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In the Mix: Round 17

Key defender Jake Carlisle could line up for the Saints in Friday night's clash against the Blues. - St Kilda Saints,In the Mix,Carlton Blues,Tom Hickey,Jake Carlisle,Jack Lonie,Rowan Marshall,Ed Phillips,Blake Acres
Key defender Jake Carlisle could line up for the Saints in Friday night's clash against the Blues.

Jake Carlisle has recovered strongly from the punctured lung that kept him sidelined for St Kilda’s trip to Adelaide, moving well and training at full capacity on Wednesday afternoon.

Since playing his first game for the Saints in 2017, the ex-Bomber has gone from strength to strength in the famous tricolours, quickly becoming a fan favourite among the faithful, and he will be available for selection this week.

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Ed Phillips was dropped from the senior side after Round 12, but the promising wingman responded perfectly in Aaron Hamill’s Sandringham side.

At 20 years of age, Phillips shapes as an important player for the Saints for years to come, and he’ll be hoping to carry his recent form in the VFL into the senior side if selected this week.

Tom Hickey has strung together his second consecutive influential performance at VFL level, this time collecting 27 disposals and dominating proceedings in the ruck.

On top of his aerial ability Hickey shows genuine aptitude at ground level as well, laying five tackles to assert himself as a strong match-up option for the Blues’ Matthew Kreuzer.

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Rowan Marshall was best afield for the Zebras on Saturday afternoon, booting three goals and taking eight marks to firmly make his case for a senior recall.

At 201cm, the 22-year-old’s impressive size and athleticism shapes as an ominous weapon for the Saints if he can continue his strong VFL form.

Rowan Marshall will be hoping for a return to senior footy against the Blues.

Jack Lonie also put in a solid performance for Sandringham, as the enthusiastic small forward went about harassing the Coburg defence, laying eight tackles in a high-pressure performance that would please Alan Richardson.

After a standout showing in the Zebras’ win over Port Melbourne, Sandringham head coach and ex-Saint Aaron Hamill said, “Jack at his best can certainly add value to the AFL program”.

Blake Acres had a prolific return to footy, racking up 31 disposals on restricted minutes for Sandringham on Saturday.

Despite those impressive numbers, the Western Australian will likely spend another week in the VFL to regain some match fitness, having not played any level of football since early May.