Well, it’s been an interesting start to the season for the West Coast Eagles…
The West Coast Eagles come into this round on the back of a hectic 58-point loss to the Geelong Cats at GMHBA Stadium last weekend. Josh Kennedy was the only multiple goal scorer for the Eagles, finishing with two goals, and that was about as good as that game got. Let’s pretend that game didn’t happen and focus on this week’s match-up with the Gold Coast Suns.
- Will Jack Darling snap out of his funk?
- Premiership hangover or overreaction?
There have been lots of critics out for Jack Darling’s blood in the last couple of weeks. Obviously he hasn’t been in great form, kicking zero goals and finishing with just 16 disposals in total across both the Port Adelaide and Geelong games. It’s the first time since his debut season in 2011 that he has remained scoreless in consecutive games. Prior to those two games however, he really hasn’t been that bad. He kicked three in the Western Derby, one against the Pies, four against GWS and two in round one against the Lions. I think people are getting a little carried away with the criticism at this point and Jack will have the perfect opportunity this week to bounce back against the Suns.
The phrase ‘Premiership hangover’ has been floating around lately in relation to the West Coast Eagles. They have lost 10 of their past 11 quarters, and lost consecutive games by 40+ points for the first time since Adam Simpson joined the club as coach in 2014. However, they have won half of their games played so far this season and I honestly believe that the Eagles will sort themselves out and get back to a similar form to last year. I think that they are being unfairly judged so early in the season and have plenty of time to recover and be a threat come finals time. After all, a lot of people underestimated the Eagles last year and they went on to win the Premiership!
This week the West Coast Eagles take on the Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium and they will be heading into this game as the favourites. Jack Redden comes back into the side for an omitted Jarrod Brander. The Suns have made three changes with the inclusion of Aaron Young, Anthony Miles and Will Powell. They come in for an injured Pearce Hanley and Jack Lukosius and Will Brodie who have both been omitted.
I’m tipping the West Coast Eagles to defeat the Gold Coast Suns by 20 points!
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