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|11.14 (80)||Third Quarter [+]||5.7 (37)|
|7.11 (53)||Second Quarter [+]||3.4 (22)|
|3.6 (24)||First Quarter [+]||1.0 (6)|
Having been humiliated last week, the St Kilda Saints simply cannot afford to lose to the lowly North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium. Follow along with events from Melbourne with live scores on The Roar from 4:35pm (AEST).
Once again, this match will be played behind closed doors due to the Victorian COVID-19 outbreak. However, the Marvel Stadium roof will remain open to comply with protocols, though fortunately there is unlikely to be rain.
The Saints were thumped by the ladder-leading Western Bulldogs last week, the 111-point loss seeing them dominate the headlines during the week. The Saints were meant to be one of the premiership contenders in 2021; yet after 10 rounds they sit 14th with the AFL’s second-worst percentage – ahead of, of course, the Roos themselves.
As forecast, Brett Ratten has rung the changes for Round 11, with five new faces in the starting 22. Among them is debutant Oscar Clavarino, who has become an eye-catching intercept marker in the VFL.
If not quite as disappointing as the Saints, the Roos’ 2021 so far has been even more wretched. Just one win and an ugly percentage of 56.3 leaves the Shinboners marooned dead last on the AFL ladder.
There have been occasional bright spots, though: injury-prone forward Taylor Garner appears to be finally getting a solid crack at senior football, while the much-maligned Aaron Hall has emerged from nowhere to become a crucial cog at half-back.
The Roos have nothing to lose in this game, while the Saints are on the ultimate hiding to nothing. A win is unlikely to convince the doubters, while defeat simply doesn’t bear thinking about.
St Kilda Saints
B: 44 Callum Wilkie, 20 Dougal Howard, 29 Jimmy Webster
HB: 14 Jarryn Geary (c), 34 Tom Highmore, 35 Jack Sinclair
C: 8 Bradley Hill, 5 Brad Crouch, 15 Jack Billings
HF: 16 Dan Butler, 6 Seb Ross, 22 Jack Higgins
F: 26 Josh Battle, 12 Max King, 28 Tim Membrey
FOLL: 18 Paddy Ryder, 9 Jack Steele (c), 7 Luke Dunstan
INT: 1 Nick Coffield, 31 Ryan Byrnes, 32 Mason Wood, 38 Oscar Clavarino
EMG: 13 Jack Lonie, 21 Ben Long, 23 Jack Bytel, 41 Paul Hunter
IN: Luke Dunstan, Mason Wood, Nick Coffield, Oscar Clavarino (debut), Tom Highmore (R10 medical sub)
OUT: Hunter Clark, Jack Bytel, Jack Lonie, James Frawley, Shaun McKernan
North Melbourne Kangaroos
B: 7 Jack Ziebell (c), 23 Ben McKay, 18 Shaun Atley
HB: 43 Aaron Hall, 19 Josh Walker, 28 Kayne Turner
C: 14 Trent Dumont, 10 Ben Cunnington, 17 Lachie Young
HF: 5 Curtis Taylor, 6 Taylor Garner, 9 Luke Davies-Uniacke
F: 44 Cameron Zurhaar, 20 Nick Larkey, 1 Jack Mahony
FOLL: 22 Todd Goldstein, 26 Tarryn Thomas, 12 Jy Simpkin
INT: 8 Bailey Scott, 24 Tom Powell, 31 Connor Menadue, 42 Tom Campbell
EMG: 15 Atu Bosenavulagi, 29 Will Phillips, 35 Charlie Lazzaro, 38 Tristan Xerri
IN: Bailey Scott (R10 medical sub)
OUT: Charlie Lazzaro