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Round 13 Subiaco Oval
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 • 18:10 WST
West Coast Geelong
11.17 (83) 10.10 (70)
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 • 17:40 WST
West Coast v Melbourne
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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
12th August 2016
We're coming down to the pointy end of the season, and the Eagles start a three game run of very challenging games with a visit to Western Sydney to play the Gnats.

Well Gnats they used to be anyway - GWS have blossomed into a formidable team this year, and will definitely be playing their first ever finals campaign - and thus they're a massive challenge for the Eagles this week


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Shannon Hurn (25)
Will Schofield (31)
Brad Sheppard (5)
Greater Western Sydney Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Ryan Griffen (32)
Rory Lobb (37)
Toby Greene (4)
Shane Mumford (41)
Mark Hutchings (34)  HB Sam Butler (26)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Sharrod Wellingham (12)
Callan Ward (8)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Tom Scully (9)
Jeremy Cameron (18)
Adam Tomlinson (20)
Devon Smith (10)
  C Andrew Gaff (3)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Jamie Cripps (15)
  C Joshua Kelly (22)
Stephen Coniglio (3)
Lachie Whitfield (6)
  HF Mark LeCras (2)
Jack Darling (27)
Chris Masten (7)
  HB Joel Patfull (24)
Phil Davis (1)
Adam Kennedy (40)
  F Scott Lycett (29)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Josh Hill (33)
  B Heath Shaw (23)
Zac Williams (29)
Nick Haynes (19)
West Coast Interchange Tom Barrass (37), Simon Tunbridge* (32), Elliot Yeo (6), Dominic Sheed (4),  
Matthew Kennedy (15), Dylan Shiel (5), Steve Johnson (17), Jonathon Patton (12), Greater Western Sydney Interchange


Weather

Fine
Maximum Temperature:20

Changes

The Eagles have made only one change to the team that eventually steamrolled Freo last week, with classy veteran Sam Butler returning to the team in exchange for youngster Jackson Nelson.

The Giants have made three changes, recalling Adam Kennedy, Dylan Shiel and Matthew Kennedy, while omitting Nathan Wilson, Sam Reid and the somewhat preposterously named Harrison Himmelberg.

Injuries and Suspensions

The Eagles finally lose Xavier Ellis for good with the ex-Hawk deciding that a WAFL injury last week was the final straw, retiring after 34 games at West Coast and 86 at Hawthorn. He's the only new addition to the injury list this week.

GWS have a pretty good position regarding injuries, with a small number of players out for the season, but few short term injuries. The only major out is Cam McCarthy who's been playing WAFL rather than AFL, so isn't really an injury.
Player Injury Weeks
Yeo Illness test
Naitanui Achilles test
Redden Shoulder test
Brown Back test
McInnes Hamstring 1
Mutimer Hamstring 2-3
Duggan Calf indef
Butler Groin indef
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas
Lucas* Knee seas


Lead up

The Eagles had a somewhat return to form last week, with Freo throwing the kitchen sink into the game and the Eagles standing strong to eventually blow the People Eaters off the ground. It was certainly a welcome improvement in form after a month and a half of less than stellar performances. Whether that form can flow across the Nullabor will be interesting to see.

GWS are having a magnificent season, sitting fourth on the ladder at this point, and having won their last four. The only question about the newcomers to the finals this year is how they struggled to dispatch the Suns last week despite the Suns being almost completely depleted and Queensland's second worst team - by only a small margin. The Giants though are looking a real force, and would want to win this to shore up a top four berth with hopes to go far in the finals.

Matchups

The thing about GWS is that they've really snuck up on everyone this year. We all knew they were going to be good - well now they are. Their experienced players - Callan Ward, Phil Davis, Shane Mumford, Ryan Griffen, Heath Shaw and Stevie Johnson are a very good bunch of recruits, but it's the youngsters like Jeremy Cameron who are starting to really hit their straps - it could be a while at the top for the orange mob.

The Eagles have a more conventional player spread. This week the focus will again be on Mark LeCras and Jack Darling, while Chris Masten and Simon Tunbridge might be a little lucky to be in ahead of some others.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles as yet have not lost to GWS, with an average winning margin of 95 points.

There's no reason to even consider past matches when talking about this one.
2015, Round 5 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 4.2 9.4 12.10 18.12 (120)
Greater Western Sydney 3.4 3.4 4.8 4.9 (33)
Sat 2nd May 2015 West Coast by 87

2014, Round 8 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 5.2 11.5 21.5 30.8 (188)
Greater Western Sydney 1.2 6.2 9.3 12.5 (77)
Sun 11th May 2014 West Coast by 111


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 4 Greater Western Sydney 0 Draws 0
At Sydney Showgrounds West Coast 1 Greater Western Sydney 0 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 111 points; West Coast 30.8 (188) d Greater Western Sydney 12.5 (77) at Subiaco Oval, 2014, Round 8
Greater Western Sydney biggest win: -81 points; Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69) d West Coast 23.12 (150) at Blacktown, 2012, Round 3


Other Matches


Summary

To beat GWS on their home patch would be a big win for the Eagles, and one that's certainly not beyond the realms of possibility. However GWS are now a formidable outfit, ready and raring to go for finals. However they're still a young group, and could be tiring?

If the Eagles bring the intensity out of last week's Derby into this game, then anything could happen. But that intensity has rarely shown on the road this year with possibly the win over Port (until Gaff went off) the only real case. On the back of that, you'd have to tip the Giants to register their first win over the Eagles

Prediction: GWS by seven points.



 
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