Carlisle impresses Saints in first hitout


AFL: St Kilda have fought off a spirited Port Adelaide comeback in the JLT community series, in a clash with plenty of positives for both sides.

Jake Carlisle impressed in his first hitout as a Saint. Picture: Getty

STAND-in St Kilda coach Adam Kingsley labelled Jake Carlisle’s first game in club colours as “really impressive”, saying the former Bomber backman and ex-Magpie Nathan Brown will clearly bolster the club’s defensive stocks.

And Kingsley said evergreen veteran Nick Riewoldt will continue to alternate between the wing and attack this year after an outstanding first outing in 2017 on Thursday night.

Former Bombers Jake Carlisle and Paddy Ryder one-on-one in their return from year-long bans. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

Former Bombers Jake Carlisle and Paddy Ryder one-on-one in their return from year-long bans. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource:News Corp Australia

Kingsley said the Saints were delighted with Carlisle’s efforts, particularly with his intercept work, and was pleased with the way the 25-year-old and Brown linked up with the youngsters in the back half.

“He was really impressive,” Kingsley said. “He was able to nullify his opponent … both he and Nathan Brown were able to do good jobs.

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“He is a versatile player. He can lock down on someone and he is a good intercept player, too.”

Kingsley said Riewoldt’s performance on Thursday night was hardly a surprise given how hard he works during the preseason.

Jake Carlisle impressed in his first hitout as a Saint. Picture: Getty

Jake Carlisle impressed in his first hitout as a Saint. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

“It’s his 17th season and he is still able to do that,” he said. “He is a remarkable player. He works incredibly hard. He has such a great competitive drive and work rate.”

The Saints will rest a few senior players for next week’s clash with Carlton.

Paddy Ryder returned from his year-long suspension for the Power, as they went goalless in the first term before finishing strongly with a much more competitive second half.

The bad news for the Power came with the report of Nathan Krakouer after his bump on Sean Dempster.