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St Kilda 2008 Season Highlights DVD

Unsure as to the copyright restrictions on this but I’ve always felt St Kilda is under-represented when it comes to fans actively archiving the club’s history, aside from a few – namely the wonderful Riewoldt12 on YouTube. So before I get to the DVD itself I want to go over some ground I’ve covered a little already on this about Sports Delivered and these kinds of productions.

I try and include as many nods to the past as I can, where appropriate, where relevant, where whatever, when I write for this blog. History is what football clubs are built, it’s a key reason why this competition and this game have an exceptionalism to them, and it’s an inherent aspect of why we follow clubs in the manner that we do.

Sports Delivered had done a brilliant job of archiving teams’ better seasons through the 1980s, up until late last decade, through season highlights DVDs for clubs. Each season is its own story within a club’s ongoing epic saga. A season highlights DVD tracks an entire story, and the matches, players, coaches and everything that go into a season – successful or not – are unique. You relate different seasons and your club’s fortunes to where you life was that at the point. I remember how much my Dad enjoyed watching the St Kilda 1991 Season Highlights VHS when I managed to get my hands on a copy via eBay 21 years on.img_7305

In 2009 it made the commercially-driven and incredibly disappointing decision to not produce season highlights for anyone outside of the Grand Finalists, and so multiple stories of hope and heartbreak that were endured by other clubs in a season – the losing Grand Finalists, those that came within a kick, a few minutes, a quarter, a match of a Grand Final – were condemned to be splintered into short moments viewed on individual YouTube videos with no context and no reverence to the journey it was a part of.

Sports Delivered’s decision meant that St Kilda’s 2009 and 2010 seasons only received “members only” DVDs; shortened versions of the more involving DVDs produced up until that point. For whatever reason, the company had made what was at the time a one-off decision to do the same in 2005, meaning tangible preservation of arguably the three most turbulent and remarkable seasons in the club’s history were mostly eliminated for a large number of people.

For that reason I’ve decided to upload what St Kilda productions Sports Delivered did create, starting with the 2008 Season Highlights DVD, particularly as they continually slim down their offering and take older productions out of their line. Because we all want to revisit these and be heartbroken all over again.

This DVD covers what has become an increasingly overlooked season, given what happened over the next two years. Had the players been able to take on Ross Lyon’s ethos a little earlier they might been able to give at least a Grand Final appearance a more decent shake. Either way, the turnaround from Round 13 onwards triggered a remarkable finish to the year – Robert Harvey announcing his retirement and everything that went with it, the 108-point win against the Bombers in the last match of the home-and-away season to steal a top-four spot, and for the third time in five seasons coming within a game of a Grand Final appearance.

At 86 minutes it’s a thorough recollection of the year, mostly taken directly from Foxtel’s The Winners program (hence the random music before the DVD’s own soundtrack comes in over the scores and match details). It also has key parts of Ross the ex-Boss’s post-match press conference after each game, and the occasional inclusion of opposition goals actually gives a decent context as the respective matches (except for a random Melbourne goal in a 79-point win). The late Stephen Phillips is the narrator; as well as his more well-known work as part of the VFL/AFL and wider sporting media, he was a regular fixture in these productions, including the St Kilda history production Heaven & Hell and the club’s 2010 Season Highlights DVD.

Too hot for any kind of faffin’

NAB Cup – Round 1, Pool 3
At AAMI Stadium, Sunday, 17th February at 4.40pm

Game 1
Adelaide Crows 0.0.4, 0.3.6 (24)
St Kilda 0.4.1, 0.8.2 (50)

Game 2
Port Adelaide 0.5.2, 1.9.2 (65)
St Kilda 0.1.2, 0.2.3(15)

The extreme heat was an added reminder to everyone that Sunday wasn’t real footy. I remember a 30-degree day for St Kilda vs. North Melbourne in Round 3 of 2005, but otherwise Novelty Rules Football is deservedly played in novelty weather.

Footy Park began its final tour – and unless there are design and construction calamities that rival that of Docklands, there’ll be no John Farnham-esque reprisal – in heat that nudged 39 degrees, as the Saints played third-wheel to a faux-Showdown.

Apologies for going straight for Dwayne Russell ahead of anything else but before Port and the Crows rounded out the incredibly sweaty ménage à trois he declared that every showdown was “100%” and that this encounter would be no different. Before making any statements like that he’d only need to look at the 47 people that turned up, let alone ask them their thoughts, to see that this was for all intents and purposes a televised practice match. In another blow to competition’s integrity – just joking, it doesn’t have any, etc. – Swat came right out before the weekend and said the club has “no interest” in winning the thing.

It was hot enough in Melbourne as well and I’d spent most of the day southside at my Grandma’s for her birthday drinking white wine. That’s typically a recipe for me to seriously want to nod off by 6pm, but I just guess the excitement of watching the Saints play in front of a few people who had nothing better to do with their Sunday afternoon in novelty games that no-one will remember took place in a few weeks’ time won out, and I was firmly awake to see the Saints put in a decent showing before capitulating in the heat.

And yes, some more faffin’ about before I get to the faffin’, i.e. obligatory observations on the new clash jumpers. I was a fan of last year’s clash as it was an obvious improvement on the awful “vague cross” 2011 design, but its fatal flaw was the horizontal stripe of the cross being wider than the vertical. This has been rectified in this year’s version; it’s probably the closest we’ll get to the tri-panel design being used as a clash, it looks good and relevant anyway and it’s effective. Arguably our best clash since the candy stripe.

The opening minutes of the season showed us that some things never change as we were treated to the typically shonky disposal from Sam Gilbert and Clint Jones, and Jimmy Gwilt took a few attempts to dust off the cobwebs. The ‘Fro came good, intercepting the footy to ultimately set up Terry’s opening goal and finding plenty of the footy across the back half. I was a little relieved because I had nagging thoughts in my head that he might just never be the same post-knee reco, this being a useless pre-season game or not.

Terry added another one to his opener as all the small forwards got themselves involved. TDL kicked a couple as well in his first showing as a Saint, and Saad and Milne chipped in with some classy goals of their own. Milne’s in particular was vintage Tip Rat, a one-motion snap in traffic after some nice service from Big Ben.

Perhaps the Adelaide players didn’t know which small forward they were on. There were four of them buzzing around, but Fox Footy pushed the boundaries of casual racism by focusing on Terry Milera for an extended period of time after TDL had goaled, with TDL’s stats hovering alongside him as the commentators spoke about TDL. Order was restored when Terry himself kicked a major soon after, and the Fox Footy production team managed to track down the right guy. Let’s put it down to a one-off for the moment.

It would be rude to say Big Beau Maister was playing the lone key forward role, but that’s  genuinely what I’d typed before I remembered Tom Lee was there too. The man whom the Saints gave up pick 12 for (as well as swapping pick 20 for 24, but it’s easier to leave that out and keep the sentence shorter) was dropping them everywhere against the Crows. One of the more comical pieces (until the Port game, which eventually had us all questioning why we’d been excited about footy season returning) saw him drop one of the lead before the ball went straight up the other end for Roberton to drop an easier chance in the back pocket and Johncock to kick his second. Tommy was a bit luckier soon after; Milne cleaned up one that bounced off his chest (which, in the first place, had come from a questionable sliding free kick against the Crows), crumbed expertly and handed it off quickly to TDL who goaled.

Speaking of ineffective St Kilda forwards named “Tom L.”, ex-Saint fan and player Tom Lynch found himself in all sorts, getting caught holding the ball, kicking into the man on the mark, turning the ball over and bouncing off Gwilt onto his arse after the ‘Fro had calmly rushed a behind.

Back to Big Beau, he took some nice grabs and was in the rights spots at the right times. A couple of goals was a nice return, but he would really add to his game if he could take more contested marks further up the ground. Last year there were occasions where he and Roo got in each other’s ways acros half-forward and the wing so we’ll have to see how those two and Kosi (not to mention Big Ben and Big Tom Hickey) operate on the same field.

One of Beau’s grabs was taken right out of Milera’s hands after a sensational kick forward from My Favourite Player Arryn Siposs. He played from half-back as he did towards the end of last year and last week’s intra-club, and he’s very much in the mould of BJ. Calm with the ball, great disposal, a good set of hands and has shown great signs both ends: I really am excited about him and would like to shamelessly/shamefully declare that I was on the Lamb bandwagon from the star; I must point out (no, I don’t) that I know his girlfriend through my brother and when I saw her last she offered to ask him to sign things for me. I couldn’t go through with it. It didn’t feel right.

Farren justified the club’s public backing of his spot on the list in the trade period last year by finding plenty of the ball off half-back with the ‘Fro, which, along with Gwilt and Lamb meant a whole lot of sweeping. Gilbert and Roberton were there too, but…you know.

A comfortable win was nice but clearly took its toll on the players. The older guys particularly needed to be managed through it. Kosi sat out the first game and Milne the second, whilst Lenny, Roo, Sam Fisher, Schneider, Dempster and others were out anyway. Dal was one of the best in the first game but looked wiped in the second (see his dropped mark from a lovely Armo kick in the forward line), and Joey spent both being a little rusty, but forgivably so considering that no-one cares.

The second game saw an injection of inexperienced guys with “The Neck” Webster, Ferguson and Saunders coming in, as well as Ledger to go with Nathan Wright, Hickey and Lee. I saw Big Jay Lever warming up in the rooms with the players before game two, but I don’t actually remember seeing him at all from that point so I’m not sure if he did any things from that point.

St Kilda was a collective write-off after an hour in the heat. It meant most of the guys were farked and the inclusions were kids who’d barely played, let alone enough to be cohesive with said farked guys. Jimmy Webster somehow warranted a mention in the few “ins” that Dwayne highlighted pre-match, before being beaten to the first ball forward by the livewire Jake Neade and promptly giving away 50 metres. He backed that up by kicking it straight out of bounds and pick 7 in last year’s draft Oliver Wines goaled for the Power after the Novelty Rules free kick.

Port were all over it, with newer guys like Wines, Wingard and Neade giving plenty of February hope to the Power fans. That might have been dulled a little by their fading-out in game three (albeit not as bad as the Saints’) but with a new coach who has come in with confidence and these younger guys showing something then the fans have every right to optimism after what the club’s given them since 119.

The bad kind of special mention must go to the Port fans behind the goals chanting after every goal. We’ve all heard the “Seven National Army” chorus at various Association Football competitions but it just really doesn’t work at a game of footy. The game itself is more than absorbing enough. The last time anyone tried anything of the sort at a St Kilda and Port game was the “Spider Dance” at Waverley in 1998, and look how long that lasted.

Wright played both games and didn’t do anything overly special but the fact he’s already getting game time is good. Jackson Ferguson looked pretty comfortable, and fellow rookie Tom Curren was busy around the packs. Curren is in the Emerging Leaders Group, which isn’t bad for a player on the rookie list, but it seems like there are more people in a leadership group down at Seaford than not.

The commentators seemed to be impressed with Tom Hickey. I certainly thought he was alright, and he took a couple of nice marks. We gave up the BJ compensation pick for a chance at having our very own Stephen Merchant, but he’s had some great wraps on him from across the competition. But it’s tough to gauge anything when it’s the first game of the year and it’s over by the time you’ve figured out who the hell it is that’s supposedly playing for your club.

I was really keen on seeing Seb Ross play but he was only out there for the second game. He got beaten to a ball by fellow 2011 draftee Chad Wingard, which stuck out for me and he backed it up with a fumble but I hope The Only Ross at St Kilda was just blowing out a few cobwebs of his own. nother 2011 draftee Ahmed Saad “only” kicked one for the afternoon but he laid a couple of huge tackles which was great. If he can couple that up with speed that’s a great weapon to have.

Sticking with the 2011 draft theme I think a lot of people really are on the Jack Newnes bandwagon. He seems to have a hardarse edge to go along with Nathan Wright and Seb Ross (yesterday’s efforts not withstanding for Seb) and he already looks more comfortable out there with the bigger bodies. A long way to go but getting to smokey status for 2017 premiership captain. Might have to wait until the Twenties though.

In Tom Lee’s defence, he did improve in the second outing. He snapped a goal after a Power kick-in ricocheted into the air off the man on the mark, and the ball eventually was scrambled into his hands. I was surprised he held onto that one, but he composed himself enough to finish the job. He took a great mark near the wing later in the first half, and probably looked more comfortable on the move and higher up the ground – he seemed to put himself in a good position often but his hands would let him down. He composed himself nicely to set up Kosi for the other goal, and later on he found himself on a lead and taking a mark in the forward pocket but he sadly sprayed the kick; he didn’t even strike the ball well enough to kick it out on the full. Nonetheless, pick 12 hasn’t been thrown away just yet. For now.

The game itself was running out the clock in the last few minutes. Neade squeaked out a bemusing kick in the midfield that was turned over, before some serious ping pong in the Saints’ front half ended, eventually, in a behind. No one wanted to be out there; Fox Footy cut to a young kid smacking himself over the head repeatedly with an inflatable clapper after a Power goal (he was a Port supporter).

Ideally, the game is rarely going to be played in this kind of heat, so there’s not too, too much to learn out of the drop off between games by the Saints. Yes, there was a 50-point loss in a half of footy, but we don’t care anywhere near half of what we would if this was a game for points. I learnt during the broadcast that Gerard Healy was a St Kilda supporter, via the ad in which he’s wearing a scarf and talking about the 1971 Grand Final. I think I genuinely found that more absorbing than the actual Novelty Rules Football

When three teams are playing off against each other on the same afternoon and by the end of it “everyone is a winner”, you know it must be February. If not, then our future selves will know that Demetriou went totally bananas.

140 Years jumper talk

So I finally got my hands on my 140 Years jumper after it spent a few weeks at my parents’ house southside. And I love it.

Firstly, the design itself I think is brilliant. It’s bold, the colours look great and it would make a mean looking jumper should it ever be adopted full-time (which it obviously won’t). From a historical viewpoint it would actually be more accurate with black cuffs and white collar, but then you could take that to the next level and say they’d need to be wearing white handkerchiefs around their neck come the game in which they wear this.

Rarely are there St Kilda jumpers so dominated by red and black equally – in fact, this might be the only example of a St Kilda jumper featuring such a scheme alongside the slightly altered design that immediately followed this one in 1877 and to a lesser extent the hot-cross bun design.

It would look even better without the softening effect of the text throughout, but the text is there for a good reason. I’m not particularly keen on the whole jumpers-with-names on them thing in general because they’re often celebrating corporate contributors (Sydney’s QBE 125 Years anniversary jumper nearly spoiled by that factor), however this one has the noble intention of honouring all of those who played a senior game for the Saints. The designers also learnt from the Members’ Thank You jumper worn against GWS in Round 22 last year, which looked more like newspaper as a result of the names being printed in colour on white, as opposed to a white on solid colour.

Not sure how they arrived at where exactly which names would go where on the jumper. Some names are repeated (although not necessarily with the same names around them), and some higher-profiler players are often lumped together. For instance, on the top line of the black hoop immediately under the club logo reads the top 10 players for games played: Robert Harvey, Nathan Burke, Stewart Loewe, Barry Breen, Gary Colling, Lenny Hayes, Stephen Milne, Kevin Neale, Justin Peckett and Danny Frawley; second line in that hoop reads Nick Dal Santo, Ross Smith, Max Hudghton, Trevor Barker, Nicky Winmar, Jeff Sarau, Austinn Jones, Geoff Cunningham, Andrew Thompson, Harry Lever and Jason Blake; and the third reads Brian Mynott, Brendon Goddard, Carl Ditterich, Steven Baker, Wells Eicke, Bill Mohr, Justin Koschitzke, David Grant, Leigh Montagna, Tony Lockett and Sam Fisher. It’s amazing to think of these names on the same jumper as Trojan Darveniza, Emery Staines and Justin Sweeney.

Wayne Thornborrow – the four-goal hero in the six-goal loss to the Hawks at Waverley in Round 4 of 1995 – shares the honour with Jody Arnol of having his name immediately above the St Kilda emblem.

Widely recognisable names on the jumper include Mick Malthouse, Keith Miller, Simon O’Donnell, Ross Oakley, Lindsay Fox and, of course, Roy Cazaly.

Fortunately the ISC template changes don’t compromise the design too much, with the new stitching on the shoulder panels and the collar barely noticeable. Overall, I’d take this as a permanent jumper in a heartbeat, although as I said that won’t happen. Definitely one of my all-time favourite St Kilda jumpers.

RWB’s 2012 Year Review Podcast

Nearly two-and-a-half years after Rich and I sat down at Supper Club to attempt a podcast demo (after a right smacking from the Bombers), we sheepishly present to you our debut podcast.

And what better way to mark RWB‘s our foray into the audio world with an unprofessionally recorded and poorly-mixed feature-length chat about St Kilda’s 2012 calendar year? Hear us break all sorts of copyright law, continually clear our throats, and take sips of our drinks; count how many times I say “I mean…” in any part of a sentence, and note how much further away from the microphone I am than Rich.

It’s basically in several parts, each divided by some of our (my) favourite songs of 2012:
0:00:00 Scott Watters and on-field
0:23:00 Off-field
0:34:56 Brendon Goddard
0:42:03 Armo, Big Ben and leadership
0:59:31 Our 2012 highlights
1:11:54 The 2012 trade period and draft

A Hickey for a BJ might not be so bad

What an immature and unoriginal title. Don’t encourage that.

Before we could all say “How about those Swans?” BJ had officially POQ to the Bombers, but I dare say most of us had been expecting that for a long time.

I think the thing that sticks about this one regardless is that he’s gone to a cross-town rival. Often when a player of high stature changes club it’s due to bigger factors, such as wanting to go home (Judd) or a unique, new challenge in a totally new environment (Ablett; and I don’t mean to grade BJ up there with either of those two). Fans of those players’ first clubs won’t have to deal too much with the presence of those players throughout the season, considering the press in their respective states typically won’t go bananas about the Blues and the Suns. With BJ, however, it’s similar to the Luke Ball situation that’s still fresh in our minds: he’s left because he’d rather be at another club and he’s still right here in the heartland of the game. We’ll be seeing plenty of him in red and black, on game day and through every week of the season.

His heart obviously wasn’t in it at the Saints, and if it’s only going to take lax trade conditions to be the catalyst for you to leave then you really can POQ IMO FWIW. His loss isn’t going to cost us a premiership – that time has been and gone. (Although I do think had he stayed he’d probably be the only current senior player that was a realistic chance of being there the next time the Saints got close to the summit.)

Of course, that was easy to say going into the trade period. These were the heady days when we had pick 12 and were simply waiting to get 13 too as compensation. Idealistically, from a pool of talent that’s supposed to comprise a “super draft” the compensation pick alone could easily have given us another star for a decade – effectively meaning the number one pick in the 2002 draft was worth two very high picks spanning 20 years.

However, the recruiters went looking to balance the side’s age profile before anything else, trying to make amends for the several wasted drafts in the back end of the aughts (Sweeney, Howard, Heyne, Smith, etc.). Watters, via Pelchen and Bains, definitely stuck to the ethos of remaining competitive whilst rejuvenating the list.

Firstly, 21 year-old Tom Lee became the co-messiah alongside Rhys Stanley, by virtue of being a tall forward who is appropriately fair-haired. Of course, as per everything in the Watters era, he’s Western Australian. With Cripps leaving Swat needed to restore the balance and picked up Rich’s namesake after the appointment of Tony Micale in the coaching ranks. Then he grabbed his old Subiaco mate Trent Dennis-Lane just to be sure.

Tommy Lee came at the expense of pick 12, or, as it’s now described the Saints “flipped” pick 12 for picks 24 and 43 and got a young, mature-bodied forward who has seriously impressed in a premiership winning side in a quality state league. It also meant we’d taken a star forward from Claremont for the second season in a row, who by now must be pretty annoyed given the Saints took their 2011 premiership coach, too.

Which left us with pick 13 once the AFL got around to officially announcing it, after a week in which trading basically stopped as everyone was waiting for, you know, things to do stuff with. There’s not much point having that surplus week floating in there when clubs don’t even know for sure what players or picks they’re dealing with. A lot of people think that compensation picks shouldn’t even be there, and I assume we’ll be talking about altering the trade period as we do about the interchange structure for the next few years so get up and about for that debate.

We didn’t land the main target of a key backman after the Eagles played hard/annoying ball, but I feel there’s been a little undue criticism of Pelchen and co. from some supporters. And by “from some supporters”, I mean “on Saintsational”. There was effectively one key backman that was anywhere near the trade table, and the Eagles refused to put him on it. It’s not as if key backmen were lumbering around the Concrete Dome trying to the get the attention of the recruiting parties, and the club was well and truly offering overs for Brown too as part of the proposed Cale Hooker deal – the Bomber might have actually helped the Saints out on that one by backing out.

Missing out on Caddy hurt a little too, but again there was only one player of his potential like him floating around and the Cats had the Gaz compensation pick, which the Suns could hold off using until 2014. Again, there weren’t a whole lot of them on offer, and Ben Jacobs by all reports is a [deleted by legal department].

On top of Tom Lee, what the Saints did get was a very exciting ruck prospect, and another Tom to go with the new (co-)messiah, Simpkin, Ledger and Curren. Tom Hickey really could give Big Ben a run for his money for the number one ruck spot over the next few years and the wider footy community (i.e. BigFooty) didn’t seem to mind the Saints giving up a first round pick for him.

The acquisitions mean there’s now all of My Favourite Hair in the AFL, The Last Man to Have Captained the Saints to a Premiership of Any Kind, Big Rhys, Big Beau, Big Ben, Big Tom Hickey and Big Tom Lee legitimately pushing more selection in the side. (We’ll be waiting a bit longer for Big Jay Lever; hopefully he’s not another Big Blake McGrath or Big Barry Brooks.)

But they’re not really meant to be in the same side in 2013. These picks had a view to the next five-to-ten years, to fill that gap between the very senior players and the 19-20 year-olds who are still getting used to the bigger bodies and pace of the AFL. That doesn’t necessarily mean the new or younger guys are the ones being squeezed out – they’re also there to put pressure on spots in the side, an element the club was really lacking in until this past season.

Roo, Big Ben and Stanley – given, as Swat has said, the latter is arguably the structurally most important player in the side – would be the closest to locks for Round 1, 2013 at this early point in time.

Fitting Hickey into the same side as those three would be a tall order (OMG get it?), although increasingly I think Stanley is best suited to roaming the front half of the ground as a forward and only occasionally hanging out in the ruck.

This leaves out Kosi, but now that there’s an abundance of talls filling the ruck and forward spots if he can’t improve on his 2012 form, sadly, it’s hard to justify his place in the side given his age.

And back to Roo, he isn’t going to be around forever. If his knees keep giving him grief we might even be seeing him in the backline at times in the twilight of his career. Which brings us to using a first round selection on Lee.

If all goes to plan, Kosi and Wilkes will be depth players in 2013 and Lee will continue where he left off in the WAFL. He’s the one with more upside either way; if he finds himself in the team it would be great for his development, and if not then we simply have to remember he’s only 21 and by all accounts a different player to the one that got drafted by Adelaide four years ago, and use the magic words “young” and “potential”,

Questions of the dynamic of the forward line were brought up again with the late recruitment of TDL, which seemed to bemuse some given that there’s already Milne, Schneider, Terry and Ahmed buzzing around.

The forward line is very much split between the talls and smalls, with My Favourite Player Siposs the only senior-listed player who plays as a medium-sized forward. There’s every chance he’ll be playing as a utility through his career given his size, great hands and excellent disposal which leaves the rookie-listed Dunell (who certainly showed good signs when he was called up to the top level) as the only other likely medium-sized forward. However, with Gram’s dismissal yesterday, there’s immediately more scope for Siposs to play off half-back, and opens up a spot on the senior list the club might consider using to upgrade Dunell or the Jackson Ferguson, who has already spent a couple of years impressing at Sandy.

You could mention Wilkes too, who doesn’t play as a traditional tall at all times and could theoretically be used down back to free up a rebounding defender. But we’ve all seen that his form down back has been entirely ineffectual and he’s there to do the heavyweight stuff up forward.

So four smalls would seem like more than enough, but again, there’s a plan for a smooth succession in place. Milne and Schneider might only have one or two years left each, but TDL and Terry are both 24 and have experience at the top level and, if they continue to develop will be ready to take over. Likewise Ahmed, but like Lee amongst the talls has the upside of (more) youth.

Losing Cripps was something the club had no control over. It’s disappointing to lose a first round pick in those circumstances, but like BJ he obviously didn’t want to be there. His insistence that he only be traded to the Eagles, despite saying that he was leaving to go back home to WA, was very frustrating and prompted my brother to call him a little [deleted by legal department].

We got picks 41 and 44 for him, so considering the Eagles weren’t going to let Brown go unless they really got something out of it (which they didn’t consider Cripps to be) I was glad we managed to get two picks in the early 40s from them for an uncontracted player that had already moved back to Perth before a deal had been done.

St Kilda goes into the draft with picks 25, 26, 41, 44, and 77. There’s also the delisted players’ free agency period upon us, and the we might yet make a play for Tom Gillies from the Cats to fill that spot in defence. The failure to get Brown wasn’tgoing to make or break the fortunes of a 2013 premiership tilt – we should acknowledge that was unlikely either way. For now, we look to the strategic selections of Lee and Hickey, and further to the national draft, for the faces that we hope will take over the reigns of a competitive St Kilda side in the coming years.