Opinion The best Saints #3

Trojan_Saint

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Jul 13, 2011
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Hi all,

In light of the emotional return of our favourite, shaggy Saint, I thought it would be interesting to gage were we all rate him in comparison to other #3s.

For reference sake, the best #35 will likely always be Harvey, whereas # 7 could be split between Nicky and Lenny.

Personally, my order goes:

1. Stuv - mustache and 4 time club champion
2. Burke - legend of the club as a player and administrator
3. Ross Smith - premiership ruck rover

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Drake Huggins

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Hi all,

In light of the emotional return of our favourite, shaggy Saint, I thought it would be interesting to gage were we all rate him in comparison to other #3s.

For reference sake, the best #35 will likely always be Harvey, whereas # 7 could be split between Nicky and Lenny.

Personally, my order goes:

1. Stuv - mustache and 4 time club champion
2. Burke - legend of the club as a player and administrator
3. Ross Smith - premiership ruck rover

Cheerio


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Gordon Ramsay was an average player, but a great cook. He could also deliver blasts that would've made Brendon Goddard blush.

He gets my vote. It's not always about the football alone.
 

Drake Huggins

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Hi all,

In light of the emotional return of our favourite, shaggy Saint, I thought it would be interesting to gage were we all rate him in comparison to other #3s.

For reference sake, the best #35 will likely always be Harvey, whereas # 7 could be split between Nicky and Lenny.

Personally, my order goes:

1. Stuv - mustache and 4 time club champion
2. Burke - legend of the club as a player and administrator
3. Ross Smith - premiership ruck rover

Cheerio


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Clearly the best Number 3 ever for the saints seems to be over looked on those lockers!

The great Phil Cronin!
Or as we nicknamed him, "Cronin the Librarian". Seriously, he actually was a librarian.
 

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Saints43

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Ross Smith. Brownlow and Premiership player. A leader. Captain, then coach. Allan Jeans hinted he was the best player he had to 'coach'. Not necessarily the best player. Incredibly fit, but boy was he small. Hardly ever got injured. Could kick goals too.
And lauded by the great Neil Roberts as 'the most boring man on earth'.
Beat that. World class.

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Verdun66

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And lauded by the great Neil Roberts as 'the most boring man on earth'.
Beat that. World class.

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Ha ha. That wouldn't surprise me in the least. Very serious man. Not a bloke to probably hit the beers with. But you wouldn't mind him in your team.
 

st_trav_ofWA

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Ross Smith. Brownlow and Premiership player. A leader. Captain, then coach. Allan Jeans hinted he was the best player he had to 'coach'. Not necessarily the best player. Incredibly fit, but boy was he small. Hardly ever got injured. Could kick goals too.
we have your namesake coming to our telecast here in Perth on Saturday mate ... bit of a fanboi moment to come ..
 

Verdun66

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we have your namesake coming to our telecast here in Perth on Saturday mate ... bit of a fanboi moment to come ..
Love Verdun. First met him when I was 9 years old. And I'm 62 now! Had about 10 of his autographs, probably got one left. Along with Doug Walters was my boyhood hero.
 

st_trav_ofWA

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Aug 17, 2015
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Love Verdun. First met him when I was 9 years old. And I'm 62 now! Had about 10 of his autographs, probably got one left. Along with Doug Walters was my boyhood hero.
he was well before my time but i have seen footage of him from his playing days ...
 

Ricmel

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Jul 13, 2009
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it was before my time but Ross Smith
premiership player
2x best and fairest
1x brownlow
3 years club captain
Victoria State captain
AFL hall of fame inductee

flag coach in the WAFL for Subiaco

i reckon he has burkey and Stuv covered
This. Ross Smith was our second best player (behind AFL Legend Ian Stewart) in the most successful period in the clubs history including 3 grand finals in 7 years.
 

kosifantutti

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My #3 story.

When we were living in Zurich we would come home at least once a year for a holiday. Mrs Kft always wanted to come at Christmas for family. I always wanted to come in Winter for footy. We compromised on Easter.

I think it was 2012 and we’d played GWS at Etihad and smashed them.

The next day we went to a cafe in Brighton, ordered some stuff and they gave us a number on a pedestal. As we looked for a table I said “Number 3, gee Jack Steven played well last night”. After 25 years, Mrs Kft knows when to ignore me, but I became aware of someone looking up at me from the table we were walking past. I looked down and it was none other than Ross Smith.

I was too stunned to say anything until we sat down and I said to my wife “do you know who that was, it’s Premiership rover and Brownlow Medallist Ross Smith” She of course replied “Who?”
 
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