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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
16th July 2016
The Eagles head east to the MCG this week for a match against the Blues. It's one of the three matches the Eagles earned this year at the MCG on the strength of last year's Grand Final appearance. It's the first chance to win there since beating Richmond in the middle of last season as well, with the intervening two losses to the Hawks in the GF and early this season.

It's also a big chance to push up further on the ladder in an attempt to go a long way in 2016.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Will Schofield (31)
Tom Barrass (37)
Carlton Ruck
Scott Lycett (29)  F Clem Smith (25)
Simon White (43)
Andrew Philips (34)
Matthew Kreuzer (8)
Andrew Gaff (3)  HB Elliot Yeo (6)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Bryce Gibbs (4)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Jed Lamb (13)
Matthew Wright (46)
Jack Silvagni (2)
Ed Curnow (35)
  C Chris Masten (7)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Jamie Cripps (15)
  C Dennis Armfield (27)
Patrick Cripps (9)
Sam Kerridge (11)
  HF Mark Hutchings (34)
Jack Darling (27)
Mark LeCras (2)
  HB Zac Tuohy (42)
Lachie Plowman (20)
Jacob Weitering (23)
  F Josh Hill (33)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Patrick McGinnity (35)
  B Sam Docherty (15)
Sam Rowe (17)
Kade Simpson (6)
West Coast Interchange Sam Butler (26), Sharrod Wellingham (12), Jack Redden (8), Mitchell Brown (1),  
Nick Graham (32), Charlie Curnow (30), Dylan Buckley (7), Kristian Jaksch (18), Carlton Interchange


Weather

Fine
Maximum Temperature:16

Changes

The up and down season for the Eagles' off-season recruits continue, with one replacing another - ex-Swan Lewis Jetta relegated to the emergencies, while ex-Lion Jack Redden is rewarded for hard WAFL work with a recall to the senior team.

Carlton make four changes, with Levi Casboult out suspended, veterans Andrew Walker (knee) and Dale Thomas (calf) out with injuries, and Andrejs Everitt sent back to the magoos. In their place come Kristian Jaksch, Nick Graham, Dylan Buckley and Charlie Curnow.

Injuries and Suspensions

The Eagles injury list is still mercifully short, with the major injury of course being the absence of Nic Naitanui. Regular emergency Kane Lucas was upgraded to a season ending injury during the week.

Carlton lose Levi Casboult for being stupid and not spotting the penalty in recent weeks for adiministering a tummy tap, while they've also lost Dale Thomas and Andrew Walker this week, and importantly captain Marc Murphy has been a big loss to the Blues in recent weeks.
Player Injury Weeks
Colledge Hamstring 1-1
Ellis Calf 1-1
Naitanui Achilles 4
McInnes Hamstring 4
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas
Lucas* Knee seas


Lead up

The Eagles are coming off a win over a top eight team for the first time this year, with a win over the Kangaroos at Subiaco last week. This lifted the Eagles to fifth on the ladder, and in a good position for the run home - if everything goes well.

Carlton started the season 0-5, then recovered to 6-6, but since then have lost four straight to fall to 6-10, dropping right back off the pace.

Matchups

There's some reasonable talent at Carlton, but it's spread pretty thin. Youngster Patrick Cripps (cousin of Eagle Jamie) is a bona fide talent, but lacks much support in the midfield other than Bryce Gibbs. In the ruck Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer has always been a big thing that's never quite actually got there, but against Scott Lycett it should be an interesting battle. The Eagles midfielders - Priddis, Gaff, Shuey, Masten and Redden should be able to account for their Carlton opponents.

Defensively, the best performing Eagles this season have been Jeremy McGovern and Brad Sheppard, who've both kept going from last season. Otherwise, it's been a little down on last year, but there's been encouraging signs from youngster Tom Barrass, and Shannon Hurn is always a solid defender who looked last week to be taking the game on a bit more.

Up front, Josh Kennedy holds equal first in the Coleman race this year (with Swine Buddy Franklin), so has really provided everything you could ask of him this year. Jack Darling has been a bit off, as has Mark LeCras, and they'd be hoping for big matches against a team that struggles in general

Recent Meetings

Apart from a disappointing loss in a disappointing season in 2014, the Eagles have generally had the wood over Carlton in recent seasons.
2015, Round 2 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 4.1 7.8 14.10 20.11 (131)
Carlton 6.1 6.1 7.6 9.8 (62)
Fri 10th Apr 2015 West Coast by 69

2014, Round 6 Docklands
Carlton 4.2 8.5 9.7 14.8 (92)
West Coast 4.3 7.6 11.9 12.17 (89)
Sat 26th Apr 2014 Carlton by 3


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 20 Carlton 21 Draws 0
At MCG West Coast 0 Carlton 1 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 116 points; West Coast 28.19 (187) d Carlton 10.11 (71) at Subiaco Oval, 2003, Round 15
Carlton biggest win: 119 points; Carlton 21.23 (149) d West Coast 3.12 (30) at Princes Park, 2001, Round 10


Other Matches


Summary

A West Coast victory is the prediction. Carlton aren't in form, and have lost a few more experienced players this week, leaving it a very young and inexperienced team out there on the field. I'm not really sure the "MCG hoodoo" that's been the talk is more than an inability to beat the best team in the land on their home turf, which isn't necessarily a sign of impending doom, as other than against the Hawks the Eagles really haven't played the venue much in the last two seasons. As it's not usually Carlton's home either, I doubt that the venue will be more than a minor deterrent.

West Coast to win easily.

Prediction: West Coast by 35 points.



 
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