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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
23rd July 2016
It'll be the quick preview this week - given the game is in about four hours! This week the Eagles come back to Subiaco after just outlasting Carlton on the MCG last weekend.

As always, a game the Eagles need to win to stay in touch with the top four in the run up to the finals.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Tom Barrass (37)
Melbourne Ruck
Scott Lycett (29)  F Chris Dawes (6)
Jesse Hogan (1)
Dean Kent (16)
Max Gawn (11)
Jack Redden (8)  HB Sharrod Wellingham (12)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Shannon Hurn (25)
Nathan Jones (2)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Jeff Garlett (36)
Jack Watts (4)
James Harmes (43)
Jack Viney (7)
  C Chris Masten (7)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Elliot Yeo (6)
  C Christian Petracca (5)
Bernie Vince (23)
Dom Tyson (12)
  HF Andrew Gaff (3)
Jack Darling (27)
Josh Hill (33)
  HB Jayden Hunt (29)
Oscar McDonald (28)
Matt Jones (45)
  F Jamie Cripps (15)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Mark LeCras (2)
  B Josh Wagner (42)
Tom McDonald (25)
Neville Jetta (39)
West Coast Interchange Jackson Nelson (30), Sam Butler (26), Jonathan Giles (22), Liam Duggan (14),  
Alex Neal-Bullen (30), Sam Frost (17), Billy Stretch (15), Angus Brayshaw (10), Melbourne Interchange


Weather

Chance of a shower
Maximum Temperature:16

Changes

It's not often a team makes four changes in the wake of a win on the road, but last week the Eagles weren't that impressive in winning, so four it is. Will Schofield goes out listed as sore (and has been virtually promised his spot back next week by coach Adam Simpson), but Mitch Brown, Paddy McGinnity and Mark Hutchings have all been omitted from the team that beat Carlton last week.

Coming in to the team are ruckman Jonathan Giles, former All-Australian Eric Mackenzie, and youngsters Jackson Nelson and Liam Duggan.

Melbourne have also made four changes, sending Mitch White, Jack Grimes, and Ben Kennedy back to the VFL, while Aaron Vandenburg is out with a hip injury. They've recalled ex-Pie Chris Dawes along with Billy Stretch, Sam Frost and Alex Neal-Bullen.

Injuries and Suspensions

The Eagles injury list has some minor changes, with Will Schofield out sore and Jeremy McGovern needing to pass a test to play with a sore thumb, but still isn't that bad.

Melbourne are missing high profile youngster Christian Salem, but their main out is Heretier Lumumba (aka ex-Pie Harry O'). Other than that, only Aaron Vandenburg sits on their injury list.
Player Injury Weeks
McGovern Thumb test
Colledge Hamstring test
Ellis Calf test
Schofield Soreness 1
Naitanui Achilles 2-3
McInnes Hamstring 2-3
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Lucas* Knee seas
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

The Eagles come into this game on the back of a four game winning streak, but other than a rare win over a top-eight team in North Melbourne, the form has been choppy at best, and as has pretty much been the case all year, it's hard to really get a read on how West Coast are really going this year - something that likely won't change in the event of a win in this game (a loss on the other hand will answer a lot of questions negatively).

Melbourne have yet again failed to fire in 2016. In recent weeks they've had wins over Freo at Darwin and over Collingwood, but they've been interspersed with fairly consistent losses to other teams. From a reasonable 5-4 position after round nine, they've slipped back to 7-9, and it looks for the Demons like another year in the wilderness.

Matchups

The big matchup this week is to see how the Eagles ruck - and midfield - counters Demon big man Max Gawn. The recall of Jon Giles suggests a change in tactic, as he backs up Scott Lycett in the ruck. Still, the Eagles midfield really looked the part last time a team came with a dominant ruckman (North with Todd Goldstein), and would like to be able to repeat this against the Demons.

Other than that, on paper there's a fair class gap between the Eagles and Demons. You never know when one team will play out of their skins and the other fall in a heap, but the Eagles should be looking to dominate around the ground.

Of particular interest will be to see how forward Jack Darling bounces back. He was quiet after a brilliant start against North, then kicked 0.5 against the Blues last week (had he kicked straight, it's likely Carlton would have been out of the game). He'll want to regain confidence which is likely to be lacking after last week's shocker.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles haven't lost to Melbourne since 2009, or in Perth to the Demons since ... damn, I'll have to look that one up... since a one goal loss in late 2002.
2015, Round 14 Marrara, Darwin
West Coast 5.4 7.8 10.14 16.18 (114)
Melbourne 2.4 5.5 8.6 9.6 (60)
Sat 4th Jul 2015 West Coast by 54

2014, Round 22 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 6.1 9.5 16.9 18.11 (119)
Melbourne 1.1 3.3 5.4 8.5 (53)
Sat 23rd Aug 2014 West Coast by 66

2014, Round 2 MCG
West Coast 6.5 10.7 14.10 18.15 (123)
Melbourne 0.1 1.3 2.4 4.6 (30)
Sun 30th Mar 2014 West Coast by 93


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 32 Melbourne 15 Draws 0
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 14 Melbourne 5 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 108 points; West Coast 25.16 (166) d Melbourne 9.4 (58) at Subiaco Oval, 2012, Round 2
Melbourne biggest win: 70 points; Melbourne 26.14 (170) d West Coast 15.10 (100) at Subiaco Oval, 2000, Round 22


Other Matches


Summary

The Eagles need to win this and win it well. There is no excuses at this time, and if the Eagles want to go anywhere in 2016, this game needs to be a booster for the remaining rounds of the season

Prediction: West Coast by 41 points.



 
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