Saints, Swans set for clash

BOTH Sydney and St Kilda have brought back key personnel for the NAB Challenge match to be played at BCU International Stadium tomorrow night.

As this clash is the last time the Swans and Saints will be able to play before they both embark on their respective 2011 campaigns, an attempt to play as close to full-strength has been made.

Sydney has brought back a trio of running defenders in Rhyce Shaw, Martin Mattner and Gary Rohan for the encounter.

The Saints have recalled two members of its beaten grand final team.

Dangerous utility Sam Gilbert returns to the line-up while St Kilda’s big man stocks have also received a boost in the form of Ben McEvoy.

These names can be added to some of the competition’s superstars who will be taking to the field.

The Saints trio of Nick Riewoldt, Lenny Hayes and Brendon Goddard is as good a triumvirate as you would find at any club.

Sydney’s dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes will be running out alongside Kieran Jack and last year’s NAB Rising Star winner Daniel Hannebery.

A good crowd at the Stadium is expected tomorrow night with 4000 tickets for the first AFL match to be played in Coffs Harbour in eight years already sold.

If yesterday’s good weather can continue, AFL officials are hoping the final crowd figure can surpass the 6135 that attended the recent NRL trial at the Stadium between South Sydney and Gold Coast.



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