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Melbourne’s team this week won’t look anything like this one from when they last met.

ST KILDA  

B Nick Coffield Nathan Brown Shane Savage
HB Callum Wilkie Jake Carlisle Hunter Clark
C Jack Billings Sebastian Ross Jack Newnes
HF Jack Sinclair Josh Bruce Ben Long
F Jack Lonie Tim Membrey Doulton Langlands
FOLL Rowan Marshall Blake Acres Jade Gresham
I/C Luke Dunstan  Nick Hind Ben Paton Jack Steele
EMG Josh Battle Darragh Joyce Matthew Parker Bailey Rice 

IN Ben Long

OUT Matthew Parker (omitted)

MELBOURNE

B Michael Hibberd Jake Lever Neville Jetta
HB Jordan Lewis Sam Frost Christian Salem
C Nathan Jones Clayton Oliver Oskar Baker
HF James Harmes Harrison Petty Jayden Hunt
F Christian Petracca Tim Smith Bayley Fritsch
FOLL Max Gawn Jack Viney Angus Brayshaw
I/C Oscar McDonald Alex Neal-Bullen Corey Wagner Josh Wagner
EMG Kyle Dunkley Marty Hore Braydon Preuss Sam Weideman 

IN Oskar Baker Oscar McDonald Tim Smith

OUT Jay Lockhart (omitted) Steven May (hamstring) Braydon Preuss (omitted) 

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A demoralising day. Easter last year. Went with my family after a family Easter Day in the Botannical Gardens. Have not been to a game since. Not a great investment was that $460 dollar membership. 55 years supporting this club and not much changes. Get on a bit of a roll, suck us in, then boom. The stark reality is that clubs like Footscray, St Kilda and Carlton have gone past us. We over rate our list. Yes, they have talent but unfortunately not the mind set to work hard enough to achieve what we desire. I have seen it time and time again, and am fast coming to the realisation that I will not get to see a flag in my lifetime.

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5 hours ago, Nelo said:

Saints 90 Dees 55

Thanks.

4 hours ago, bobby1554 said:

A demoralising day. Easter last year. Went with my family after a family Easter Day in the Botannical Gardens. Have not been to a game since. Not a great investment was that $460 dollar membership. 55 years supporting this club and not much changes. Get on a bit of a roll, suck us in then boom. The stark reality is that clubs like Footscray, St Kilda and Carlton have gone past us. We over rate our list. Yes, they have talent but unfortunately not the mind set to work hard enough to achieve what we desire. I have seen it time and time again, and am fast coming to the realisation that I will not get to see a flag in my lifetime.

I hear you, brother. Sixty four years in my case.  At least I saw the last premiership. I was 13 then. 

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2 hours ago, Fanatique Demon said:

Thanks.

I hear you, brother. Sixty four years in my case.  At least I saw the last premiership. I was 13 then. 

We might be twins.

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8 hours ago, bobby1554 said:

A demoralising day. Easter last year. Went with my family after a family Easter Day in the Botannical Gardens. Have not been to a game since. Not a great investment was that $460 dollar membership. 55 years supporting this club and not much changes. Get on a bit of a roll, suck us in, then boom. The stark reality is that clubs like Footscray, St Kilda and Carlton have gone past us. We over rate our list. Yes, they have talent but unfortunately not the mind set to work hard enough to achieve what we desire. I have seen it time and time again, and am fast coming to the realisation that I will not get to see a flag in my lifetime.

It was my birthday. Went with a bunch of mates. Never forget the Saints running rampant in I think the second quarter? Just goal after goal out the back. Was embarrassing. 

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1 hour ago, praha said:

It was my birthday. Went with a bunch of mates. Never forget the Saints running rampant in I think the second quarter? Just goal after goal out the back. Was embarrassing. 

Yes, even though it was nearly a year and a half ago, I too have very vivid memories of the same. It was embarrassing. Even Dean bloody Kent got in the feast. I lost a lot of belief that day and nothing that has happened since has given me the slightest indication that things have or will change. That game was a stark reality check. Even this year our wins have come against either very poor teams or those going through a form or injury slump (Collingwood). At best we are a 10-14 placed team. Yet to beat any of the better teams and this week will be no different. I honestly believe the players are lazy in a sense that they just don’t seem to be prepared to dig that little bit deeper when the game is on the line. It has always been that way with the club. How many times have we actually come from behind to win a game? It has been going on for decades.

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9 hours ago, bobby1554 said:

A demoralising day. Easter last year. Went with my family after a family Easter Day in the Botannical Gardens. Have not been to a game since. Not a great investment was that $460 dollar membership. 55 years supporting this club and not much changes. Get on a bit of a roll, suck us in, then boom. The stark reality is that clubs like Footscray, St Kilda and Carlton have gone past us. We over rate our list. Yes, they have talent but unfortunately not the mind set to work hard enough to achieve what we desire. I have seen it time and time again, and am fast coming to the realisation that I will not get to see a flag in my lifetime.

I feel the same.

I went to a garage sale a few years ago, and there was a lady who's husband had passed away from cancer. He was a hawks member and she had all this hawks memorabilia she wanted to sell, as much as i hate the hawks, i was respectful and we chated for a while;

I asked her did your Husband get to see the hawks win their GF she said with a little smile yes, he did.

It got me thinking as i and all dee's suppoters here, we have given so much to this club, for what?

And now the saints and blues and tigers have all past us, i feel we are just there to make up the numbers and sadly never get to a GF win.

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10 hours ago, Nelo said:

Saints 90 Dees 55

9 hours ago, bobby1554 said:

A demoralising day. Easter last year. Went with my family after a family Easter Day in the Botannical Gardens. Have not been to a game since. Not a great investment was that $460 dollar membership. 55 years supporting this club and not much changes. Get on a bit of a roll, suck us in, then boom. The stark reality is that clubs like Footscray, St Kilda and Carlton have gone past us. We over rate our list. Yes, they have talent but unfortunately not the mind set to work hard enough to achieve what we desire. I have seen it time and time again, and am fast coming to the realisation that I will not get to see a flag in my lifetime.

1 hour ago, praha said:

It was my birthday. Went with a bunch of mates. Never forget the Saints running rampant in I think the second quarter? Just goal after goal out the back. Was embarrassing. 

That was a shocking game.

But it wasn't the last time we played St Kilda.

We played them again in Round 19 at Marvel. We were close to them all game, led them at QT and HT and only 4 points down at 3QT, but lost by 19. Was a real chance to have won a game late in the season.

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In April Richardson coached and they beat us 90:55. 

In July Ratten coached and they beat us 104:85 which included 12 or 13 goals by the saints from our turnovers.

There are about 10 players of their July team that didn't play yesterday vs the Lions.  Main absentees were Lonie, Bruce and Gresham.  Some of the additions are King, Ryder, Hill, Butler, Jones, Kent, Geary, Coffield, Hunter.  A vast improvement on the team that beat us that day.

Our team is better with inclusions like Weideman, May and Kozzie.

The saints have added a lot of skill and speed; things we are not strong on.  They beat us with set-ups at stoppages, keeping a player ready to receive on the outside of the pack, switching across their backline and winning the ground ball.  Much like the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Very pessimistic about this game. 

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25 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

That was a shocking game.

But it wasn't the last time we played St Kilda.

We played them again in Round 19 at Marvel. We were close to them all game, led them at QT and HT and only 4 points down at 3QT, but lost by 19. Was a real chance to have won a game late in the season.

Ah, yes quite right! I think my brain was well and truly in a fog by then!

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37 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

In April Richardson coached and they beat us 90:55. 

In July Ratten coached and they beat us 104:85 which included 12 or 13 goals by the saints from our turnovers.

There are about 10 players of their July team that didn't play yesterday vs the Lions.  Main absentees were Lonie, Bruce and Gresham.  Some of the additions are King, Ryder, Hill, Butler, Jones, Kent, Geary, Coffield, Hunter.

Our team is better with inclusions like Weideman, May and Kozzie.

The saints have added a lot of skill and speed; things we are not strong on.  They beat us with set-ups at stoppages, keeping a player ready to receive on the outside of the pack, switching across their backline and winning the ground ball.  Much like the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Very pessimistic about this game. 

The saints must be salivating about this week. Get on the $2.10 with Sportsbet, Saints 1-39

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3 hours ago, Fanatique Demon said:

Could be. Are you really good looking, super intelligent and incredibly modest? If so, we should have a family reunion. 

All the above. Born Sept '51 and Gabelich stumbled past me in the '64 GF.
I was the blonde headed bloke sitting in M54 and was wearing a red and blue shirt with flags on it that me mum had made. 

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33 minutes ago, M_9 said:

All the above. Born Sept '51 and Gabelich stumbled past me in the '64 GF.
I was the blonde headed bloke sitting in M54 and was wearing a red and blue shirt with flags on it that me mum had made. 

Great M-9. I remember seeing you there 😀. March '51 for me. Unfortunately the family reunion will have to wait. I live in France and a trip to Oz is a dream away. Cheers, Bro.

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