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.

That means Saints fans will need a subscription service to catch many of their games. Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are your options and Kayo is the most affordable.

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.

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Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

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
Round 6 Sunday, 25 April Port Adelaide vs St Kilda Adelaide Oval, SA 6:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 7 Saturday, 1 May St Kilda vs Hawthorn Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Saturday, 8 May Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda Metricon Stadium, QLD 2:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Saturday, 15 May St Kilda vs Geelong Cats Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Saturday, 22 May Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 11 Saturday, 29 May St Kilda vs North Melbourne Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 12 Saturday, 5 June Sydney Swans vs St Kilda SCG, NSW 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Friday ,25 June Richmond vs St Kilda MCG, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Saturday ,10 July Brisbane Lions vs St Kilda Saints The Gabba 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

St Kilda squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
27 Ryan Abbott Ruck 5
45 Sam Alabakis Ruck 0
24 Logan Austin Defender 20
26 Josh Battle Defender 26
42 Jack Bell Ruck 0
15 Jack Billings Midfield 107
22 Nathan Brown Defender 183
16 Daniel Butler Forward 45
31 Ryan Byrnes Midfield 0
23 Jack Bytel Midfield 0
2 Jake Carlisle Defender 134
11 Hunter Clark Defender 29
38 Oscar Clavarino Defender 0
1 Nicholas Coffield Defender 18
37 Leo Connolly Defender, Midfield 0
7 Luke Dunstan Midfield 103
14 Jarryn Geary Defender 188
4 Jade Gresham Forward, Midfield 81
10 Daniel Hannebery Midfield 213
8 Bradley Hill Midfield 149
40 Nick Hind Forward 11
20 Dougal Howard Defender, Forward 45
3 Zak Jones Midfield 90
39 Darragh Joyce Defender 5
25 Dean Kent Forward 76
12 Max King Forward 0
46 Doulton Langlands Midfield 3
21 Ben Long Forward 30
13 Jack Lonie Forward 63
43 Jonathon Marsh Defender 20
19 Rowan Marshall Ruck 33
48 Jack Mayo Forward 0
36 Daniel McKenzie Defender 49
28 Tim Membrey Forward 92
34 Matthew Parker Forward 17
33 Ben Paton Defender 16
30 Edward Phillips Midfield 11
17 Dylan Roberton Defender 128
6 Sebastian Ross Midfield 124
18 Patrick Ryder Forward, Ruck 243
5 Shane Savage Defender 163
35 Jack Sinclair Forward, Midfield 86
9 Jack Steele Midfield 78
29 Jimmy Webster Defender 93
44 Callum Wilkie Defender 22

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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