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West Coast Eagles
West Coast Eagles
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Geelong, the league pacesetters thus far, look to make it five wins from six when they welcome reigning premiers the West Coast Eagles to GMHBA Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, commencing from 4:40pm AEST.
Geelong bounced back from a close loss to the GWS Giants to come out clear winners against Hawthorn and re-establish themselves as the form team of the competition on Monday.
Meanwhile, after an opening-round loss against Brisbane, the Eagles appeared to have rebounded strongly until they came up against a ferociously hungry Port Adelaide side last week.
Two big losses in the opening five rounds of the season might rightly have set some alarm bells ringing for West Coast, but out of sight out of mind might be the best remedy as they come up against the biggest challenge of their season so far.
Geelong have recruited and revitalised two players with danger written all of them in Luke Dahlhaus and Gary Rohan, while the overall spread of the team appears to have evened out.
No longer are Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood carrying Geelong solely on their backs and as the contributors and threats have multiplied so have their hopes.
In the nostalgic moment of the last round Gary Ablett Junior reminded all that he is son of God as he wound back the clock with a mark displaying the miracle of levitation followed by a goal of divine right, from the boundary line.
In fact, if you squinted, you could almost make him out, a shower curtain of hair hanging on defiantly as he ascended the stairway to a Sherrin. One imagines the divine hand might unglove itself again to the faithful in Geelong.
West Coast have swung the axe on Nathan Vardy and will play with just one ruckman for the first time since 2017, while Jack Redden is out injured.
Their replacements, Jarrod Brander and Daniel Venables suggest West Coast are looking for some run and youthful enthusiasm to add to the arsenal as they head to Geelong.
The contest in the middle will be exciting as two elite midfields clash for the centre bounces, but it is on the outside where this game might be decided.
Additionally, the Eagles need their forward line to fire against a team renowned for their collective defensive efforts.
On paper the form team and the reigning premiers should be a blockbuster clash, but if West Coast turn up with the endeavour of last week things could get ugly fast.
The Eagles to rebound but ultimately fall short on Geelong’s specialist ground in a close, hard-fought display.
Geelong by 12 points.
Where: GMHBA Stadium
When: 4:40 pm AEST
TV: Seven, Fox Footy
B Shannon Hurn, Will Schofield, Brad Sheppard
HB Lewis Jetta, Jeremy McGovern, Liam Duggan
C Chris Masten, Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff
HF Dom Sheed, Jack Darling, Mark Hutchings
F Liam Ryan, Josh J. Kennedy, Jamie Cripps
FOL Tom Hickey, Elliot Yeo, Daniel Venables
I/C Oscar Allen, Jack Petruccelle, Jarrod Brander, Tom Cole
B Jake Kolodjashnij, Jack Henry, Tom Stewart
HB Mark Blicavs, Harry Taylor, Mark O’Connor
C Tim Kelly, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan
HF Gary Rohan, Esava Ratugolea, Tom Hawkins
F Gary Ablett, Luke Dalhlhaus, Tom Atkins
FOL Rhys Stanley, Joel Selwood, Cameron Guthrie
I/C Sam Menegola, Zach Tuohy, Gryan Miers, Charlie Constable