St Kilda wingman Mason Wood has urged Saints fans to create a hostile environment for the visiting Cats at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
The Saints can almost lock in a Finals spot with a win against an equally desperate Geelong outfit in a pivotal clash for both sides’ September aspirations.
St Kilda’s recent form line is strong with three wins in four matches, setting up a blockbuster against the reigning premiers.
Wood wants the St Kilda faithful to get Marvel buzzing.
“It’s an opportunity for Saints fans to get out and create that atmosphere of the red, white and black,” Wood told reporters today.
“Fingers crossed they come out in their droves because I know at GMHBA Stadium they (Cats fans) would certainly have it packed to the rafters.
“I hope it’s a really good atmosphere and we feel the energy in the room.”
Wood is set to play his 50th game for the Saints on Saturday.
The 29-year-old is enjoying a career-best season on the wing and credits the support of his teammates and coaches for his consistent output.
“This year has been super enjoyable - winning helps and we’ve done a fair bit of that this year,” Wood said.
“Ross just expects everyone to play their role and doesn’t ask for too much outside of that. Playing on the wing is pretty structured and he’s valued what I bring to the team which has been really good.”
A September berth would be particularly special for Wood, who is eyeing his first taste of Finals action after debuting in 2014 for North Melbourne.
With two games remaining in the home-and-away season and one win likely securing a place, it’s all to play for.
“It’s super exciting we’re in this position. I haven’t been in this position in my career, so it’s exciting for me,” Wood said.
St Kilda fans will have happy memories of their last clash with Geelong at Marvel Stadium in Round 9 last year, when the Saints stormed home to win a thriller.