It was Greiser who took a wonderful one-handed grab in the final term and converted the goal from 50 metres out, on an angle, to bring up the winning margin and leave the St Kilda heartland crowd in raptures.
She was supported by Tilly Lucas-Rodd across half back and Alison Drennan in the midfield in repelling a rampant but wasteful Melbourne.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Greiser told Fox Footy after the game. “I had to back myself a bit, just have some confidence.
“It’s pretty exciting I can’t wait to celebrate with the girls.”
The night was soured by what looked a serious knee injury to Melbourne’s Madeline Guerin. The Demons’ initial assessment was a dislocated patella, which was good news given that the injury, from the naked eye, looked to be an ACL tear.
If it is an ACL it would be the fourth for Melbourne so far this season following Ainslie Kemp in the dying stages of last week’s match and Katherine Smith and Shae Sloane in the pre-season. There have been eight ruptured ACL injuries across the AFLW competition in 2020.
A tense and tight first three quarters on the scoreboard set up a grand stand finish, with Melbourne leading by two points.
The Demons were by far the more attacking side. Whenever the likes of Daisy Pearce or Libby Birch got the ball across half-back they went straight for the corridor while St Kilda were more likely to be conservative and play the ball wide.
However the Saints looked most dangerous at a chilly Moorabbin when they had Greiser leading toward the ball and creating a contest, with smaller players feeding off her.
St Kilda’s defence was excellent all night under heavy siege from Melbourne. The inside 50 count was lopsided from the start with Melbourne’s midfield and half-back line an impenetrable wall at times, however the likes of Lucas-Rodd, Alison Brown, Tamara Luke, Hannah Priest and Tarni White stood up to the assault.
Melbourne’s only goal went to the in-form Shelley Scott, a thumping 45-metre set shot from a tough angle. They were inaccurate otherwise, unable to make their dominance count.
St Kilda: Greiser 2, Guttridge
Melbourne: Shelley Scott
St Kilda: Greiser, Guttridge, Lucas-Rodd, Drennan
Melbourne: Paxman, Pearce, Gay, O’Dea
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Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.