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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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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
19th May 2016
Last week the Eagles could do little wrong in a triple figure dismemberment of St Kilda at Subiaco, but the usual reward for a WA team who's won at home is a chance to win on the road - something the Eagles have yet to do this year. This week the Eagles are off to Adelaide Oval to face up against the Bogans from Port, a traditional bogey team for West Coast, but a team that the Eagles would be hoping to beat.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Will Schofield (31)
Port Adelaide Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Aaron Young (40)
Justin Westhoff (39)
Chad Wingard (20)
Jackson Trengove (12)
Jack Redden (8)  HB Elliot Yeo (6)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Travis Boak (1)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Jake Neade (3)
Charlie Dixon (22)
Hamish Hartlett (8)
Robert Gray (9)
  C Andrew Gaff (3)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Liam Duggan (14)
  C Jared Polec (21)
Oliver Wines (16)
Brad Ebert (7)
  HF Chris Masten (7)
Jack Darling (27)
Mark LeCras (2)
  HB Cameron O'Shea (13)
Jack Hombsch (36)
Matthew Broadbent (5)
  F Josh Hill (33)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Scott Lycett (29)
  B Darcy Byrne-Jones (33)
Thomas Jonas (42)
Jasper Pittard (29)
West Coast Interchange Mark Hutchings (34), Sam Butler (26), Jamie Cripps (15), Sharrod Wellingham (12),  
Nathan Krakouer (48), Jarman Impey (24), Karl Amon (15), Paul Stewart (14), Port Adelaide Interchange


Weather

Fine
Maximum Temperature:23

Changes

The Eagles go in unchanged, though there is a question over whether or not Josh Kennedy will play, with his wife due to give birth shortly (I would expect if he doesn't Ellis will come in and McGovern push forward).

Port have names Robbie Gray to return to the team after an injury layoff, displacing Brendon Ah Chee.

Injuries and Suspensions

West Coast have no injuries to talk about other than the long term outs of Brown and Sheed, both of who will likely return inside of a month.

Port Adelaide get Robbie Gray back this week, who's a big boost to their team; other than that, the main outs are Matthew Lobbe (knee) and Jay Schulz (back), while Angus Monfries and Paddy Ryder both suffer from (injections) dating back to their time at the Scum.
Player Injury Weeks
Brown Finger 2-3
Sheed Pectoral 2-3
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

Both teams came into this season with high expectations of a good season - the Eagles on the back of a Grand Final appearance, Port on the thesis that a team that was so good in 2014 should rebound after a poor 2015. So how are the two teams going?

The Eagles haven't as yet won on the road, which is the current media meme, though no home games have been dropped, and the three away games were probably the hardest possible three games to win. This week is a chance to prove that last year wasn't a fluke and a win on the road will go a long way to proving the Eagles are a serious contender this season.

Port have ... well gone nowhere really. They'd won the expected games at home (Brisbane, Essendon, Richmond), but lost the Showdown and a tough away game against GWS. Probably most damning though was losing last week to Carlton. Still at 4-4, the season's certainly not over, and a challenge like the Eagles at Adelaide Oval would be a big point proven if they can take it.

Matchups

Nic Naitanui is one Eagle having a dramatic start to the season - when Nic Nat is on song, he's been devastating, and is likely the best player for the Eagles so far in 2016. This week he's got an opponent, Jackson Trengove, that he should be able to dominate (in the absence of Ryder and Lobbe). Crucially, Naitanui on top gives the Eagles midfield an edge that they don't have otherwise. Port have a fairly strong midfield lineup with Gray returning to assist Travis Boak, Ollie Wines, Jared Polec and former Eagle Brad Ebert. The Eagles midfield - Matt Priddis, Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey, Jack Redden and Elliot Yeo is a talented group - but needs to put in the same performance away from Subi as at home to get a win on the board.

Up forward the Eagles are deadly if the midfield break open the game, as the opening nine goals last week showed. The question over Kennedy's availability aside, the Eagles have the firepower to kick scores - conditional on actually kicking straight, and getting the ball in cleanly. Port don't have a lineup that seems capable of winning this contest - it's up to the Eagles to make the contest viable.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles won a matching clash at Adelaide Oval last year - a result that kick started the Eagles rise to Grand Finalists, while turning Port on a road to mediocrity. It could be the same again one way or the other.
2015, Round 6 Adelaide Oval
West Coast 3.4 4.7 8.11 11.12 (78)
Port Adelaide 3.4 7.6 8.6 10.8 (68)
Sun 10th May 2015 West Coast by 10

2014, Round 5 Subiaco Oval
Port Adelaide 3.5 5.6 7.7 10.10 (70)
West Coast 2.5 5.8 6.12 7.14 (56)
Sat 19th Apr 2014 Port Adelaide by 14


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 10 Port Adelaide 17 Draws 0
At Adelaide Oval West Coast 1 Port Adelaide 0 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 117 points; West Coast 27.17 (179) d Port Adelaide 9.8 (62) at Subiaco Oval, 2005, Round 10
Port Adelaide biggest win: 112 points; Port Adelaide 24.19 (163) d West Coast 7.9 (51) at Football Park, 2001, Round 22


Other Matches


Summary

The Eagles have been world beaters at home - albeit against weak opponents. This week the Eagles need to put that in place on the road and win. It is a game that West Coast should and must win if there's to be that one spot of improvement in 2016.

Prediction: West Coast by 22 points.



 
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