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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

Recruiter Insight: Chris Liberatore

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St Kilda State Recruiting Manager Chris Liberatore looks on at Etihad Stadium earlier this year.

Ahead of next Friday night's NAB AFL Draft, where St Kilda holds picks No. 7, No. 8, No. 34 and No. 45, saints.com.au has received an insight into the world of list management from the recruiting team at Linen House Centre.

What is your pathway to recruiting at the Saints?

Started at the club on a part-time basis in 2009 in my final year of completing an Exercise Science degree.

How many years have you worked at the club and in recruiting?

Started in 2009 part-time and then became full-time at the start of 2011.

What states or territories do you cover?

I manage Victoria but as we all do, I attend games and interview players from all over the country.

Who was the best player recruited from your region in 2016?

Andrew McGrath (Pick No. 1, Essendon)

How many interstate trips have you been...


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The draft tale of two champion midfielders

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St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna chases one of draft contemporaries Sam Mitchell in one of their many battles.

Champion St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna might have just called time on his decorated career, but he almost had his name called out by another club at the 2001 National Draft.

Hawthorn held the pick before St Kilda at No. 36 and spent some time deliberating over two small midfielders who would end up becoming two of the best midfielders of their generation.

One was Montagna, who had made his mark with the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup.

The other was Sam Mitchell, who after being overlooked by every club a year earlier, had dominated under Hawthorn’s noses at Box Hill.

“There’s a story with my draft: I found out that Hawthorn was really keen to take me with pick No. 36, but they had a debate at the draft because a young player named Sam Mitchell was playing at Box Hill...


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Draft recall: The class of 2011

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The class of 2011 have quickly established themselves as key pillars in the Saints' future.

St Kilda’s crop of draftees from 2011 already appears one of the clubs best in the past 15 years, with a Trevor Barker Award winner, a senior leader and a hard-nosed half-back amongst the bunch picked six years ago.

In a year where the inclusion of Greater Western Sydney dramatically affected the draft, with the games newest franchise holding 11 of the first 14 picks, including the first five picks, the Saints have unearthed a bona fide star of the competition in this year's best and fairest winner Seb Ross.

After playing every game in 2016 to emerge as one of the most improved players at Linen House Centre, Ross leapt to new heights in 2017.

The North Ballarat Rebels product earned a spot in the All-Australian squad following a stunning year where he not only won his first Trevor Barker...


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Bye-bye bounce: Tradition set to disappear

The centre bounce will be dead within two years because junior umpires are no longer required to bounce the ball, AFL Umpires Association chief Peter Howe says.

The issue, which will be discussed at next week's AFL Commission meeting, has created division among the ruck fraternity, with several former ruck stars at odds with each other on whether the bounce should be retained or removed.

Umpires are strongly opposed to continuing the tradition, adamant that it unnecessarily places them at risk of injury.

The AFL coaches' survey in August revealed that 15 of the 18 coaches also wanted to get rid of the bounce.

The TAC Cup under-18 competition removed the bounce this year and Howe believes it's only a matter of time before the AFL follows suit.

"If the bounce remained we would need to chat with the AFL about the impact on health and wellbeing of umpires," Howe told News...


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Sinclair focused on improving again in 2018

AFL 2017 Round 17 - St Kilda v Essendon

St Kilda young gun Jack Sinclair averaged career-high numbers across the board in 2017.

He may have just produced his best season yet, but St Kilda wingman Jack Sinclair believes he still has plenty of improvement left in him.

After finding himself in and out of the team in 2016, Sinclair found a permanent home on a wing this season, where he played the final 17 games and averaged career-high numbers across the board for disposals (20.8), uncontested possessions, (12.6) score involvements (6.0) and inside 50s (2.7).

The 22-year-old, who was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in July, said a move from a forward pocket to a wing was behind his rise during the winter.

“It was a big improvement on my first couple of years, but I still feel like I’ve got plenty more improvement left in me,” Sinclair told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Tuesday night.

“I was pretty happy with my...


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Sinclair focused on improving again in 2018

AFL 2017 Round 17 - St Kilda v Essendon

St Kilda young gun Jack Sinclair averaged career-high numbers across the board in 2017.

He may have just produced his best season yet, but St Kilda wingman Jack Sinclair believes he still has plenty of improvement left in him.

After finding himself in and out of the team in 2016, Sinclair found a permanent home on a wing this season, where he played the final 17 games and averaged career-high numbers across the board for disposals (20.8), uncontested possessions, (12.6) score involvements (6.0) and inside 50s (2.7).

The 22-year-old, who was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in July, said a move from a forward pocket to a wing was behind his rise during the winter.

“It was a big improvement on my first couple of years, but I still feel like I’ve got plenty more improvement left in me,” Sinclair told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Tuesday night.

“I was pretty happy with my...


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Bye-bye bounce: Tradition set to disappear

The centre bounce will be dead within two years because junior umpires are no longer required to bounce the ball, AFL Umpires Association chief Peter Howe says.

The issue, which will be discussed at next week's AFL Commission meeting, has created division among the ruck fraternity, with several former ruck stars at odds with each other on whether the bounce should be retained or removed.

Umpires are strongly opposed to continuing the tradition, adamant that it unnecessarily places them at risk of injury.

The AFL coaches' survey in August revealed that 15 of the 18 coaches also wanted to get rid of the bounce.

The TAC Cup under-18 competition removed the bounce this year and Howe believes it's only a matter of time before the AFL follows suit.

"If the bounce remained we would need to chat with the AFL about the impact on health and wellbeing of umpires," Howe told News...


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Read more: Bye-bye bounce: Tradition set to disappear

Bye-bye bounce: Tradition set to disappear

The centre bounce will be dead within two years because junior umpires are no longer required to bounce the ball, AFL Umpires Association chief Peter Howe says.

The issue, which will be discussed at next week's AFL Commission meeting, has created division among the ruck fraternity, with several former ruck stars at odds with each other on whether the bounce should be retained or removed.

Umpires are strongly opposed to continuing the tradition, adamant that it unnecessarily places them at risk of injury.

The AFL coaches' survey in August revealed that 15 of the 18 coaches also wanted to get rid of the bounce.

The TAC Cup under-18 competition removed the bounce this year and Howe believes it's only a matter of time before the AFL follows suit.

"If the bounce remained we would need to chat with the AFL about the impact on health and wellbeing of umpires," Howe told News...


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Read more: Bye-bye bounce: Tradition set to disappear

School's out for Battle

AFL 2017 Round 17 - St Kilda v Essendon

St Kilda young forward Josh Battle celebrates his first goal in his debut against Essendon in Round 17.

School is finally out for Josh Battle.

After juggling his final year of study with his first year of senior football, the time has finally come to leave his Haileybury College uniform and his books behind.

Now, the budding forward will be at the club on a full-time basis, focused on adding to his one game of senior experience.

“I finished my exams two weeks ago, so it’s definitely good to have school out of the way now,” Battle told saints.com.au on Wednesday afternoon.

“Now that school is out of the way now I can just focus more on footy and focus on getting stronger in the gym, fitter and improving my footy all round.

“Last year we had our workloads managed a bit, but this year I think we will be thrown into the deep end a bit more which will be good.”

Battle, who was selected...


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School's out for Battle

AFL 2017 Round 17 - St Kilda v Essendon

St Kilda young forward Josh Battle celebrates his first goal in his debut against Essendon in Round 17.

School is finally out for Josh Battle.

After juggling his final year of study with his first year of senior football, the time has finally come to leave his Haileybury College uniform and his books behind.

Now, the budding forward will be at the club on a full-time basis, focused on adding to his one game of senior experience.

“I finished my exams two weeks ago, so it’s definitely good to have school out of the way now,” Battle told saints.com.au on Wednesday afternoon.

“Now that school is out of the way now I can just focus more on footy and focus on getting stronger in the gym, fitter and improving my footy all round.

“Last year we had our workloads managed a bit, but this year I think we will be thrown into the deep end a bit more which will be good.”

Battle, who was selected...


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Consistency still a big focus says Richardson

AFL 2017 Round 15 - Fremantle v St Kilda

St Kilda finished 2017 with 11 wins and in 11th position on the ladder.

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson says his side will be seeking to narrow the gap between their best and worst over the pre-season after the Saints experienced consistency issues in the second half of 2017.

The Saints were on track to return to September for the first time since 2011 when they beat eventual premiers Richmond by 67 points in Round 16, winning their fourth consecutive game to be one of the form teams in the competition at the time.

But from there, things didn’t go to plan for St Kilda. They were comfortably beaten by Essendon the following week and lost four of the next six games to fade late in the season and miss the finals again.

“At that stage, we were 9-6 and when you have a performance like that (against Richmond), that’s a real good launch pad but we weren’t able to take advantage of that,”...


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Consistency still a big focus says Richardson

AFL 2017 Round 15 - Fremantle v St Kilda

St Kilda finished 2017 with 11 wins and in 11th position on the ladder.

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson says his side will be seeking to narrow the gap between their best and worst over the pre-season after the Saints experienced consistency issues in the second half of 2017.

The Saints were on track to return to September for the first time since 2011 when they beat eventual premiers Richmond by 67 points in Round 16, winning their fourth consecutive game to be one of the form teams in the competition at the time.

But from there, things didn’t go to plan for St Kilda. They were comfortably beaten by Essendon the following week and lost four of the next six games to fade late in the season and miss the finals again.

“At that stage, we were 9-6 and when you have a performance like that (against Richmond), that’s a real good launch pad but we weren’t able to take advantage of that,”...


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St Kilda's best value draft picks since 2000

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Before Jack Steven was a three-time Trevor Barker Award winner, he was a Geelong Falcon.

Sometimes the best things are harder to find.

While St Kilda will enter the draft with two picks inside the top ten – No. 7 and No. 8 – for the first time since 2001, the Saints will also have a pick late in the second-round, No. 34, as well as one halfway through the third-round, No. 45.

Two of the clubs best midfielders from the last couple of decades were recruited amid this range of picks.

When legendary recruiter John Beveridge was the recruiting boss, the Saints acquired recently retired dual All-Australian Leigh Montagna with pick No. 37 in 2001.

Six years later, St Kilda selected now three-time Trevor Barker Award winner Jack Steven with No. 42 in 2007.

The Saints also struck gold even deeper in the draft, unearthing a 21-year-old Sam Fisher from West Adelaide in 2003, who then went on...


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St Kilda's best value draft picks since 2000

jacksteventaccup.jpg

Before Jack Steven was a three-time Trevor Barker Award winner, he was a Geelong Falcon.

Sometimes the best things are harder to find.

While St Kilda will enter the draft with two picks inside the top ten – No. 7 and No. 8 – for the first time since 2001, the Saints will also have a pick late in the second-round, No. 34, as well as one halfway through the third-round, No. 45.

Two of the clubs best midfielders from the last couple of decades were recruited amid this range of picks.

When legendary recruiter John Beveridge was the recruiting boss, the Saints acquired recently retired dual All-Australian Leigh Montagna with pick No. 37 in 2001.

Six years later, St Kilda selected now three-time Trevor Barker Award winner Jack Steven with No. 42 in 2007.

The Saints also struck gold even deeper in the draft, unearthing a 21-year-old Sam Fisher from West Adelaide in 2003, who then went on...


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Read more: St Kilda's best value draft picks since 2000

Finals absence driving Billings

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Emerging star Jack Billings at the Saints' first to fourth year camp in country Victoria.

St Kilda young gun Jack Billings is desperate to experience finals football after missing out on playing in September during his first four seasons in the AFL.

The 2013 No. 3 pick demonstrated why the club paid such a high price for his services, producing the best season of burgeoning career in 2017.

Billings, 21, averaged 23.1 disposals – including 10 hauls of 25 touches or more – 8.3 score involvements, 4.0 inside 50s and kicked 23.36 across 22 appearances to take the next step this year.

And now he wants to part of a group that takes the next step.

“I’m so hungry to play finals, enough is enough, I just really want to play finals next year and hopefully go deep,” Billings told Channel Nine and St Kilda’s first to fourth-year camp at Larnoo Pastoral in country Victoria.

“I think the...


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Finals absence driving Billings

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Emerging star Jack Billings at the Saints' first to fourth year camp in country Victoria.

St Kilda young gun Jack Billings is desperate to experience finals football after missing out on playing in September during his first four seasons in the AFL.

The 2013 No. 3 pick demonstrated why the club paid such a high price for his services, producing the best season of burgeoning career in 2017.

Billings, 21, averaged 23.1 disposals – including 10 hauls of 25 touches or more – 8.3 score involvements, 4.0 inside 50s and kicked 23.36 across 22 appearances to take the next step this year.

And now he wants to part of a group that takes the next step.

“I’m so hungry to play finals, enough is enough, I just really want to play finals next year and hopefully go deep,” Billings told Channel Nine and St Kilda’s first to fourth-year camp at Larnoo Pastoral in country Victoria.

“I think the...


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St Kilda's history in the first-round of the AFL Draft

AFL 2011 Media - Draft Combine Day 2

Before Seb Ross was a Trevor Barker Award winner, he was taken deep in the first-round of the 2011 AFL Draft.

St Kilda will enter next Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft with two picks inside the first half of the opening round.

While the Saints have had multiple first-round picks since the start of this century, it’s the first time since 2001 that the club will have two top-ten picks.

St Kilda has had some strong success in the first-round since 2000 with captains and best and fairest winners taken at the pointy end of the draft.

This year’s Trevor Barker Award winner, Seb Ross, was taken late in the first round back in 2011, back when the draft was significantly impacted by the inclusion of Greater Western Sydney and Gold Coast.

Highly rated young guns Paddy McCartin and Jack Billings were taken at pick No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in consecutive years to fatten up the Saints' top end...


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St Kilda's history in the first-round of the AFL Draft

AFL 2011 Media - Draft Combine Day 2

Before Seb Ross was a Trevor Barker Award winner, he was taken deep in the first-round of the 2011 AFL Draft.

St Kilda will enter next Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft with two picks inside the first half of the opening round.

While the Saints have had multiple first-round picks since the start of this century, it’s the first time since 2001 that the club will have two top-ten picks.

St Kilda has had some strong success in the first-round since 2000 with captains and best and fairest winners taken at the pointy end of the draft.

This year’s Trevor Barker Award winner, Seb Ross, was taken late in the first round back in 2011, back when the draft was significantly impacted by the inclusion of Greater Western Sydney and Gold Coast.

Highly rated young guns Paddy McCartin and Jack Billings were taken at pick No. 1 and No. 3 respectively in consecutive years to fatten up the Saints' top end...


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Read more: St Kilda's history in the first-round of the AFL Draft

Lifelong fans sign with the Saints

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Isabel Quintal and Georgia Ricardo are the latest players to commit to the Southern Saints next year.

Two lifelong St Kilda supporters are the latest players to sign with the Southern Saints ahead of their first season in the VFLW competition.

After narrowly missing out on being drafted last month, Sandringham Dragons pair, Isabel Quintal and Georgia Ricardo, put pen to paper on Tuesday, becoming the fourth and fifth players to commit to the Saints for 2018.

“I barrack for St Kilda so it was a no-brainer for me," Quintal told saints.com.au after signing with the club on Tuesday.

"The club has always been involved in my life; my Dad and I bond over St Kilda like no tomorrow."

Ricardo was born into a St Kilda family and has experienced all the ups and downs associated with following the red, white and black.

She was there in 2009 and again in 2010. And now she is one step closer to...


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Lifelong fans sign with the Saints

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Isabel Quintal and Georgia Ricardo are the latest players to commit to the Southern Saints next year.

Two lifelong St Kilda supporters are the latest players to sign with the Southern Saints ahead of their first season in the VFLW competition.

After narrowly missing out on being drafted last month, Sandringham Dragons pair, Isabel Quintal and Georgia Ricardo, put pen to paper on Tuesday, becoming the fourth and fifth players to commit to the Saints for 2018.

“I barrack for St Kilda so it was a no-brainer for me," Quintal told saints.com.au after signing with the club on Tuesday.

"The club has always been involved in my life; my Dad and I bond over St Kilda like no tomorrow."

Ricardo was born into a St Kilda family and has experienced all the ups and downs associated with following the red, white and black.

She was there in 2009 and again in 2010. And now she is one step closer to...


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