2020 AFL preview: St Kilda team guide

Brett Ratten gets another opportunity as an AFL head coach with struggling St Kilda. How much time will he get?

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It sure must be hard work being a St Kilda fan. Still stuck on that single premiership claimed way back in 1966, a second flag seems years away.

A resurgence in the early 2000s and into the end of that decade has been replaced by more years of mediocrity. The Saints' last finals appearance came in 2011.

Rather than continuing to build through the draft, they have added some more mature players like Zak Jones and Paddy Ryder to their existing young talent. Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten has been appointed the latest man to try to make it all come together.

How to watch St Kilda AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and the AFL Live Pass are all showing AFL games in 2020. 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/month for use on 2 devices. For $35/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.

Another viewing option is AFL Live Pass, which is free for Telstra customers. You can also buy a subscription from the App Store or Google Play. Live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display, so you can't watch games on TV, laptop or tablet.

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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 2020 AFL season from overseas.

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When do St Kilda play next?

The Saints open their 2020 campaign against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium at 1:10pm AEDT on Sunday 22 March. The complete AFL draw is here.

Round Day Date Match Stadium Kick-off (AEST) How to watch
Round 1 Sunday 22/3/20 North Melbourne vs St Kilda Marvel Stadium, VIC 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 2 Sunday 14/6/20 St. Kilda vs Western Bulldogs Marvel Stadium, VIC 6:05 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 3 Saturday 20/6/20 Collingwood vs St Kilda MCG, Vic 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 4 Saturday 27/6/20 St Kilda vs Richmond Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 5 Saturday 4/7/20 Carlton vs St. Kilda MCG, Vic 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass

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

It has been nine long seasons since St Kilda last featured in the AFL finals. Many would expect that trend to continue in 2020.

There were some encouraging moments last season. Three wins in a four-game stretch under Ratten late in the year, including a triumph over finals-bound Western Bulldogs, showed they are capable of some good football.

Most St Kilda fans will only have seen archive footage of that one flag. While it may be a while until they contend again, they could expect to push for the fringes of the top eight this year.

Image source: St Kilda team website

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