I don’t think my heart has recovered from the last West Coast Eagles game yet…
Holy moly. What a finish! The West Coast Eagles have advanced through to the semi-finals after an incredible two-point win over Port Adelaide last week. The game originally finished in a draw, time on was added, and the game was finally won AFTER THE SIREN, with a goal from WCE hero Luke Shuey!! It was the #AFLFinals game that this season deserved!
Watch it again!
This week the Eagles head to Spotless Stadium to take on the GWS Giants in the semi-finals. Coach Adam Simpson has made just the one change to the line-up this week with the inclusion of Sharrod Wellingham for Luke Partington, who has been omitted. Partington joins Chris Masten and Will Schofield as emergencies. One name that has notably been left out of the squad, after much speculation in recent weeks, is Nic Naitanui. Nathan Vardy and Drew Petrie have been impressive in the ruck this season in Nic Nat’s absence and I think Adam Simpson has made the right call to keep him on the sidelines.
The Giants copped some devastating injuries last week in their loss to the Crows. Jeremy Cameron will miss the remainder of the year with a hamstring injury and Shane Mumford is also out with a foot injury. Steve Johnson has been included into the squad this week, as has Tim Taranto. After suffering a 36-point loss to the Crows last week, GWS will be looking to bounce back on their home turf. Congratulations to Tom Scully who hits his 150 game milestone this week.
This is going to be a tough game for the West Coast Eagles. The travel will be taking its toll on the team this week, playing their second game in a row away from home. Stevie J is a big inclusion for GWS, he has a lot of finals experience under his belt and if anyone is likely to fire up in a semi-final, it’s Stevie J! Toby Greene was fairly quiet last week, I expect him to spice things up this week, he tends to perform well under pressure. Keep an eye out for the Greene v Elliot Yeo match up through the midfield.