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St Albans looks to build on big win

St Albans will be chasing its third win when it meets Newtown & Chilwell at Elderslie Reserve. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JUST over two months after being well beaten by Newtown & Chilwell in its final practice match, St Albans will get a truer indication of its improvement when it returns to Elderslie Reserve on Saturday for a clash with the unbeaten Eagles.

While the win-loss record is a far from imposing 2-5, there is no questioning the Supersaints improvement through the opening half of the 2019 season, culminating in a 59-point victory over Geelong West last week.

“Probably the pleasing thing was that we were still running at the end of the game, which is what we’ve prided ourselves on,” co-coach Chris Carlon said.

“To get the result and show that we’re just a little bit above that group was fantastic.

“I think a win like that will build the belief that we can match it with, and if not beat, the sides around us.

“We’ve definitely been pushing the sides above us. I was really proud of the way we stuck at it, and the belief should stand us in good stead moving forward.”

Stability has also proven crucial for the Supersaints, who have used just 27 players in the opening seven rounds, with 14 players featuring in every match.

“There hasn’t been any real wholesale changes. We’ve worked really hard with the group we’ve got,” Carlon said.

“The most positive thing out of the weekend was Tristan Battaglia coming back.

“He had a week in the twos after a couple of weeks off and showed great form, and relayed that into the seniors.

“I was really proud of how he went about his business.”

Former Carlton listed player Caleb Tiller looks set to return after missing the win over the Giants due to a head knock suffered the previous week.

However, Blake Grewar will remain with Richmond’s VFL team as the Tigers’ AFL squad battles a range of injuries.

“With injuries and his form, it’s fantastic for him to get a prolonged go at it,” Carlon said.

“Obviously we’d love to have him, but with the way things are going, we’re really happy for him that things are going well now.”

Carlon says starting well will be a key to matching it with Newtown & Chilwell, something they didn’t do in the practice match.

“We finished that game the way we wanted to; we were definitely in it in the second half,” he said.

“I think being around for as long as we can will give us a good result, hopefully.”

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