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Sun, 17 Sep 2017 • 17:25 WST
West Coast Greater Western Sydney
9.4 (58) 19.11 (125)
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Team P % Pts
1. Adelaide 22 136.0 62
2. Geelong 22 117.4 62
3. Richmond 22 118.3 60
4. GWS Giants 22 114.9 60
5. Port Adel. 22 129.7 56
6. Sydney 22 126.8 56
7. Essenscum 22 106.5 48
8. West Coast 22 105.7 48
9. Melbourne 22 105.2 48
10. W. Bulldogs 22 97.1 44
11. St Kilda 22 96.9 44
12. Hawthorn 22 90.7 42
13. Coll'wood 22 99.0 38
14. Fremantle 22 74.4 32
15. North Melb. 22 87.6 24
16. Carlton 22 78.2 24
17. Gold Coast 22 76.0 24
18. Brisbane 22 74.3 20


by Matt Quinn
27th April 2017
A lot can happen in a fortnight, and in the last fortnight this weekend's Derby has gone from a rather less than interesting fixture to a clash of a couple of teams struggling to make a mark on the season - but with yet a chance to do so.

With bragging rights in this town backed up with a chance to set up the season for a real attack on finals, this Derby is a major event again, and could be a very hard fought affair.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Shannon Hurn (25)
Tom Barrass (37)
Sam Butler (26)
Fremantle Ruck
Jonathan Giles (22)  F Michael Walters (10)
Shane Kersten (22)
Brady Grey (28)
Aaron Sandilands (31)
Luke Shuey (13)  HB Brad Sheppard (5)
Elliot Yeo (6)
Jack Redden (8)
Nathan Fyfe (7)
Sam Mitchell (1)  HF Hayden Crozier (17)
Cam McCarthy (23)
Ed Langdon (26)
David Mundy (16)
  C Dominic Sheed (4)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Andrew Gaff (3)
  C Darcey Tucker (18)
Lachie Neale (27)
Bradley Hill (9)
  HF Kurt Mutimer (38)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Mark LeCras (2)
  HB Garrick Ibbottson (5)
Michael Johnson (37)
Connor Blakely (19)
  F Josh Hill (33)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Jack Darling (27)
  B Ethan Hughes (15)
Joel Hamling (21)
Lee Spurr (34)
West Coast Interchange Nathan Vardy (19), Liam Duggan (14), Sharrod Wellingham (12), Chris Masten (7),  
Griffin Logue (2), Lachie Weller (14), Tom Sheridan (11), Harley Balic (24), Fremantle Interchange


Weather

Fine
Overnight Minimum:11

Changes

The Eagles have made three changes, two forced with Jamie Cripps and Jackson Nelson out with medium term injuries, while Will Schofield returns to the Royals after a couple of weeks back in the side. In their place the Eagles have recalled ruckman Jon Giles and veteran Sam Mitchell, while youngster Kurt Mutimer comes into the team for his debut.

Freo have only made one change, with Stephen Hill forced out with a hamstring injury, replaced by Harley Balic

Injuries and Suspensions

The Eagles had a disastrous week in both firsts and the magoos last week, with Nelson and Cripps joined by Luke Partington and promising rookie Francis Watson. With ten unavailable players - about a quarter of the squad - the Eagles are in danger of decending into the Injury God hell that blighted a number of seasons earlier in this decade.

Freo will be sad to lose Stephen Hill, and have the serial pest Hayden Ballantyne (hamstring) and the shadow of Harley Bennell (calf) unavailable for a long period. On the edges of Freo's first choice team they still have Michael Apeness (knww) and Alex Pearce (leg) unselectable.
Player Injury Weeks
Sheppard Knee test
Gaff Ankle test
Mitchell Ankle test
Partington Hand 2
Watson Ankle 4-6
Nelson Wrist 4
Rioli Hamstring 4
Lycett Shoulder 4-6
Petrie* Hand 5-6
Cripps Ankle 8
Waterman Foot 8
Tunbridge ACL 9-13
Naitanui ACL indef


Lead up

The Eagles have yo-yoed around so far this year, with massively disappointing MCG results sandwiching a very solid win over the Swine in the middle. The Eagles will be extremely unhappy to have come away with losing both MCG games, and haven't really got into any real stride yet this year.

Freo have come back with three narrow wins - the last two in the final couple of minutes of the match. Certainly they've got momentum on their side, but it could so easily have been 1-4 or even 0-5 - but it's not, and Freo will be looking to capitalise with another win.

Matchups

Jon Giles has been recalled to the team after the Eagles were decimated in the ruck last week in his absence - by no means the only reason, but one of many for last week's disastrous performance. He'll be hoping to quell the influence of man-mountain Aaron Sandilands who's been in pretty solid form again this year for Fremantle.

The Eagles midfield has struggled - really for years - to get into high gear, and while Kurt Mutimer brings in added speed, you can't expect much from a debutant, and if the recall of Sam Mitchell is welcome, it's not an injection of speed. Luke Shuey's been in reasonable form and is fast becoming the most dangerous Eagle, but he'll need a lot of assistance to really have the influence he is capable of.

Recent Meetings

The Eagles have won the last three Derbies, which has been a nice turnaround from the six successive losses that preceded it. With the Derby ratio now sitting 24-20 in favour of West Coast, it's always nice to get wins on the board.
2016, Round 20 Subiaco Oval
West Coast 2.2 7.5 12.7 17.8 (110)
Fremantle 3.2 5.6 7.7 9.10 (64)
Sun 7th Aug 2016 West Coast by 46

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


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 24 Fremantle 20 Draws 0
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 24 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


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Summary

Freo have won the last two weeks with the last goal of the game, and with that will have confidence sky high. The Eagles on the other hand will come in smarting from losing to the bottom side in a canter, and should be fired up to make that performance history.

If this was any other two teams, you'd select the Eagles based on what would appear more talent on the field, but this is a Derby where anything could happen. For mine, there are a couple of likely results - the Eagles are stung back into form and win comfortably, or the Dockers prevail in a brutal and hard fought encounter. I think the former is more likely than the latter, though I'm hoping that's more head than heart telling me so.

Prediction: West Coast by 28 points.



 
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