St Kilda AFLW Senior Coach Nick Dal Santo will not be available to coach this week due to AFL Health and Safety protocols. 

Head of Player Development and Strategy Paddy Hill will serve as acting Senior Coach for Round 2 against Collingwood.

“As with everyone at the moment, we have to remain flexible and roll with the punches,” Head of AFLW Tessie McManus said.

“Nick will still be heavily involved in our program, albeit off-site for the next few days.

“I have no doubt Paddy will do an excellent job coaching the side this week.”

VFLW Senior Coach/AFLW Development Coach Dale Robinson will also lend her support and play a more active game day role during Dal Santo’s absence.

Dal Santo is expected to resume his position early next week and said he was doing well in isolation. 

“While this isn’t ideal, I’m very fortunate to be able to do much of my role remotely, and I’ll be assisting where possible throughout the week and on game day,” Dal Santo said. 

“We’re very fortunate to have some experienced heads in our coaching ranks who I know will be able to coach the side with ease in my absence.”