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Round 13 Subiaco Oval
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 • 18:10 WST
West Coast Geelong
11.17 (83) 10.10 (70)
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 • 17:40 WST
West Coast v Melbourne
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Injury List

Player Injury Weeks
Kennedy Calf test
Tunbridge ACL 1
Venables Tow 2-3
Rioli Hamstring 4-5
Waterman Foot 4-5
Nelson Hamstring indef
Allen Foot indef
Naitanui ACL indef


AFL Ladder

Team P % Pts
1. Adelaide 12 141.7 36
2. GWS Giants 12 116.4 36
3. Geelong 11 117.3 32
4. Richmond 11 111.6 28
5. Port Adel. 11 133.0 24
6. Melbourne 11 110.9 24
7. Essenscum 12 102.9 24
8. W. Bulldogs 11 102.4 24
9. West Coast 11 101.4 24
10. Fremantle 12 78.5 24
11. Coll'wood 12 101.7 20
12. St Kilda 11 92.9 20
13. Gold Coast 11 88.2 20
14. Sydney 11 105.0 16
15. North Melb. 11 93.8 16
16. Carlton 11 80.5 16
17. Hawthorn 12 76.9 16
18. Brisbane 11 70.2 8


by Matt Quinn
1st April 2016
After last week's practice match for premiership points against the Lions, the Eagles head over to Melbourne for the first time this year to face off in the Grand Final rematch against a somewhat undermanned Hawks.

The stakes are nothing like last time these two teams met, but the Eagles will be looking for a bit of redemption after a poor outing in the Grand Final


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Shannon Hurn (25)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Sam Butler (26)
Hawthorn Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Jono O'Rourke (13)
Jack Gunston (19)
Cyril Rioli (33)
Ben McEvoy (7)
Andrew Gaff (3)  HB Brad Sheppard (5)
Will Schofield (31)
Jackson Nelson (30)
Sam Mitchell (5)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Luke Breust (22)
Ryan Schoenmakers (25)
Paul Puopolo (28)
James Sicily (21)
  C Jack Redden (8)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Elliot Yeo (6)
  C Billy Hartung (4)
Jordan Lewis (3)
Isaac Smith (16)
  HF Lewis Jetta (23)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Mark LeCras (2)
  HB Shaun Burgoyne (9)
Josh Gibson (6)
Grant Birchall (14)
  F Jamie Cripps (15)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Jack Darling (27)
  B Benjamin Stratton (24)
James Frawley (12)
Angus Litherland (31)
West Coast Interchange Scott Lycett (29), Josh Hill (33), Liam Duggan (14), Jamie Bennell (44),  
Jonathon Ceglar (18), Will Langford (29), Taylor Duryea (8), Daniel Howe (41), Hawthorn Interchange


Weather

Fine
Maximum Temperature:19

Changes

The Eagles have made only the one change to the team from last week, with ex-Hawk Xavier Ellis unable to play with an achilles injury. His place in the team has been taken by major off-season recruit Lewis Jetta, formerly of the Swine.

The Hawks have been forced to leave out Luke Hodge with a broken arm, and have omitted youngster Marc Pittonet. Coming in to their team are Daniel Howe and Jonathon Ceglar.

Injuries and Suspensions

Despite a multitude of media reports saying the Eagles escaped unscathed from last week's match, the reality was the loss of Ellis for the next six to eight weeks. To counter this, Lewis Jetta is ready to make his Eagles debut, and Chris Masten should be available for WAFL duties in an attempt to get back to full fitness. Sharrod Wellingham though remains about a month away, and was clearly missing in defence last week, while Dom Sheed and Mitch Brown are long term injuries.

Hawthorn losing Hodge for six weeks on top of a bad day would have been a blow to them last week, and he joins a number of unavailable Hawks, led by Jarryd Roughead who'll miss the next three months at least, along with Brad Hill for a month, Liam Shiels and ex-Eagle Matt Spangher.
Player Injury Weeks
McGovern Shoulder test
Jetta Calf test
Masten Ankle test
Wellingham Knee 4
Mutimer Hamstring 4
Tunbridge Back 4
Ellis Achilles 6-8
Brown Finger 8
Sheed Pec 8
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

The two grand finalists had quite different opening games. The Eagles cruised home by 64 points in second gear against a Lions side that lacks class across the ground, with clearly the highest score of the round - but the highest score against by a losing team as well, which means there's work to do defensively to improve.

The Hawks opened the season in scratchy form, only really turning up for a quarter or so in going down to a resurgent Geelong team by 30 points.

Matchups

The Eagles may have won big last week, but struggled a lot defensively - all of last year's standouts in McGovern, Sheppard and Schofield all a little down on their best. The Hawks though are missing Roughead, so are definitely down on their forward potential. The major matchups will be the defensive matchups on the small forwards, Cyril Rioli in particular, but not forgetting Paul Puopolo.

In the middle, while Hodge is missing from the Hawks lineup, there's still a lot of class led by Jordan Lewis and Sam Mitchell, but if the Eagles midfield plays to ability, then it can match it, with Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff all class players. Key though will be how Nic Naitanui performs in the ruck duel with Ben McEvoy - Nat certainly has the edge in class, it's how much he can make of it.

Up front, the Eagles had a field day last week, with Josh Kennedy kicking a cool eight (and laying off four more) in a BOG performance. The opposition this week though is a step above the weaker Lions defenders, and will certainly make it harder to kick goals. Keys here are Jack Darling making options other than Kennedy as a tall forward, goals from small forwards Jamie Cripps and Mark LeCras, and backing from the midfielders - most interesting to watch will be Lewis Jetta in his first game for the Eagles

Recent Meetings

We shall not talk about it.
2015, Grand Final MCG
Hawthorn 5.0 9.3 14.5 16.11 (107)
West Coast 1.5 3.8 5.9 8.13 (61)
Sat 3rd Oct 2015 Hawthorn by 46

2015, Qualifying Final Subiaco Oval
West Coast 2.2 7.6 12.11 14.12 (96)
Hawthorn 2.3 2.4 4.9 9.10 (64)
Fri 11th Sep 2015 West Coast by 32

2015, Round 19 Subiaco Oval
Hawthorn 2.3 5.5 8.8 13.10 (88)
West Coast 5.3 6.5 9.6 11.8 (74)
Sat 8th Aug 2015 Hawthorn by 14

2014, Round 12 York Park
Hawthorn 3.4 10.6 16.7 19.9 (123)
West Coast 4.4 7.5 8.7 12.7 (79)
Sat 7th Jun 2014 Hawthorn by 44


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 25 Hawthorn 21 Draws 0
At MCG West Coast 1 Hawthorn 4 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 82 points; West Coast 21.18 (144) d Hawthorn 8.14 (62) at Princes Park, 1991, Round 7
Hawthorn biggest win: 91 points; Hawthorn 19.27 (141) d West Coast 6.14 (50) at Princes Park, 1989, Round 14


Other Matches


Summary

The Hawks are hurting, and they haven't started the season well. With Hodge and Roughead out, there's a big opening for the Eagles to get one back at the MCG (even if the only way to get *that* one back relies on a September appearance). It will be key to West Coast's early season confidence to win this match by beating the Hawks at the MCG, and I'd back the Eagles to do it

Prediction: West Coast by 21 points.



 
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