Membrey has another shocker as Dockers beat Saints

Justin Chadwick
Membrey has another shocker as Dockers beat Saints

St Kilda forward Tim Membrey has had a shocker in front of goal, with Fremantle holding off a spirited Saints fightback to secure a 30-point AFL victory at Optus Stadium.

In a topsy-turvy Saturday night, Fremantle led by 43 points early in the third quarter, before the Saints closed to within 13 in the final term.

But a wayward night from Membrey proved costly, with Fremantle making the most of St Kilda's misses to secure the 13.11 (89) to 8.11 (59) win in front of 41,752 fans.

Membrey finished with 1.5 in a horror night.

The 23-year-old should have closed the margin to eight points early in the final quarter, but he sprayed a set shot from 20m out.

Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe boosted his Brownlow medal chances by tallying 36 disposals, 13 clearances and a goal, while Aaron Sandilands starred in the ruck.

The Saints barely put up a whimper in the first half, and lost star swingman Jake Carlisle to concussion in the second term.

Membrey was far from his best. Image: Getty

Carlisle had dominated until that point, clunking five marks in defence.

But his night was ended when Fyfe's left knee accidentally collected Carlisle in the head while the Saints' defender was on the ground.

Fremantle's win was a positive end to what had otherwise been a nightmare week.

Dockers coach Ross Lyon has been in the firing line over the sexual harassment storm which has engulfed him.

Club president Dale Alcock and chief executive Steve Rosich were forced to publicly back Lyon amid rumours the besieged coach might be sacked.

And the drama didn't end there, with Bradley Hill's run-in with police adding more unwanted attention to the Dockers.

But the players managed to put the distractions to one side to secure the win, despite the late withdrawal of Stephen Hill (quad).

St Kilda haven't tasted victory since round one, and they are facing a horror four-week stretch of games against Collingwood, Richmond, West Coast and Sydney.

Poor skills blighted the first half, but Fremantle were cleaner in the crucial moments to cut a regular path to goal.

St Kilda butchered the very few chances they created up forward, with Membrey the worst offender.

Membrey had 0.3 to his name by halftime, and the Saints trailed 54-11 early in the third quarter, as the Dockers threatened to bury the visitors.

But St Kilda finally clicked into gear, booting six of the next seven goals to close the margin to just 14 points by the final change.

However, poor goalkicking continued to haunt them to the very end, with Membrey missing two set shots in the final quarter.