Sunday’s (28/08/2016) AFL 2016 Round 23 match is between St Kilda Saints and Brisbane Lions. The opening bounce is set to commence at 13:10 local time with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. The home team St Kilda Saints are the favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between St Kilda Saints and Brisbane Lions.
When: 13:10 | Sunday 28/08/2016
Where: Etihad Stadium
B: S.Dempster, S.Fisher, J.Geary
HB: D.Roberton, S.Gilbert, B.White
C: L.Montagna, D.Armitage, J.Newnes
HF: M.Weller, N.Riewoldt, N.Wright
F: T.Membrey, J.Bruce, J.Billings
R: J.Holmes, S.Ross, J.Steven
I/C from: S.Savage, B.Acres, J.Lonie, J.Gresham, D.McKenzie, J.Sinclair, L.Pierce
IN: S.Fisher, L.Pierce, B.White, J.Sinclair
B: M.Hammelmann, D.Merrett, D.Gardiner
HB: T.Cutler, H.Andrews, S.Mayes
C: T.Rockliff, B.Keays, L.Taylor
HF: P.Hanley, T.Bell, E.Hipwood
F: R.Lester, J.Walker, D.Zorko
R: S.Martin, D.Rich, M.Robinson
I/C from: R.Bastinac, T.West, J.Jansen, J.Clayton, L.Dawson, R.Mathieson, A.Smith
IN: T.West, L.Dawson, J.Jansen, A.Smith
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson admits he was frustrated by parts of his side’s scrappy win over Richmond, which was soured by another serious injury to luckless spearhead Paddy McCartin.
The Tigers overcame a diabolical first half to outscore the Saints in the second, but Richardson’s side clawed their way to a 7.13 (55) to 6.10 (46) win on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.
McCartin’s troubled season, that has included three concussions, is over after he suffered a broken collarbone in the first quarter.
The 20-year-old received a free kick after crashing into the legs of Tigers defender Nick Vlastuin, then left the ground clutching his right shoulder after kicking his second goal.
The former No.1 draft pick has managed just 17 games in his first two seasons.
“He’s had a luckless run on the back of putting his in the hole for his team and his teammates,” Richardson said.
“He’s a courageous kid, he’s a tough kid, so that earns respect … (but) it’s bloody disappointing for him.”
In perfect conditions, the listless Tigers managed just two goals in the first half.
The Saints went inside their forward 50 28 times to 12, but spurned several scoring opportunities and should have led by more than 21 points at halftime.
“There were moments in the game that were frustrating … probably more so in the first half,” Richardson said.
“To be so dominant in terms of field position, entries and opportunities to score and whilst we had a reasonable break (at halftime), it didn’t quite reflect the dominance in our performance.”
Richardson took comfort from his side’s hard work defensively, restricting the Tigers to just four goals until the last minute of the match.
Richmond attacked the contest with greater vigour after the restart, but still trailed by 13 points at the last change.
St Kilda didn’t manage a goal in the third term, but majors to Nick Riewoldt and Jack Billings were enough to seal the Saints’ 11th win of the season.
“Not one of the better games of footy we’ve seen, it would be fair to say,” Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said as he sat down to his post-match media conference.
“We thought our intensity and effort was off … to come out and start like we did was disappointing.
“But we spoke to them at halftime and were pretty firm in that we needed to respond and get our game going.”
Seb Ross and Leigh Montagna were the main ball winners for St Kilda, with 34 and 33 possessions, respectively, and Tim Membrey and McCartin kicked two goals each.
Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin led the way for the Tigers, whose only multiple goal-scorer was Daniel Rioli with two.