AFL Live GWS Giants vs St Kilda Saints Live Streaming Free 2018 Regular Seasons week 19 match will be kick off at Spotless Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Saturday 28 July 2018 online, 16:35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
After a Round 1 victory against the Brisbane Lions, nothing has gone right for St Kilda. With Finals expectations on Alan Richardson and his men, the Saints have not performed anywhere near there best.
Saints coach Alan Richardson spoke openly on AFL360 Monday Night, saying too many of his players are out of form and his squad are not playing up to expectations.
The Saints faced a desperate Geelong team on their home deck on Sunday Afternoon and it showed, with the Cats pressure through the roof, the Saints had no answers. This was a subject that Richardson also alluded to on AFL360 “We didn’t cope with the Cats pressure well at all” Richardson said.
At 1-3, the Saints season is slowly slipping away. There inability to hit the scoreboard is concern number one. After scoring 107 points in their Round 1 victory over Brisbane, the Saints have been woeful. Round 2 vs North Melbourne (43 points), Round 3 vs Adelaide (55 Points) and Round 4 vs Geelong (56 Points).
The GWS Giants have had a pleasing start to 2018, with their only loss coming against Sydney at the SCG. The Giants dominated the Dockers on Saturday in gale force winds in Canberra. The Giants won 82-51 and had 27 scoring shots to 16, despite Fremantle having 3 more inside 50’s for the match.
Callan Ward starred for the Giants, racking up 34 disposals while Jeremy Cameron had 20 touches, 12 marks and two goals. Veteran Ryan Griffen made his long-awaited return to the Giants, he had 11 disposals and booted two goals.
Dylan Roberton is out indefinitely after suffering an irregular heartbeat during the Saints clash against Geelong last Sunday. Roberton spoke to the Media when he left hospital, he was hopeful to play in a fortnight, however, that seems highly unlikely. Tim Membrey trained well on Tuesday and he is likely to play against the Giants on Saturday.
Both Josh Kelly (Groin) and Rory Lobb (Knee) are listed as tests for the Giants. Kelly didn’t train with the team in Wednesday’s main training while Lobb did train with the team initially, but failed to complete the session.
Both players missed last week’s win over Fremantle, and while Kelly (groin soreness) sat out Wednesday’s main training run, Lobb (knee) initially hit the track with the rest of the squad, but failed to complete the session.
The GWS Giants have had mixed fortunes against the Saints at Etihad Stadium. They are 2-2 since 2014, with their two victories coming in 2015 & 2016. The Saints were too good in their most recent clash, Round 7, 2017 the Saints defeated the Giants 108-85.
The Giants are aiming to start 2018 with a 4-1 record after Round 5. If they were to win on Saturday, this would be the second consecutive year they had started 4-1. Consequently, if the Saints lose and slump to a 1-4 record, it would be the second time in three years they had started 1-4.
This is a desperation game for St Kilda. If they don’t win, they must at least show they are capable of mixing it with a class opposition and can hit the scoreboard effectively. I’m siding with the Saints at the line.
B: Shaw, Davis, Buntine
HB: Deledio, Tomlinson, Haynes
C: Whitfield, Shiel, Coniglio
HF: Reid, Himmelberg, Hopper
F: Greene, Lobb, Taranto
FOLL: Simpson, Kelly, Ward
I/C: Langdon, Daniels, Kennedy, Taylor
EMG: Bonar, Cumming, Keeffe, Lloyd
B: Geary, Carlisle, Savage
HB: McKenzie, Brown, Gilbert
C: Billings, Steele, Sinclair
HF: Battle, Membrey, Newnes
F: Gresham, Marshall, Lonie
FOLL: Hickey, Steven, Ross
I/C: Dunstan, Acres, Coffield, Wellers
EMG: Longer, Armitage, Phillips, Rice
IN: Brown, Lonie, Acres, Coffield
OUT: Rice, Armitage, Clark, Phillips