AFL 2022 Round 14 LIVE updates: St Kilda Saints, Essendon Bombers square off at Marvel Stadium
- Ben Rutten speaks pre-match
- Opinion: What Max King needs to do to terrify defenders
- The medical subs have been named
- Listen: Real Footy Podcast
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Ben Rutten speaks pre-match
Ben Rutten has spoken pre-match on Fox Footy:
Being part of the Spud Frawley game: “Absolutely. We certainly feel privileged to be a part of it. I think it’s going to be a special moment before the game. We can kind of showcase that sort of awareness.“
Massimo D’Ambrosio making his debut: ”For someone to come to a club and be here for two weeks, he’s had such a positive impact on so many guys already. He’s playing his first game of footy on a Friday night, it’s fantastic.”
On setting goals for the group when finals looks out of reach: “It’s really about getting some key targets about how we want to play and the process around that. The guys have been really positive throughout the week. For us, it’s about making sure we’ve got a consistent, contested brand of footy. I think our pressure and tackle stuff over the past few weeks has been a real focus for us.”
Essendon coach Ben Rutten.Credit:AFL Photos
On Jake Stringer’s form: “We’re always encouraging Jake. We understand he’s a really influential player, especially around centre bounce. We’re certainly going to see more of him around centre bounce because that will get him into the game.”
On being harder on players: “I got asked the question about Jake’s game, and Jake takes some responsibility for that as well. There’s going to be a bit of rust in his game, but I’m excited about how he’s going to turn up tonight. I think he’s going to have a big game for us.”
On the ease teams transition the ball out of Essendon’s forward line: “We’ve been certainly looking at that. We spoke to our midfield group and our forwards in particular, how can we get better connection from our centre bounce results. Our midfielders still need to go to work and make sure we get advantage at centre bounce. But we’d certainly like to connect a bit more inside-50, and we certainly want to be able to defend it better than we have been [in the front half of the ground].”
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Opinion: What Max King needs to do to terrify defenders
Max King has already proven to be a very good young footballer. But watching him live in his 50th game also highlighted there are still some steps he needs to take on the path to greatness.
It was during last week’s loss to the Brisbane Lions that I described his forward craft as more “schoolboy” than AFL.
Saints forward Max King.Credit:Getty Images
At his best, King can win a game off his own boot. When he gets a run and jump at the footy, he looks almost impossible to stop.
While he’s had some good – even great – quarters this season, understandably as a 21-year-old he’s lacking a level of consistency.
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The medical subs have been named
Listen: Real Footy Podcast
This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson discuss the on and off-field issues for Melbourne after a third consecutive loss.
The Magpies were simply too good as they won their fourth on the trot, but the omission of Steven May via a club suspension didn’t help the premiers. Max Gawn was battered and bruised, while the Demons’ talls at either end of the ground were smashed in the aerial contests. Will the club’s off-field issues linger as the club tries to turn their form around?
Hello everyone and welcome to our AFL live blog for tonight’s game between St Kilda and Essendon at Marvel Stadium.
Damien Ractliffe to take you through the evening. We will have all the major moments and post-game reactions from the two clubs, and please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the blog at any time.
Enjoy the evening to come.
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