Season 2019 - St Kilda


They don’t build step ladders like they used to :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Surely by now the St Kilda scouting and recruiting team have enshrined “never ever ever deal with Essendon ever again” into the club’s constitution.


I think weve got one of those with Hawthorn


“(T)His back is ■■■■■■!”


He hasn’t exactly played it smart after that comment but that’s unfortunate. Feel for the guy.


Saints worry for key pair after further health scares

Michael Gleeson

By Michael Gleeson

March 10, 2019 — 8.52pm

St Kilda’s Dylan Roberton “felt wonky” and was treated for heart trouble after the game, while Paddy McCartin suffered another concussion in the club’s JLT match on Sunday.

Roberton, who collapsed on the field due to a heart irregularity last April and did not play again in 2018, has been playing with a small electronic device inserted in his chest to measure his heart, which is set to activate and correct abnormalities should they occur.

Out of sorts: Saint Dylan Roberton.

Out of sorts: Saint Dylan Roberton.CREDIT:WAYNE LUDBEY

He finished the game against the Western Bulldogs “feeling wonky”, and was treated by doctors. Paramedics were also called to the rooms and attended to the defender.

Coach Alan Richardson later said Roberton had felt unwell and was worried given his history, but that he was soon feeling ok in the rooms. He will have extensive tests this week.


Richardson said the doctor addressed all players in the rooms to explain the situation because they were worried for their teammate.

“Dylan just felt a little bit off, right at the end. The siren went so you can imagine given what Robbo has been through the doctors were pretty keen to get him in and analyse him and make sure he was ok,” Richardson said.

On-field incident: Dylan Roberton after collapsing during round 4 in April last year.

On-field incident: Dylan Roberton after collapsing during round 4 in April last year.CREDIT:FOX FOOTY

“I am not sure exactly where that will end up. He is fine, he is in there, he is sitting up. He is having a bit of a laugh with his mates so we will just have to see where that goes.”

The players were worried when they returned to the rooms to see Roberton being treated by doctors.

"The doctor came out and spoke to the group but Robbo is fine. The doctors almost admitted they are probably overplaying this, and being a bit over the top in terms of being cautious.

"But because of the way he felt and because of his history there will be more tests than would normally be the case. He had a stress test on Tuesday to make sure everything was tracking ok and he was going really well. He felt brilliant right up until he came off. He felt a little bit off colour at the end.

“He just didn’t feel right - they were his words. And I could imagine given what he has been through if you feel a bit crook you go and tell the doc look I am not feeling the best. But we are confident that we know he is in really good hands and they will do the tests and we will just monitor him from here.”

Saint scare: Paddy McCartin's pre-season comes to a worrying end with another knock to the head.

Saint scare: Paddy McCartin’s pre-season comes to a worrying end with another knock to the head.CREDIT:AFL MEDIA

St Kilda full forward Paddy McCartin, who has suffered seven concussions from 2014 and missed long periods out of the game, suffered another concussion and sat out the second half of the match.

McCartin was moving well and looking good when towards the half-time break he was struck in the head in a marking contest. While jumping from side-on into a pack his head hit the waist and ribs of teammate Ben Long who was jumping in from the other direction to spoil. It did not look a heavy blow.


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“Paddy obviously was concussed so he will just be assessed as per normal, You just wait to see from a symptoms point of view,” Richardson said.

"We all know Paddy has had a little bit of history there so JLT we are not going to take any risks.

"He is fine in there now he will need a bit of time to clear the head … when he is right he is right, we don’t know when that could be. It could be he is right by Tuesday it might be it takes a little bit longer.

"With Paddy, we’re concerned because he has had a few head knocks. It’s not necessarily because of a history of head knocks that it’s incredibly dire. No. Everybody is different in terms of how they recover, particularly when there has been significant gaps between knocks.

"Our doctors are basically saying that the fact he has had a bit of history is not too much of an issue in terms of going forward. We weren’t going to risk anything at all today, but we are really confident Pat will be ok. I can’t tell you when that will be. I think it will be relatively quickly.

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St Kilda were boosted by the return of Jack Steven from a break in Broome as he dealt with mental health and personal issues. The star midfielder was in attendance to watch the Saints get up over the Bulldogs on Sunday in their JLT Series clash.


I don’t have a lot of appreciation for the St Kilda Football Club but you do have to feel for McCartin and Roberton . McCartin looks like he has all the tools but is concussed every time he steps over the boundary line.


He’s gotta be doing something wrong or there is something lingering wrong. No normal footballer gets concussed that much. It can’t be a coincidence, and it can’t be good


For some people, each concussion makes it easier to be re-concussed. Pretty sad.


He is playing the wrong game for him I think. I’m not sure a collision sport is a wise choice if you get concussed as easily as he does.


Hence my comment something isn’t right. No ordinary footballer just keeps getting concussed


Finish up Paddy. Its not worth it


could a positional change in the backline potentially curb this?


Coupled with retirement, yes, certainly.


Doubt it. Most of his knocks are quite innocuous and could happen anywhere on the ground.
He really should be thinking about pulling the pin and hope family and loved ones are discussing it with him


That hit from the weekend looked like a contest that happens thousands of times a year. Not great for the fella


How much of a ■■■■■■■■ is Jonathan Brown?

Saying on AFL360 that McCartin needs to be more resilient and get up quicker from some of these hits.
FFS Brown, you obviously got too many hits to the head yourself mate.


he lost the majority of his brains on ground at the gabba


I have (for a long time) suspected that he is suffering from mild brain damage. There can be no other explanation.


You’re too kind. It’s clearly more than mild brain damage.