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2023 Toyota AFL Premiership
St Kilda v GWS Giants
Finals Week 1 •
77 11.11
Full Time
101 15.11
Giants Won By 24
MCG,  Melbourne  • Wurundjeri
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    Game Day Guide: Elimination Final v GWS

    Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's Elimination Final against GWS.

    The Saints are in September, and a huge elimination final against the Giants at the 'G awaits.

    Elimination Final

    St Kilda v GWS
    Saturday 10 September
    3:20pm AEST, MCG
    Broadcast live on Channel 7, Fox Footy, Kayo and the AFL Live Official App

    Gates open 1:30pm.

    Click here to secure your tickets to this weekend's elimination final.

    Visit our finals hub for all you need to know heading into Saturday's blockbuster at the 'G.

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    The Member Zone is a new online space dedicated to link St Kilda members with all the information they need to get the most out of their memberships.

    To access our Member Zone, click here.

    Members, don’t forget to please check your email for detailed instructions from our Membership Team on how to make the most of your game-day.

    Got a question? Click here to view our FAQs.

    Plan your journey with PTV Journey Planner to make sure you get to the game on time and with ease.

    Train and road disruptions

    Buses will replace trains on multiple lines and closed roads over the weekend. Supporters are advised to check for disruptions before traveling. Check the PTV app or website before travelling and allow extra time for your journey.

    There are no scheduled disruptions for the Frankston or Sandringham lines.

    Belgrave Line

    On Saturday and Sunday, buses will replace trains between Blackburn and Belgrave stations. 

    Lilydale Line

    On Saturday and Sunday, buses will replace trains between Blackburn and Lilydale stations.

    Geelong and Warrnambool lines

    Coaches replace trains between Geelong and Warrnambool stations.

    Gippsland Line

    Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross, Traralgon and Bairnsdale stations. Replacement coaches will not stop at Flinders Street, Richmond, Caulfield, Clayton,Dandenong and Berwick stations.

    Passengers on these lines should allow extra time when travelling to and from the MCG. When catching a return bus post-match, passengers should return to where got off the bus pre-match.

    For further information and to plan your journey at ptv.vic.gov.au.

    Precinct road closures

    • Brunton Avenue will be closed between 1.00pm and 7.00pm
    • Jolimont Street and Jolimont Terrace will be closed between 1.00pm and 7.00pm
    • Wellington Parade will be closed between 5.50pm and 6.20pm
    • Vale Street will be closed between1.00pm and 7.00pm

    Parking and access

    No general public parking is available for this match. Parking is available for accessibility and accredited passholders only.

    Parking for disability permit holders can be pre-booked via Ticketek here.

    For more information about accessing the MCG on Saturday, click here.

    Additionally, the G-Train Mobility Shuttle Service operates during public events held at the MCG.

    The service is free and accessible to patrons with mobility challenges. The G-Train also features vehicles with wheelchair-friendly access.

    Pre-booking is not required; simply wait at a designated pick up point for the next available buggy. The service has pick up points from the following locations:

    • Richmond Station
    • Jolimont Station
    • Accessible Parking Area

    Get finals-ready with our Stickman Finals Range and 150 Year Heritage Guernsey, exclusive to Saints Locker Online!

    Note there will not be any merchandise trucks at the MCG on game day.

    Click here to view and purchase your official Saints gear, exclusive to Saints Locker.

    Follow St Kilda's official social media channels for all the latest news and behind-the-scenes action on game day.

    Join the conversation and show your support through InstagramFacebook and X by using the official hashtags #SaintsFooty and #AFLSaintsDees.

    Visit the official Saints Match Centre for live in-game stats, highlights, news and other updates.

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    Match Preview: Players to watch, stats and more for Saints-Giants final

    Brush up on all the essential stats, facts and more heading into Saturday's elimination final between the Saints and Giants.

    In many ways these two clubs that welcomed new coaches last off-season enter September already having exceeded expectations, but that will be little consolation to whoever bows out after this elimination final.

    The Giants come in as one of the hottest teams in the League, winning nine of their past 11 matches, including a final round triumph over red-hot Carlton, to qualify for the top eight. On the other hand, St Kilda had to defend its spot grimly as the season wore on, riding out a rough patch in the middle of the year to regain strong form late and frank Ross Lyon's first year back in charge.

    All eyes will be on Sam Taylor's hamstring this week, with last year's All-Australian full-back crucial to the Giants' success.

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    Earlier this year...

    Round 10: Greater Western Sydney 12.8 (80) lost to St Kilda 13.14 (92) at Giants Stadium

    Just before the Giants really got rolling under new coach Adam Kingsley, and while the Saints were humming under Lyon, the teams played out a gripping contest that involved 13 lead changes. It was Max King's first game back following a shoulder reconstruction and hamstring problems, and the Saints spearhead wasted no time returning to his best, booting four goals in the win. Jack Higgins (three goals) was also influential, while All-Australian Jack Sinclair (37 disposals and two goals) also had a huge say. Brent Daniels (24 and two goals) was exceptional for the Giants, and although they didn't get the premiership points, this performance was enough to show what was coming just around the corner.

    The stats that matter

    St Kilda
    The Saints have been the toughest team to score against in 2023, giving up an average of less than 72 points a game. They've conceded more than 90 points just once – when the AFL's highest scoring team Adelaide put 121 on them in round nine. It should be little surprise with two All-Australians in the back six, Callum Wilkie and Jack Sinclair, but scoring against the Saints is easier said than done.

    Greater Western Sydney
    Although it's Ross Lyon teams that are known for defence and pressure, the Giants have built their game off tackling in 2023. They are ranked second for tackle differential (plus-6.2) and likewise for tackles inside forward 50 (plus three). If the Giants are within striking distance at three quarter-time, look out. Kingsley's team has won 16 of 23 final quarters this year, trailing only Melbourne (17) for the best mark in the League.

    It's a big week for...

    St Kilda
    Jack Steele; the type of player that thrives on physicality and highly contested matches like finals. Leading his midfield to out-work Stephen Coniglio, Tom Green, Josh Kelly and Callan Ward will go a long way towards the Saints advancing to a semi-final.

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    Greater Western Sydney
    Regardless of the fitness of Sam Taylor (who the Giants are obviously hopeful of regaining), Jack Buckley will have a big assignment. Max King kicked four goals last time the teams met, while Tim Membrey showed flashes of a return to form with his three goals in the final round against Brisbane. Slowly down their influence will make scoring difficult for the Saints.

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    Saints bow out of finals in defeat to Giants

    GWS proves too strong for St Kilda in Saturday's elimination final at the MCG.

    Greater Western Sydney has progressed to the second week of September for the sixth time in eight seasons after a resilient 24-point elimination final win against St Kilda at the MCG on Saturday.

    The Orange Tsunami was back on the big stage after a one-year absence, but this time under first-year coach Adam Kingsley, bringing a relentless mix of grit and flair to see off several challenges from the Saints and win 15.11 (101) to 11.11 (77).

    It continued an excellent record for the club, which has won at least one final in all its finals campaigns, including the first five under previous coach Leon Cameron, when the 2019 Grand Finalists were first dubbed the 'Orange Tsunami'.

    SAINTS MATCH CENTRE: View all news, stats and videos from our elimination final

    The Giants, whose run and dare was a key factor on Saturday, will hit the road next week after booking a semi-final place against the loser of Saturday night's clash between Brisbane and Port Adelaide at the Gabba.

    It is season over for the Saints, who twice fell more than 40 points behind but never gave up in the first final between the two clubs. There was ultimately a gulf in class at the top end, however, as the Giants' runners set the tone.

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    Experienced pair Lachie Whitfield (31 disposals and seven inside 50s) and Josh Kelly (27 and two goals) who were both there when the team last played a final at the MCG in the 2019 decider, were outstanding, while young midfielder Tom Green (36 and nine inside 50s) produced a massive finals performance.  

    The run of half-back Lachie Ash (31 and 10 rebounds) was critical, with ruckman Kieran Briggs (28 hit-outs and eight clearances) also giving the team an unexpected advantage against Rowan Marshall, with the Giants winning the hit-outs 35-18. 

    Elimination Final v GWS

    In an otherwise even team performance that was orchestrated without key midfielder Stephen Coniglio (eye), who was a late withdrawal, Jake Riccardi booted three goals and Toby Bedford (two) stood up in attack after his fortnight of Tribunal uncertainty. 

    Two of this year's surprise finalists after appointing new coaches in the off-season, the Giants and Saints each entered September in form and went goal for goal early as they fought to get the game on their terms.

    It was Kingsley who eventually won out as GWS went on a run of six straight inside 50s and dominated field position, with Green, Kelly and Briggs establishing the midfield ascendency and the defenders pressing up high.

    When Brent Daniels converted his 45m set shot, the Giants had their highest first-quarter score at the MCG and an 18-point lead at the first break in enemy territory.

    They gathered pace to start the second, with Jesse Hogan taking a contested mark to kick his second and Riccardi and Daniel Lloyd snapping accurately. When Daniels got creative in the pocket to find an accurate Kelly with a skilful pass, the Giants were in total control and seven goals clear.

    Well held to that point, Max King spearheaded the Saints' first challenge, kicking back-to-back goals after prevailing in contests against gun opponent Sam Taylor.

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    Bradley Hill then snapped accurately with five seconds to play in the first half, cutting the margin to 23 points.

    The Giants had all the answers again in the third as they rebuilt a 43-point lead, holding the Saints' goalless for more than 20 minutes and adding three of their own in what looked like the match-defining period. 

    As they had in the second term, however, the Saints struck late and kicked three quick goals on the back of Hill's creative run, including a snap from Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera as the siren was about to sound, to cut the margin to 25 points and set GWS a challenge to finish the job, which they did.

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    ST KILDA  2.3  6.6  9.8  11.11 (77)
    GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY  5.3  10.5  13.9  15.11 (101)

    GOALS:
    St Kilda: King 3, Sharman 2, Hill 2, Higgins, Marshall, Owens, Wanganeen-Milera
    Greater Western Sydney: Riccardi 3, Bedford 2, Brown 2, Hogan 2, Kelly 2, Callaghan, Greene, Daniels, Lloyd

    BEST
    St Kilda: Steele, Sharman, Marshall, Wanganeen-Milera, Hill
    Greater Western Sydney: Green, Kelly, Whitfield, Ash, Briggs, Bedford, Idun 

    INJURIES
    St Kilda: Wood (eye)
    Greater Western Sydney: Nil

    LATE CHANGES
    St Kilda: Nil
    Greater Western Sydney: Stephen Coniglio (eye) replaced in the selected side by Xavier O'Halloran

    SUBSTITUTES
    St Kilda: Liam Stocker (replaced Anthony Caminiti at half time)
    Greater Western Sydney: Nick Haynes (replaced Isaac Cumming in the fourth quarter)

    Crowd: 68,465 at the MCG

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