- Aug 17, 2015
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Gold Coast v St.Kilda
St.Kilda are back from their mid-season bye, ready to tackle the second half of the year after a 5-6 first half, and will be looking to bounce back emphatically after their poor showing in China against Port Adelaide a fortnight ago.
Gold Coast played host to North Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, but the game was over at quarter time as the Kangaroos piled on seven first quarter goals that the Suns never recovered from. It was Gold Coast's 8th successive loss, and it leaves the Suns in 17th place at the end of 12 rounds with plenty of room for improvement.
Let’s have a look at possible best 22s:
St.Kilda Best 22
B: Daniel McKenzie, Nathan Brown, Shane Savage
HB: Callum Wilkie, Josh Battle, Jimmy Webster
C: Jack Sinclair, Sebastian Ross, Jack Newnes
HF: Jack Billings, Josh Bruce, Ben Long
F: Dean Kent, Tim Membrey, Matthew Parker
Foll: Rowan Marshall, Jack Steele, Jade Gresham
I/C: Jonathon Marsh, Luke Dunstan, Hunter Clark, Blake Acres
Gold Coast Best 22
B: Charlie Ballard, Chris Burgess, Jarrod Harbrow
HB: Jesse Joyce, Jack Hombsch, Lachie Weller
C: Alex Sexton, Will Brodie, Jack Lukosius
HF: Nick Holman, Peter Wright, Wil Powell
F: Jack Martin, Ben King, Touk Miller
Foll: Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Darcy MacPherson
I/C: Anthony Miles, Brayden Fiorini, Josh Corbett, George Horlin-Smith
The Saints' skipper Jarryn Geary hurt his lower left leg in the last quarter and he couldn't put any weight on it as he was helped off. Fellow defender Nathan Brown had treatment for a knee complaint. Illness ran through the Saints camp pre-game. Billings and Savage were declared healthy but defenders McKenzie and Marsh didn't make it to the line.
For the Suns, Jordan Murdoch left the field in the third quarter with a high ankle injury. Vice-captain Touk Miller copped a corked quad in the first quarter and played the second half in a limited capacity in the forward line.
St.Kilda last played a fortnight ago in their first trip to China in club history, however the showing wasn't fit for the occasion, with the Saints comprehensively beaten in all areas and sitting 70 points behind the Power at the final siren. Luckily for the injury ridden Saints, they are back from the bye and will be looking to launch into the second half of the year with help from some of their key players returning from extended stints on the sidelines.
It was the Saints sixth loss of the season and in their worst of the year. However there were some positives to take from the game - most notably the performance of emerging young ruckman Rowan Marshall who was voted the Saints best on ground with 24 hit-outs to go with 24 possessions, 7 marks, 4 tackles and a goal.
Other notable performances included Jade Gresham (20 disposals, 5 tackles & 3 goals), Jack Steele (20 disposals, 3 marks & 3 tackles), forward Tim Membrey (16 disposals, 5 marks & a goal) and emerging defender Josh Battle (17 disposals, 4 marks & 3 tackles).
Gold Coast were lauded for their efforts in the early parts of the season but ultimately haven't been able to get over the line in a lot of close games and find themselves in the bottom four with losses to St.Kilda, Adelaide, Brisbane, West Coast, Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Geelong, GWS and North Melbourne. Their victories a sign of where the Suns are at, not having won a game since Round 4 and beating teams in an around them including Fremantle, Western Bulldogs and Carlton.
In what was another disappointing day out for the Suns, Will Brodie was immense for the home side - collecting 29 disposals to go along with 9 marks, 9 tackles and a goal in a best on ground performance.
Other notables included Brayden Fiorini (31 disposals & 6 marks), Jarrod Harbrow (27 touches & 5 marks) and Darcy MacPherson (21 possessions, 6 marks & 6 tackles).
St.Kilda's dashing half back Jimmy Webster looks ready to return from a hand injury suffered 3 weeks ago.
Hunter Clark, Blake Acres and Jonathan Marsh will also be considered.
One of the Suns most promising young players, Brodie had a day out last weekend collecting 31 touches on his way to a best on ground performance. It will be interesting to see who goes to him on Saturday afternoon, but if Brodie gets off the leash for a second straight game it could be trouble for the Saints.
Witts loves playing against the Saints and after a dominant 47 hit-out game against Todd Goldstein last week, it'll take Saints ruckman Rowan Marshall's best effort to quell the Suns ruckman's influence.
After a very disappointing way to head to the bye, the Saints really need to get back to winning ways and it needs to start this weekend. At 5-6 and with statistically the easiest last 11 games of any team in the competition, finals are a real possibility for Alan Richardson's men. With key players due to return soon, and the Suns having lost eight straight games, there couldn't be a better opportunity than this week to get the season back to 6-6 and mount a run home in the last two months. Gold Coast have been competitive in most games but the fact is they haven't won a game since Round 4 and if St.Kilda brings their best I am confident that it will be good enough to get the win here.
Saints by 21 points.