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.
After coming agonisingly close to a second premiership in 2009 and 2010, the Saints have been rebuilding since their last finals campaign in 2011 and have not made the top eight since.
Can St Kilda ever add to their trophy cabinet? Let’s see what the bookies think of their chances in the upcoming AFL campaign.
About the St Kilda Saints
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||1 – 1966|
|2019 ladder finish:||14th|
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Updated St Kilda Saints futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$34||$3||$8.40||J Billings $101||M King $15||T Membrey $67|
|Feb||$34||$3||$8.40||J Billings $101||M King $15||T Membrey $67|
|Mar||$34||$3||$8.40||J Billings $101||M King $15||T Membrey $67|
|May||$41||$2.75||$8.50||J Billings $101||M King $8||T Membrey $51|
|Jun||$41||$2.75||$8.50||J Billings $101||M King $8||T Membrey $51|
|Jul||$23||$1.83||$4.20||J Billings $51||M King $4||D Butler $26|
|Aug||$34||$1.33||$3||J Steele $34||M King $5.50||D Butler $34|
Best St Kilda bets for the 2020 AFL season
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- Don’t even think about it. While the appointment of Brett Ratten is a step in the right direction, the Saints are many years away from their next premiership window.
- Although 2019 was a bust for St Kilda, there were plenty of positives to take out of the season. If a few of their younger talents kick on and their older recruits deliver the goods, they could creep into finals contention. That said, a few other teams – Hawthorn, Melbourne, maybe even Carlton – are ahead of them in the queue.
- The big knock on St Kilda’s list is the lack of A-grade midfield talent, and that shows in the Brownlow Medal betting. The Saints have nobody quoted at less than $101 in the preseason markets, with Jack Billings and Seb Ross the best of the bunch.
- St Kilda resisted the urge to rush in Max King when things went south last year. Now fully recovered from a knee injury sustained in his draft year, the big forward offers good value in the early markets for the 2020 AFL Rising Star.
- It would be a huge surprise if any St Kilda forward made a real dash for the Coleman Medal this year. Tim Membrey topped the club goalkicking in 2019 with 44, so he would have to add around 20 goals to his game to compete with the likes of Tom Lynch, Ben Brown and Jack Darling.
St Kilda players to watch in 2020
Hannebery’s move to St Kilda was one of the most discussed pieces of business in the 2018 trade window. The former Sydney Swans premiership player managed only five appearances last season, so the jury is still out.
Ryder was one of several veteran recruits to land at Moorabbin in the last trade period. It will be interesting to see how the classy ruckman dovetails with Rowan Marshall, St Kilda’s breakout star of 2019.
After the Paddy McCartin fiasco, St Kilda fans would have every right to be wary of another highly touted young forward with pre-existing fitness issues. King, however, looks like a risk well worth taking.
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)