Weller gives Saints a chance against Roos

DESPITE North Melbourne rolling the reigning premier last weekend, Maverick Weller said the men from Arden Street were “definitely” beatable.

Weller and his St Kilda teammates fly to Tasmania this morning ahead of tomorrow’s encounter at Blundstone Arena, where they meet a Kangaroos outfit who are fresh from dismantling Hawthorn last Friday night.

Maverick Weller is looking forward to playing in Hobart this weekend. Picture: Getty Images.

But Weller isn’t reading too much into the result.

The former Burnie boy said North Melbourne’s form line this season suggested the team might be due for another slip-up.

The finals-bound Roos have won nine matches to date, but only twice have they claimed back-to-back wins.

“I think we’ve got a massive chance,” Weller, 22, told The Advocate yesterday.

“Everyone knows they’ve been up and down, and hopefully we can keep that trend going.

“It’s going to be wet and windy, and there’s going to be a massive focus on contested footy, so if we can win the ball in close we’ll back ourselves.”

Weller has been one of the rare shining lights for the struggling Saints since his debut for the club in round 7.

He capped off a stellar month of performances last weekend in the loss to Carlton, picking up 22 possessions and being named the team’s third best player.

“I’ve been trying to keep my approach to playing pretty simple and it’s working well,” Weller said.

“But it’s not much fun when you’re losing all the time and we’re pretty keen to end this [10-game] losing streak.”

Tomorrow’s clash in Hobart is just Weller’s second appearance in his home state after suiting up for ex-club Gold Coast at Aurora Stadium in 2011.

The hard-nosed midfielder said he was looking forward to playing in front of up to 15 family members and friends, who will make the trip down from the Coast.

Weller, who was picked up as a rookie in November last year, said contract extension negotiations would start soon and he was confident of being put permanently on St Kilda’s senior list.

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