Coach – Alan Richardson
Points For – 12h
Points Against –11th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Seb Ross
- Dylan Roberton
- Jarryn Geary
- Jake Carlisle
- Jack Billings
2017 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Logan Austin, Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Oscar Clavarino, Ben Paton, Doulton Langlands, Lewis Pierce
Outs – Nick Reiwoldt, Sean Dempster, Leigh Montagna, Nick Coughlan, Joe Baker-Thomas, Jason Holmes, Nick O’Kearney
Predicted by many to make finals last year, St Kilda struggled to get traction for long periods of the season and in the end just werent good enough.
The backline looked better than it has in recent years. Carlisle finally got to make an impact on the field and for the most part was as good as we know he can be. Brown gets the job done but I think they will be hoping Hugh Goddard steps up this year. Gilbert is counting the days and they need tall support. The running half backs will change this year as well with Montagna making way. Webster is an excellent kick and Roberton is coming off a career best season.
The midfield is an issue. It looks one paced and struggles against pacier midfields when they are a run on. They have grunt but not enough class on the outside. Billings looks like the player who could change that but struggles with consistency. Ross was another player who had his best season last year and I think still has scope for growth. Stevens, Steele and Newnes do their it but there is a sameness about the midfield and I am not sure they have an answer on their list for it.
The forward line will miss Reiwoldt. They have capable KP players in Membrey and Bruce but they really do need McCartin to step up and hold down a spot. I am not sure he can despite the positive fluff coming out of Moorabbin/Seaford. Gresham is a very talent kid who may start to drift into the midfield more but they need him up forward more right now.
The rucks are thin. Longer seems a talented kid but last year Hickey looked so far out of his depth against us that I actually almost felt sorry for him. I am sure he has upside but they would not want an injury to Longer.
Of all the contract extensions, Richardson’s last year was odd. Far from proven and I am sure not in demand, The Saints gave him a two year extension. This is the year he needs to repay that faith. It would need to be one out of the box as their list doesnt look good enough for a meteoric rise from what I can see. I dont see them making the eight. I think they will look like they can for a large part of the season and finally finish up 10-12.