Stars Old And New On Show In Wagga

Picture: Michael Klein/Herald Sun
Lenny Hayes lines up for the Saints on Saturday. Picture: Michael Klien/Herald Sun

The NAB Challenge was marketed as '18 games in 18 days' and St Kilda will play the 18th match on the 18th day against Greater Western Sydney  in Wagga on Saturday night. Both sides have embraced the final match of the pre-season tournament by including current and future stars.

The Saints have named veteran Lenny Hayes for his first match of the year and he'll be joined in a strong squad by fellow-stars Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna. They'll be joined by top draft picks Jack Billiings and Luke Dunstan. However, Jack Steven has pulled out because of injury and Darren Minchington comes in.

Giants coach Leon Cameron has included Callan Ward, Phil Davis, Lachie Whitfiled, Shane Mumford and Jeremy Cameron. Number one pick Tom Boyd won't be lacing the boots, although it's tipped he'll be there in Round 1.

There will be a strong local flavour with Giants Zac Williams (Narrandera) and Jacob Townsend (Leeton) and Saint Adam Scneider (Osborne) all hailing from the Riverina district.

Both sides are looking for their first win of the pre-season - St Kilda having gone down to the Western Bulldogs by 11-points and GWS losing to big brother, the Sydney Swans, 115-75. The Giants are wooden-spoon favourites, while  the Saints are 200/1 outsider to win the flag.

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