The St Kilda Saints look to end their 20 year winless drought playing at GMHBA Stadium when they make the journey there Saturday Night (local time) to take on the Geelong Cats.
It will be no easy feat to end that hoodoo however with the 12-3 Cats eager to steady the ship (having lost two of their last three matches), as the club looks to take one step closer to securing a top-two end of season ranking.
Highlighting the Cats have struggled in their two recent losses is simple, the score come final siren time was just 56 and 55, very rarely do such totals wins games of AFL footy these days. However, a return to GMHBA Stadium where the club is averaging 101 points a game this year, looms as the perfect tonic to get the scoreboard ticking over again.
It’s been a tough two years for Saints’ fans. Instead of being in the thick of finals action in both years (which was expected), the club has recorded just nine wins in total during that period, with only one of those nine wins against a finals bound team.
With growing speculation Alan Richardson will not be at the helm next year, a big loss this week could trigger his departure. When looking at Carlton and North Melbourne’s on-field turnaround since their coach was sacked, such an outcome might end up being a positive.
Players to watch: Gary Ablett (CAT) lines up for game 336, while his likely opponent when inside the forward 50 will be Ben Paton (SAI), who will play game number 12.
From 14 games this year, Ablett has failed to kick multiple goals just three times. If Paton can make it a fourth time when the final siren sounds, it will be a huge feather in his cap.
Stat Attack: Joel Selwood has had 750 free kicks in his career, 166 more than any other AFL player.
In the last ten match-ups between these two clubs, the Saints have failed to register 100 points in every game.
Geelong are 26-4 in their last 30 matches at GMHBA Stadium.
The Saints have covered the ‘points line’ just four times this year, the equal worst in the competition.
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