St Kilda Saints vs Carlton Blues are meet on Monday Night Football AFL at Etihad Stadium, melbourne On 12 May 2014 Monday, AFL round 08 final match.
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has been forced to replace the injured Jarryn Geary (elbow), while Shane Savage, Tom Simpkin and Josh Saunders have all been omitted for the returning Luke Dunstan, Arryn Siposs, Josh Bruce and Cameron Shenton.
Carlton are set to regain speedsters Chris Yarran and David Ellard for an injured Tom Bell (finger) and an omitted Kane Lucas.
Both sides were awful last week, so bulk changes will not be unexpected in this one. Carlton might bo back to first-year midfielder Patrick Cripps whilst Nick Graham, Jaryd Cachia and Dennis Armfield are also in the mix. For the Saints, Jarryn Geary will miss with an elbow injury whilst Tom Hickey will miss an extended period with a foot complaint. Seb Ross, Arryn Siposs and Terry Milera are all in contention.
Which team was worse last weekend? The answer is easily St Kilda who were deplorable in their 145-point loss to Hawthorn. After such an encouraging start to the year a lapse in performance should not have come as a surprise – especially against the Hawks. Whilst the scoreboard flattered the Blues, who lost to Collingwood by 34-points only after kicking eight goals in the final quarter when the game was already over.
Carlton comfortably defeated St Kilda in round 16 last year. Kade Simpson was best on ground in the six goal win, with 28 disposals and nine marks. Lachie Henderson kicked four goals from 12 marks up forward. Whilst for the Saints, Tom Lee kicked three goals and Lenny Hayes had 28 disposals.
St Kilda Saints:
B Sean Dempster, James Gwilt, Jimmy Webster
HB Blake Acres, Luke Delaney, Jack Newnes
C Leigh Montagna, Lenny Hayes, Farren Ray
HF Jack Steven, Nick Riewoldt, Jack Billings
F Maverick Weller, Rhys Stanley, Adam Schneider
FOL Billy Longer, Luke Dunstan, Tom Curren
I/C Arryn Siposs, Josh Bruce, Josh Saunders, Cameron Shenton, Terry Milera, Brodie Murdoch, Clinton Jones (Three to be omitted)
IN Arryn Siposs, Josh Bruce, Cameron Shenton, Terry Milera, Brodie Murdoch, Luke Dunstan
OUT Tom Simpkin (Omitted), Jarryn Geary (Elbow), Shane Savage (Omitted)
B Sam Rowe, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB Dylan Buckley, Andrew Walker, Zach Tuohy
C Andrejs Everitt, Kade Simpson, Sam Docherty
HF Mitch Robinson, Troy Menzel, Marc Murphy
F Levi Casboult, Lachie Henderson, Chris Yarran
FOL Robert Warnock, Bryce Gibbs, Dale Thomas
I/C David Ellard, Matthew Watson, Brock McLean, Heath Scotland, Jaryd Cachia, Jeff Garlett, Dennis Armfield (Three to be omitted)
IN David Ellard, Chris Yarran, Matthew Watson, Jaryd Cachia, Dennis Armfield
OUT Kane Lucas (Omitted), Tom Bell (finger)