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Round 9 Docklands
Sun, 21 May 2017 • 11:10 WST
West Coast Essenscum
8.16 (64) 19.11 (125)
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Round 10 Subiaco Oval
Sun, 28 May 2017 • 14:40 WST
West Coast v Greater Western Sydney
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Injury List

Player Injury Weeks
Cripps Ankle test
Petrie* Hand test
Nelson Wrist test
Rioli Hamstring test
Watson Ankle 3
Lycett Shoulder 3
Tunbridge ACL 6
Naitanui ACL indef
Waterman Foot indef


AFL Ladder

Team P % Pts
1. Adelaide 9 135.1 28
2. GWS Giants 9 118.9 28
3. Geelong 9 117.6 24
4. West Coast 9 103.2 24
5. Fremantle 9 90.6 24
6. Port Adel. 8 150.8 20
7. Richmond 9 107.0 20
8. W. Bulldogs 9 103.7 20
9. St Kilda 9 103.1 20
10. Essenscum 9 99.2 20
11. Melbourne 9 108.6 16
12. Sydney 9 100.9 12
13. Coll'wood 9 94.5 12
14. North Melb. 9 94.5 12
15. Gold Coast 8 86.2 12
16. Carlton 9 78.0 12
17. Hawthorn 9 76.8 12
18. Brisbane 9 63.9 4


by Matt Quinn
16th June 2016
In 25 years of going to the footy to watch the Eagles, there had never been a time I wanted to leave early as much as last week. That loss leaves this week with the Eagles nothing to win (well there's premiership points, which are kind of useful), at least in terms of how the team is rated:

Beat Brisbane by a million points: Flat track bullies. Anyway Freo did that.
Beat Brisbane by a small margin: Eagles are crap on the road, just Brisbane are awful.
Lose to Brisbane: Eagles are so bad on the road it's time to disband the club.

Oh, and looking at the forecast, thank God it's not a Sunday game...


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Will Schofield (31)
Tom Barrass (37)
Brisbane Lions Ruck
Jonathan Giles (22)  F Josh Walker (14)
Josh Schache (23)
Ryan Bastinac (4)
Stefan Martin (12)
Jack Redden (8)  HB Shannon Hurn (25)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Elliot Yeo (6)
Ryan Lester (35)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Pearce Hanley (11)
Lewis Taylor (28)
Jarrad Jansen (16)
Mitch Robinson (5)
  C Andrew Gaff (3)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Chris Masten (7)
  C Tom Rockliff (38)
Dwayne Zorko (15)
Rohan Bewick (8)
  HF Sharrod Wellingham (12)
Jack Darling (27)
Jamie Cripps (15)
  HB Daniel Rich (10)
Marco Paparone (22)
Sam Mayes (32)
  F Mark LeCras (2)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Josh Hill (33)
  B Ryan Harwood (2)
Daniel Merrett (21)
Darcy Gardiner (27)
West Coast Interchange Fraser McInnes* (36), Mark Hutchings (34), Sam Butler (26), Lewis Jetta (23),  
Eric Hipwood (30), Tom Cutler (26), Claye Beams (17), Ben Keayes (1), Brisbane Lions Interchange


Weather

Chance of a shower
Maximum Temperature:24

Changes

The Eagles have made one forced change, with Nic Naitanui out with an achilles, while Scott Lycett has been omitted for being an idiot, making it a complete change in the ruck. Also out are Xavier Ellis and Liam Duggan, also sent back to the WAFL. With four outs, the Eagles call up Jonathan Giles for an Eagles debut, and recall Lewis Jetta (despite apparently ordinary WAFL form), veteran Sam Butler and ruck/forward Fraser McInnes.

Ultimately though, a few other Eagles might be breathing a sigh of relief that they haven't also been asked to play at the Royals this week - though the failure to recall Eric Mackenzie who's on the emergency list is perhaps a bit interesting and unexpected.

Brisbane have made five changes in the search for a team that can compete at AFL level, with Tom Bell (knee) and Harris Andrews (groin) out injured, and Nick Robertson, Daniel McStay and Trent West all sent back to the NEAFL.

Injuries and Suspensions

Well, the Eagles ruck division takes a massive knock this week, with Naitanui out having achilles surgery, and Scott Lycett hopefully getting his apparent brain injury fixed (aka an internal suspension: yes Scott, it is required to turn up for training). Liam Duggan also seems to have the week off, while Eric Mackenzie has been left out of the senior team and will play what is likely his first ever game at the Royals.

Brisbane have lost Allen Christensen (with a collarbone - wonder if he was ducking when he got that?) and of course Dayne Beams (knee), who are their biggest recruits of recent seasons. Additionally, they lose Harris Andrews and Tom Bell, and have a number of fringe players unavailable.
Player Injury Weeks
Lycett Idiot 1
Sheed Pectoral 2-3
Naitanui Achilles 6-8
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

The Eagles have disappointingly failed the tests of the last fortnight, dropping games to the Bulldogs (at Etihad) and shamefully at home to Adelaide, allowing the Crows to turn a 20 point deficit into a 30 point win in just over a quarter. Form is bad, but it's only resulted in minor changes to the team this week leading into the bye.

However bad though the Eagles form has been in the last fortnight, it pales in comparison to how bad the Lions have gone in 2016. With only a win over fellow Queensland strugglers Gold Coast to their name, they've had losses to the likes of Freo and sit 17th on the ladder, only held off the bottom by the Injection.

Matchups

Can the Eagles cope with the absence of the entire normal ruck division? With Naitanui out, the last thing the Eagles needed was to have to discipline Scott Lycett, but it does give off-season recruit Jonathan Giles a chance to return to AFL footy after 50 games at GWS and three at the Injection (and none in an earlier stint at Port), alongside another shot for Fraser McInnes. Brisbane have a more than handy first ruck in Stefan Martin, so the ruck duel will be a challenge. The midfield will have to do more to win the ball, though not having Naitanui might be the wakeup call they need

Up forward the heat is on Mark LeCras in particular, with the veteran Eagle in at best mixed form (and on the road, his form has been pretty woeful). Likewise most of the Eagles forwards have struggled on the road this year, and need to pick up. That said, Brisbane don't have the strongest of back lines, so the Eagles should be able to control this part of the ground.

Recent Meetings

This is the first repeat game for 2016 - the Eagles thumped Brisbane back in round 1.
2016, Round 1 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 7.4 13.7 19.9 26.10 (166)
Brisbane Lions 5.2 7.4 11.7 15.12 (102)
Sun 27th Mar 2016 West Coast by 64

2015, Round 4 Gabba
West Coast 5.3 8.8 12.11 17.16 (118)
Brisbane Lions 1.1 4.4 5.9 9.11 (65)
Sun 26th Apr 2015 West Coast by 53

2014, Round 17 Gabba
West Coast 3.2 5.3 9.5 11.10 (76)
Brisbane Lions 1.1 4.3 6.6 9.10 (64)
Sat 12th Jul 2014 West Coast by 12


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 19 Brisbane Lions 10 Draws 0
At Gabba West Coast 10 Brisbane Lions 7 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 98 points; West Coast 28.7 (175) d Brisbane Lions 12.5 (77) at Subiaco Oval, 2012, Round 18
Brisbane Lions biggest win: 100 points; Brisbane Lions 25.16 (166) d West Coast 9.12 (66) at Gabba, 1999, Round 17


Other Matches


Summary

Flat track bullies or not, this game is one the Eagles would have pencilled in pre-season, and even without Naitanui and Lycett should be four points in the bank

Prediction: West Coast by 41 points.



 
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