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, both Ian Stewart and Robert Harvey both won back-to-back awards and the AFL’s goal-kicking record holder, Tony Lockett, was the last full forward to win the medal in 1987.
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 the Saints 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|
|2018 ladder finish:||16th|
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Updated St Kilda Saints futures betting
|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$67||$6||$8||J Steven $51||T Membrey $81|
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- Even the most hopeful St Kilda fans would know that the $34 on the Saints to win the AFL premiership in 2018 may as well be $2000.
Yes, if everything goes right for the club, if the young kids really come along and grow together, nothing is impossible, especially following the 2017 Richmond premiership. But, the reality is the Saints are more likely to miss the finals then make them and while they would expect improvement on their 11th placing last season, a premiership is a pipe dream at best.
- Top 8 betting is one of the most interesting markets surrounding the Saints in 2018.
After seven years out of the finals, is St Kilda ready to climb back into the finals? Much will depend on its young brigade taking the next step, led by former number one draft pick, Paddy McCartin. With the retirement of club champion Nick Riewoldt, the Saints need McCartin, who has been dogged by injury in his young career, to lead the way. The Saints are $2.25 to make the finals at Sportsbet.com.au – if they can stay fit and start the season off on the right foot, they’ll be every chance of providing real value for money.
- The Saints simply don’t have a realistic contender in the 2018 Brownlow Medal market. Dogged midfielder Seb Ross is the shortest in the market at $51, but would require a series of miracles to even be a contender in what will be a very hot field. Ross can rack up the disposals – so if St Kilda wins a lot of games, do keep an eye on his price.
- Like the Brownlow, St Kilda don’t have a big chance in this market.
Early draft pick Hunter Clark is at $21 in the Rising Star market, but is yet to play a match in the AFL. With other players in the market ahead of him as far as experience and resume goes, he’ll need to get a game early, really impress and play more than 15 games to be a real contender. If you think Clark has that in him, $21 will be serious value.
- The Saints have a dangerous forward line, but there is no one stand out in Coleman Medal betting in 2018. The tattooed Tim Membrey sits at $61 with Sportsbet.com.au – while he’s developed into a dangerous forward capable of kicking a big bag of goals, we don’t expect him to show the kind of consistency or be relied upon enough at St Kilda to be a realistic option here.
St Kilda Saints 2019 AFL fixture
|1||Gold Coast Suns||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, March 24||1:10pm AEDT|
|2||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, March 30||4:35pm AEDT|
|3||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Sunday, April 7||3:20pm AWST|
|4||Hawthorn Hawks||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, April 14||3:20pm AEST|
|5||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Saturday, April 20||4:35pm AEST|
|6||Adelaide Crows||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 27||4:35pm AEST|
|7||GWS Giants||UNSW Canberra||Saturday, May 4||1:45pm AEST|
|8||West Coast Eagles||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, May 11||7:25pm AEST|
|9||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Saturday, May 18||1:45pm AEST|
|10||Carlton Blues||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, May 26||3:20pm AEST|
|11||Port Adelaide Power||Jiangwan Stadium||Sunday, June 2||12:40pm AWST|
|13||Gold Coast Suns||Riverway Stadium||Saturday, June 15||1:45pm AEST|
|14||Brisbane Lions||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, June 22||4:35pm AEST|
|15||Richmond Tigers||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, Sunday 30||1:10pm AEST|
|16||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Blundstone Arena||Sunday, July 7||3:20pm AEST|
|17||Geelong Cats||GMHBA Stadium||Saturday, July 13||7:20pm AEST|
|18||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, July 21||4:40pm AEST|
|19||Melbourne Demons||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, July 27||7:25pm AEST|
|20||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, August 3||7:10pm ACST|
|21||Fremantle Dockers||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, August 11||1:10pm AEST|
|22||Carlton Blues||MCG||Saturday, August 17||1:45pm AEST|
St Kilda Saints 2018 playing list
|No||Player Name||Ht||Wt||DoB||Debut||Recruited From||2017||Career||2017||Career|
|1||Tom Hickey||201||99||06.03.91||Rd 22,2011||Morningside (Qld)/Gold Coast||5||66||0||20|
|2||Jake Carlisle||201||104||01.10.91||Craigieburn (Vic)/Calder U18/Essendon||22||107||5||59|
|3||Jack Steven||180||84||28.03.90||Rd 19,2009||Lorne (Vic)/Geelong U18||20||154||6||94|
|4||Jade Gresham||177||79||24.08.97||South Morang (Vic)/Parade College (Vic)/Northern U18||22||40||30||41|
|5||Shane Savage||186||84||05.01.91||Rd 20,2009||Noble Park (Vic)/Dandenong U18/Hawthorn||12||123||5||58|
|6||Sebastian Ross||187||88||07.05.93||Rd 22,2012||Horsham Demons (Vic)/North Ballarat U18||22||81||5||13|
|7||Luke Dunstan||184||85||29.01.95||Rd 1,2014||South Clare (SA)/Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)||16||69||10||36|
|8||Blake Acres||190||92||07.10.95||Rd 7,2014||Edgewater-Woodvale (WA)/West Perth (WAFL)||18||44||11||19|
|9||Jack Steele||187||90||13.12.95||Belconnen (NEAFL)/NSW-ACT U18/GWS Giants||20||37||6||15|
|10||Nathan Freeman||183||88||16.06.95||–||Dingley (Vic)/Sandringham U18/Collingwood List||0||0||0||0|
|11||Hunter Clark||186||79||26.03.99||–||Mornington (Vic)/Padua College (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||0||–||0|
|13||Jack Lonie||174||71||13.08.96||Rd 1,2015||Seaford (Vic)/Dandenong U18||12||39||6||28|
|14||Jarryn Geary||182||82||23.06.88||Rd 1,2008||Eaglehawk (Vic)/Bendigo U18||22||163||1||25|
|15||Jack Billings||184||81||18.08.95||Rd 1,2014||Kew Comets (Vic)/Scotch College (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||22||64||23||50|
|16||Jack Newnes||184||86||24.02.93||Rd 2,2012||Ivanhoe (Vic)/Northern U18||22||113||7||32|
|17||Dylan Roberton||194||91||21.06.91||Rd 6,2010||Frankston YCW (Vic)/Dandenong U18/Fremantle||22||124||5||19|
|18||Billy Longer||202||105||12.05.93||Rd 3,2012||Macleod (Vic)/Northern U18/Brisbane||17||60||2||4|
|19||Sam Gilbert||194||90||19.08.86||Rd 8,2006||Southport (Qld)||18||197||0||36|
|20||David Armitage||185||88||16.06.88||Rd 8,2007||Mackay (Qld)/Morningside (Qld)||2||152||1||90|
|21||Ben Long||182||74||21.08.97||St Marys (NT)/NT Thunder/Melbourne Grammar (Vic)||4||4||0||0|
|22||Nathan J. Brown||196||99||17.12.88||Ballarat (Vic)/North Ballarat U18/Collingwood||22||152||0||7|
|23||Hugh Goddard||196||95||24.08.96||Geelong Amateur (Vic)/Melbourne Grammar (Vic)/Geelong U18||0||9||0||1|
|24||Logan Austin||196||92||08.07.95||Belconnen (NEAFL)/Port Adelaide||2||13||0||0|
|25||Koby Stevens||189||87||18.06.91||Lucknow (Vic)/Gippsland U18/West Coast/Western Bulldogs||15||89||6||40|
|26||Josh Battle||193||88||01.09.98||Narre South (Vic)/Doveton (Vic)/Haileybury (Vic)/Dandenong U18||1||1||1||1|
|27||Josh Bruce||197||102||08.06.92||Rd 5,2012||Eastlake (NEAFL)/GWS Giants||20||88||36||131|
|28||Tim Membrey||188||89||26.05.94||Rd 19,2014||Traralgon (Vic)/Gippsland U18/Sydney||20||50||38||91|
|29||Jimmy Webster||188||79||28.06.93||Rd 7,2013||Brighton (Tas)/Glenorchy (Tas)||18||68||1||3|
|30||Ed Phillips||187||80||29.03.98||–||Beverley Hills (Vic)/Caulfield Grammar (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||0||0||0||0|
|31||Brandon White||188||85||13.01.97||Beaconsfield (Vic)/Dandenong U18||3||4||0||1|
|32||Paddy McCartin||194||100||19.04.96||Rd 3,2015||St Joseph's (Vic)/Geelong U18||5||22||5||22|
|33||Nicholas Coffield||191||82||23.10.99||–||Eltham (Vic)/Northern U18||–||0||–||0|
|34||Nathan Wright||185||79||16.02.94||Rd 3,2013||Berwick (Vic)/Dandenong U18||3||33||2||9|
|35||Jack Sinclair||180||82||12.02.95||Rd 1,2015||Kew Comets (Vic)/Old Scotch (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||17||44||8||30|
|36||Daniel McKenzie||184||83||17.05.96||Ivanhoe (Vic)/Caulfield Grammar (Vic)/Oakleigh U18||5||21||2||2|
|37||Bailey Rice||184||88||10.02.97||–||Endeavour Hills (Vic)/Dandenong U18||0||0||0||0|
|38||Oscar Clavarino||195||86||22.05.99||–||Berwick (Vic)/Haileybury College (Vic)/Dandenong U18||–||0||–||0|
|41||Darren Minchington||179||81||09.12.93||Rd 20,2013||Dromana (Vic)/Dandenong U18||5||28||4||22|
|44||Maverick Weller||182||85||13.02.92||Rd 3,2011||Burnie Dockers (Tas)/Tasmania U18/Gold Coast||18||108||11||53|
|45||Ben Paton||186||77||19.10.98||–||Mitta United (Vic)/North Albury (NSW)/Murray U18||–||0||–||0|
St Kilda Saints records
Most matches: Robert Harvey – 383 (1988–2008)
Most goals kicked in one match: Tony Lockett – 15 goals (1992)
Most Best & Fairest awards: Nick Riewoldt – 5 (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)
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