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St Kilda 2019 mid-season report card

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08.06.2019

St Kilda headed to their mid-season bye with five wins and six losses. We take a look at what has worked out, and what has gone awry.

Pie Travis Varcoe keeps tabs on Jack Billings.Credit:AAP

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All things considered it’s been a reasonable first half of the year from the Saints. They’ve been competitive in most games and jagged early wins which helped build confidence and ease some of the pressure on coach Alan Richardson.

The addition of assistant coach Brett Ratten seems to have added defensive steel to a team that was relatively easy to score against in 2018, with St Kilda’s conceding an average of 86 points per game this year, down from more than 96.5 last year.

The Saints have been more conservative in their ball movement, and have proved particularly hard to break down on their home ground at Marvel Stadium, a ground at which they have a 4-2 record this season.

Jack Billings started the year brilliantly, spreading his wings and helping to vindicate his selection at pick No. 3 in the 2013 draft. Jade Gresham, perhaps the Saints’ brightest young star, has also performed well, pushing into the midfield while still kicking goals. St Kilda received a major boost in recent weeks when he re-signed until the end of........

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