St Kilda fans had a bone to pick with Collingwood Magpies president Eddie McGuire after repeatedly confusing Saints players while on commentary for the Saints’ win over Adelaide on Monday.
McGuire was on the call for St Kilda’s clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval on Monday night, with the Saints coming out on top in South Australia for the first time since 2011 - snapping a near decade long losing streak in the state.
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Unfortunately for the veteran commentator, he didn’t cover himself in glory by confusing Saints forward Tim Membrey, who has played for the club since 2015, and Dean Kent, who was traded to St Kilda from Melbourne at the end of 2018.
After he made the same mistake multiple times throughout St Kilda’s 23-point win over the Crows, Saints fans, as well as their official Twitter account, couldn’t help but poke fun at McGuire.
Muddling up the pair’s names after Membrey and Kent both slotted crucial final quarter goals was the final straw.
“There we go, Membrey will get a second shot at goal in a matter of a minute,” McGuire said.
“This would seal it if he can kick it. Kent, sorry. It’s Kent.”
Tim Membrey and Dean Kent with back to back goals 👊 pic.twitter.com/bhr0JSt0iy— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) July 20, 2020
If I’m Dean Kent I’m robbing Eddie McGuire’s house in broad daylight and staying quiet while Tim Membrey gets hauled away.— Luke Holmesby (@LukeHolmesby) July 20, 2020
Dear Eddie McGuire can you please stop calling Dean Kent Tim Membrey, hard to listen to #AFLCrowsSaints— AllFreo⚓️ (@AllFremantleFC) July 20, 2020
The only thing worse than the umpiring tonight has been Eddie McGuire’s commentary. #AFLCrowsSaints— Conor Dillon (@cmdil) July 20, 2020
Saints survive Adelaide Crows comeback
The Saints were never headed in a spirited 12.6 (78) to 8.7 (55) triumph at Adelaide Oval.
The Crows have now lost seven games to open a season - their worst start since inception in 1991.
And Adelaide are now on the club's longest losing streak - 10 consecutive defeats, across two seasons.
"We are really disappointed," Crows coach Matthew Nicks said.
"The outside noise is there ... Ultimately we are to win so I understand the frustration."
The Saints got their season ahead of the curve - four wins and three losses - after repelling a late surge.
Dan Butler (three goals) and Max King (two goals) were attacking threats, while midfielders Jack Steele (26 disposals, 13 clearances) and Zak Jones (20 disposals, six clearances) were superb.
Adelaide had few, if any, clear-cut winners - Reilly O'Brien (28 hitouts), acting captain Tom Dodee (10 marks) and Ben Keays (24 touches) battled gamely while Taylor Walker booted three goals and Shane McAdam kicked two.