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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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Round 18 Docklands
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 • 13:20 WST
West Coast v Collingwood
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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
29th June 2016
I think this really sums up EHW for 2016. It's hard to really hate a team when they're down and out, with half the team suspended for performance enhancing drugs, who couldn't beat a team of their own grandmothers and who are sitting last on the ladder despite the existence of the Brisbane Lions in the competition.

Then I remember. It's Essendon. And the red mist once again descends. WADA, I love you. You are my favourite sports drug agency. I remember so many years of torment at the hands of this mob, and it's clear - this was karma. And my dogma says burn them at the stake.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Mitchell Brown (1)
Will Schofield (31)
Brad Sheppard (5)
Essenscum Ruck
Scott Lycett (29)  F Matthew Stokes (48)
Mitch Brown (28)
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (43)
Matthew Leuenberger (22)
Mark Hutchings (34)  HB Sam Butler (26)
Tom Barrass (37)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Craig Bird (24)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Adam Cooney (13)
Joe Daniher (6)
Orazio Fantasia (13)
Zach Merrett (7)
  C Elliot Yeo (6)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Andrew Gaff (3)
  C Courtenay Dempsey (15)
David Zaharakis (11)
Martin Gleeson (35)
  HF Chris Masten (7)
Jack Darling (27)
Mark LeCras (2)
  HB Brendon Goddard (9)
Matt Dea (49)
James Kelly (47)
  F Jamie Cripps (15)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
  B James Gwilt (42)
Michael Hartley (36)
Jason Ashby (14)
West Coast Interchange Patrick McGinnity (35), Jackson Nelson (30), Lewis Jetta (23), Sharrod Wellingham (12),  
Mark Jamar (53), Jackson Merrett (20), Darcy Parish (3), Will Hams (41), Essenscum Interchange


Weather

Mostly Fine
Overnight Minimum:7

Changes

The Eagles have made four changes this week, with Josh Hill out with an illness, while both of last match's emergency rucks in Jonathan Giles and Fraser McInnes make way, alongside recruit Jack Redden. In their place, Mitch Brown makes a return after missing since round one last year, Patrick McGinnity's effort at WAFL level gets a recall for his 91st game, and first since the Qualifying Final last year, Scott Lycett returns from his one week exile for being a bad egg and Jackson Nelson comes back in on the back of form at East Perth.

Essendon have only made one change since last time they ran around, bringing Matt Dea in for an injured Patrick Ambrose.

Injuries and Suspensions

The major injuries at the Eagles are a huge out in the absence of Nic Naitanui, and a lesser out with Dom Sheed possibly available for WAFL duties this week. Naitanui's out changes the Eagles dynamic quite a bit, and will be sorely missed, while Sheed played a major role in the Eagles 2015 GF push, but hasn't played yet this year.

Essendon. Well it's really not worth talking about their injury list, as it's overshadowed by their cheating list.
Player Injury Weeks
Sheed Pectoral test
Naitanui Achilles 6-7
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

The Eagles come back from the bye, and will hope it's with a renewed batch of form after struggling a little over the first half of 2016. Last up was an unconvincing if effective win over the Lions, but nothing you'd bother re-watching if you weren't forced to.

Essendon. Oh yes. They're last, which is where, as I'm sure many of you agree, they absolutely belong. Even when they don't have half the team suspended because, well Essendon tried to cheat. Even better, they were crap at it, missing the finals when they tried it. This year, as a result of not being that good last year, and having most of their good players out sanctioned for the season, well they somehow won a game, but haven't looked likely since then - to put it in perspective, they were the team that lost to Freo, letting the Dockers off the bottom of the ladder.

The only negative in all this is that Essendon may qualify for the #1 pick. Which they should have demoted a few positions as their current predicament, as fun as it is, is not a result of their squad being crap so much as being suspended. But that's for another day.

Matchups

Scott Lycett v Matthew Leuenberger shapes as a very interesting ruck duel. Lycett get a rare chance to lead the Eagles ruck this week in Nic Nat's absence, and he'll be the player wanting to most impress. Certainly his return should provide a bit more service for the Eagles midfielders who were in the rare position of the opposition ruckman dominating in the game against the Lions.

Other than that, Essendon are really a team currently made up of a couple of good players, a bunch of youngsters and filled out with recycled players that other clubs didn't want. There's not much there, though Joe Daniher is an improving forward, David Zaharakis and Brendon Goddard are undoubtedly good midfielders and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is apparently a bit of an excitement machine.

Either way, there is a class gulf, which there has been every week for the Bombers.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles knocked off a more conventional Bombers outfit last year by 50 points in a bit of a nothing game.
2015, Round 11 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 2.5 7.7 9.8 14.12 (96)
Essenscum 2.0 3.2 5.7 6.10 (46)
Sat 13th Jun 2015 West Coast by 50

2014, Round 21 Docklands
Essenscum 2.1 4.5 9.7 11.11 (77)
West Coast 2.4 8.4 11.6 11.8 (74)
Sat 16th Aug 2014 Essenscum by 3


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 22 Essenscum 27 Draws 0
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 15 Essenscum 3 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 99 points; West Coast 26.19 (175) d Essenscum 11.10 (76) at WACA Ground, 1988, Round 2
Essenscum biggest win: 142 points; Essenscum 25.10 (160) d West Coast 1.12 (18) at Windy Hill, 1989, Round 15


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Summary

The Eagles should be the strongest of favourites in this game - at home, against a team that's not even clost to AFL standard (the AFL home page has odds of $21 for Essendon). The only real question is the margin. If the flat track bullies really turn up, this could be a big score

Prediction: West Coast by 101 points



 
Comments
 
Mr Q

2016-06-30 22:11:24
Well the flat track bullies took until the last quarter to turn up. Though Essendon played a truly miserable version of football in an attempt to completely stifle anything happening in this game. Urgh.

Repent Woosha, repent.
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