St Kilda started off the day in Adelaide in tremendous fashion with a 0.8.2 (50) to 0.3.6 (24) victory over the Crows before then backing up with a 1.9.2 (65) to 0.2.3 (15) loss to Port Adelaide.
It was a heartening performance by the Saints first up against the Crows coming away with a 26-point win with Beau Maister (formerly Wilkes), Trent Dennis-Lane and Terry Milera all kicking two goals apiece.
Stephen Milne kicked a goal as well and that combination, especially with Nick Riewoldt and Justin Koschitzke back, showed that the Saints certainly could have the forward-line capable of causing plenty of opposition back-line's some headaches throughout 2013.
Scott Watters coached Dennis-Lane in Subiaco in the WAFL before he was drafted to the Sydney Swans and prior to Watters landing back in the AFL with the Saints. Watters would have seen enough against the Crows that he can get the best out of the mid-size forward unlike Sydney was able to.
On top of the forward-line working well against the Crows, plenty of players impressed further up the field with Farren Ray picking up 12 possessions, James Gwilt and Nick Dal Santo 11, and Jarryn Geary nine.
It was a far from full-strength Adelaide line-up with Brent Reilly, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo, Taylor Walker, Ben Rutten and Jared Petrenko all not playing against the Saints with Graham Johncock going forward and kicking all three of his team's goals for the match.
Matthew Wright picked up nine possessions, Brodie Smith eight and Aidan Riley eight.
St Kilda couldn’t back up the performance in the second game, though, with the Power running out comfortable 50-point winners.
Port Adelaide dominated the contest not only winning by 50 points, but having 147 disposals to 92, 15 clearances to nine and 12 marks inside-50 to four to give Ken Hinkley a superb start to his time in charge as coach.
Matthew Broadbent kicked a nine-point super goal for the Power with Jay Schulz and Paul Stewart adding two regular six-pointers apiece.
Veteran Kane Cornes impressed by gathering 12 possessions with Brad Ebert collecting 10 with new faces Kane Mitchell, Lewis Stevenson and Oliver Wines among the players to show impressive signs.
Geary, Ben McEvoy, Jason Blake, Milne and Fremantle recruit Dylan Roberton didn’t come back out to face the Power for the Saints with Koschitzke and Sebastian Ross among the players to come in.
While it was tough going, Leigh Montagna was good with 11 possessions and Jack Steven had nine. Koschitzke and another new recruit Tom Lee kicked a goal each.
Saints coach Watters said his club's win and loss came from two pretty distinct games.
"There were a lot of things out of the first game that we were pretty pleased with, obviously we had a slightly more mature group of players out there," Watters said.
"We still got a lot out of the second game, to expose those young players ... there are 20 players who have played less than 20 games of footy for this footy club.
"So there were some great learnings on how to maintain you structure on what was a difficult, hot day."