St Kilda report card

Lenny Hayes had a year to forget in 2011, missing the majority of the season with a knee reconstruction.

 

2011 RECORD

Won 12, Draw 1, Lost 9: Finished 6th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Ben McEvoy, David Armitage, Jack Steven, Arryn Siposs

TRADE POTENTIAL

Raphael Clarke, Brett Peake, Sam Gilbert, Ryan Gamble

GOING, GOING

Nick Heyne, Dean Polo, Will Johnson, Jarryn Geary, Zac Dawson, Jason Gram

GONE

Michael Gardiner (retired), Steven Baker (delisted), Andrew McQualter (delisted), Robert Eddy (delisted)

WHAT THEY NEED

A tall forward might be on the cards now that Nick Riewoldt and Justin Koschitzke are into their late 20s and the fact that the Saints don’t kick enough goals. Koschitzke had been used more as a back-up ruckman this season and Riewoldt could use some more support when teams double and triple team him. The midfield needs a beef up with Dal Santo and Hayes not getting any younger. The Saints also require more pace.

COOPS’ VERDICT

Looked like they had gone off the rails early on but fought back hard to get their season back on track. It was a remarkable achievement to earn a home final in such a tumultuous year, which began with a horrendous off-season with the Facebook photo scandal and then an incident involving four players on the club’s pre-season trip in New Zealand. The season started poorly and by round eight, had only registered one win. In that time, they lost Lenny Hayes for the year with a knee injury, which followed by the same injury to key defender James Gwilt by mid-season. A second half resurgence led to a home final and positives with the introduction of some youngsters, through the likes of Jack Steven, Arryn Siposs, Tom Ledger, Nick Winmar and Jamie Cripps. Stephen Milne, Nick Dal Santo and Sam Fisher had career-best seasons but with little support.
The Saints now need to appoint a coach for 2012 to re-build the list for the club’s next tilt at the premiership, following the departure of Ross Lyon to Fremantle.

TOMORROW: SYDNEY SWANS

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