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Beginnings: St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, are an Australian rules football club reigning from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The club plays in the Australian Football League, the sport's premier league. The football club was established in 1873 and its name originates from the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda.

Records:
  • * Largest Winning Margin: 139 points versus Brisbane Lions, Round 22 27 August 2005
  • * Largest Losing Margin: 178 points versus Collingwood Football Club, Round 4 28 April 1979
  • * Longest Winning Streak: 10 games Round 1 27 March 2004 to Round 10 30 May 2004
  • * Longest Losing Streak: 48 games Round 1 8 May 1897 to Round 14 12 August 1899
  • * Most Games: 335 Robert Harvey 1988-Present.
  • * Most Goals: 898 Tony Lockett 1983-1994
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
9 St Kilda 22 12 10 0 1953 2041 95.7 48

Saints determined to close the gap

AFL 2017 Round 07 - St Kilda v GWS Giants

Seb Ross and Dylan Roberton were two of St Kilda's most consistent players in 2017.

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson will spend the summer working closely with individuals to help close the gap between the Saints' best and worst, following another inconsistent year in 2017.

The Saints overcame a midseason slump to win four consecutive games between Rounds 13 and 16, before dropping four of the next five to see their finals chances evaporate late in the year.

A week after stunning eventual premiers Richmond by 11 goals following a first-half onslaught, the Saints were comprehensively beaten by Essendon to underline their consistency issues.

Richardson, who is nearly midway through his fifth pre-season at Linen House Centre, said the football department is focused on making individuals more consistent to make the team more consistent in 2018.

With All-Australian squad members Seb Ross...


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Emerging pair carrying form into the summer

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Young midfielder Blake Acres has made a flying start to his fifth pre-season at Linen House Centre.

Emerging midfielders Blake Acres and Luke Dunstan flew home at the tail end of the 2017 season and have carried that momentum through the first five weeks of the pre-season.

The 22-year-old pair overcame a slow patch midway through the season to finish the year as well as anyone at Linen House Centre, with Dunstan polling more Trevor Barker Award votes than anyone in the final six rounds and Acres polling in five of the last six games.

With the senior leaders spending the first week of their program in the Tiwi Islands, Acres and Dunstan have been two players who have driven the group over the first month of the summer, both in performance and leadership.

West Australian Acres admits his finish to the season has fuelled his belief ahead of what looms as an important 2018.

“It was good...


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Clark trying to mould his game around two of the best

AFL 2017 Media - NAB AFL Draft

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Pick number 7 Hunter Clark of the Saints poses with Alan Richardson, Senior Coach of the Saints during the 2017 NAB AFL Draft at Sydney Showground on 24 November, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media) (Editors note: This image is free for editorial use only)

He might have a similar hairstyle to two of the best in the business, but it's not the only thing Hunter Clark is trying to emulate.

The new St Kilda recruit has spent the last couple of years trying to mould his game around two of the game’s best midfielders in Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe and Western Bulldogs premiership hero Marcus Bontempelli.

Clark, who the Saints chose with their first selection in last month’s NAB AFL Draft at pick No. 7, starred in the midfield for the Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country this year, after producing a dominant 2016 at...


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Svelte Saints transforming for 2018

Saints shred kilos (05/12) Senior coach Alan Richardson and Jack Steven give AFL.com.au a pre-season update. (Monday 4 December, 2017)

AFL 2017 Round 21 - Melbourne v St Kilda

A bigger Mav Weller in action this season.

Experienced Saints Mav Weller and Shane Savage have stripped weight off their frames over the off-season as they look to gain an edge in 2018.

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson revealed that end of season meetings with Weller, Savage and the high performance department at Linen House Centre put plans in place that has led to the pair losing eight and five kilograms respectively.

Despite suffering a minor setback with a rolled ankle last week, emerging key forward Paddy McCartin is another player who has transformed his body shape over the last few months, as he looks to make his mark next season.

“A few guys had identified at the end of the year sitting down with the coaches and the conditioning staff that...


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Dunstan: It’s forcing other guys to step up

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Luke Dunstan of the Saints does stand up paddleboarding during a St Kilda Saints AFL training session at Catani Gardens on November 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/AFL Media)

St Kilda might be still adapting to life without Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna around the club, but their absence is forcing younger players to step up, says Luke Dunstan.

Nearly one year after Jarryn Geary took over the captaincy reins from Riewoldt, the Saints have completed the changing of the guard since the champion pair departed the game at the end of August.

Dunstan, 22, along with Jack Billings, Blake Acres, Jack Sinclair and Jack Steele is part of a group of third and fourth-year players driving the standards across the first five weeks of the pre-season.

“It’s been very different (not having them around the club). Obviously,...


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Saints tour South East

AFL 2016 Rd 12 - St Kilda v Carlton

St Kilda will visit Kingston, Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula across two days in February 2018.

St Kilda will tour Melbourne's South East during next years 2018 AFL Community Camp. 

The two-day camp will see the Saints visit locations in Kingston, Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula from February 12-13. 

Across all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community.

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game.

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the positivity surrounding...


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Freak accident halts Roberton

AFL 2017 Round 19 - Port Adelaide v St Kilda

Dylan Roberton was lucky to escape with every part of his anatomy intact after a freak incident yesterday.

Dylan Roberton was lucky to escape with every part of his anatomy intact after a freak incident yesterday.

A harmless game of indoor cricket after training has turned to pain for Roberton with the defender copping a blow to the groin.

In a somewhat unbelievable accident, Roberton was felled by a tennis ball, requiring a trip to hospital to repair the damage.

General Manager of Football Performance Jamie Cox said he was both very lucky, yet unlucky at the same time.

“To cop such a blow in a harmless game of cricket is very unlucky, but thankfully, he’s okay and will be back on his feet in the next few days.”

“Dylan has returned to pre-season training in fantastic shape, so a short break won’t hold him back for too long.”

Dylan Roberton was lucky to escape with every part of his...


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Best 22: Saints in 2018

AFL 2017 Round 14 - St Kilda v Gold Coast

AFL.com.au have come up with their best 22 for the Saints in 2018.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan Brown, Dylan Roberton
HB: Shane Savage, Jake Carlisle, Jimmy Webster
C: Jack Sinclair, Jack Steele, Jack Newnes
HF: Blake Acres, Josh Bruce, Jack Billings
F: Jade Gresham, Paddy McCartin, Tim Membrey
Foll: Billy Longer, Seb Ross, Jack Steven
I/C: David Armitage, Koby Stevens, Sam Gilbert, Mav Weller 

DEPTH

General defenders: Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Daniel McKenzie, Bailey Rice, Brandon White, Darragh Joyce
Key defenders: Logan Austin,...


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Rookie spreads his wings

Doulton Langlands highlights (28/11) Watch highlights of Doulton Langlands in action.

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic M v Allies

Doulton in action for the Allies during the 2017 AFL U18 Championships

It's the highlights reel that should have St Kilda fans drooling.

The Saints have been crying out for a speedy midfielder with brilliant foot skills and Doulton Langlands might be the man for the job.

Picked up with the eighth selection in last Monday's rookie draft, the 187cm wingman is thrilling. Don't be surprised to see Langlands burn off an opponent and take a few bounces.

The former Murray Bushranger runs 20m in under 2.9 seconds – that's blisteringly fast – and while he is a right-footer, it's hard to tell, such is his proficiency on his left.

A brilliant goal he nailed against the Geelong Falcons in August is a prime example. Langlands won the contest, spun around an opponent, stepped around another and booted it on...


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How a midfield move confirmed Clark's draft status

VFL 2017 Semi Final - Dandenong Stingrays v Eastern Ranges

New St Kilda midfielder Hunter Clark tore the second half of the elimination final win apart, stamping himself as a top 10 pick.

Hunter Clark starred at half-back in his bottom age year in the TAC Cup, emerging as one of the best ball users in his draft pool, but it wasn’t enough for the teenager.

He felt he was being pigeonholed as an outside player and wanted to do something about it in his draft year.

His second last performance of 2017 underlined this desire. In an elimination final at Victoria Park, Clark rolled up his sleeves and helped Dandenong reel in a 50-point half-time deficit in a stunning come-from-behind win over Eastern.

The 18-year-old finished with 16 tackles and 15 contested possessions that day, providing a timely reminder of how valuable he’d become on the inside this year.

Clark, who St Kilda selected with their first pick (No. 7) in this year’s NAB AFL Draft,...


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When the dream includes alarm clocks and spews

Coffield on week one New draftee Nick Coffield spoke to SAINTS.com.au on his first week as a Saint.

TAC Cup 2017 Round 12 - Dandenong v Northern Knights

Nick Coffield on the run for the Northern Knights this year.

Nick Coffield may be living his dream, but it now includes an alarm ringing at 5 am and the occasional spew at training.

Welcome to life in the AFL.

St Kilda selected the highly rated Northern Knights captain with pick No. 8 in last month’s NAB AFL Draft, a spot after Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Hunter Clark.

A week into his new life at the Saints, the 18-year-old has had to adapt quickly to the early starts and the steep increase in training volume. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s been pretty challenging. As first years we’ve been pretty light on for the work, but the conditioning is pretty hard,” Coffield told saints.com.au after his first week at the club.

“I know on my first day I did spew up because of...


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Minor setback for McCartin

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Paddy McCartin ran a significant personal best in the opening 3km time trial of the pre-season.

Paddy McCartin’s impressive start to the pre-season has suffered a minor setback after the key forward injured his foot on Monday.

A minor mid-foot strain will see the 22-year-old on a modified training program until Christmas, when he is expected to return to full training.

Scans yesterday cleared McCartin of any significant damage to his right foot.

The key-forward has been one of the standouts in the pre-season to date, a fact General Manager of Football Performance Jamie Cox said would significantly lessen the impact of the injury.

“Paddy has built a really strong fitness base over the past few months and has shown huge improvement in his running capacity,” Cox said.

“During the second half of the season, through his break, and the start of pre-season, he was able to complete a...


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From Albury to Armitage's for new rookie

2017 Draftee: Doulton Langlands (29/11) SAINTS.com.au spoke to our #8 pick from the 2017 NAB AFL Rookie Draft Doulton Langlands.

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic M v Allies

Doulton Langlands playing for the Allies during the national championships this year.

Doulton Langlands was sitting in front of his computer on Monday afternoon when his life changed before his eyes.

Unlike the NAB AFL Draft that has transformed into a bonanza in the last decade, the Rookie Draft unfolds online like an auction, with names filtering down a screen one by one.

While the dashing Murray Bushrangers wingman had spoken to St Kilda several times, and even had a home visit from State Recruiting Manager Chris Toce, he wasn’t sure the Saints would pick him on Monday until he refreshed the page and saw his name next to St Kilda’s pick No. 8.

“I spoke to the Saints a few times, but I didn’t really have a clear idea that I was going to get picked,”...


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Clavarino well prepared for the Battle

2017 Draftee: Oscar Clavarino (29/11) SAINTS.com.au caught up with pick 35 Oscar Clavarino in his first week at the club.

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic C v SA

New Saints Oscar Clavarino and Ben Paton playing for Vic Country this year.

Walking into an AFL club for the first time is a daunting experience for anyone, but when one of your best mates is already there, it makes the transition a little bit easier.

For new St Kilda key defender Oscar Clavarino, he hasn’t had to look far for a familiar face.

Clavarino and young mobile forward Josh Battle have grown tight over the past few years at Haileybury College, and will continue to spend day in day out together at St Kilda.

“To have someone that has been one of my best mates for the last few years at the club is just really good to have there to fall back on,” Clavarino told saints.com.au at RSEA Park.

“He’s also someone to look up to who has been in the system for a...


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Clavarino well prepared for the Battle

2017 Draftee: Oscar Clavarino (29/11) SAINTS.com.au caught up with pick 35 Oscar Clavarino in his first week at the club.

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic C v SA

New Saints Oscar Clavarino and Ben Paton playing for Vic Country this year.

Walking into an AFL club for the first time is a daunting experience for anyone, but when one of your best mates is already there, it makes the transition a little bit easier.

For new St Kilda key defender Oscar Clavarino, he hasn’t had to look far for a familiar face.

Clavarino and young mobile forward Josh Battle have grown tight over the past few years at Haileybury College, and will continue to spend day in day out together at St Kilda.

“To have someone that has been one of my best mates for the last few years at the club is just really good to have there to fall back on,” Clavarino told saints.com.au at RSEA Park.

“He’s also someone to look up to who has been in the system for a...


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Clavarino well prepared for the Battle

2017 Draftee: Oscar Clavarino (29/11) SAINTS.com.au caught up with pick 35 Oscar Clavarino in his first week at the club.

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic C v SA

New Saints Oscar Clavarino and Ben Paton playing for Vic Country this year.

Walking into an AFL club for the first time is a daunting experience for anyone, but when one of your best mates is already there, it makes the transition a little bit easier.

For new St Kilda key defender Oscar Clavarino, he hasn’t had to look far for a familiar face.

Clavarino and young mobile forward Josh Battle have grown tight over the past few years at Haileybury College, and will continue to spend day in day out together at St Kilda.

“To have someone that has been one of my best mates for the last few years at the club is just really good to have there to fall back on,” Clavarino told saints.com.au at RSEA Park.

“He’s also someone to look up to who has been in the system for a...


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Read more: Clavarino well prepared for the Battle

Clavarino well prepared for the Battle

2017 Draftee: Oscar Clavarino (29/11) SAINTS.com.au caught up with pick 35 Oscar Clavarino in his first week at the club.

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic C v SA

New Saints Oscar Clavarino and Ben Paton playing for Vic Country this year.

Walking into an AFL club for the first time is a daunting experience for anyone, but when one of your best mates is already there, it makes the transition a little bit easier.

For new St Kilda key defender Oscar Clavarino, he hasn’t had to look far for a familiar face.

Clavarino and young mobile forward Josh Battle have grown tight over the past few years at Haileybury College, and will continue to spend day in day out together at St Kilda.

“To have someone that has been one of my best mates for the last few years at the club is just really good to have there to fall back on,” Clavarino told saints.com.au at RSEA Park.

“He’s also someone to look up to who has been in the system for a...


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Read more: Clavarino well prepared for the Battle

Moorabbin return a boost for players: Richo

AFL 2017 Media - NAB AFL Draft

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson at the NAB AFL Draft.

The first stage of St Kilda's redevelopment of its spiritual home at Moorabbin is coming closer to completion as the club prepares to move from Seaford in April.

While the football department is expected to be fully operational by the first month of next season, stage one overall is expected to be completed by September. 

The second and final stage of the redevelopment will feature facilities for community football.

That part of the development could go ahead straight after stage one is finished, but funding needs to be secured first.

In 2010, the Saints moved to Seaford but that has proven a failure, with discontent over its distance from Melbourne among the issues surrounding the venue.

St Kilda has continued doing its final training session before a game at Moorabbin. While the oval is in excellent shape, meetings took place in...


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Moorabbin return a boost for players: Richo

AFL 2017 Media - NAB AFL Draft

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson at the NAB AFL Draft.

The first stage of St Kilda's redevelopment of its spiritual home at Moorabbin is coming closer to completion as the club prepares to move from Seaford in April.

While the football department is expected to be fully operational by the first month of next season, stage one overall is expected to be completed by September. 

The second and final stage of the redevelopment will feature facilities for community football.

That part of the development could go ahead straight after stage one is finished, but funding needs to be secured first.

In 2010, the Saints moved to Seaford but that has proven a failure, with discontent over its distance from Melbourne among the issues surrounding the venue.

St Kilda has continued doing its final training session before a game at Moorabbin. While the oval is in excellent shape, meetings took place in...


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Read more: Moorabbin return a boost for players: Richo

Moorabbin return a boost for players: Richo

AFL 2017 Media - NAB AFL Draft

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson at the NAB AFL Draft.

The first stage of St Kilda's redevelopment of its spiritual home at Moorabbin is coming closer to completion as the club prepares to move from Seaford in April.

While the football department is expected to be fully operational by the first month of next season, stage one overall is expected to be completed by September. 

The second and final stage of the redevelopment will feature facilities for community football.

That part of the development could go ahead straight after stage one is finished, but funding needs to be secured first.

In 2010, the Saints moved to Seaford but that has proven a failure, with discontent over its distance from Melbourne among the issues surrounding the venue.

St Kilda has continued doing its final training session before a game at Moorabbin. While the oval is in excellent shape, meetings took place in...


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Read more: Moorabbin return a boost for players: Richo


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