The potential offensive effects of the AFL’s controversial new’ Stand ‘rule were disclosed when St Kilda and Carlton produced a fast-paced shootout in the opening game of the AFL preseason series

The teams scored 13 goals in a glowing first quarter under the roof at Marvel Stadium Thursday night as the ball often pinged end-to-end at high speed

Only fatigue seemed to slow the players down late in the competition when the Saints prevailed Jack Lonie, Max King and Tim Membrey scored 10 goals11 (125) to 159 (99) wins in their 19 games

The stand rule, which forbids the player on the badge to move in any direction, was a point of contention for players, coaches and fans in the off-season

It was early under the microscope when Saint Shaun McKernan striker was punished for an apparent indiscretion

Due to the new rule, which is supposed to encourage faster ball movement and ultimately games with higher scores, there have been few major disruptions or delays in the game

“It has shown that the game with the man on the mark is faster,” said Brett Ratten, coach of St Kilda

“Teams are looking for it and the flow of the game and (exchange) rotations are limited

“It will be interesting how many points go through the roof or what strategies the teams develop because it will challenge the players”

The victory of St Kilda was marred by the sight of former Hawthorn Premier League defender James Frawley hobbling away with a hamstring injury prior to the quarter hour

Carlton also has concerns ahead of the first round: Jack Newnes and Harry McKay each injure an ankle and defender Jacob Weitering suffers from a corked hip

Boom recruit Zac Williams played well through midfield and forward line, scoring two goals, but is sure to be considered by the Match Review Officer for a big hit against Hunter Clark

“Everyone’s talking about it, so there has to be something to worry about,” said blues coach David Teague

“I took a quick look at it on the phone and to be honest the view wasn’t great so I’m not exactly sure

“I loved having him in our footy club and really hope he’s available (for the first round)”

Former Richmond livewire Jack Higgins was dangerous to the Saints, and Brad Hill put in a typically tough performance with Lonie (four majors), King and Membrey (three each) among those making money around the gate

Adam Saad gave a glimpse of why Carlton went out of his way to recruit him and shot a 50-yard running goal in the third quarter while rising stars Sam Walsh and Zac Fisher were busy all night

Former Melbourne striker Oscar McDonald scored two goals and played for others while playing in attack against Carlton while continuing to push for an AFL lifeline


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