Australian Football League Live St Kilda Saints vs GWS Giants Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 01 match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 05 April 2015 online, 13.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Many are predicting the Saints will finish on the bottom of the ladder again in 2015 whilst the Giants believe that finals are not out of the equation after recruiting well in the off-season.
The Saints lost to Brisbane in the NAB Challenge before beating an understrength Essendon then they were thrashed by Hawthorn. The Giants beat inexperienced Gold Coast and Essendon sides before losing to Sydney in their pre-season matches.
Nick Riewoldt v Joel Patfull – the inspirational Saints skipper has had an interrupted pre-season following the death of his sister but is likely to play this one. He has kicked eight goals in two games against the Giants and if the Saints are to pull off an upset, he will need to lead his young team to victory. He is being teamed up with Josh Bruce and Tim Membrey with number one pick Paddy McCartin squeezed out. Patfull has crossed from Brisbane and will be a handy recruit to ease the workload on Davis, Corr and Haynes.
These two have met three times with St Kilda victorious on each occasion (3-0 against the line). The Giants are 1-6 (3-4 against the line) at Eithad Stadium with their only win coming in round 23 against the Bulldogs last year. St Kilda is 7-16 (9-14 against the line ) at the Docklands since the start of 2013. They’re 4-6 (5-5 against the line) vs interstate clubs at Etihad over the same period. GWS was 3-8 (6-5 against the line) when on the road in 2014. The Giants are 1-2 (3-0 against the line) in round 1 games whilst the Saints are 2-3 (1-4 against the line) in round 1 games since 2010.
These two teams are going in opposite directions. The Giants are on a serious upwards trend – boasting one of the best young key forwards in the game, a dynamic young midfield and a developing backline. Whilst the Saints comprise of veterans (Riewoldt, Montagna, Fisher, Dempster and Schneider) and youngsters with very little in between. The Giants have a far superior midfield who they will be relying on for quick ball movement up forward and a few goals from the guts too. At the end of the day, the Giants will want to stamp themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
St Kilda Saints:
B Cameron Shenton, Luke Delaney, Sean Dempster
HB Jarryn Geary, Sam Fisher, Shane Savage
C Jack Newnes, Luke Dunstan, Dylan Roberton
HF Eli Templeton, Nick Riewoldt, Ahmed Saad
F Tim Membrey, Josh Bruce, David Armitage
Fol Billy Longer, Jack Steven, Maverick Weller
I/C Leigh Montagna, Adam Schneider, Jack Lonie, Jack Sinclair
EMG Tom Curren, Tom Hickey, Tom Lee,
New Jack Lonie, Jack Sinclair
B Heath Shaw, Joel Patfull, Nick Haynes
HB Phil Davis, Aidan Corr, Lachie Whitfield
C Tomas Bugg, Callan Ward, Tom Scull
HF Rhys Palmer, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene
F Devon Smith, Adam Tomlinson, Ryan Griffen
Fol Shane Mumford, Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel
I/C Curtly Hampton, Adam Treloar, Josh Kelly, Cam McCarthy
EMG Tom Downie, Matt Buntine, Zac Williams,
NEW Joel Patfull, Ryan Griffen