AFL 2023 round 11 LIVE updates: St Kilda, Hawthorn test form at Marvel Stadium ahead of Melbourne v Fremantle; Geelong v GWS Giants

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  • ‘This Jack is an ace in Lyon’s pack’: The rise and rise of Jack Sinclair
  • The masked big man?
  • Listen: Real Footy podcast
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‘This Jack is an ace in Lyon’s pack’: The rise and rise of Jack Sinclair

This Saint is more than a jack of all trades. Some might say he’s mastered two. He has become St Kilda’s new man of steel. His name is Jack. Jack Sinclair.

For a few years, Jack Steele has been regarded as the best player at Moorabbin. If Sinclair has not taken over, he’s at least drawn level, even if Max King and Rowan Marshall might be structurally their most important.

Jack Sinclair can now lay claim to being St Kilda’s best player.Credit: AFL Photos

The man they call “Pins” (it’s to do with his calves, which have their own Facebook page) is one of the reasons why the Saints, under Ross Lyon, have made the leap into the eight.

Of general defenders, only Brownlow Medal favourite Nick Daicos has averaged more than Sinclair’s near 29 disposals a game. So well has he played this year, he has bettered his career-best 2022.

As with many of the top-liners, Sinclair’s contribution cannot be measured in numbers alone.

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The masked big man?

SEN is reporting Geelong big man Tom De Koning will play in a face mask today to protect his recent injury, something similar to that worn by NBA stars Jaylen Brown or Joel Embiid.

Those masks are usually quite big and annoying, so it will be interesting to see if De Koning wears something as expansive as those NBA masks or whether his could be a smaller form.

We will wait and see how he fronts up at 4.35pm.

Listen: Real Footy podcast

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Caroline Wilson, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall discuss the latest in the Hawthorn racism probe, where it is expected North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson, Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan and former Hawthorn welfare manager Jason Burt will likely be exonerated, and the review panel likely disbanded.

Then, there will be the question of where the case goes next and how the saga reflects on outgoing AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Essendon this time last year were in dire straits but now could be finals bound after their “best win of the season” against Richmond in the Dreamtime at the ’G clash. How have the Bombers improved under new coach Brad Scott? And is their forward showman Jake Stringer, and his unselfishness to set up the winning goal, “emblematic of a change at Essendon”?

Good afternoon

G’day everyone. It’s Roy Ward here and I’ll be in the driver’s seat for our AFL live blog on this lovely Saturday in round 11.

Please leave a comment at any time on the blog.

Our first game today will be St Kilda v Hawthorn from 1.45pm, followed by Melbourne v Fremantle from 2.10pm, and Geelong v GWS Giants starting at 4.35pm. The two night games are Gold Coast v Western Bulldogs at 7.30pm, and West Coast v Essendon at 7.40pm.

Enjoy the hours to come.

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