The fans have spoken, and as voted by you, Hunter Clark is the Round 8 Dare Iced Coffee Sainter of the Round.
Clark was superb across half-back and through the midfield in Saturday night’s resounding triumph over Port Adelaide, notching up 24 disposals (nine contested) and five rebound-50s to guide the Saints to its second win in five days at Adelaide Oval.
The 21-year-old emerged in front of onlookers’ eyes as he effortlessly weaved through heavy midfield congestion and slipped tackles with ease.
Alongside Nick Coffield and Ben Paton, the three budding backmen have secured pivotal roles in the defensive end to help spur the Saints’ rise up the ladder.
Clark has held down his spot in the senior line-up since Round 13, 2019, and this season sits only behind Callum Wilkie for rebounds (24) and third in effective kicks (57) and intercepts (38).
Two votes go to Paddy Ryder, who pieced together a masterful display in the ruck against his old side.
The All Australian ruckman delivered premium service to the Saints’ on-ball brigade at stoppages with 29 hit-outs (11 to advantage).
Showcasing the full gamut of tapwork, Ryder’s ascendancy in the ruck was instrumental in seeing the Saints emerge +10 in the clearances.
The 32-year-old also hit the scoreboard with two goals, with his dribbler from tight in the pocket in the final term a reminder of his finishing skills around the big sticks.
Combined with Rowan Marshall, the dual-ruck combination proved lethal for the red, white and black against the top-of-the-table Port Adelaide.
'The Prospect' fittingly rounded out this week’s voting after his 15 disposals (13 contested), seven clearances and two goals.
Marshall added to his impressive season with another 11 hit-outs (six to advantage) to bring his and Ryder’s combined Saturday night tally to 40 hit-outs, 25 disposals, eight clearances and four goals.
St Kilda will face Sydney at the Gabba this Saturday as the club celebrates the fifth annual Pride Game.