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Round 5 MCG
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 • 14:40 WST
West Coast Hawthorn
11.9 (75) 19.11 (125)
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Round 6 Subiaco Oval
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 • 18:10 WST
West Coast v Fremantle
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Injury List

Player Injury Weeks
Darling Ankle test
Mitchell Ankle 1
Lycett Shoulder 4-6
Rioli Hamstring 4
Petrie* Hand 6
Waterman Foot 8
Tunbridge ACL 9-13
Naitanui ACL 12-17


AFL Ladder

Team P % Pts
1. West Coast -- 0
2. Sydney -- 0
3. Geelong -- 0
4. Hawthorn -- 0
5. GWS Giants -- 0
6. Adelaide -- 0
7. W. Bulldogs -- 0
8. North Melb. -- 0
9. St Kilda -- 0
10. Port Adel. -- 0
11. Melbourne -- 0
12. Coll'wood -- 0
13. Richmond -- 0
14. Carlton -- 0
15. Gold Coast -- 0
16. Fremantle -- 0
17. Brisbane -- 0
18. Essenscum -- 0


by Matt Quinn
14th May 2016
The Eagles tick-tock season has seen every second week being one type of game - tick - a home game against weaker opponents, while the other week - tock -has been an away game against teams vying for a finish in the finals. This week sees the Eagles back home against St Kilda, which on the face of it is a ''tick'' game, with St Kilda a team that's shown some form, but has been unable to really take it further to become a competitive team.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Will Schofield (31)
St Kilda Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Maverick Weller (44)
Josh Bruce (27)
Jade Gresham (22)
Tom Hickey (1)
Jack Redden (8)  HB Sharrod Wellingham (12)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Luke Dunstan (7)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Jack Lonie (13)
Nick Reiwoldt (12)
Tim Membrey (28)
Jack Steven (3)
  C Andrew Gaff (3)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Elliot Yeo (6)
  C Blake Acres (8)
David Armitage (20)
Jack Billings (15)
  HF Mark LeCras (2)
Jack Darling (27)
Chris Masten (7)
  HB Jack Newnes (16)
Sam Gilbert (19)
Leigh Montagna (11)
  F Josh Hill (33)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Scott Lycett (29)
  B Jarryn Geary (14)
Sean Dempster (24)
Shane Savage (5)
West Coast Interchange Mark Hutchings (34), Liam Duggan (14), Jamie Cripps (15), Sam Butler (26),  
Jack Sinclair (40), Jimmy Webster (29), Dylan Roberton (17), Sebastian Ross (6), St Kilda Interchange


Weather

Fine
Maximum Temperature:23

Changes

The Eagles have made only the one change, with high profile recruit Lewis Jetta dropped back to East Perth, with veteran Sam Butler returning to the team after a week out.

St Kilda have rested Sam Fisher and omitted Darren Minchington, bringing back Dylan Roberton and Jack Sinclair.

Injuries and Suspensions

No new injuries to the Eagles this week, which leaves Dom Sheed and Mitch Brown the most notable absentees (and Alec Waterman the only other at all). Coming into the middle of the season, that's a pretty good position to be in.

St Kilda are faring almost as well on the injury front, with a single unavailable player in the rested Sam Fisher. A number of players are listed as requiring a test, (Armitage, Roberton, Sinclair) but all except Billy Longer have been named
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 this year - home games: easy wins. Away games: solid losses. The flat track bully tag has been recalled from the vault where it lived for a couple of seasons, though the losses on the road have been to current in-form teams Geelong and Sydney and last year's premiers Hawthorn, so a pretty tough run to get a win out of. In the losses, the Eagles have shown the ability to compete for periods of the game, but not an entire match (against the Swans, the Eagles led in the third term before conceding the last six goals of the game for instance). At home though, the Eagles have looked very much the slick Grand Finalists from last year that took everyone by surprise.

St Kilda have chalked up a couple of wins, over the besieged Collingwood, and the unpredictable Melbourne teams, along with a competitive result in Launceston with the Hawks, and a narrow loss last up against the unbeaten Roos. Their form hasn't been bad, but they're not winning close matches which you need to do to make it to the finals. That said, of the teams that the Eagles have faced at Subiaco this year, the Saints are probably the best performed.

Matchups

The Eagles have not really clicked this year - big home wins are beside the point really - with the midfield brigade not really having the impact they perhaps had in 2015. Matt Priddis remains a solid player without quite performing to his high standards of recent years, Andrew Gaff is still a good player, but not quite at the AA level of last year, and others are performing not quite as well as previously. That said, Nic Naitanui has had a great season so far, and when he's been able to impact the game, he's been lethal to the opposition.

So for this week? Well again, the Eagles running brigade looks to have the measure of the opposition, on paper, though Jack Steven, David Armitage and Leigh Montagna mean there's certainly talent running through the Saint's middle. The Eagles do need to use this game to get players into a bit more form though, both to win the game, and looking ahead to the rest of the season.

One of the impacts of this has been a struggling forward line... well not quite struggling, but down on output. Josh Kennedy has struggled with his kicking, but has otherwise been in solid form, while Jack Darling has had a pretty good 2016. A bit more of an impact is needed by others though, with Mark LeCras hot and cold in particular.

Recent Meetings

St Kilda kicked a very low 4.6 in the game at Subiaco last year - certainly you'd expect a better turnout from them in this game
2015, Round 23 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 4.4 7.7 13.14 18.17 (125)
St Kilda 2.3 3.5 4.5 4.6 (30)
Sat 5th Sep 2015 West Coast by 95

2015, Round 8 Docklands
West Coast 7.3 8.4 15.6 20.11 (131)
St Kilda 1.2 6.4 10.5 12.6 (78)
Sat 23rd May 2015 West Coast by 53

2014, Round 14 Docklands
West Coast 3.2 8.6 12.10 15.13 (103)
St Kilda 4.3 6.5 8.7 10.10 (70)
Sun 22nd Jun 2014 West Coast by 33

2014, Round 3 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 3.2 5.4 8.8 12.11 (83)
St Kilda 1.5 6.6 7.8 8.10 (58)
Mon 31st Mar 2014 West Coast by 25


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 26 St Kilda 17 Draws 1
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 12 St Kilda 5 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 95 points; West Coast 18.17 (125) d St Kilda 4.6 (30) at Subiaco Oval, 2015, Round 23
St Kilda biggest win: 101 points; St Kilda 26.13 (169) d West Coast 9.14 (68) at Docklands, 2004, Round 9


Other Matches


Summary

It's at home. The opposition aren't one of the top teams. The Eagles need to win.

All enough to say this should be a solid, though perhaps unspectacular win for West Coast

Prediction: West Coast by 41 points.



 
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