St Kilda will be looking for their first win since Round 13 when they host the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium this afternoon. We’ll have live scores from 1.10pm AEST.
They might have eventually gone down by 59 points, but St Kilda’s first half against the reigning Premiers last Sunday at least indicated that Scott Watters’ side are making some steps toward improvement.
With Fremantle at Etihad Stadium next weekend, today’s game against the Suns represents the probably the last chance for the Saints to enhance their 3-17 record.
Unsurprisingly, given his young list, Watters has made a number of changes to the side that lost in Sydney last weekend.
Cameron Shenton, Tom Ledger and Brodie Murdoch have been added onto an extended 25-man squad along with Lenny Hayes, who re-signed for his 16th season at Moorabbin earlier in the week.
Gold Coast continued what has been an admirable late-season run, pushing Port Adelaide for four quarters at AAMI Stadium last Sunday after leading by nine points at three-quarter time.
Suns coach Guy McKenna has also made a number of changes to his side, bringing in five players onto an extended bench.
Gold Coast opened their 2013 campaign with a 13-point win over the Saints in Round 1, when Gary Ablett almost certainly claimed three Brownlow votes with 34 touches and four goals.
It was the Suns’ first win over the Saints after three previous losses.
They’ll head to Melbourne confident of picking up a second, although they will have to overcome an Etihad Stadium hoodoo which has seen them fail to win on each of their five previous attempts.
B: Newnes Blake Geary
HB: Dempster Gilbert Ray
C: Armitage Hayes Montagna
HF: Ross Riewoldt Jones
F: Milne Lee Curren
FOLL: Hickey Dal Santo Steven
I/C: FROM: Shenton Ledger Schneider Murdoch McEvoy Saunders Minchington
B: McKenzie May Russell
HB: Broughton Thompson Murphy
C: Bennell Ablett Harbrow
HF: Gillbee Brennan Boston
F: Sumner Dixon A Hall
FOLL: Gorringe Stanley Prestia
I/C: From: O’Meara Hunt Allen Rischitelli Osborne Patrick J Hall
First Bounce: 1.10pm AEST Venue: Etihad Stadium Last Time: Gold Coast 13.12 (90) d St Kilda 10.17 (77) History: St Kilda 3, Gold Coast 1 Betting: $1.80 St Kilda, $2.05 Gold Coast TV: Fox Footy (LIVE), Seven Network (LIVE)