ST KILDA’S Brendon Goddard helped turn the game in the second half on Saturday in the drawn grand final against the Magpies.
Godddard’s heroic efforts helped scramble the Saints a draw in the dying minutes. But it was his brilliant hard running from defence that stood the test of time.
He was in defence and up forward; in the midfield and then took a spectacular grab in the goalsquare to put the Saints in front for the first time in the match early in the final term.
Goddard arguably deserved the Norm Smith Medal and Channel Seven commentators were all but certain that Goddard would be crowned the best on ground.
Lenny Hayes were just as heroic in the second half to get the Saints back into the match.
Perhaps the judges felt that Hayes was the spark and it was fitting for Hayes to be best on ground given he was left out of the All-Australian team despite an excellent season.
Goddard, however, is the one for the Pies to stop this Saturday.