2010 NAB Cup Grand Final Posts

Today's media – March 13

Ross Lyon wants form, above a pre-season premiership.

“Saints hunting for form”
Michael Gleeson, The Age

And the coach talks about match-ups for the in-form Barry Hall:

“Saints give a Zac Dawson for Barry Hall”
Bruce Matthews, Herald Sun

The Andrew Lovett issue remains unresolved, despite mediation talks throughout the week:

“St Kilda, Lovett fail to solve impasse”
Michael Gleeson, The Age

“Andrew Lovett talks end in deadlock”
Michael Warner, Herald Sun

Today's media – March 12

Brendon Goddard talked about the gauntlet thrown down by Ross Lyon after last year’s Grand Final loss during his interview on SEN yesterday:

“Lyon fitness decree has Saints’ players on March”
Steve Butler, The Age

As well as North Melbourne recruit Jesse Smith being back on the track:

“Smith winning battle with his body: Goddard”
Jennifer Witham, AFL.com.au

Sacked import Andrew Lovett’s mediation continues today at AFL House:

“St Kilda player Andrew Lovett seeks $1 million sacking compensation”
Aaron Langmaid, Michael Warner, Herald Sun

And a round-up of the NAB Cup Grand Final team selection:

“Riewoldt back for cup final”
Martin Boulton, The Age

NAB Cup Squads – Grand Final

Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda – Squads
Etihad Stadium, 7.10pm Saturday

As expected, captain Nick Riewoldt and Brendon Goddard return for the Saints after being rested, as does Alistair Smith, at the expense of Lenny Hayes (calf) and the omitted Leigh Fisher and Paul Cahill. Youngsters Tom Lynch, Rhys Stanley, Steven Gaertner and Will Johnson have been retained in the squad.

For the Bulldogs, Ben Hudson comes in to the 28-man squad, with Liam Jones and James Mulligan out from last week’s squad.

Today's media – March 10

The Andrew Lovett saga may reach a conclusion this week, with coach Ross Lyon to meet Lovett for the first time since he was arrested on Christmas eve:

“Lyon to meet Lovett as settlement looms”
Caroline Wilson, The Age

Jason Blake maintains his upbeat outlook on the merits of the NAB Cup Grand Final:

“Blake says consistency the key for Saints NAB Cup bid”
Adam Cooper, Herald Sun

“Saints vow to out-tackle Dogs”
West Australian/The Age

And a poorly-kept secret is that NAB Cup prize money has dwindled drastically in recent times:

“NAB Cup prize loses lustre”
Mark Stevens, Herald Sun

Also, according to the club’s Official Facebook page, Andrew McQualter will be on Triple M with Eddie McGuire tomorrow at 8.30am, and Brendon Goddard will be interviewed on SEN 1116 tomorrow at 8.50am.

Today's media – March 9

The damage to Lenny Hayes’s calf appears to be somewhat minimal; he won’t play this week but should be right for Round 1:

“Saints won’t risk Hayes in final”
AAP/The Age

And Mike Sheahan laments Andrew McQualter’s (amongst others’) relative lack of enthusiasm shown towards Saturday night’s Grand Final:

“Don’t be afraid to show you’re excited, Saints”
Mike Sheahan, Herald Sun

But Jason Blake comes out with a different line for the league’s official site:

“Grand Final fever starting to spread at St Kilda”
Jason Phelan, AFL.com.au

Ross Lyon was interviewed last night on 3AW’s Sports Today, and you can listen to it here.