DOUBT surrounds the playing futures of key St Kilda pair Paddy McCartin and Dylan Roberton, who require further testing after suffering health scares in the Saints’ AFL pre-season win over the Western Bulldogs.
McCartin suffered the latest in a string of concussions, while Roberton complained of feeling unwell late in Sunday’s 14.9 (93) to 12.7 (79) win in front of 4384 fans at Ballarat’s Mars Stadium.
Roberton is on the comeback trail after collapsing with a heart irregularity at GMHBA Stadium in last year’s round-four clash with Geelong.
The defender, who plays with an electronic device in his chest to monitor his heart’s activity, was taken from the field for immediate assessment by club doctors.
“Dylan was just a bit wonky at the end of the game,” coach Alan Richardson said.
“He just felt a little bit off right at the end when the siren went so you can imagine, given what he’s been through, the doctors were pretty keen to get him in and analyse him and make sure that he’s ok.
“I’m not sure exactly where that will end up.
“He’s fine, he’s sitting up in there and having a bit of a laugh with his mates, but we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes.”
McCartin, who wears a protective helmet, is believed to have been concussed eight times since 2014.
The 22-year-old was withdrawn from the second half after he backed into a pack in the dying minutes of the second quarter and was collected by teammate Ben Long.
“Paddy was concussed so he’ll be assessed as per normal … we’ll just wait and see from a symptoms point of view,” Richardson said.
“I think we all know that Paddy has a little bit of history there, so we weren’t going to take any risks.
“He’s fine in there now (but) he’ll need a bit of time to clear his head.
“When he’s right, he’s right. We don’t know when that’ll be … it could be that he’s right by Tuesday or it could be that it takes a bit longer. Who knows?”
The incidents took the gloss off an encouraging performance by the Saints, who made it two wins from two trial games.
With star midfielder Jack Steven – back at the club after time away to deal with a mental health issue – looking on in the stands, St Kilda led by 13 points at halftime but scores were level at the last break.
Long sealed the win with just over two minutes remaining, kicking the final goal after beating Zaine Cordy to a loose ball.
Jack Steele and Josh Billings were outstanding for St Kilda with 25 touches each, while Tim Membrey booted three goals.
Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley were prominent for the Bulldogs with 29 possessions apiece. Lloyd finished with three goals, as did Aaron Naughton.
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ST KILDA 4.3 7.5 10.6 14.9 (93)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.2 5.4 10.6 12.7 (79)
Goals: St Kilda: T Membrey 3 J Bruce 2 J Sinclair 2 P McCartin 2 B Long D Kent H Clark J Gresham J Newnes. Western Bulldogs: A Naughton 3 S Lloyd 3 J Schache 2 L Hunter M Bontempelli M Wallis T Liberatore.
Best: St Kilda: J Steele D Roberton J Billings L Dunstan T Membrey R Marshall. Western Bulldogs: J Macrae J Dunkley S Lloyd M Wallis M Bontempelli T Liberatore.
Umpires: Matt Stevic, Brett Rosebury, Shane McInerney.
Official Crowd: 4,384 at Eureka Stadium.