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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
6th August 2016
After last week's debacle at the MCG, the Eagles season is extremely precariously placed (if not already plunging off the edge). So we come to the very game you don't want when you're not-quite-there at the end of the season, and have three hard matches following it: A Derby.

Freo are having an annus horribilis (so back to situation normal down at the Port), but they've always risen to the challenge of a Derby - at least this century anyway. And with Derby 44 a must win for the Eagles, there's nothing a failed Freo season would rather see now than the Eagles failing.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Shannon Hurn (25)
Will Schofield (31)
Tom Barrass (37)
Fremantle Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Shane Yarran (41)
Matthew Pavlich (29)
Zac Clarke (30)
Aaron Sandilands (31)
Andrew Gaff (3)  HB Brad Sheppard (5)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Sharrod Wellingham (12)
David Mundy (16)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Hayden Ballantyne (1)
Chris Mayne (23)
Michael Walters (10)
Stephen Hill (32)
  C Chris Masten (7)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Jamie Cripps (15)
  C Danyle Pearce (6)
Lachie Neale (27)
Lachie Weller (14)
  HF Mark LeCras (2)
Jack Darling (27)
Mark Hutchings (34)
  HB Tom Sheridan (11)
Garrick Ibbottson (5)
Hayden Crozier (17)
  F Scott Lycett (29)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Josh Hill (33)
  B Sam Collins (40)
Alex Silvagni (36)
Lee Spurr (34)
West Coast Interchange Jackson Nelson (30), Simon Tunbridge* (32), Elliot Yeo (6), Dominic Sheed (4),  
Michael Apeness (35), Ethan Hughes (15), Darcey Tucker (18), Ed Langdon (26), Fremantle Interchange


Weather

Showers
Maximum Temperature:18

Changes

The Eagles have omitted two players - Eric Mackenzie after a horrible week last week, and Malcolm Karpany who might be a little unlucky. Also out are Sam Butler with a groin and Liam Duggan with a calf injury. The returns include the anticipated return of Nic Naitanui who comes back in alongside Jackson Nelson, Elliot Yeo and Tom Barrass.

In the purple there's also four recalls, with Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantine the main ins, alongside Michael Apeness and Ethan Hughes. Zac Dawson goes out suspended, while Matt Taberner, Matt de Boer and Cameron Sutcliffe have been sent WAFLing.

Injuries and Suspensions

Sam Butler and Liam Duggan are the new entries on the injury list this week with injuries suffered in last week's match. However the return of Naitanui and Yeo should offset that for the most part.

Freo have a number of players out (as you'd expect for a team that's got nothing to play for - send everyone for surgery early). Harley Bennell's first season at Freo sees him miss the entire year with a calf injurye, while Nat Fyfe (leg) and Michael Barlow (shoulder) are also unavailable again this year. They've also lost Zac Dawson to a brain explosion, and it looks unlikely that Michael Johnson (knee/hamstring) will return any time soon if at all in 2016. They do recall Aaron Sandilands and that little shit Hayden Ballantyne this week if they pass their fitness tests.
Player Injury Weeks
Naitanui Achilles test
Yeo Illness test
Brown Back test
Redden Shoulder test
McInnes Hamstring 1
Mutimer Hamstring 2-3
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Butler Groin indef
Duggan Calf indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas
Lucas* Knee seas


Lead up

The Eagles have won five of the last six, and that would normally indicate reasonable form. But other than a win over North, the Eagles haven't really shone in that period, and were awful the last two weeks against Melbourne and Collingwood, dropping last week's game to the Pies at the MCG. Form can be fleeting, but this looks a little set in. This week will say a lot.

Freo. Well they might have been riding high this time last year, but this year only the Injection and the woes of the Brisbane Lions is keeping the Dockers from spooning it in 2016. Apart from wins over the aforementioned disaster areas, the Dockers have only one win to boast of, over Port at home. Last week, in Matt Pavlich's 350th, the Dockers slumped to a 90 point home defeat to the Swine. It's not been a happy season to be down at the Port.

Matchups

The biggest matchup in this game is between a team with little confidence and one with no confidence at all. The question is which team is which. Ultimately though, it's hard to go past the fact that Freo are in dire straits this year, and have had their ageing squad really catch up with them this year.

An intriguing battle will be the clash between Nic Naitanui who's missed the last six weeks, and Aaron Sandilands who last played in round three, ironically in the last Derby. How these two match up after long layoffs will be key to this game. The Eagles in particular have really missed Naitanui's presence around the ball, slumping on many midfield indicators since the big Fijian was out with an achilles injury.

With that, there's a few Eagles who must be on thin ice after performing poorly in recent weeks; veterans Chris Masten and Mark LeCras must turn their form around if the Eagles are to keep them in for the difficult three weeks ahead, while Jack Darling's output in 2016 has been well below what has been expected of him. Notably the Eagles emergency bench this week consists of the experienced trio of recent recruits Lewis Jetta, Jack Redden and Xavier Ellis, who would be likely ins if anyone's form fails to impress.

This is also very likely the last Derby for Freo legend Matt Pavlich after a 350 game career of which 33 have been Derbies. It's a shame to see such a great player go out on such a low note, but you've got to have respect for a player who's done the hard yards that Pavlich has done over seventeen seasons. If it is the last time Eagles fans see him then well done to the Schnozz.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles won the last Derby, but less than impressively. In fact, that game really summed up both team's seasons - the Eagles didn't really put away a poor opponent, and Freo... well they just lost.
2016, Round 3 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 2.1 4.7 7.11 12.20 (92)
Fremantle 3.3 3.7 4.10 8.11 (59)
Sat 9th Apr 2016 West Coast by 33

2015, Round 20 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 7.2 8.7 11.12 15.14 (104)
Fremantle 1.3 2.6 5.10 11.14 (80)
Sun 16th Aug 2015 West Coast by 24

2015, Round 3 Subiaco Oval
Fremantle 9.2 14.5 16.7 17.9 (111)
West Coast 0.4 3.5 6.7 12.9 (81)
Sun 19th Apr 2015 Fremantle by 30

2014, Round 15 Subiaco Oval
Fremantle 3.3 5.4 10.6 13.10 (88)
West Coast 4.2 5.9 5.12 11.15 (81)
Sat 28th Jun 2014 Fremantle by 7

2014, Round 7 Subiaco Oval
Fremantle 4.2 5.3 9.6 11.7 (73)
West Coast 2.0 3.8 5.11 7.12 (54)
Sun 4th May 2014 Fremantle by 19


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 23 Fremantle 20 Draws 0
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 23 Fremantle 20 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 117 points; West Coast 28.10 (178) d Fremantle 9.7 (61) at Subiaco Oval, 2000, Round 6
Fremantle biggest win: 75 points; Fremantle 24.16 (160) d West Coast 13.7 (85) at Subiaco Oval, 2010, Round 18


Other Matches


Summary

The Eagles need to bounce back from a couple of poor weeks, and secure a top eight finish this week given the nature of the remaining weeks. With the Dockers basically being the fourth of this year's bye weeks (the bye, Essendon, Brisbane and Freo), the Eagles should be able to win this. But it's a Derby. Who really knows?

Prediction: West Coast by 29 points.



 
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