We head to MCG for a Sunday arvo footy clash, as the Melbourne Demons host a disappointing St Kilda Saints. Join The Roar for live commentary and scores from 1:10pm AEST. What a visceral disappointment the St Kilda Football Club has been in 2018. They’ve got two wins, one draw and 10 losses. They’ve certainly blown the “Saints will play finals” prediction well out of the water. Admittedly, their last outing was a win against Gold Coast. Melbourne, though. Despite a few hiccups along the way (last week’s hard-fought loss against Port among them), they’re progressing along swimmingly, sitting in sixth place headed into this game. However, they’ve had two straight losses, though, one being the Port loss, the other being a poor loss to Collingwood. This one is an interesting game for a few reasons. First and foremost, both sides would love a win. St Kilda, to show that their plucky comeback against the Suns wasn’t just a fluke, and the … [Read more...] about Melbourne Demons vs St Kilda Saints: AFL live scores, blog
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The home game for any team used to be sacrosanct in the AFL. It was the opportunity to use a parochial home crowd to try and intimidate both the umpire and the opposition and generate a win for the home team. Since the decision was reached by the AFL to play all Melbourne-based games at either Etihad Stadium or the MCG the concept and value of a home game has diminished somewhat between the Victorian clubs. The Victorian clubs do still have an advantage against those pesky interstate teams who regularly travel to the Victorian capital during the course of a season. The one Victorian club that has retained its traditional home ground, and as a consequence its home ground advantage, is Geelong. The Geelong Football Club has an enviable record down at Simonds Stadium and it is currently transforming before our eyes into one of the great boutique stadiums in the AFL. In an era where other clubs are looking to play home games away from their traditional fan-base, Geelong has actually … [Read more...] about Which AFL clubs are building a home away from home?
A young girl claimed that she was the victim of verbal abuse by St. Kilda AFL players at Melbourne airport after she asked for a photo for her friend. It was alleged the players responded to her request by saying they only associate with “hot chicks…there should be no fat chicks (as part of player contracts).” The St. Kilda Football club quickly acted on the matter after the unidentified girl’s mother wrote in to the club. They gave the girl a jersey and made a donation to the Butterfly Foundation. They also released this statement: “The St Kilda Football Club can confirm we received a complaint from the mother of a young lady alleging comments were made by the players at Melbourne airport on Friday that upset her daughter. The Club has spoken to the playing group, and while there is some conjecture about the comments, the Club is mindful that sensitivities need to be respected. The family involved have indicated their appreciation for the professional … [Read more...] about Another allegation: are there no Saints in St. Kilda?
Zac Dawson is a player that fans love to hate. As a young boy at Hawthorn he was much maligned by fans as a player that would never make it. The pummelling he took at the hands of Anthony Rocca in round two of 2006 will be forever talked about and remembered by footy fans. When Dawson moved to St Kilda, he was chastised again, not to the same extent but the crowd held its breath every time Dawson took possession of the ball, waiting for a mistake that could result in a goal. Ironically, Dawson’s performances in the grand finals of 2009 and 2010 were some of his best, where the congestion suited the gangly defender, who played very tight to his opponent, and spoiled the ball into dead territory. Indeed, only people within the inner sanctum of the St Kilda football club truly understood the value of Dawson and the importance he had to their back line. As a key defender Dawson allowed Fisher or Goddard to play as a rolling off loose defender, generating a lot of drive for the … [Read more...] about Why the Saints are missing Dawson
A struggling St Kilda Saints welcome the Greater Western Sydney Giants to Etihad Stadium, looking to get their season back on track. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 1:45pm (AEST). This was supposed to be the season where Alan Richardson’s men propelled up the ladder into a finals position. We may only have played four games, but the Saints look worse off than last season. Having only got the one win, and against a very average Brisbane Lions side, serious questions should now be asked about the future of this football club. In team news for the Saints, Tim Membrey, Hunter Clark and Mav Weller all come into the side. Jack Lonie has been omitted, while Dylan Roberton and Rowan Marshall both miss through injury. For the Giants, it wasn’t a convincing performance against the Fremantle Dockers in Canberra, but they got the job done. To be fair, the conditions weren’t easy to play in due to the wind, but we saw another side to Leon … [Read more...] about St Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants: AFL live scores, blog
News broke on Thursday that two Victorian clubs are targetting Collingwood’s Jordan de Goey – the St Kilda Saints and the North Melbourne Kangaroos, both of whom are known to have a large amount of salary cap room to spare. The unique specifics of the situation look set to make it a difficult one for Collingwood to navigate. De Goey has played 51 games of AFL football in a little over three seasons at the highest level now but despite his talent is most well known for his highly publicised incidents of misbehaviour over the past two seasons. In the 2017 preseason he told Collingwood he had broken his hand playing with his dog, but it was later revealed that he had lied to the club, and the injury had been sustained in a fight. Then in February this year he was caught drink driving. Ordinarily under those circumstances a club would likely expect a player to work hard and earn back the trust of his teammates and coaches, and hopefully produce a solid body of work at AFL … [Read more...] about AFL trade rumours: De Goey going, gone? Two clubs eye Pie
We got a couple of classics to end Round 2, in the form of Port’s win over Sydney and Hawthorn’s thrilling victory over Geelong, but we shouldn’t forget what happened earlier in the round. As awesome as the Hawks and Cats were on Easter Monday, it only highlighted how pathetic St Kilda were on Good Friday, given that a hard, physical, top four level of football is what the Saints aspire to produce. But instead of being hard against North Melbourne, St Kilda were marshmellow soft. Instead of being physical, they were bullied around by a young Roos outfit. Instead of offering up a competitive performance, they were inept in all facets. After knocking on the door of the eight in the last two seasons, finishing 11th and ninth and winning more games than they lost across that period, the Saints have aspirations of finals action in 2018. Whether you think they are good enough to have them is another story, but the onus is on them to then play up to that standard. In Round … [Read more...] about Pathetic St Kilda in turmoil
Just hours before the season began on Thursday the AFL released the 2018 free agents list. Today, I’m taking a club-by-club look at who is on the market, and who is said to be interested. Adelaide Crows It was only a short while ago that some said Rory Sloane would re-sign with the Crows before Round 1. Well… no. The good news for Adelaide is that he has officially been named a restricted free agent despite the fact this is his tenth year at the club, giving them the option to force a trade if he wants to leave. There hasn’t been anything concrete just yet about who might be targetting him though. He’ll be 29 by Round 1 next year, and only clubs who believe they can win a flag in the near future should consider it. As for Douglas, Mackay, and Otten, it seems unlikely they would be playing AFL football anywhere other than Adelaide in 2019. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images) Brisbane Lions Unlikely that opposition clubs would be interested in either player. … [Read more...] about 2018 AFL Free Agents list: Club-by-club review and my top ten to target
In the 2017 pre-season I picked three players per club to preview for the upcoming season – now I’m looking back at how they did, and grading their performance. Today I’m looking at the Port Adelaide Power, Richmond Tigers and St Kilda Saints. Port Adelaide Power What I said: Ollie Wines has already built a reputation as a leading midfielder at his young age. Regarded as one of the best young leaders in the AFL, it will be no surprise if Wines steps up yet again and takes his game to the next level. In 2017, he is expected to improve his disposal efficiency to become elite. How he really performed: Wines lived up to the expectations, averaging a career-high 27.3 disposals. Further, Wines added a defensive element to his game, where he averaged five tackles a game. His clearance game was strong, proving his worth in the congestion of the middle. Wines highlighted his pure brutality and strength by throwing himself into every contest and winning much of … [Read more...] about My 2017 players to watch in review: Port Adelaide Power to St Kilda Saints
Brendon Goddard of St Kilda celebrates during the 2010 Toyota AFL Grand Final between the Collingwood Magpies and the St Kilda Saints at the MCG, Melbourne. They will start the underdog but St Kilda has a secret weapon that might just prove the difference – its tough psyche. This week has required the kind of mental preparation and strength that would test even the most resilient mind, let alone team. But at Moorabbin they already have an established formula to combat any outside distraction and unwanted attention. It’s known as the “St Kilda bubble”. On numerous occasions this year many thought, or at least presumed, it was about to burst, but adversity and external pressure only galvanises the Saints. This week will be no different either and as a result, you have to wonder if the Magpies can match the Saints for mental strength. I’m not sure they can and if anything they appeared the more rattled of the two sides throughout the week. First Nick Maxwell … [Read more...] about Saints have the mental edge for the decider