Dane Swan and his midfield cohorts have been picked to take on the Eagles. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
How strong West Coast will be this season is probably shown by the fact the likes of Daniel Kerr, Beau Waters, Nic Naitanui and Mark Nicoski are out, but the Eagles will still take a quality team in to Sunday evening’s clash with Collingwood . Sharrod Wellingham will also miss the match and a chance to take on his former team, but All Australian ruckman Dean Cox comes in for his first match of the pre-season, as do Josh Kennedy and Matt Rosa.
Unlike Wellingham, Collingwood’s ex-Eagle Quentin Lynch will come up against his old teammates, while midfield maestros Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury, Dale Thomas and Steele Sidebottom have also been included. Dayne Beams is the only major omission from a ‘Pies squad which looks a very good chance of keeping alive its unbeaten run in the NAB Cup.
West Coast went down to Geelong in its opening match thanks to a late Joel Selwood super goal, but the Eagles came out all guns blazing against the Dockers, and if that teams turns up on Sunday, then they’ll be hard to beat on home turf.
The Magpies are one team which seems to revel in playing in Perth. They’ve won four of their past six in the west. West Coast did win the round 22 match between the teams at home last season, but Collingwood got up in the one that mattered, taking out a thrilling semi-final by 13 points at the MCG.
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