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Round 17 Subiaco Oval
Sun, 16 Jul 2017 • 14:40 WST
West Coast Fremantle
11.8 (74) 5.14 (44)
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Sun, 30 Jul 2017 • 14:40 WST
West Coast v Brisbane Lions
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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
28th May 2016
With the away monkey off the back after last week's win over Port in Adelaide, the Eagles return to hallowed Subiaco for a match against the bumbling Gold Coast outfit in yet another home game against apparently weak opposition, and a team that the Eagles worst result against is a draw over in Queensland in the latter stages of 2015.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Tom Cole (28)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Will Schofield (31)
Gold Coast Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Brandon Matera (32)
Peter Wright (30)
Ryan Davis (39)
Tom Nicholls (22)
Jack Redden (8)  HB Sharrod Wellingham (12)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Gary Ablett (9)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Luke Russell (8)
Tom Lynch (19)
Jack Martin (4)
Dion Prestia (10)
  C Chris Masten (7)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Mark Hutchings (34)
  C Nick Malceski (7)
Michael Rischitelli (35)
Matt Shaw (26)
  HF Jamie Cripps (15)
Jack Darling (27)
Mark LeCras (2)
  HB Jarrod Harbrow (5)
Henry Schade (20)
Kade Kolodjashnij (28)
  F Josh Hill (33)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Scott Lycett (29)
  B Keegan Brooksby (31)
Steven May (17)
Sean Lemmens (23)
West Coast Interchange Sam Butler (26), Lewis Jetta (23), Liam Duggan (14), Brad Sheppard (5),  
Seb Tape (48), Jesse Lonergan (37), Clay Cameron (27), Aaron Hall (33), Gold Coast Interchange


Weather

Chance of a shower
Maximum Temperature:19

Changes

The 112 game unbroken streak of Andrew Gaff comes to an end this week, sitting out as a result of concussion from the massive hit on him in last week's game. He exits the team alongside Elliot Yeo who goes out with a quad injury. Those outs allow a debut for Tom Cole (after being a last minute out last week), and a recall to the team for high profile recruit Lewis Jetta.

The Suns have rung the changes, with Darcy MacPherson (knee), Sam Day (hip), Daniel Currie (finger), Jarrad Grant (hamstring) and Callum Ah Chee (concussion) out of the team. They do get one massive in with the return of Gary Ablett to the team, along side Steven May from his long suspension, Tom Nicholls, Clay Cameron and Aaron Hall.

Injuries and Suspensions

The losses of Gaff and Yeo are pretty big outs for this game, with both players key parts of the Eagles revival in 2015. Still, it doesn't really leave a massive injury list to handle, with Mitch Brown likely to return to WAFL duties this week, and Dom Sheed also not far away.

The Gold Coast though.. Well they must have insulted the injury gods in some special way this year. They do get Ablett back this week, but they're still missing a bunch of players they'd like: Sam Day (hip), Jarrad Grant (hamstring), Jaeger O'Meara (knee), David Swallow (knee), Adam Saad (hamstring) and ex-Eagle Matt Rosa (hamstring) are all on the pine - alongside not a small number of others.
Player Injury Weeks
Gaff Concussion test
Yeo Quad 1-1
Brown Finger 2-3
Sheed Pectoral 2-3
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

Last week the Eagles won on the road for the first time in a while (the previous being a win over Collingwood at Docklands in round 16 last year). It gets a fair monkey off the back of the team after losses to top teams in the earlier rounds this year. At home though, the Eagles have been usually dominant over poor opposition - the closest result being a 33 point win over still winless Freo back in round three.

Gold Coast... well, they were 3-0 to start the season, but since then it's gone, well pear shaped doesn't quite describe it quite right, but yeah. Oddly enough those three wins included a win at Subiaco over Freo, but they've not gone close to challenging for a win in a month - and even then it was a pretty mild challenge to North Melbourne (and still a six goal loss). They're in some disarray it's fair to say - and it's hard to see how they can get out of this mess.

Matchups

What do you say? Firstly, the Eagles look to have the forward and defensive lines of the Gold Coast pretty well covered, with what appears a clear edge in class. So that leaves the midfield: Gold Coast look like they have a strong running brigade led by Gary Ablett along with Michael Rischitelli, Dion Prestia, and ex-Swan Nick Malceski - but what really is it? Ablett has missed more than he's played over the last couple of seasons and has underwhelmed by his standards this year, and he's been the driver of the best of Gold Coast's footy since their inception.

The Eagles will miss the class of Andrew Gaff and the drive of Elliot Yeo, which certainly evens this up, but with the huge ruck input of Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett this year, the Eagles midfield should be able to dominate this game. And if it does, there's not much the Gold Coast can really do.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles were oddly held to a draw last time these teams met, up at Carrara (meaning the Eagles have drawn two of the last four games at Carrara, with the fourth last being to the Bad News Bears in 1992 - and it's the only venue the Eagles have drawn at twice, including home venues).
2015, Round 18 Carrara
West Coast 2.6 5.11 7.12 11.17 (83)
Gold Coast 2.2 5.5 8.9 12.11 (83)
Sat 1st Aug 2015 West Coast by 0

2015, Round 7 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 3.3 7.6 19.6 21.9 (135)
Gold Coast 1.1 1.2 2.6 6.7 (43)
Sat 16th May 2015 West Coast by 92

2014, Round 23 Carrara
West Coast 6.2 9.8 20.10 23.13 (151)
Gold Coast 6.3 9.6 11.8 15.9 (99)
Sun 31st Aug 2014 West Coast by 52

2014, Round 13 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 4.3 9.7 14.10 15.13 (103)
Gold Coast 3.3 6.4 9.5 15.10 (100)
Sat 14th Jun 2014 West Coast by 3


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 6 Gold Coast 0 Draws 1
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 5 Gold Coast 0 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 126 points; West Coast 25.16 (166) d Gold Coast 5.10 (40) at Subiaco Oval, 2012, Round 14
Gold Coast biggest win: 0 points; Gold Coast 12.11 (83) d West Coast 11.17 (83) at Carrara, 2015, Round 18


Other Matches


Summary

Short and simple: West Coast should be able to dispense with Gold Coast relatively easily. With a couple of outs, and likely not wanting to use every petrol ticket with a big match against the Dogs at Docklands a week away, this should be a formality, but not perhaps a massive one. The main risk is (as always) complacency, but the Eagles should be pretty wary of that after the draw last year.

Prediction: West Coast by 53 points.



 
Comments
 
Ironmaxiu

2016-07-13 13:14:13
Prediction: West Coast by 53 points.
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