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GAME DAY: St Kilda v Carlton at Etihad Stadium

Jack Billings spoke to 3AW after a best-on-ground performance in his 50th game.

He said he’s enjoying more time playing on the ball.

Click play for to hear from Billings in the rooms

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FULL TIME

St Kilda has withstood a gallant Carlton fightback to win by 19 points.

Jack Billings starred with 30 touches, 12 marks, and five of the Saints’ 12 goals.

Tony Shaw said it’s probably the best game he’s played as a Saint.

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HALF TIME

St Kilda leads by four points at the main break.

Young gun Jack Billings has been seriously influential, bagging four goals.

Jimmy Webster is out of the game with a suspected broken hand.

3AW expert Jimmy Bartel said Carlton is playing slow, deliberate football.

“It protects them getting scored against,” Bartel said.

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Injured Saint David Armitage spoke to 3AW before the game.

He said there are so many Jacks in the team, they’re all developing nicknames.

Jack Steven is named “Stuv”, and Jack Newnes is “Jill”.

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Dale Thomas’ manager Paul Connors spoke to 3AW before the game.

He said the decision to remove the extra-year trigger from his contract was initiated by Thomas.

“He just wants to play footy,” Connors said.

There was an option of a contract extension based on how many games Thomas played this season.

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Carlton goal-kicking coach Sav Rocca spoke to 3AW before the game.

He spoke about goal-kicking, why it appears to be worse than ever this year, and why it can be harder to kick set shots from close range.

“A follow-through is really important,” Rocca said.

“I don’t like seeing guys that are 30m out just toe-poking it through.”

Rocca spoke about how he’s helped turn Levi Casboult’s kicking around.

Casboult has struggled with his goal-kicking in previous years, but has kicked 13.4 in 2017.

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The Saints are flying, having rolled through Hawthorn and GWS in the last fortnight.

But the Blues are travelling pretty nicely themselves.

Sitting on the cusp of the eight with three wins, Carlton can truly announce themselves with a third win on the trot today.

In a battle of the Generation Next, who will send a loud warning to the league that they mean business?

Follow the action with the No. 1 commentary team in the game on 3AW Football.

TODAY’S LINE-UP from 12PM: Jimmy Bartel, Tony Shaw, Caroline Wilson, Tim Lane, Tony Leonard, and Doc Larkins.

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