2021 AFL preview: St Kilda team guide
Are the Saints finally ready to march back into the 2021 AFL premiership race?
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There's a real buzz around St Kilda following their surprise success in the 2020 season when they finished sixth on the ladder. They lost to eventual premiers Richmond in the semi-finals but won the hearts of their fans and became most AFL supporters' second-favourite team.
It has been a brutal off-season for the Saints. Captain Jarryn Geary broke his leg, midfielder Zak Jones tore a hamstring and youngster Ryan Byrnes required surgery to repair his hamstring. Rookie Paul Hunter is also set to be thrown to the wolves as the Saints' prime ruck role following injury to Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder taking personal leave.
The Saints should march into the finals but whether they can take the next step is the burning question. Young gun Max King needs support up forward from the likes of Tim Membrey and Mason Wood.
How to watch St Kilda AFL matches
Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all showing AFL games in 2021. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.
Kayo and Foxtel have every game live and ad-free. Channel 7 shows a certain number of games depending on the region. There are typically three to five games on free-to-air each round and often blockbusters featuring the bigger Victorian teams.
A Basic subscription starts from $25 a month for use on two devices. For $35 a month you get a Premium subscription and a third screen. On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 sports. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for new users.
It also comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.
Watch St Kilda matches overseas
If you are out of Australia during the season, you don't need to miss out on the AFL excitement. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.
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When do St Kilda play next?
The Saints open their 2021 campaign against GWS at 3:20pm AEDT on Sunday 21 March. The complete AFL draw is here.
|Round||Date||Match||Stadium||Kick-off||How to watch|
|Round 1||Sunday, 21 March||GWS Giants vs St Kilda||GIANTS Stadium, NSW||3:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 2||Saturday, 27 March||St Kilda vs Melbourne||Marvel Stadium, VIC||7:25 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 3||Saturday, 3 April||Essendon vs St Kilda||Marvel Stadium, VIC||4:35 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 4||Saturday, 10 April||St Kilda vs West Coast||Marvel Stadium, VIC||5:35 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 5||Thursday, 15 April||St Kilda vs Richmond||Marvel Stadium, VIC||8:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
St Kilda squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|37||Leo Connolly||Defender, Midfield||0|
|4||Jade Gresham||Forward, Midfield||81|
|20||Dougal Howard||Defender, Forward||45|
|18||Patrick Ryder||Forward, Ruck||243|
|35||Jack Sinclair||Forward, Midfield||86|
St Kilda history
In 2020, St Kilda broke a nine-season finals drought as they finished in sixth spot on the AFL ladder to be the surprise packets of the year. The Saints won their "home" elimination final against Western Bulldogs at the Gabba but were then beaten by Richmond in the semi-finals.
Most St Kilda fans will only have seen archive footage of their one flag, back in 1966. In 2010 they came agonisingly close to snapping their premiership drought, taking part in only the third drawn grand final in AFL history. Collingwood thrashed them in the grand final replay the next weekend to break the hearts of Saints fans.
Image source: St Kilda team website
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