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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.

  • * 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

Back to the future

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AFL 2016 Rd 21 - St Kilda v Sydney

Daniel McKenzie played seven of the final eight games of last season to take his career tally to 16 games.

A switch from the wing to half-back was the catalyst behind Daniel McKenzie’s strong finish to 2016, which has now culminated in a two-year contract extension on the eve of his third season.

The 20-year-old inked a new deal with St Kilda on Monday, tying him to the club who picked him with selection No. 22 in the 2014 National Draft until at least the end of 2019.

After playing seven of the final eight games last year and finding a home as a small defender, McKenzie said he was thrilled to extend his time at St Kilda as he looks to secure a spot at half-back in 2017.

“(I’m) very happy. My contract ended at the end of this year, so just to get that confirmed at the start of the year is really good for the self-confidence,” McKenzie told saints.com.au on Monday afternoon.

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Etihad Stadium racing against time to be fit for round one

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AFL 2016 Rd 23 - St Kilda v Brisbane

The last time St Kilda played for premiership points at Etihad Stadium, Nick Riewoldt booted nine goals against Brisbane.

Etihad Stadium management is confident the turf will be up to AFL standard in time for round one, despite back-to-back concerts being held at the venue in the last fortnight.

Grammy-winning singer Adele's 360-degree stage was still being dismantled in the middle of the stadium on Monday morning following her Saturday and Sunday concerts, which attracted more than 75,000 fans each night.

A week earlier, Etihad Stadium hosted pop star Justin Bieber.

In five days time, the Docklands venue will host its first game for the 2017 season between St Kilda and Melbourne.

A spokesperson for Etihad Stadium conceded staff had "a lot of work ahead of them to get the venue up to standard", but was confident the ground would be ready by Saturday.

It is expected that the...

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AFL Media Season Preview

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AFL 2016 Rd 14 - Photographers Choice

Can St Kilda return to September this season?

Best 22 – round one

B: Dylan Roberton, Nathan Brown, Jarryn Geary
HB: Shane Savage, Jake Carlisle, Sean Dempster
C: Jack Newnes, David Armitage, Nick Riewoldt
HF: Tim Membrey, Josh Bruce, Jack Billings
F: Jade Gresham, Paddy McCartin, Mav Weller
Foll: Tom Hickey, Seb Ross, Jack Steven
I/C: Luke Dunstan, Jack Steele, Sam Gilbert, Daniel McKenzie

Injury list

The Saints have only one player from their best team missing but all their concerns are in the backline. Leigh Montagna won't play round one with a right calf strain but hopes to make the trip to face West Coast the following week. Key defender Hugh Goddard will be out until the middle of the year after a ruptured left Achilles tendon while Bailey Rice will miss another three weeks with a broken finger. Rookie Nick Coughlan is out indefinitely after a stress fracture in his right foot.


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Riewoldt and Steven feature in Robinson's top 50

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AFL 2016 Rd 09 - St Kilda v Essendon

Nick Riewoldt and Jack Steven have featured prominently on a number of top 50 lists on the eve of the 2017 season.

For a long time it was Mike Sheahan’s top 50, now it is Mark Robinson’s list of the game’s elite.

The Herald Sun’s chief football writer has revealed the bi-annual top 50 on the eve of the 2017 season, with the criteria being simple: put every AFL player up against the wall and pick them one by one.

On this list of the best of the current best sits two St Kilda superstars: six-time best and fairest winner Nick Riewoldt and reigning Trevor Barker Award winner Jack Steven.

After being named at No. 25 in the AFL Players’ Top 50, Riewoldt comes in two places higher on Robinson’s list at No. 23.

The 34-year-old produced a stunning season last year, splitting his time between the wing and inside 50 where he booted 41 goals (second most at St Kilda), hauled in 10.6 marks per...

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The Traders' final Fantasy team revealed

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AFL 2017 Portraits - St Kilda

New St Kilda midfielder Jack Steele has emerged as an attractive AFL Fantasy proposition.

Finalising your AFL Fantasy Classic team is hard enough at this time of year - so can you imagine how hard it is sitting around a table for what was supposed to be one or two quiet beverages and trying to please three people at once.

It was almost like a 10-round heavyweight fight in the end, where he who lasted the longest got the player they wanted, but that is what the Traders did in order to put this team together.

Strategically, I'm not sure what you would call it … there are guns, rookies, roses and mid-priced players, so I guess at the end of the day, we just hunted value.

Let’s take a look at each line where we began selection with non-negotiables - players we all currently have in our personal sides and have no intention of removing.


Non-negotiables: Taylor Adams (MID,...

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New President's Table - Corporate Hospitality

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Celebrate the beginning of the 2017 AFL Premiership Season in style with St Kilda Football Club’s premier game day hospitality offering; the newly created President’s Table, presented by AVJennings, in conjunction with Halo Coterie Group, provides the opportunity for you to join club directors, executives and special guests for a unique and exclusive experience.

Enjoy an intimate and atmospheric shared dining setting while you listen to MC Bruce Eva speak with special guests; recently retired Saint Sam Fisher and Director of Coaching and Development, Danny Sexton. The President’s Table boasts premium beverages until 30 minutes’ after the final siren, a gourmet banquet style menu and live entertainment. Take advantage of Saints' business to business opportunities in an exquisite and professional setting.

Entertain clients and network with sponsors, VIP guests and corporate partners in...

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The day Geary kicked seven goals on Selwood

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AFL 2017 Media - AFL Captains Day

Jarryn Geary and Joel Selwood walk across the MCG on Thursday with the rest of the competitions captain's.

Many years ago, before Jarryn Geary was one of the AFL’s most reliable small defenders, the new Saints skipper booted seven goals from the midfield while opposing Geelong captain Joel Selwood, who also finished with seven of his own in the under-13 game.

Growing up in Bendigo, the pair went to high school together, played against each other in junior football – Geary at Eaglehawk and Selwood at Sandhurst – before they joined forces in the midfield at the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup.

“We did have a game back in the early 2000s in an under-13 game where he was on one side and I was on the other and we both kicked seven (goals) in the game and that’s a game that we keep reminding each other of,” Selwood told saints.com.au at AFL Captain’s Day.

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What really happens from the bench?

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An AFL interchange bench can look like a cluttered mess at times with a bunch of people operating in a tiny space. But just like a Formula 1 pit stop, everyone has a designated role to ensure the organised chaos functions as smoothly as possible. At a time where GPS monitors measure every movement, high performance staff keep their athletes finely tuned and coaches feed instant feedback and analysis from the box to the bench, this area is a constant hive of activity.

At Ikon Park, I tucked myself into the far right hand corner of the bench to observe the operation close up. With Alan Richardson parked at the other end of the back row, and with the players in front of him, I sat amongst the high performance and medical teams who resolved problems on the run. Beside us sat the runner and two other coaches who ran the rotations and roles from ground level. While it was only a practice...

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2017 Captain’s Clinic

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Our first Captain’s Clinic for 2017 is almost here! The Captain’s Clinic is FREE for all Junior Members and provides the opportunity to learn from and play footy with your favourite Saints players.

Not a member? Don’t stress, you won’t miss out if you join as a Junior Member today: (link to Junior Memberships page)

Where: Linen House Centre

When: Tuesday 4 April

Time: Clinic 1 (Ages 5-9) 1:30-2:45pm

Clinic 2 (Ages 10-14) 3:30-5pm

Places are limited and bookings are essential. Last year, spaces filled quickly so don’t forget to register. To book, click here* and enter your Member ID and Password or call the Membership Support Team on 1300 467 246.

Junior members who have registered will be required to collect a wrist band on the day of the clinic so please arrive no later than half an hour prior to your clinic start time. A signing session will be held for all participants from 2:45pm...

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AFL skippers tip St Kilda to rise in 2017

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AFL 2017 Media - AFL Captains Day

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: The captains walk towards the press conference during the AFL Captains Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

St Kilda and Melbourne have been widely tipped as the big improvers in 2017, but asked to decide between them, the 18 AFL captains believe the Saints are better placed for September football this year.

The results of the annual pre-season captains' survey have been released with 11 captains nominating St Kilda as finalists this year compared to six for Melbourne. 

The Saints finished ninth last season with 12 wins, while Melbourne finished 10th with 10 wins. 

Sydney was the only club unanimously selected to play finals in 2017, while crosstown Greater Western Sydney was the clear premiership favourite. 

The captains were asked which seven other teams, apart from their...

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Geary: Selection headache a great problem to have

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AFL 2017 Portraits - AFL Captains Day

New St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary at the annual AFL Captain's Day on Thursday.

Alan Richardson and the match committee at Linen House Centre are in for a long deliberation over selection before finalising their Round 1 side against Melbourne, says new skipper Jarryn Geary.

Competition for spots has never been more hotly contested during Richardson’s tenure at the club, with the arrival of fresh faces and the continued emergence of youngsters raising the depth and talent pool at the club.

Speaking at his first appearance at AFL Captain’s Day, Geary said the selection conundrum is a problem every side wants to have as it increases the importance of performing each and every week.

“It’s going to be a massive headache for ‘Richo’ all week,” Geary told saints.com.au at the MCG on Thursday.

“He’ll probably be swapping the magnets over a few times with a few different positions but it’s...

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Behind the numbers: JLT Community Series Stats

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Carlton v St Kilda

Off-season acquisition Jack Steele produced a strong JLT Community Series to press his case for a spot in Round 1.

saints.com.au has taken a closer look at some of the numbers to emerge from the JLT Community Series. Who did what against Port Adelaide, Carlton and Sydney?

St Kilda’s evolving engine room put together a strong JLT Community Series, with new recruit Jack Steele, rejuvenated bull David Armitage, highly rated wingman Jack Billings and reigning Trevor Barker Award winner Jack Steven leading the charge.

Across all three games, St Kilda was ranked No. 1 for inside 50 differential (+11.7), clearance differential (+12.7), tackle differential (+19.5) and time in forward half differential (+10:43).

On the back of work from Steele, who averaged 11.5 contested possessions from his two full games, Armitage who averaged 10.0 from his two full games and Luke Dunstan, who accumulated...

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Riewoldt and Steven named in AFL Players' Top 50

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AFL 2017 Media - St Kilda Team Photo Day

St Kilda royalty: Jack Steven and Nick Riewoldt have nine Trevor Barker Awards between them.

St Kilda superstars Nick Riewoldt and Jack Steven have both been included in the AFL players’ Top 50, after every player in the competition voted on who they rated most.

Reigning Trevor Barker Award winner Steven, who has won three of St Kilda’s last four best and fairest’s, is ranked No. 35 on the list, narrowly behind club captains Nathan Jones and Jarryd Roughed.

The 26-year-old ball magnet was included in last year’s All-Australian squad after averaging 28.0 possessions (11.3 contested), 5.6 tackles, 5.5 clearances and 5.3 inside 50s (No. 3 in the AFL) across all 22 games in 2016.

The JLT Community Series Wash-Up

After finishing third in the best and fairest – a prize he has won on six occasions – in his 16th season in the AFL, Riewoldt comes in at No. 25 on the list of the AFL’s...

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The JLT Community Series Wash-Up

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - St Kilda v Sydney

Will Tom Hickey's brilliant display against Sydney on Sunday night cement his spot for Round 1?

Fresh start, fresh Armitage

This time last year, David Armitage got to the starting line underdone. He didn’t feature in any of the pre-season games and was barely sighted with the main group over the summer due to a debilitating back injury. Fast forward 12 months and the contrast couldn’t be starker. The 28-year-old has completed a comprehensive pre-season program, appeared in all three JLT Community Series games and found some form ahead of the Saints season opener against Melbourne. After gathering 23 disposals, seven inside 50s and five clearances against Port Adelaide, Armitage played less than a half at Ikon Park as part of his load management program, before he finished the series with 26 possessions (11 contested) and seven tackles against Sydney in Albury. With the back injury...

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Away routine a focus in Albury reveals Weller

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Mav Weller: Press Conference (14/3) Mav Weller spoke to the media today from Linen House Centre (Tues 14 March, 2017)

St Kilda used their trip to Albury on the weekend as an opportunity to practice their away game routine as the Saints look to eradicate poor interstate form, according to Maverick Weller.

Despite producing their best season since 2011 last year, the Saints struggled against some of the best teams in the competition and on the road, where heavy losses against West Coast, Adelaide and Gold Coast tarnished an otherwise impressive season.

Weller, who came from the ground with a corked leg in Sunday night's loss to Sydney is set to be fit for Round 1, revealed the club adopted a less structured pre-game routine to allow individuals to do what they would normally do before a game in Melbourne.

“We had a real focus on it. We tried some new things and I think overall it...

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Richardson pleased with JLT form

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - St Kilda v Sydney

St Kilda won two of their three JLT Community Series games.

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson is pleased with his side's effort over the JLT Community Series, but says there are still a few wrinkles to be ironed out ahead of their season opener against Melbourne.

The Saints were dominant early in their opening pre-season game against Port Adelaide before eventually winning by the narrowest of margins. They then beat Carlton by 15-goals in a dominant display at Ikon Park, before pushing Sydney all the way on Sunday night.

Speaking on Melbourne radio station RSN, Richardson said he was happy with St Kilda’s ability to transfer their pre-season practice into games, particularly when they were challenged by the Swans and fought back in the second half in Albury.

“There have been parts of it that are really pleasing. We spoke pre-game about what we were looking to achieve given it was our...

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'That was a little bit of an eye-opener'

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AFL 2016 Rd 18 - Western Bulldogs v St Kilda

Star midfielder David Armitage has completed his best pre-season in years and is raring to go this season.

David Armitage was told last October that he had a weaker back than people aged between 50 and 70. After spending more than two years exploring a range of resolutions to fix his debilitating back issue, the star midfielder was at a loss before he tried the Kieser program.

Coming off an almost non-existent pre-season, the 28-year-old managed to play every game in 2016 but just got through, not reaching anywhere near his career-best form from 12 months earlier, where he finished runner-up in the Trevor Barker Award.

After seeing surgeons and specialists, Armitage decided to give the Kieser program – a combination of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training – a go. He hasn’t looked back since with the unique blend of physiotherapy and conditioning helping rejuvenate the...

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The JLT ladder: Who comes out on top?

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Expectations of a tight season have only been confirmed during the pre-season with no team winning every game and 10 of the 27 games decided by 10 points or less.

Forgetting the vagaries of nine-point supergoals, weather conditions and the obvious selection and game time discrepancies, AFL.com.au put together a ladder based on the win-loss and percentage after the JLT Community Series.

It showed the Saints – helped by the 92-point thumping of an inexperienced Carlton – to be on top with a whopping percentage of 155.2. St Kilda's three-point loss to Sydney in the final game of the pre-season series was its only loss for the competition, form which is likely to stand it in good stead as it aims to make finals for the first time since 2011.

Those with long memories will recall a less than excited skipper Lenny Hayes and former coach Grant Thomas holding up the Wizard Cup after the Saints...

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Geary: We're ready for Round 1 now

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JLT Post-match: Jarryn Geary Tom Hickey spoke to saints.com.au after the Saints final game of the 2017 JLT Community Series, played against Sydney Swans in Albury.

AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - St Kilda v Port Adelaide

Jarryn Geary has played two games across the JLT Community Series.

With the JLT Community Series coming to an end in Albury on Sunday night, St Kilda Captain Jarryn Geary is confident the Saints have laid the right foundations to launch from this season.

After wins over Port Adelaide and Carlton, followed by a positive performance against Sydney in southern New South Wales, St Kilda has built some momentum ahead of their season opener against Melbourne in 12 days time.

In difficult conditions at Lavington Sports Ground, St Kilda overcame a slow start to challenge last year’s grand finalists across the second half, before eventually falling three points short.

“I think we were pretty positive. Sydney have been a really...

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JLT 3: Who? What? Where?

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - St Kilda v Sydney

ALBURY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Dylan Roberton of the Saints evades Lance Franklin of the Swans during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans at the Lavington Sports Ground on March 12, 2017 in Albury, Australia. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)

St Kilda end JLT Series campaign with three-point loss to Sydney
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March 12 – Gilbert Gardiner

ST Kilda lost the battle Sunday night but the war is far from over.

The Saints are coming in 2017 despite the hard-fought 10.14 (74) loss to Sydney 11.11 (77) at Lavington Sports Ground in Albury.

While it may be foolish to suggest the second-longest VFL-AFL premiership drought is at risk, the Saints showcased the skill set, tenacity and hard-edge needed in September.

Tom Hickey dominated the ruck against inferior opponents — Sam Naismith, Darcy Cameron — after half-time.

The big man worked...

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