Jack Riewoldt plays for Richmond.
I'll think about the Saints' win throughout this rare Sunday of working, even while covering an event that is the antithesis (I think) of Aussie Rules Football -- a ballroom dancing competition.
St. Kilda are major partners with JELD-WEN, the windows and doors manufacturers from KLAMATH FALLS, ORE., who also have plant here in DUBUQUE.


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