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Beginnings: St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, are an Australian rules football club reigning from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The club plays in the Australian Football League, the sport's premier league. The football club was established in 1873 and its name originates from the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda.

Records:
  • * Largest Winning Margin: 139 points versus Brisbane Lions, Round 22 27 August 2005
  • * Largest Losing Margin: 178 points versus Collingwood Football Club, Round 4 28 April 1979
  • * Longest Winning Streak: 10 games Round 1 27 March 2004 to Round 10 30 May 2004
  • * Longest Losing Streak: 48 games Round 1 8 May 1897 to Round 14 12 August 1899
  • * Most Games: 335 Robert Harvey 1988-Present.
  • * Most Goals: 898 Tony Lockett 1983-1994
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
9 St Kilda 22 12 10 0 1953 2041 95.7 48

The silver lining in McCartin's season

Paddy McCartin: Press conference (9/11) Paddy McCartin spoke to the media today during the 1-4 years pre-season camp at Larnoo Pastrol (Thursday 9 November, 2017)

A silver lining from Paddy McCartin’s frustrating finish to the season was on show on the opening day of St Kilda's pre-season on Wednesday.

McCartin, 21, ran a significant personal best in the first three-kilometre time-trial of the summer, flaunting his vastly improved engine at the starting line of his fourth pre-season at Linen House Centre.

While he would have much preferred to have been playing in the closing months of the season, the 2014 No. 1 pick made the best use of his time out of the game, building a tank in July and August and carrying that work through the off-season and into day one.

“I haven’t played since early June, so it was a long 12 weeks where I didn’t play. But with that I got pretty fit and...


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McCartin: You cop it on the chin and move on

Paddy McCartin: Press conference (9/11) Paddy McCartin spoke to the media today during the 1-4 years pre-season camp at Larnoo Pastrol (Thursday 9 November, 2017)

St Kilda key forward Paddy McCartin admits his battles with concussion have been difficult to handle but he is confident in making a strong return to the game in 2018.

The 21-year-old made an impressive start to the pre-season on Wednesday, running a significant personal best in the opening three-kilometre time-trial of the summer.

Speaking at the Saints’ first to fourth-year camp in country Victoria, McCartin said injury setbacks are part of the game and something you need to cope with if you’re going to make it.

“You take in [constant speculation] what you want really. I sort of knew at times what was going on, but I had to have a lot of consultations and stuff like that with specialists,” McCartin told journalists at...


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Different year, different start for Steele

AFL 2017 Round 17 - St Kilda v Essendon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Jack Steele of the Saints is tackled by Zach Merrett of the Bombers during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Day one of the pre-season was vastly different this time around for St Kilda midfielder Jack Steele.

The 21-year-old arrived at Linen House Centre, via a trade from Greater Western Sydney last October, with his foot stuck in a moon boot for the first few months, unable to do too much but look on from afar.

This time around, Steele put his best foot forward from the first day of the summer slog, pushing the top pack all the way in the three-kilometre time-trial before finishing in 5th place behind eventual winner Ed Phillips.

“It’s great to be starting day one and running the three km,” Steele told...


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Fully fit Goddard hungrier than ever

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Hugh Goddard is raring to go after overcoming foot surgery this year.

Young St Kilda key defender Hugh Goddard has already faced his fair share of injury troubles, but he’s out the other side and ready to attack the pre-season from the start.

After rupturing his Achilles tendon in his only senior appearance in 2016, the highly rated 21-year-old missed most of this season following surgery to repair torn ligaments in his foot.

Goddard, who has played nine games since being selected with pick No. 21 in the 2014 AFL Draft, said his time on the sidelines has enhanced his desire to not only return to the highest level, but to cement a spot in St Kilda’s defence.

“I think it’s one of those things, it’s a bit of a cliché, but with sport there are lots of things that do get in the way, it’s up and down, you’ve got to just take it in your stride,” Goddard told saints.com.au at St Kilda’s...


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Southern Saints sign third recruit

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Alison Brown is the Southern Saints third signing ahead of the 2018 VFLW season.

Alison Brown’s ninth ever football game was the first round of AFLW in front of 25,000 people.

“I always used to play footy with the boys at lunch time, but Dad never let me play for a team as a little girl,” Brown said of her earliest football memories.

“So, when I finished school and saw some of my friends playing, I googled my nearest club and went down to the St Kilda Sharks. I was lucky enough to play a few games there before being picked up by Carlton.

“Playing in front of that crowd was incredible. None of us were expecting it and it was the best night ever.

“Dad’s definitely come around to the whole football thing now.”

Brown played all seven of Carlton’s AFLW games before being delisted at the end of the season. St Kilda Assistant Coach Peta Searle said the Southern Saints jumped at the chance...


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AFL Media's guide ahead of the pre-season

Training return: The club's first-to-fourth year players will return to training on November 20, with the rest of the playing group coming back on December 4. The Crows will complete the majority of their pre-season in Adelaide.

Injury list: Brodie Smith (knee) is aiming to be back near the end of next season in his recovery from a torn ACL. Captain Taylor Walker had minor surgery on his finger and ankle, but is expected to recover in time for the start of training. Josh Jenkins has also had finger surgery, and is expected to available for the start of pre-season training. If he's retained on the rookie list, Cam Ellis-Yolmen (knee) will ramp up his training loads after missing all of last season.

Draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

Arrived: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson.

Departed: Scott Thompson (retired), Jake Lever (traded to Melbourne), Charlie Cameron (traded to Brisbane Lions), Harrison...


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AFL Media's guide ahead of the pre-season

Training return: The club's first-to-fourth year players will return to training on November 20, with the rest of the playing group coming back on December 4. The Crows will complete the majority of their pre-season in Adelaide.

Injury list: Brodie Smith (knee) is aiming to be back near the end of next season in his recovery from a torn ACL. Captain Taylor Walker had minor surgery on his finger and ankle, but is expected to recover in time for the start of training. Josh Jenkins has also had finger surgery, and is expected to available for the start of pre-season training. If he's retained on the rookie list, Cam Ellis-Yolmen (knee) will ramp up his training loads after missing all of last season.

Draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

Arrived: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson.

Departed: Scott Thompson (retired), Jake Lever (traded to Melbourne), Charlie Cameron (traded to Brisbane Lions), Harrison...


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Young Saints off and racing on day one

While it might not be the race that stops the nation, the racing continued in Seaford on the opening day of St Kilda’s pre-season.

After checking in first thing Wednesday morning, the Saints’ first to fourth-year players were welcomed back to the club with a traditional three-kilometre time-trial around Linen House Centre.

Ed Phillips picked up where he left off last summer, setting the pace to beat home Dan McKenzie and Jack Sinclair, who fought it out to the finish line with only one second separating the pair.

Fresh from a trip together in the United States, young midfield pair Blake Acres and Jack Steele were further back in fourth in fifth spots, making an impressive start to their pre-season campaigns.

St Kilda High Performance Manager, Matt Hornsby, was pleased with the first set of times recorded for the pre-season and praised the performance of emerging key forward Paddy...


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Young Saints off and racing on day one

While it might not be the race that stops the nation, the racing continued in Seaford on the opening day of St Kilda’s pre-season.

After checking in first thing Wednesday morning, the Saints’ first to fourth-year players were welcomed back to the club with a traditional three-kilometre time-trial around Linen House Centre.

Ed Phillips picked up where he left off last summer, setting the pace to beat home Dan McKenzie and Jack Sinclair, who fought it out to the finish line with only one second separating the pair.

Fresh from a trip together in the United States, young midfield pair Blake Acres and Jack Steele were further back in fourth in fifth spots, making an impressive start to their pre-season campaigns.

St Kilda High Performance Manager, Matt Hornsby, was pleased with the first set of times recorded for the pre-season and praised the performance of emerging key forward Paddy...


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Sinclair: It’s one you’re happy to get out of the way

AFL 2017 Round 19 - Port Adelaide v St Kilda

St Kilda midfielder Jack Sinclair produced a breakout season in 2017, playing the final 17 games of the year.

While it is not something Jack Sinclair ever looks forward to, it is something that lingers in the back of his head over the break, waiting to be crossed off the list on day one.

He is talking about the dreaded three-kilometre time-trial, of course; the traditional start to most pre-season programs around the competition.

The 22-year-old set the pace in the time-trial on the opening day of the pre-season for St Kilda’s first to fourth-year players, before finishing narrowly behind Ed Phillips and Daniel McKenzie in third place.

“It is tough first up; it’s certainly one you’re not looking forward to, but it’s one you’re happy to get out of the way,” Sinclair told saints.com.au on Wednesday.

“Pretty much all of the boys got some good results so we’ve got off to a good start,...


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Sinclair: It’s one you’re happy to get out of the way

AFL 2017 Round 19 - Port Adelaide v St Kilda

St Kilda midfielder Jack Sinclair produced a breakout season in 2017, playing the final 17 games of the year.

While it is not something Jack Sinclair ever looks forward to, it is something that lingers in the back of his head over the break, waiting to be crossed off the list on day one.

He is talking about the dreaded three-kilometre time-trial, of course; the traditional start to most pre-season programs around the competition.

The 22-year-old set the pace in the time-trial on the opening day of the pre-season for St Kilda’s first to fourth-year players, before finishing narrowly behind Ed Phillips and Daniel McKenzie in third place.

“It is tough first up; it’s certainly one you’re not looking forward to, but it’s one you’re happy to get out of the way,” Sinclair told saints.com.au on Wednesday.

“Pretty much all of the boys got some good results so we’ve got off to a good start,...


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Whirlwind lands in Yea, via Seaford for Austin

AFL 2016 Rd 19 - Brisbane v Port Adelaide

New Saint Logan Austin during his former life at Port Adelaide.

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Logan Austin.

St Kilda snared the young key defender from Port Adelaide on the final day of the trade period, before he uprooted his life in South Australia over the weekend and drove to Melbourne ahead of his first day at the club on Wednesday.

While his life is still packed into a suitcase, and despite not ending his season until nearly a month after his new teammates, Austin made an impressive start in the opening three-kilometre time-trial of the pre-season.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind couple of weeks obviously with the trade and then moving across. It’s just so exciting to actually be here,” Austin told saints.com.au on his first day at Linen House Centre.

“It’s obviously daunting when you’ve got to come in and run a bit of a time-trial. But it was pretty impressive how well...


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Macqueen determined to make it to the top

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Kate Macqueen stands in front of the No. 27 locker, which has her uncles name printed on it.

Kate Macqueen might have only just stepped foot in the club, but she has red, white and black blood running through her veins.

Her uncle, Jim Guyatt, played 113 games for St Kilda during the late 1950s and early 1960s before a career-ending knee injury cut him down in his prime at just 24, just like John Coleman.

Only days after former Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country skipper Georgia Walker became the first player to commit to the Southern Saints, Macqueen is the second player to put pen to paper ahead of their debut season.

After displaying plenty of promise in her teens and early 20s, Macqueen spent a couple of years away from football before returning in the Victorian Amateur Football Association with Ormond last year.

Now, she is one step closer to her dream of playing at the highest...


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Macqueen determined to make it to the top

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Kate Macqueen stands in front of the No. 27 locker, which has her uncles name printed on it.

Kate Macqueen might have only just stepped foot in the club, but she has red, white and black blood running through her veins.

Her uncle, Jim Guyatt, played 113 games for St Kilda during the late 1950s and early 1960s before a career-ending knee injury cut him down in his prime at just 24, just like John Coleman.

Only days after former Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country skipper Georgia Walker became the first player to commit to the Southern Saints, Macqueen is the second player to put pen to paper ahead of their debut season.

After displaying plenty of promise in her teens and early 20s, Macqueen spent a couple of years away from football before returning in the Victorian Amateur Football Association with Ormond last year.

Now, she is one step closer to her dream of playing at the highest...


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No boot this pre-season, Steele poised for next step

AFL 2017 Round 15 - Fremantle v St Kilda

Young St Kilda midfielder Jack Steele laid more tackles than all but one player in the game last season.

Jack Steele arrived at Linen House Centre with his foot in a moon boot last November, unable to take it off before Christmas.  He joined the main group at the end of January, played in the JLT Community Series a month later, before lining up in Round 1 for the first of 20 appearances in his first season at St Kilda.

It was far from the ideal preparation for the inside midfielder. But given what he produced on the back of a limited pre-season, and in a new environment away from home, Steele’s midfield coach, Adam Kingsley, believes the former Greater Western Sydney midfielder only scratched the surface in 2017.

“I think he’s going to jump to another level pretty quickly, based on the fact he came back out of shape due to off-season surgery last pre-season and wasn’t able to join...


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The history behind Pick No. 7

AFL 2017 Round 05 - St Kilda v Geelong

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood is arguably the best player to ever be selected at pick No. 7.

Before we look forward, let’s look back at what’s happened in the past.

For the first time in 16 years, St Kilda holds two picks inside the first ten selections in the Draft, which will be held in Sydney later this month for the second successive year.

The last time the Saints were in this position was back in the 2001 ‘Super Draft’, where then recruiting boss John Beveridge swooped on Luke Ball at pick No. 2 and Xavier Clarke at No. 5.

St Kilda then acquired two future club greats in Nick Dal Santo at No. 13 and Leigh Montagna at No. 37.

Talk about a brilliant draft class.

The expansion clubs, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney, have held pick No. 7 over the last few years, with the Suns picking Jack Scrimshaw last year and the Giants taking Jacob Hopper in 2016 and Paul Ahern a year...


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Young Saints back on deck next week

AFL 2017 Media - St Kilda Team Photo Day

Young St Kilda defender Hugh Goddard will be in full training from the first day of pre-season.

The off-season break is nearly over for St Kilda’s first to fourth-year players.

21 young Saints will return for the first day of pre-season next Wednesday, including senior regulars Jack Billings, Luke Dunstan, Blake Acres, Jade Gresham, Jack Sinclair and Jack Steele.

With the remainder of the list not starting for another fortnight, St Kilda’s Head of High Performance, Matt Hornsby, says the next generation will have the chance to set the tone from day one.

“It creates a really good opportunity for that group to lead the program and to create the level of intensity that we expect,” Hornsby told saints.com.au on Friday morning.

“So rather than having a group of senior guys who drive that, we’ve got a real opportunity for the second to fourth-year players to drive the program.

“We’ll take...


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Numbers up: What jumpers are available at your club?

Numbers available: 1, 5, 6, 10, 19, 23, 32, 36

For the first time in 13 seasons, Scott Thompson's No.5 jumper is up for grabs. The contested-ball king wore the number with distinction on 269 occasions before hanging the boots up at the end of the year. Whoever takes over will need to spend plenty of time in the gym to live up to their predecessor. While he needs a few bicep curls to gain Thompson's physique, prized recruit Bryce Gibbs would be a more than worthy recipient of the No.5, going from one midfield star to another. Gibbs wore the No.4 jumper during his 231 games at Carlton, but that already belongs to Crows forward Josh Jenkins. Fellow newcomer Sam Gibson is also likely to be changing numbers, with the No.43 he wore in 130 games at North Melbourne belonging to back-up ruckman Reilly O'BrienJake Lever's departure to Melbourne has left the No.6 jumper – taken to God-like...


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The history behind pick No. 8

AFL 2012 NAB Cup Rd 01 - Geelong v St Kilda

The best No. 8 pick this century, Jimmy Bartel, contests for a ball with a young Seb Ross in 2012.

It has been nearly two decades since St Kilda held such a strong position in the first round of the draft, back when they added Luke Ball and Xavier Clarke with two of the first five picks in 2001.

Since then, the Saints have never possessed two top-ten picks and have only had six selections inside the first ten in that time – Paddy McCartin (No. 1, 2014), Jack Billings (No. 3, 2013), Ben McEvoy (No. 9, 2007), David Armitage (No. 9, 2006), Raphael Clarke (No. 8, 2003) and Brendon Goddard (No. 1, 2002).

On November 24, St Kilda List & Recruiting Manager Tony Elshaug and his team of recruiters – Chris Liberatore, Chris Toce, Mark Smart and Wayne Hughes – will enter the 2017 NAB AFL Draft armed with picks No. 7 and No. 8, as well as No. 34 and No. 45.

The history behind pick No. 7

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No plans for national reserves comp, says AFL chief

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AFL 2017 Media - 2018 AFL Fixture Release

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: Travis Auld, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Clubs and Broadcasting of the AFL (left) and Gillon McLachlan, Chief Executive Officer of the AFL (right) address the media during the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Fixture Release at the MCG on October 31, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

The introduction of a national AFL reserves competition appears unlikely, with Gillon McLachlan playing down the prospect.

The League chief executive confirmed his team is looking at the second tier of football, but an "expensive" national reserves competition is not on the radar.

"I think it's challenging logistically and financially to have a national reserves competition and I think it would be to the detriment of the local competitions of the SANFL and the WAFL," McLachlan said in Adelaide on Thursday.  

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