2001 STAT: The Saints had the highest conversion rate of regulation shots
(69 per cent) and were second in the number of hit-outs per game (37). They
managed the lowest number of goals in time-on through the season (89). --
Source: ProWess Video Stats
9th Young talent combined with (you hope) determined veterans should see the
Saints up the ladder.
11th Impressively patient at the recruiting table. Along with some excellent
kids, there is now a game plan and possibly a fit Robert Harvey. Also, several
coaches privately remarked that Grant Thomas was difficult to coach against last
ST KILDA FOOTBALL CLUB
HOME GROUND Colonial Stadium
POSTAL ADDRESS: PO Box 1034, Moorabbin, Vic 3189
PHONE: (03) 9555 6688
PRESIDENT Rod Butterss
CHIEF EXECUTIVE Brian Waldron
JOINED THE AFL 1897
Brownlow medallists Colin Watson (1925), Brian Gleeson (1957), Neil Roberts
(1958), Verdun Howell (tied 1959), Ian Stewart (tied 1965; 1966), Ross Smith
(1967), Tony Lockett (tied 1987), Robert Harvey (1997, 1998)
2001 BEST AND FAIREST Peter Everitt
2001 LEADING GOALKICER Barry Hall (44)
Heath Black (Fremantle)
Trent Knobel (Brisbane)
Chris Oliver (rookie list)
Luke Ball, Xavier Clarke, Nick Dal Santo, Matthew Maguire, Leigh Montagna,
Josh Houlihan (draft picks).
Barry Hall (Sydney)
Sean Charles, Jason Traianidis, Mark Gale, Robert Powell, Damien Ryan (all
Matthew Young, Tony Delaney, Tim Elliott, Brett Knowles, Ben Walton
Rd 1 v Carlton Sat March 30, CS (H) 2.10pm
Rd 2 v Fremantle Sun April 7, S (A) 3.40pm
Rd 3 v Port Adelaide Sun April 14, CS (H) 2.10pm
Rd 4 v Geelong Sun April 21, B* (A) 2.10pm
Rd 5 v Sydney Sat April 27 (N), CS (H) 7.10pm
Rd 6 v Collingwood Fri May 3 (N), CS (H) 7.45pm
Rd 7 v Melbourne Sun May 12, MCG (A) 2.10pm
Rd 8 v Essendon Sun May 19, CS (A) 2.10pm
Rd 9 v Richmond Sat May 25, CS (H) 7.10pm
Rd 10 v West Coast Sun June 2, CS (H) 2.10pm
Rd 11 v Brisbane Sun June 9, G (A) 1.10pm
Rd 12 v Western Bulldogs Fri June 21 (N), CS (A) 7.45pm
Rd 13 v Hawthorn Sun June 30, CS (H), 2.10pm
Rd 14 v Kangaroos Sun July 7, CS (H) 2.10pm
Rd 15 v Adelaide Sat July 13 (N), FP (A) 7.40pm
Rd 16 v Carlton Sun July 21, CS (A) 2.10pm
Rd 17 v Fremantle Sun July 28, OO (H) 2.10pm
Rd 18 v Port Adelaide Sat August 3 (N), FP (A) 7.40pm
Rd 19 v Geelong Sun August 11, CS (H) 2.10pm
Rd 20 v Sydney Sun August 18, SCG (A) 1.10pm
Rd 21 v Collingwood Sun August 25, MCG (A) 2.10pm
Rd 22 v Melbourne Sat August 31 (N), CS (H) 7.10pm
* B = Baytec Stadium (Kardinia Park)
Nothing that happens to the Saints in 2002 could possibly be any more
surprising than the events of the past disastrous year. That in itself should be
a bonus for coach Grant Thomas as he attempts to bring, if nothing else, at
least a greater sense of unity about the place. A bigger bonus still is the
anxiously awaited return from long-term injury of leadership backbone Robert
Harvey, Nathan Burke and Stewart Loewe, while Fremantle's Heath Black adds a
welcome touch of class. Low finishes and early draft picks have also enabled St
Kilda to stockpile a group of talented juniors, the most recent of whom, Luke
Ball, should see senior action alongside last year's debutants Justin Koschitzke
and Nick Riewoldt. But the Saints have lacked class, application and
discipline. Turning that around won't be easy for the AFL's greenest coaching
panel. -- Rohan Connolly
29 Steven Baker,
born 22/5/80, 179cm, 82kg, 27 matches, 3 goals
Consolidated his standing as the Saints' best run-with player. Smart but
gritty, has improved his ball-getting ability and shapes as key midfielder.
14 Luke Ball,
born 25/5/84, 183cm, 74kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
Outstanding junior talent taken with the second pick in the national draft.
Poised and classy midfielder capable of playing senior football this season.
21 Caydn Beetham,
born 11/3/82, 183cm, 86kg, 29 matches, 9 goals
Settled down last season after some early waywardness and played 20 games.
Handy midfielder, wins ball well, disposal can be a problem.
22 James Begley,
born 22/7/80, 188cm, 79kg, 23 matches, 3 goals
Finally played some steady football last season after injury-riddled first
two years. Saints have been patient with the wing/half-back.
6 Heath Black,
born 28/5/79, 177cm, 80kg, 69 matches, 35 goals
The highly talented midfielder/ forward was a good pick-up, fresh from his
best season, finishing runner-up in Fremantle's best-and-fairest.
27 Jason Blake,
born 15/3/81, 189cm, 86kg, 25 matches, 6 goals
Struggled a little in comparison with his debut year, playing only 12 games,
but improved as season went on and finished it as a midfield run-with player.
3 Nathan Burke,
born 6/2/70, 180cm, 85kg, 302 matches, 115 goals
Began 2001 in blistering form, and notched his 300th game in round eight.
Knee injury ended his season two weeks later.
11 Craig Callaghan,
born 9/3/76, 172cm, 80kg, 112 matches, 93 goals
Enjoyed a solid first season with the Saints, only injury preventing him
playing every game. Solid midfielder who is more than handy around goals.
16 Matthew Capuano,
born 2/9/75, 198cm, 99kg, 94 matches, 32 goals
Didn't live up to expectations as the Saints' new No.1 ruck, a mid-season
knee injury compounding his form slump.
20 Xavier Clarke,
born 28/9/83, 181cm, 74kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
Skilful midfielder from NT taken at No.5 in the national draft. Played with
NT under-18 side last season. Exciting prospect.
18 Jason Cripps,
born 14/10/76, 183cm, 86kg, 40 matches, 8 goals
After three years out with a chronic hamstring injury, the hard-at-it
ball-getter made it back last season?for two games before breaking his hand.
26 Nick Dal Santo,
born 22/2/84, 182cm, 71kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
Mid-sized forward, drafted with pick traded for Barry Hall. Bendigo under-18s
player, represented Vic Country.
19 Chad Davis,
born 1/6/80, 180cm, 83kg, 22 matches, 12 goals
The son of former premiership Saint Allan Davis fell away last season after a
very promising debut in 2000. Keen eye for a goal but needs more consistency.
10 Peter Everitt,
born 3/5/74, 203cm, 102kg, 168 matches, 283 goals
Erratic early in 2001, but settled down to win best-and-fairest. Will miss
start of season with a twisted knee.
9 Fraser Gehrig,
born 3/3/76, 195cm, 100kg, 135 matches, 162 goals
Fine first season for Saints, runner-up in best-and-fairest after an
interrupted pre-season. Agile key defender with a booming left foot.
2 Aaron Hamill,
born 20/8/77, 184cm, 91kg, 114 matches, 143 goals
Tough initiation for the high-priced Carlton recruit, but Hamill played every
game as an undersized key forward and was third in best-and-fairest.
35 Robert Harvey,
born 21/8/71, 181cm, 88kg, 245 matches, 145 goals
Could be the "recruit" of the year for the Saints. The skipper was in
blistering form until cut down by a knee injury mid-season.
7 Lenny Hayes,
born 14/1/80, 186cm, 81kg, 51 matches, 20 goals
Skilful forward was making the transition to midfield last season when halted
by a shoulder injury, which has also hit his pre-season.
32 Josh Houlihan,
born 12/1/84, 182cm, 70kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
The youngest and allegedly best of the Houlihan clan was drafted at No.49.
Like his elder brothers, highly skilled, good goal sense.
8 Max Hudghton,
born 2/9/76, 191cm, 91kg, 102 matches, 7 goals
Hard-working backman had hamstring troubles last season, and is let down by
poor disposal, but always sticks to the task.
5 Austinn Jones,
born 28/9/76, 176cm, 80kg, 141 matches, 105 goals
With his career at the crossroads, Jones turned in his best season for
several, recapturing some of his old dash from half-back.
33 Trent Knobel,
born 23/5/80, 202cm, 100kg, 13 matches, 0 goals
Talented ruckman couldn't squeeze past Brisbane pair Keating and McDonald,
with 13 games over two seasons, but has given Saints cause for optimism.
24 Justin Koschitzke,
born 20/9/82, 196cm, 82kg, 20 matches, 2 goals
Rare bright spot in a sorry 2001, the young key-position player won the
Rising Star award with his cool-headed performances. Injury has dogged his
23 Stewart Loewe,
born 23/5/68, 194cm, 108kg, 304 matches, 577 goals
Celebrated his 300th game last year with a best-on-ground win, took the club
games record, then bowed out with a knee injury. Will return still a formidable
marking target for the Saints.
31 Matt Maguire,
born 30/5/84, 190cm, 89kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
Athletic key-position player from Geelong was taken at No.21 in 2001 national
draft. Courageous and hard-at-it, Maguire is a strong mark and nice kick.
44 Stephen Milne,
born 8/3/80, 175cm, 77kg, 17 matches, 27 goals
Promoted from rookie list in round four last season with great effect. Kicked
27 goals in
17 games as a lively goalsneak, whose "lip" has already got under opponents'
28 Leigh Montagna,
born 2/11/83, 178cm, 72kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
Quick, skilful wingman drafted from Northern Knights has a cool head but will
be given time to develop his light-framed body.
43 Brett Moyle,
born 31/3/80, 180cm, 78kg, 27 matches, 9 goals
The hard-running, ball-winning midfielder missed seven games with a broken
leg last season, but back to his best by season's end.
25 Chris Oliver,
born 9/7/82, 195cm, 89kg, 4 matches, 1 goal
Lanky forward/ruckman showed real promise when promoted from rookie list
mid-season in 2001 after impressive pre-season and VFL performances.
1 Justin Peckett,
born 5/10/72, 182cm, 83kg, 170 matches, 22 goals
Strong end to 2001 after being dropped twice. Handy runner prone to odd
17 Justin Plapp,
born 22/6/77, 189cm, 83kg, 43 matches, 29 goals
Has carved out a niche in the back line after arriving as a forward. Despite
injuries, 2001 was his most solid season so far.
12 Nick Riewoldt,
born 17/10/82, 193cm, 81kg, 6 matches, 2 goals
Injury kept the versatile big man in shadow of Rising Star-winning fellow
draftee Koschitzke last year. Impressed in his six games.
40 Troy Schwarze,
born 23/12/81, 190cm, 84kg, 7 matches, 0 goals
With just seven senior games in three seasons, mainly in defence, must make
inroads this year.
4 Andrew Thompson,
born 21/10/72, 180cm, 81kg, 109 matches, 67 goals
Acting skipper for much of 2001, the extra burden having little impact on his
possession-winning ability. Finished fourth in the best-and-fairest.
13 Brett Voss,
born 22/2/78, 181cm, 81kg, 54 matches, 22 goals
Looked good early last season before form tailed off. Younger brother of
Brownlow winner Michael is skilled, and can provide run out of defence.
30 Daniel Wulf,
born 19/5/80, 188cm, 88kg, 8 matches, 2 goals
Former Western Bulldog played eight games late last season, running hard off
a wing. Should play a greater part this season.
34 Josh Dicketts, born 9/9/83, 193cm, 85kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
37 Chris Jones, born 13/6/83, 190cm, 83kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
36 Ben Schwarze, born 24/8/83, 189cm, 82kg, 0 matches, 0 goals
Played: St Kilda (1978-83)
North Melbourne (1984)
Fitzroy (1985) 4 games, 0 goals.
Total: 83 games, 22 goals.
St Kilda (2001 - ) 7 games, 1 win, 6 losses, 14% winning rate.