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WEST COAST EAGLES v NORTH MELBOURNE - Rd 8 2013

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  1. DREAM TEAM BUFF

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    WEST COAST EAGLES v NORTH MELBOURNE
    When: Friday, May 17​
    Where: Patersons Stadium​

    WEST COAST EAGLES
    FB: Jacob Brennan, Darren Glass, Will Schofield​
    HB: Shannon Hurn, Eric Mackenzie, Beau Waters​
    C: Matt Rosa, Scott Selwood, Andrew Gaff​
    HF: Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Chris Masten​
    FF: Josh Hill, Josh Kennedy, Daniel Kerr​
    R: Nic Naitanui, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey​
    I/C: Sharrod Wellingham, Dean Cox, Brad Sheppard, Adam Selwood​
    EMG: Mark Hutchings, Bradd Dalziell, Mitch Brown​

    IN: Daniel Kerr, Beau Waters, Adam Selwood, Chris Masten​
    OUT: Mark Hutchings, Ash Smith, Mitch Brown, Bradd Dalziell (omit.)​

    Milestones: Darren Glass (250 games), Scott Selwood (100 games)​
    Last 5: W - L - L - W - W​

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    FB: Scott McMahon, Scott Thompson, Jamie Macmillan​
    HB: Daniel Wells, Nathan Grima, Michael Firrito​
    C: Sam Gibson, Shaun Atley, Ryan Bastinac​
    HF: Ben Cunnington, Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey​
    FF: Lindsay Thomas, Majak Daw, Leigh Adams​
    R: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell​
    I/C: Sam Wright, Lachie Hansen, Aaron Black, Aaron Mullett​
    EMG: Will Sierakowski, Kieran Harper, Taylor Hine​

    IN: Nathan Grima​
    OUT: Will Sierakowski (omit.)​

    Last 5: L - W - L - W - W​

    Forecast: Shower or two, 20 degrees​
    TAB: West Coast $1.35, North Melbourne $3.20​


    Overview
    After a poor start to the season, both West Coast and North Melbourne have made attempts to get back on track and stay in the hunt for a finals berth in 2013. The Eagles suffered three consecutive losses at their home ground within the first four weeks of the season, going down to Fremantle, Hawthorn and Carlton. Added to that was an incredibly disappointing loss to Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium after being in control for nearly 75% of the game. Since then, the Eagles have comprehensively beaten the lowly Western Bulldogs, and managed to get over the line against the Brisbane Lions last Saturday at the Gabba. With the return of Nic Naitanui two weeks ago, the West Coast line-up is already looking more stable and dangerous. With the inclusions of Daniel Kerr, Chris Masten and Beau Waters, they are only going to from strength to strength.​

    The Kangaroos lost four of their first five games of the season to highly-rated teams in Geelong, Sydney, Hawthorn and Collingwood, with a big victory over Brisbane amongst them. Like the Eagles, North go into this match with a two-game winning streak after knocking off the previously undefeated Port Adelaide at Blundstone Arena, and last week powered away in the final quarter against the Bulldogs to record a nine goal rout. Both sides sit outside of the top eight by one game and have a large percentage.​

    Retribution
    The night is finally upon the thousands of North Melbourne supporters that sat through the horrible, graphic thumping handed down by the Eagles in last year's Elimination Final at the same venue. After an impressive end to the season, which saw them win 10 of the final 12 games of the season, the Roos ran out of steam and were no match for West Coast, who went on to win by 96 points.​

    Things are different now though. The legs are much fresher than then, another pre-season is under the belt, and the temperature is not going to be in the 30's like last time. A revamped forward line featuring the athletic Aaron Black and the impressive specimen that is Majak Daw (who kicked six last week, for those that missed it), North are terrifically placed to challenge the Eagles on their home deck. With the confidence of beating the Bulldogs and Power behind them, along with the experienced heads of Brent Harvey, Daniel Wells and Drew Petrie, revenge will definitely be on the minds of the players.​

    Utilising advantages
    This is what West Coast need to do to ensure victory. They boast the best one-two ruck set-up in the league, with All-Australian ruckman in Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui set to go up against the in-form Todd Goldstein. Goldstein is no doubt sure to be run off his legs, and will need help from his teammates in Daw, Petrie and even Lachie Hansen. Last season in Round 15, these sides played a close encounter in Hobart, and it was West Coast who won thanks to the sheer dominance of Cox. After an even first half, Goldstein suffered a head knock and was ruled out of the game due to concussion. Enter Cox. The big guy finished on 21 disposals, took 15 marks, won 24 hitouts and kicked three goals. It was one of the best games by a ruckman ever seen, and the vision of him taking marks up forward to kick crucial goals, then floating back to take a pack mark to save the game in defence is truly remarkable.​

    It's unlikely that Cox will have the same impact on this game, but with the combined effort of Naitanui and himself, it will be a tough ask for Goldstein and his teammates to combat. Giving the midfield first use out of the centre is crucial for both sides, with the likes of Kennedy, Darling and the resting ruckman up one end ready to take the mark, while Petrie, Daw and Black sit waiting up the other. Not to mention the crumbing genius of LeCras, Hill, Masten, Thomas, Harvey and Adams.​

    SuperCoach
    He was one of the most popular SuperCoach ruckman picked last season, but a groin injury hampered Nic Naitanui's start to the season. So much so, it is only recently in Round 6 that he has resumed playing. Priced at $611,000, he has a hefty price tag, but his score of 102 from last weekend against the Lions is sure to sway some of the coaches looking to offload someone like Mark Blicavs or Dale Thomas up forward.​

    For those coaches that have Daniel Wells in their midfield, they might be a bit upset with Brad Scott after he started with the substitute vest last weekend against the Bulldogs. He returned a score of just 28, but ignoring that, he's in career-best form fantasy-wise, averaging 108 points from his first six games. At $557,400, he has risen in price by $27,700, but that is sure to keep rising. As long as he keeps away from that pesky green vest!​

    History
    Since 2000, West Coast and North Melbourne have played 20 times. In 2012, the Eagles were the Kangaroos' opponent three times, the most out of any side in the league. They lost all three games. From left to right, this is the result of each game from the start of the millennium.​

    WC - K - K - WC - WC - WC - K - WC - WC - WC - WC - WC - K - WC - K - K - WC - WC - WC - WC​

    Overall
    West Coast: 14/20​
    North Melbourne: 6/20​

    West Coast home game (Patersons Stadium)
    West Coast: 7/10​
    North Melbourne: 3/10​

    North Melbourne home game (Etihad Stadium, Manuka Oval, MCG, Blundstone Arena, Carrara
    West Coast: 6/9​
    North Melbourne: 3/9​

    Finals
    West Coast: 1/1​
    North Melbourne: 0/1​

    Prediction
    This should be a quality encounter, much unlike the last time these two teams played. Both sides are in good form after shaky starts to the year, and are looking to build on that platform as they head into the bye. North, despite having the best disposal efficiency in the league and West Coast ranked second-last, will struggle to overcome the Eagles, but hopefully some sort of effort is made this time.​

    WEST COAST EAGLES by 14.​

    First goalkicker: Majak Daw.​

    Thanks to Spitta2Azza for the perview​
     

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  2. Tas

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    Booooooooooooooooooo!

    Getting in early. :p I hope we get the umpiring free ride, as unlikely as that is, heads could explode at Subi. :p
     
  3. Banana Bread

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    Hard to see The Eagles losing this one with their ins. They haven't played well this year but I reckon they will set themselves here. North certainly not without a chance and have been playing the better footy of the 2 teams but I think they might overcook themselves too early trying to get some payback. Maybe if they get far enough ahead out of the blocks.
     
  5. kane249

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    Has been a quiet build-up to the game on the Eagles and North boards ;)
     
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    Too quiet...
     
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    Say what you want about the Eagles and their fans, but they are dominating the avatar game this week.
     
  8. Wilkov

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    Kangaroos will win this match.Sierakowski and Majak Daw will get some score.
     
  9. DeadlyAkkuret

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    Tipping West Coast with no real confidence. It's a win/win for me anyway :cool:
     
  10. Snake_Baker

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    We would beat them in Melbourne but we are one of the worst teams going around when it comes to playing interstate.

    On form I would say that we have been going slightly better and there have been signs of the list maturing this year.

    We need to take another step tonight.
     
  11. pantskyle

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    We are the better team so we should win this at home.

    If we don't prepare for the mass exodus of WC posters.
     
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  12. West Coast 06

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    Snake Baker, "We would win this in Melbourne" is an easy line to throw out there, but the game is at Subi.

    If West Coast don't win his for Glassy, I will be pissed.
     
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    Agree with this; we are half the team we are on the road. This is a major challenge for Scott and no tougher trip than a trip west in front of a hostile mob!

    Credit to all involved in the pre-game banter, as a WA-based Roo ill enjoy the build up today but would suggest our lads would need something special to pull off a W tonight.
     
  14. Jarlcorbz

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    North have won only 3 times against us away from WA in our last 20 games. I'd say that WC are probably just as bad traveling.

    Should be a good one :thumbsu:
     
  15. Snake_Baker

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    Pfffft, as if!

    The last time you beat us at Docklands was in 2010 when we had 10 players on the field with less than 32 games experience. 8 of them with less than 20.

    We are a 10 goal better side now.

    The previous Docklands encounter was 2007 when you were the reigning premiers. That's it.
     
  16. West Coast 06

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    It's not our fault you sell games to Tassie and the AFL think it is appropriate to send a Perth based team to play there!
     
  17. Eastern Rangers

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    I think it will be close. I feel if Westcoast break even in the middle we can probably do enough to win.
     
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    Massive game for both teams here - North would really want to make amends for last years final, and West Coast would want to string two home wins together. Going to be a nice night to sit on the couch and watch a decent game of footy.

    West Coast by a few goals, but with no real confidence.
     
  19. Snake_Baker

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    I'm not saying it's anyone's fault.

    As for tonight's game, West Coast must start favorites but North in 2013 have been able to display a very strong contest against better opposition and I will be disappointed if we don't exhibit that level of commitment tonight.
     
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    Not good enough
     
  21. Tex Support

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    Massive 'line in the sand' type game for North. Need to make a statement.

    Chance to bury some demons, and get a huge momentum kick with a win. "Nearly" winning won't be good enough.

    If West Coast put them to the sword, the fallout could be ugly.
     
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    Heads must roll.
     
  23. evo

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    It's pretty massive for both teams. I know it is still early in the season but could well be a significant factor in which of these two teams makes the 8. It's going to be pretty tight amongst 7 or 8 teams.
     
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    I'm tipping .............. alot of mentions of Majak and NickNat by the Friday Night Crew even if they're having quiet games. Call it a gut feeling ;)
     
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    West coast by 5 goals and Dean Cox/ Nick Nat vs Goldstien will be interesting, and Darling and Kennedy to score 10 goals between them
     
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