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Elimination Final Subiaco Oval
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 • 18:10 WST
West Coast Western Bulldogs
7.10 (52) 14.15 (99)
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Round 1 Docklands
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 • 11:10 WST
West Coast v North Melbourne
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Injury List

Player Injury Weeks
Rioli Hamstring 6
Waterman Foot 8-10
Lycett Shoulder 12-15
Tunbridge ACL 12-16
Naitanui ACL 15-20
Allen Hamstring indef


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
29th July 2016
The Eagles might be on a five game winning streak, but still nothing has convinced about the way the boys are going about it in 2016. This game is yet another big challenge, with a game at the supposed bogey ground the MCG.

It's do or die though. With three hard matches to finish the season (and the other being a Derby), the Eagles have a long way to go to make an improvement on last year's finish


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Brad Sheppard (5)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Will Schofield (31)
Collingwood Ruck
Scott Lycett (29)  F Darcy Moore (30)
Jesse White (18)
Ben Crocker (39)
Brodie Grundy (4)
Mark Hutchings (34)  HB Shannon Hurn (25)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Sam Butler (26)
Scott Pendlebury (10)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Rupert Wills (33)
Travis Cloke (32)
Travis Varcoe (18)
Taylor Adams (13)
  C Andrew Gaff (3)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Elliot Yeo (6)
  C Steele Sidebottom (22)
Adam Treloar (7)
James Aish (14)
  HF Mark LeCras (2)
Jack Darling (27)
Chris Masten (7)
  HB Marley Williams (46)
Ben Reid (20)
Brayden Maynard (37)
  F Jamie Cripps (15)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Josh Hill (33)
  B Jonathan Marsh (17)
Nathan Brown (16)
Jeremy Howe (38)
West Coast Interchange Simon Tunbridge* (32), Liam Duggan (14), Dominic Sheed (4), Sharrod Wellingham (12),  
Josh Smith (40), Jack Crisp (25), Levi Greenwood (19), Jordan de Goey (2), Collingwood Interchange


Weather

Chance of a shower
Maximum Temperature:16

Changes

The Eagles might have won last week, but that seemed to be by accident, not design - and Melbourne's accident no less. As such, the changes have been rung again this week, with four players axed from the team. As promised, Will Schofield returns, while Mark Hutchings is recalled, and Dom Sheed and surprisingly Simon Tunbridge come in for their first games of the season.

Going out are Jonathan Giles and Jackson Nelson who've been omitted, while Jack Redden (shoulder) and Tom Barrass (rested) are out unavailable.

Collingwood have made three changes, bringing Jordan DeGoey, Rupert Wills and Ben Crocker in for Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair and Ben Sinclair who all miss through injury.

Injuries and Suspensions

Jack Redden is the new addition to the injury list, with an indeterminate shoulder injury. Nic Naitanui comes back to a test this week, but is obviously being left one more week to not risk him on an away match, but if he's fit look for him to be recalled for next week's Derby.

For Collingwood, the loss of Blair, Fasolo and Sinclair definitely weakens their team, and they join Dane Swan and Jamie Elliot who are missing for the season (and you'd think Swan likely will retire).
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
Cavka Foot/Retired seas
Lucas* Knee seas


Lead up

The Eagles current five game winning streak might be the least convincing winning streak ever. Wins over Brisbane and Essendon were thorough without being impressive, and subsequent wins over Carlton and Melbourne have been narrow squeaks. Only a solid win over North Melbourne has looked impressive, though North aren't quite the team they were lauded to be when they say 9-0.

Collingwood have been mediocre for the most part in 2016. Apart from a very creditable away win over GWS - who are a very good team in 2016 - they've tended to win over the bottom few teams, but lose to anyone with a modicum of ability. At 7-10, they're out of the running for finals, and you'd think that coach Nathan Buckley's head would be on the block if it wasn't Collingwood. And yet, this is a game where they're favourites in many people's eyes.

Matchups

The Eagles go into this match with just the single ruckman with Giles omitted, leaving a major job in the hands of Scott Lycett up against Brodie Grundy. Last week the Eagles struggled when Melbourne dominated the ruck and clearances, though shone a fortnight earlier against North - both where Lycett was outpointed. The key though will be a dramatic improvement in performance by the Eagles midfield who were horribly out of sorts again in last week's game.

Defensively, both captain Shannon Hurn and Sharrod Wellingham had absolute shockers with the ball last week, making elementary errors that probably should have cost the game. Both will want to really pick up their game, but are certainly skilled enough to do so.

Up forward the question is over Jack Darling, who is another Eagle who has struggled to get anywhere near his best. Last week's return of one goal was an improvement over the 0.5 the week before, but he needs to find the form that has made him a dangerous partner to Josh Kennedy (who at least is in reasonable form).

Ultimately though, the question is whether the Eagles really can find the cohesion that was so evident in 2015, and seems missing in 2016. It's a combination of a few players dropping off brilliant seasons last year, and of course the Eagles not finding it as easy with a more challenging draw. The key matchup is therefore that - between the ears.

Recent Meetings

Collingwood came to Subiaco early in the season and were sent packing with a blistering last quarter from the Eagles putting paid to the Pies by ten goals.
2016, Round 6 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 6.4 8.8 10.12 18.16 (124)
Collingwood 1.1 4.3 8.5 9.8 (62)
Sun 1st May 2016 West Coast by 62

2015, Round 16 Docklands
West Coast 2.6 4.10 7.16 11.21 (87)
Collingwood 1.4 4.6 7.9 7.14 (56)
Sat 18th Jul 2015 West Coast by 31

2014, Round 20 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 6.5 9.7 15.10 19.12 (126)
Collingwood 2.1 7.2 8.4 10.6 (66)
Sun 10th Aug 2014 West Coast by 60

2014, Round 10 MCG
Collingwood 5.0 7.3 11.4 17.7 (109)
West Coast 5.2 9.5 11.10 15.11 (101)
Sat 24th May 2014 Collingwood by 8


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 24 Collingwood 22 Draws 1
At MCG West Coast 1 Collingwood 10 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 81 points; West Coast 20.15 (135) d Collingwood 8.6 (54) at WACA Ground, 1991, Round 17
Collingwood biggest win: 100 points; Collingwood 27.11 (173) d West Coast 10.13 (73) at MCG, 2008, Round 10


Other Matches


Summary

Which West Coast will turn up? With the Pies somewhat depleted (and to be honest, a second rate team anyway), if either the flat track bullies or a shadow of last year's team shows up, this is a game the Eagles should win. However if the team that capitulated (yet still somehow got the points) last week shows up, on the MCG, then it's almost time to start talking about 2017.

Prediction: West Coast by 11 points.



 
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