Venue: Etihad Stadium at 4:20pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R22, 2017: St Kilda 18.19 (127) d North Melbourne 12.6 (78) at Etihad Stadium
R13, 2017: St Kilda 12.17 (89) d North Melbourne 10.12 (72) at Etihad Stadium
R19, 2016: North Melbourne 12.13 (85) d St Kilda 8.14 (62) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2016: North Melbourne 11.16 (82) d St Kilda 11.9 (75) at Etihad Stadium
R20, 2015: North Melbourne 18.12 (120) d St Kilda 11.17 (83) at Blundstone Arena
St Kilda scratched out a round one victory over the Brisbane Lions without making a great impression, but will start favourite in its Good Friday debut against North. Jack Steven returned to his electric best to carry his Saints past the Lions, and will again need strong back-up from Jack Billings, Seb Ross and Jarryn Geary. But the likes of Billy Longer, Paddy McCartin and Jack Sinclair will be keen to redeem themselves. The ruck battle between Longer and Todd Goldstein will be fascinating, with the 2015 All Australian Roo on a mission to return to his best form. There will be interest in how North Melbourne backs up from last week’s heavy conditions in Cairns, particularly with a six-day turnaround. Most promising for the Kangaroos in the loss to Gold Coast was Jy Simpkin’s 22 disposals playing through the midfield. Shaun Higgins, Ben Cunnington and Jack Ziebell will welcome his support.
Thommo’s Tip: St Kilda by 28 points.
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