Australian Football League (AFL) Live Sydney Swans vs St Kilda Saints match will be kick off at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney,Saturday 16 August 2014 online, 13:45 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Swans are fighting for the top of the ladder, the Saints are fighting to be off the bottom. Sydney are looking for a percentage boosting victory to help stay in the hunt for the top spot while the Saints are limping towards the finish line. The talent level between these squads is vast and you’ll struggle to find better than $1.01 for the Swans all week.
Swans Coach John Longmire shot down suggestions that the Swans would begin resting players in the lead up to the finals, so expect a full strength Sydney squad trotting out on Saturday afternoon. Jeremy Laidler was a late inclusion last week when back-pocket Nick Smith pulled out at the last minute, so don’t be surprised to see those two switch back for this game. For the Saints, Jack Billings will likely miss this game after pulling up with a hamstring complaint in the closing minutes of their match against the Bulldogs. Former Swan, Trent Dennis-Lane will be desperate to face his old club and will be in contention to be picked after 5 goals in the 2’s last week.
Since Hawthorn ended the Swans winning streak, the harbour-side club have been clinical in their matches since. Grinding wins against Essendon and then Port Adelaide have shown the Swans ability to get players behind the ball and pack the stoppages. Since their massive upset over Fremantle, the Saints have played like a team whose best match is behind them. Against an Ablett-less Suns and last week against the Bulldogs, St Kilda were well held.
When these teams met in Round 21 in 2013, the Saints were able to hang with the Swans until the mid-way point of the 2nd quarter, until the Swans kicked away to run out 59 point winners. Sydney’s Josh Kennedy put in a three vote effort against the Saints, racking up 38 disposals and 12 clearances while Kurt Tippet kicked 5 goals. For the Saints the bright spots were Nick Riewoldt’s 3 contested marks and 2 goals and David Armitage tried to keep the pressure on with 8 tackles.
B: Nick Malceski, Ted Richards, Jeremy Laidler
HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
C: Gary Rohan, Josh Kennedy, Craig Bird
HF: Adam Goodes, Lance Franklin, Lewis Jetta
F: Harry Cunningham, Kurt Tippett, Sam Reid
Fol: Mike Pyke, Luke Parker, Kieren Jack
I/C: Shane Biggs, Dan Hannebery, Jake Lloyd, Dean Towers
Emg: George Hewett, Zak Jones, Toby Nankervis,
In: Shane Biggs, Dean Towers,
Out: Ben McGlynn (calf), Rhyce Shaw (ankle)
B: Sam Fisher, James Gwilt, Sam Gilbert
HB Nathan Wright, Luke Delaney, Sean Dempster
C Leigh Montagna, Lenny Hayes, Jack Newnes
HF Sebastian Ross, Nick Riewoldt, David Armitage
F Tom Curren, Rhys Stanley, Adam Schneider
Fol Billy Longer, Jack Steven, Maverick Weller
I/C Shane Savage, Farren Ray, Josh Saunders, Cameron Shenton
Emg Clinton Jones, Brodie Murdoch, Sam Dunell
In Nathan Wright, Josh Saunders, Cameron Shenton
Out Jack Billings (hamstring), Brodie Murdoch (omitted), Josh Bruce (shins)