What would the Eagles and Dockers look like if they merged?

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    Based on the idea of the two West Australian clubs merging, I have formulated the best 22 players from the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers to form a new team.

    I have picked the players based on who I believe will be the top performers for their respective clubs in 2018.

    Eagles, Dockers

    Coach: Ross Lyon
    Captain: Andrew Gaff

    B: Lee Spurr (Dockers), Joel Hamling (Dockers), Brad Sheppard (Eagles).
    HB: Nathan Wilson (Dockers), Eric Mackenzie (Eagles), Liam Duggan (Eagles).
    C: Andrew Gaff (Eagles), Luke Shuey (Eagles), Chris Masten (Eagles).
    HF: Jamie Cripps (Eagles), Shane Kersten (Dockers), Michael Walters (Dockers).
    F: Matt Taberner (Dockers), Josh Kennedy (Eagles), Brandon Matera (Dockers).

    Foll: Nathan Vardy (Eagles), Nat Fyfe (Dockers), Lachie Neale (Dockers).
    Int: Scott Lycett (Eagles), Jeremy McGovern (Eagles), Elliott Yeo (Eagles), David Mundy (Dockers).

    Both coaches have led their respective teams to a grand final but neither has gotten the chocolates on the final Saturday in September. Based on the preseason there is more upside in the Dockers than the Eagles, with Ross Lyon looking the better of the two coaches.

    Ross Lyon Fremantle Dockers AFL 2017

    (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

    Gaff finished sixth in the AFL for total disposals. Despite playing predominantly on the wing, he was always at the top of the list when it came to possessions. He is an unassuming player who plays his role for the team and leads by example.

    Back line
    The defenders are all good at the role they play for their team. Lee Spurr may not fit into the Dockers’ best 22, but I feel he deserves to be a permanent fixture in my merged team.

    Joel Hamling is an extremely capable full back who was an astute pick from the Bulldogs. Nathan Wilson is a new recruit for the Dockers, taken from the Giants.

    Liam Duggan is a much-improved player, and Eric Mackenzie should get an opportunity to show his wares in the defensive half; he is a player who possesses a lot of talent.

    My choice of midfielders was an easy decision. Andrew Gaff is a definite starter on the wing. Chris Masten’s ability as a player deserves more opportunities at AFL level to play in the midfield. Luke Shuey doesn’t waste a possession and is a quality player in the middle of the ground.

    Andrew Gaff West Coast Eagles AFL

    (Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

    Forward line
    None of the Eagles players warranted a place on the half forward line, except for Cripps. Michael Walters can push up to a wing if needed. Both of those selections help increase the number of midfielders who can rotate through and makes the team less predictable to the opposition.

    Shane Kersten is capable of being one of the best tall forwards in the game if he applies himself properly. Jamie Cripps and Brandon Matera are two players who have the ability to hit the scoreboard.

    Josh Kennedy is the obvious pick for full forward as he was named in that position in last Season’s All Australian team. I like Ross Lyon’s selection of Matt Taberner as a second ruckman during the preseason.

    Nathan Vardy is a ruckman who has the capability of going forward and kicking goals. Nat Fyfe is one of the most talented players in the competition, and Lachie Neale is a ball magnet in the middle of the ground.

    Interchange bench
    Scott Lycett is a useful player who can push forward as well as play the second ruck role. Jeremy McGovern is probably the best tall defender on either side – he was named in last season’s All Australian team and he is also able to play forward.

    Elliott Yeo was an All Australian last season, and David Mundy can play through the midfield or play a role up forward.

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    • March 17th 2018 @ 4:30am
      Dean.R said | March 17th 2018 @ 4:30am | ! Report

      Are you serious, or was this meant to be a joke?
      Vardy over Sandilands, and Nic Nat?
      Kersten over Darling?
      No Hill brothers? But you’ve got you’ve got Duggan. Really?
      Can’t find McGovern in the backline?
      No! You’ve fooled me. This has to be a joke.

    • March 17th 2018 @ 5:34am
      MattyB said | March 17th 2018 @ 5:34am | ! Report

      I personally can’t stand the Eagles,but one WA club would completely dominate even with VFL grand finals.
      Do an article on restructured geographical VFL sides rather than these concentrating on Qld and then WA,I suppose SA is next?
      Hawthorn is about to take over Stkilda,do a side based on that,far more plausible seeing the Hawks have decided to move to Dingley.

      • March 17th 2018 @ 8:04am
        Lroy said | March 17th 2018 @ 8:04am | ! Report

        Like we did before the Dockers existed ha ha ha ha

        • Roar Rookie

          March 17th 2018 @ 12:16pm
          Mattician6x6 said | March 17th 2018 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

          Like we’ve continued to do since the dockers existed 😉

          • March 17th 2018 @ 1:36pm
            Lroy said | March 17th 2018 @ 1:36pm | ! Report


            • Roar Guru

              March 18th 2018 @ 9:24am
              Dalgety Carrington said | March 18th 2018 @ 9:24am | ! Report

              You guys are setting a pretty low bar for domination.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 18th 2018 @ 11:52am
                Mattician6x6 said | March 18th 2018 @ 11:52am | ! Report

                Just commenting on subject matter at hand. Article wasn’t what if wce and hawks merge, the bar unfortunately was set very low for us.

              • Roar Guru

                March 18th 2018 @ 12:41pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | March 18th 2018 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

                Now you’re setting a low bar for making sense in a riposte Mattician.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 18th 2018 @ 1:12pm
                Mattician6x6 said | March 18th 2018 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

                How so?

              • Roar Guru

                March 19th 2018 @ 12:41am
                Dalgety Carrington said | March 19th 2018 @ 12:41am | ! Report

                Because firstly it doesn’t follow what it was replying to, second you’re kinda persisting with the domination line on the force of your insistence of it alone and wagglling your fingers in front of your nose at reality. So all up, it doesn’t make much sense.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 19th 2018 @ 12:18pm
                Mattician6x6 said | March 19th 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

                Dalgetty I’d love to take the high road (a frmantlei street reference you of all people should love that 😉
                But alas as the season draws near my blue and gold heart beats stronger.
                Reality is in the 23 years there has been a second team in the west the eagles are the more successful, hell we even have lost more gf than freo seeing as I’m setting the bar so low.

              • March 19th 2018 @ 2:23pm
                Don Freo said | March 19th 2018 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

                Dalgety and Carrington are also Freo street references.

                I’d love a house in Dalgety St…not so much Carrington St.

              • March 19th 2018 @ 4:54pm
                Jonboy said | March 19th 2018 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

                I reckon you already live in Dalgety.

              • Roar Guru

                March 19th 2018 @ 12:36pm
                Dalgety Carrington said | March 19th 2018 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

                Again, you’re veering off the issue at hand. We could debate silver spoons and all that, but if you’re happy to see it as “dominance” good for you.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 19th 2018 @ 12:42pm
                Mattician6x6 said | March 19th 2018 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

                So what is the issue at hand dalgetty? I’ve responded as best as I can from what I’m reading in your undergrad styled leanings, break it down with a little less pomp and ceremony and I shall respond dutifully and in the manner you desire

              • March 19th 2018 @ 3:19pm
                Don Freo said | March 19th 2018 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

                Your first 2 posts looked like a “Freo is the dregs of the comp” kind of comment. I figured that’s not your style but it is what it reads like.

              • March 19th 2018 @ 5:31pm
                Jonboy said | March 19th 2018 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

                Well we have been down close to the bottom for 2 years ,three100 point losses while restumplng . Some people do not want to look the truth in the eye at times .

              • Roar Rookie

                March 19th 2018 @ 6:14pm
                Mattician6x6 said | March 19th 2018 @ 6:14pm | ! Report

                You’re right don I don’t think that, but you also know my style to stir the pot especially so close to the season:)

    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2018 @ 6:35am
      Rick Figjam said | March 17th 2018 @ 6:35am | ! Report

      What a strange article.

    • March 17th 2018 @ 6:44am
      Bob said | March 17th 2018 @ 6:44am | ! Report

      Hmmm, no gov in the backline, masten in the middle and no nic Nat? This has to be a joke or the worst article I’ve seen on here

    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2018 @ 8:36am
      AdelaideDocker said | March 17th 2018 @ 8:36am | ! Report

      Masten is in there over Yeo, and the Hill brothers? Vardy AND Lycett make it in over Nic Nat and Sandi.

      I appreciate the interesting article – it’s something different, after all – but jeez there’s some strange selections. As there is throughout most of the author’s articles.

    • Roar Guru

      March 17th 2018 @ 8:41am
      Cat said | March 17th 2018 @ 8:41am | ! Report

      Almost as head scratching as the leadership article was. Some really glaring oversights in both articles with no explanation.

      • Roar Guru

        March 17th 2018 @ 9:01am
        AdelaideDocker said | March 17th 2018 @ 9:01am | ! Report

        Yeah, it’s becoming emblematic of the author’s writing.