AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: St Kilda Saints (6th)

The photogenic Saints were top after Round 14 but fell in a big heap which took them several seasons and some astute recruiting to recover from.

Robert Harvey’s consecutive Brownlows and “Spida” Everitt’s burgeoning persona gave the fans something to enjoy each week, but their mid-tier performers disappointed.

Many moves in were made in the ensuing years such as Winmar (WB), Lappin (Carlton), Hall (Sydney), Everitt (Hawthorn), S Wakelin (Collingwood), D Wakelin (Port), Sziller (Richmond) but the biggest of them all was Healy (Centrals. 5 flags, 4 as captain). And how come Bevo looks older in this photo than he does now?

Seen any of them recently at Southland JB Hi-Fi? Shared a knowing look in the Bonds Shop at Moorabbin DFO? Bought your “weekend supplies” from their pharmacy? The comment box awaits.




AFL Debuts 1998: Sam Cranage, Timothy Elliott, Brett Knowles, Ben Thompson

Kept Under Wraps 1998: Lachlan Brown, Matthew Carr, Glen Coghlan, Brent Cowell, Jamie Elliott, Lucas Fleming, Ryan Grinter, Andrew Lamb, Ben Walton

Never Heard of Him: Brad Campbell

Delisted at end of 1998: Kristian Bardsley, Lucas Fleming, Ryan Grinter, Rod Keogh, Andrew Lamb, Nicky Winmar

Traded at end of 1998: Matthew Lappin

Retirements at end of 1998: Jayson Daniels, Jamie Elliott


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About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. Justin Peckett was an afacianado (never can spell that word) of classic American cars.

    Kristian Bardsley, nee Anning has a photogenic smile. A few years prior GOD did some dental work on him @ Kardinia Park.

    Rod Keogh made an impressive debut for Melbourne in 1990. Kicked 2 goals, one of the best V Carlton.

    Numbers 36-45, i really can’t recall.

    Keep up the good work ‘Swish”. Looking forward to the 1969 Carnival team(s).


  2. Alves achieved a lot with extremely limited support during that period, never had the full backing of the board. The unnecessary y in Jayson Daniels’s name always bothered me more than it should have.

  3. george smith says

    Mathew Carr from East Fremantle started off at Collingwood. He played in the 96 lightning premiership, won by Essendon, then I don’t think he played another game for the Pies. Fremantle, as is their wont, paid over the odds to get both Carr brothers, Josh and Mathew, back to WA…

    the Wakelin brothers Darryl and Shane from Port Adelaide Magpies played in a premiership and runner up with Port Power and Collingwood respectively.

  4. Peter warrington says

    great squad and should have jagged one. Always surprised that Alves never got snapped up. he did good media work.

    They made the right wrong call when going for Watson when roos might have worked (Richmond chased him that year). and Blighty, well… right guy wrong place and time.

  5. Let’s remember the superb cultural contribution of this club and key players Peckett and Wakelin et al to the video for TISM’s Greg! The Stop Sign! which was about this time.

    “Forget Snoop Doggy Dog
    Forget old Ice T
    The true word out on the street
    Is produced by the TAC.”

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