Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Premiership Veteran Called on by Saints

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Premiership Veteran Called on by Saints

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ST KILDA have added grand final experience and flexibility for tomorrow's AFL decider, recalling former Sydney premiership player Sean Dempster.

Dempster's inclusion at the expense of youngster Robert Eddy was the Saints' only change.

The Cats stuck with the same 22 that delivered their convincing preliminary final win over Collingwood.

Defensive midfielder Dempster, who played in both the Swans' 2005 premiership and 2006 grand final loss, will be one of only four Saints with experience of the AFL's biggest stage.

The others are former Swans team-mate Adam Schneider, Michael Gardiner, who played in West Coast's 2005 grand final loss, and former Geelong captain Steven King, who famously ousted Mark Blake from the Cats' 2007 premiership side.

By contrast, every Cat selected, other than young forward Tom Hawkins, has played at least one of the past two grand finals.

But Saints football manager Greg Hutchison said Dempster's big-game knowledge was not behind his inclusion. …

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