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Just three teams in VFL/AFL history have won games while kicking just one behind, and St Kilda is now one of them.
The resurgent Saints booted 12.1.73 on Saturday night to upset Port Adelaide. It was a scoreline that had the stats nerds scrambling for the record books.
Not since Round 6 in 1900 has a team tasted victory with such goalkicking accuracy, according to social media numbers guru @sirswampthing.
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On that occasion 120 years ago – seven months before the Federation of Australia – Carlton’s 4.1.25 was too good for Collingwood’s underwhelming 0.9.9 at Princes Park.
Three years earlier – in Round 13 1897 – Essendon managed to overcome South Melbourne at the now demolished East Melbourne ground while slotting eight goals and one behind.
If Dan Butler had not missed a shot at goal, the Saints would have held the record outright as the only team in history to win while not kicking a behind.
But beggars can’t be choosers, and Brett Ratten’s men winning twice at a venue they had never achieved success is an achievement that was highly unlikely six days ago. Let alone equalling a record that had laid dormant for roughly 43,900 days.
As they say, good kicking is good football. And St Kilda did both on Saturday night.