Justin Koschitzke of the Saints kicks during a St Kilda Saints AFL Intra-Club match at Linen House Oval on February 9, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Justin Koschitzke of the Saints kicks during a St Kilda Saints AFL Intra-Club match at Linen House Oval on February 9, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

Kosi's poor record won't help with critical touch charge

ROBERT Harvey was inducted into the St Kilda Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

If the Saints had a Hall of Shame, Justin Koschitzke would have been inducted the night before.

It seems hard to believe now there was strong debate among the experts over whether 'Kosi' or Nick Riewoldt would be selected by the Saints at No.1 in the 2000 national draft.

Of course, it didn't really matter, as the Saints held the No.2 pick as well.

But there is absolutely no doubt, almost 13 years on, Riewoldt has justified that early status as the top pick.

While Riewoldt's career continues to be first-class, Kosi's has rarely been anything higher than second-rate, and appears to be reaching new lows.

Both were incredibly talented young talls, born just 27 days apart, but their backgrounds could not have been any different - one a blonde bombshell from the Gold Coast, the other a typical laid-back country kid with a mullet from the tiny town of Brocklesby just north of Albury.

And the contrast in their performances in the loss to Collingwood on Friday night at Docklands, when their side needed them to stand up, was just as extreme.

While skipper Riewoldt, as usual, led from the front, collecting 19 disposals and 11 marks and booting four goals, and almost single-handedly got his side back into the game in the final term due to commitment to continually present for his teammates.

Kosi, on the other hand, playing in only his second game this season, finished with seven touches and a solitary goal - but, most significantly, will today receive a report by the match review panel for his most critical 'touch'.

He caught Magpie small man Jamie Elliott in the side of the head with an elbow late in the second term.

It was an ill-disciplined cheap shot that will warrant a lengthy suspension, with the veteran's poor record to also count against him.

Sidelined Collingwood star Dayne Beams was clearly not impressed by the act, tweeting "fairly weak that by Justin Koschitzke #Cyalater".

But, it wasn't just Magpie players and fans outraged by the incident, but also many a frustrated Saint supporter, who will be relieved to see the back of the 197cm big man.

Kosi has had his moments over the years, and was a fine contributor in 2009 when he kicked 48 goals as the Saints finished runner-up, but, dogged by injuries and form in almost every other season, you get the feeling he's really overstayed his welcome.

With St Kilda having already used 33 players this season, behind only the Giants' 34, and introduced seven new players to the team, including four debutants, coach Scott Watters may up his youth policy and ensure Kosi has a lengthier stay on the sidelines than what the tribunal demands.

While Riewoldt has notched up 246 games in a decorated career, Kosi is back on 197 and the chances of him joining the skipper in the illustrious 200-game club suddenly looks a long way off.



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