Pie Dayne Beams can celebrate his 100th AFL match with a win over the Eagles. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Collingwood v West Coast
Saturday May 24 – 4:40 PM (AEST)
West Coast: LLLLW
Collingwood host West Coast at the MCG on Saturday looking to bounce back from a controversial loss to Adelaide last Thursday night.
The Pies blew up after a goal seemingly kicked after the siren in the third quarter was awarded and consequently put the magpies out of reach of the home side. The incident dominated the post-match headlines, but realistically, the Crows were the far better side and deserved to take the four points. The loss ended a four match winning streak for the team in black and white, which will look to bounce back to winning form in Round 10. This week the Pies face a West Coast side which has failed to defeat any of the top 8 teams so far this season. Coach Nathan Buckley is likely to bring in Nathan Brown as he continues to experiment with the backline and get the Pies’ defensive play right. A win on Saturday will be extra special for midfielder Dayne Beams, who plays his 100th AFL game.
Sitting one spot behind the Pies in ninth, the Eagles will be looking to work their way into the top eight and this encounter is shaping up to be a good old-fashioned eight-pointer. Benefiting from a bye last week and thrashing GWS by 111 points, the West Coast will be confident they can cause a minor upset at the MCG. The only necessary change coach Adam Simpson will need to make is replacing suspended forward Mark LeCras. East Perth’s Josh Hill looks the obvious replacement in the forward line, but with the WAFL side coming off a bye, it may have given the chance to other fringe forwards.
Dane Swan has been one of Collingwood’s best this season and always seems to rise to the occasion against the Eagles. The 2011 Brownlow medallist has only tasted defeat three times in fifteen games against the 'Weagles'. Saturday’s match should be a tight contest, and while the Pies are clear favourites, don’t be surprised if a fresh and confident West Coast side causes an upset.