The St Kilda Football Club’s wait for a premiership is one of the longest in Australian football.
Since their inception in 1897, the Saints and their long-suffering fans have tasted the ultimate success just once – by one point over Collingwood in 1966.
St Kilda’s history is that of a perpetually underachieving team. The Saints have won more wooden spoons (27) than any other team in the history of the VFL/AFL and have often been mired in mediocrity and scandal.
The club has had its chances to change its fate. It has played in eight grand finals (including one replay final after a draw in 2010), with one solitary triumph.
While pain and heartbreak has become part of the identity of the club and its fans, there’s no doubt that the Saints have fielded some of the absolute greats of the game – individual champions that will go down in football folklore.
A St Kilda player has been awarded the Brownlow Medal 10 times. Notably, Ian Stewart and Robert Harvey both won back-to-back awards and the AFL’s goalkicking record holder, Tony Lockett, was the last full-forward to win the medal.
Having ending their finals drought in 2020, there is a sense of optimism about this St Kilda side under Brett Ratten. Let’s see what the bookies think of their chances in the upcoming AFL campaign.
About the St Kilda Saints
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Captains:||Jarryn Geary, Jack Steele|
|Premierships:||1 – 1966|
|2020 ladder finish:||6th (10-7)|
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Updated St Kilda Saints futures betting
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$21||$2||J Steele $21||J Bytel $51||M King $31|
|Apr||$31||$3||J Steele $21||J Bytel $81||M King $41|
|May||$51||$4.50||J Steele $15||J Bytel $101||M King $81|
|Jun||$101||$6||J Steele $18||T Highmore $81||M King $101|
|Jul||$67||$3.20||J Steele $15||T Highmore $51||M King $251|
|Aug||$501||$14||J Steele $21||T Highmore $151||–|
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- Brett Ratten’s first season at the helm was a huge success, but are the Saints ready to challenge for top honours? We have seen bolters do the job in the past, but a lot would have to go right for the St Kilda to trump the likes of Richmond, Geelong, Brisbane and Port Adelaide.
- Some punters are loading up on St Kilda to push into the top four this season, but they would have to climb past some pretty good teams to get there. They finished sixth last year and should be around that mark again.
- Jack Steele enjoyed a breakout year in 2020, and the new St Kilda co-captain looms as a very attractive smokey in the Brownlow Medal betting this season. What makes Steele especially alluring is that he is the clear standout in the Saints’ midfield, so he shouldn’t have too many votes sharked off him.
St Kilda players to watch in 2021
Jack Steele has been a very good player for a few years now, but he went to another level in 2020. Now a co-captain alongside Jarryn Geary, the next test for Steele is to maintain those standards while leading this emerging Saints side.
The ruck combination of Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder was a key ingredient in St Kilda’s rise up the ladder last season. Marshall’s size, skill and athleticism make him a nightmare to match up on, as does his ability to go forward and hit the scoreboard.
After several injury setbacks, Max King finally made his AFL bow in 2020 and showed exactly why the Saints took him at no.4 in the 2018 draft. Boasting a huge reach and impressive skills for a big man, there is no doubting that he possesses the attributes required to become a star of the game.
St Kilda Saints records
Most matches: Robert Harvey – 383 (1988–2008)
Most goals kicked in one match: Tony Lockett – 15 (1992)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Nick Riewoldt – five (2002, 2004, 2006-07, 2009)
Most matches as coach: Alan Jeans – 332 (1961–1976)
Most goals in a season: Tony Lockett – 132 (1992)
Most career goals: Tony Lockett – 898 (1983–1994)