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Qualifying Final Sydney Showgrounds
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 • 17:25 WST
West Coast Greater Western Sydney
9.4 (58) 19.11 (125)
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AFL Ladder

Team P % Pts
1. Adelaide 22 136.0 62
2. Geelong 22 117.4 62
3. Richmond 22 118.3 60
4. GWS Giants 22 114.9 60
5. Port Adel. 22 129.7 56
6. Sydney 22 126.8 56
7. Essenscum 22 106.5 48
8. West Coast 22 105.7 48
9. Melbourne 22 105.2 48
10. W. Bulldogs 22 97.1 44
11. St Kilda 22 96.9 44
12. Hawthorn 22 90.7 42
13. Coll'wood 22 99.0 38
14. Fremantle 22 74.4 32
15. North Melb. 22 87.6 24
16. Carlton 22 78.2 24
17. Gold Coast 22 76.0 24
18. Brisbane 22 74.3 20


by Matt Quinn
21st April 2016
After a match against a second rate Richmond ... actually make that fifth rate, the Eagles have to head eastward for a completely different type of encounter, a rare match away at the SCG, the home of the Swine. This is a huge match, with both teams 3-3 with mostly good form, making this the proverbial eight point game.

Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Sam Butler (26)
Sydney Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Tom Papley (41)
Kurt Tippet (8)
Luke Parker (26)
Callum Sinclair (18)
Jack Redden (8)  HB Elliot Yeo (6)
Will Schofield (31)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Tom Mitchell (6)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Harry Cunningham (7)
Lance Franklin (23)
Ben McGlynn (21)
Kieran Jack (15)
  C Andrew Gaff (3)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Lewis Jetta (23)
  C Isaac Heeney (5)
Josh Kennedy (12)
Daniel Hannebery (4)
  HF Mark LeCras (2)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Chris Masten (7)
  HB Jarrad McVeigh (3)
Heath Grundy (39)
Callum Mills (14)
  F Jack Darling (27)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Josh Hill (33)
  B Dane Rampe (24)
Ted Richards (25)
Nick Smith (40)
West Coast Interchange Fraser McInnes* (36), Jamie Cripps (15), Liam Duggan (14), Sharrod Wellingham (12),  
Daniel Robinson (27), Jake Lloyd (44), Jeremy Laidler (11), George Hewitt (29), Sydney Interchange


Weather

Chance of a shower
Maximum Temperature:21

Changes

West Coast have made three changes to the team that played with the Tiggers last weekend, one forced when Scott Lycett was inexplicably punished rather than rewarded for his punch on Ty Vickery, earning a one week outage and a chance for Fraser McInnes, while Mark Hutchings returns the midfield spot back to Matt Priddis, and Jackson Nelson makes way for Sharrod Wellingham. McInnes and Wellingham both come in for their first matches of the season.

Sydney recall former Eagle Callum Sinclair from injury and have also recalled George Hewitt. They take the places of Dean Towers and Toby Nankervis.

Injuries and Suspensions

The Eagles get back Priddis and Wellingham, a couple of welcome returns to the side this week, and didn't add anyone to the injury list, which is also pretty welcome - unless you count Lycett's brain explosion.

The Swans are also at close to full strength, with former Bulldog Michael Talia (foot) and Sam Reid (hamstring) the major outs.
Player Injury Weeks
Ellis Achilles test
Priddis Groin test
Sheed Pectoral 6
Brown Finger 6
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Tunbridge Back indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

The Eagles have come off two short weeks where the opposition failed to really turn up against Freo and Richmond; alongside Brisbane, the Eagles have had only one opponent really stand up, and that resulted in being blown away by Hawthorn. It's pretty tough based on that to get a real line on the Eagles form - were the Lions, Tigers and Dockers all really awful, or were the Eagles really good? Or, indeed, both? One thing that's for sure though is the Eagles kicking on goal has once again gone south, with Freo kept in the game by poor kicking, and a total of 30.37 for the last two weeks. You can't risk that against goof opposition.

Sydney have also won three, but only one of those was over a team in any form, holding on for a 25 point win over a mid-table GWS outfit. They've smashed Carlton and Collingwood, but that seems to be the normal result against those two this year (it's somewhat delicious seeing a season where all three of Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon are bollixed). Last up they ran the in-form Crows close, but didn't come away with the points.

West Coast have beaten the current 13th, 14th and 17th (and lost to 8th), while Sydney have beaten 9th, 15th and 18th (and lost to 7th)... still you can only beat who you play.

Matchups

There's a very intriguing matchup this week with Nic Naitanui up against his former ruck partner from last year in Callum Sinclair. Many Eagles fans were sad to see Sinkers leave the club after a great season in 2015.

Really though, this is a big clash of the midfields. The Eagles get Priddis back to help Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo who all had outstanding weeks last week. On the other side of the ledger, there's (their) Josh Kennedy, Dan Hanneberry, Tom Mitchell, Keiren Jack and Isaac Heeney. There's class everywhere in the centre of the ground, and clearances are a big thing on the small SCG. Can Lewis Jetta have a blinder in his first game against his old team?

Each team has a strong forward line, with big names. Sydney have Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett, while the Eagles have (our) Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling It's a big game for big forwards.

One thing that's quite a matchup will be the Eagles v the SCG. Obviously Lewis Jetta is familiar with the ground, but other than him, few Eagles have much experience with the venue. The only time the Eagles played there in the last decade, Naitanui, Kennedy, Priddis, Masten, Schofield and Hurn were in the team. The most experienced Eagle other than Jetta however is the other new recruit, Jack Redden who played there five times for the Lions.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles broke an eight game losing streak against the Swine with the win at Subiaco Oval last time around. The Eagles though haven't won at the SCG since 1999 - a game where the Eagles boasted the likes of Ben Cousins, Glen Jakovich, Ashley McIntosh, Guy McKenna and David Wirrpanda. That said, the Eagles have only played one game at the venue since 2005, and did win a game out at Stadium Australia in 2007.
2015, Round 17 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 5.0 8.5 12.10 15.13 (103)
Sydney 0.5 1.6 5.7 7.9 (51)
Sun 26th Jul 2015 West Coast by 52

2014, Round 16 Subiaco Oval
Sydney 3.4 5.12 7.14 10.19 (79)
West Coast 2.2 4.5 6.7 7.9 (51)
Sun 6th Jul 2014 Sydney by 28


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 20 Sydney 26 Draws 0
At SCG West Coast 3 Sydney 12 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 61 points; West Coast 19.14 (128) d Sydney 10.7 (67) at Subiaco Oval, 1990, Round 5
Sydney biggest win: 130 points; Sydney 30.21 (201) d West Coast 10.11 (71) at SCG, 1987, Round 16


Other Matches


Summary

The biggest things in this game are the Eagles unfamiliarity with the venue and the sheer difference between the SCG and Subiaco Oval. It's a massive thing to go play at a venue that more than half the team have never seen, and the rest have limited experience with.

Sydney are in OK form, the Eagles scratchy but adequate form. Ultimately though, this looks like a game where home ground advantage is likely to play too big a part. Realistically this game could be anything from Sydney by 50 to the Eagles by a similar margin, and no one would be surprised either way

Prediction: Sydney by 11 points.



 
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