Game Chat – Hawthorn v West Coast

Written by Father Dougal on May 27 2018

WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, May 27, 1.10pm AEST

SUMMARY

West Coast heads to Etihad Stadium on Sunday looking for its ninth straight win, a feat not achieved by the club since rounds 5-13 in 1991. It is hard not to think the Coasters will get there given how great they were in demolishing Richmond last week and, conversely, how poor the Hawks were in losing to the previously winless Brisbane. Hawthorn’s forward line is a mess; the ball gets in there often enough, but the lack of contested marking allows opposition backlines to set up well and rebound, often at speed. The Eagles have the pace and the spread to worry the Hawks, particularly at Etihad Stadium, which suits them far better than the MCG. The Hawks haven’t lost to the Eagles in Victoria since 2006, and while they will rebound hard, there is no convincing case to suggest they can overcome the most in-form team in the competition.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

R5, 2017: Hawthorn 19.11 (125) d West Coast Eagles 11.9 (75) at the MCG
R22, 2016: West Coast Eagles 13.14 (92) d Hawthorn 10.7 (67) at Domain Stadium
R2, 2016: Hawthorn 14.15 (99) d West Coast Eagles 7.11 (53) at the MCG
GF, 2015: Hawthorn 16.11 (107) d West Coast Eagles 8.13 (61) at the MCG
2QF, 2015: West Coast Eagles 14.12 (96) d Hawthorn 9.10 (64) at Domain Stadium

Father Dougal’s Tip: Eagles by 10

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20 thoughts on “Game Chat – Hawthorn v West Coast”

  1. Hmmm ….. who to throw the C too today. Mitch, Gawn or Fyfe. Tossing the first two up more than Fyfe cause of the potential (hopeful) negating influence of Jacobs.

    Poll time:
    TU – TMitch
    TD – Gawn

    Reckon Gawn will win this poll.

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    1. In my humble assessment, Gawn is possibly a safer 110+, but my guts tell me that he wont go huge against sauce as he’ll probably get less hit out to advantage than normal.
      Titch maybe higher risk, higher reward. Could get tagged by yeo and kept to 80. Could run free and score 150

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  2. LATE CHANGES

    Hawthorn: James Cousins (concussion) replaced in the selected side by Jonathon Ceglar

    West Coast: No late changes

    FINAL INTERCHANGES

    Hawthorn: Ryan Burton, Ricky Henderson, David Mirra, Harry Morrison

    West Coast: Dom Sheed, Tom Cole, Brendon Ah Chee, Jake Waterman

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  3. Willie Rioli has actually turned out to be a great earner for those who took the chance on him. Had my doubts early so avoided, but I guess the injury to Ryan may have helped him a bit too.

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    1. He is a very exciting player to watch Chillo. Looks like his fitness levels have improved and will be a dangerous small forward for the Eagles. Had all of the WCE rookies in my team at one stage or another in the preseason, but went with Ryan and Venables instead. Certainly not a year for the high priced rookies!

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  4. Can someone please confirm if Shiels had a free kick paid against him for taking the ball out of the ruck in that third quarter?

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  5. Although Darling is down on his past scores this game, I’m more than fine with a key forward being on 80 towards the end of the 4th without kicking a goal. Shows that he can still score O.K even when he’s not impacting the scoreboard!

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    1. Correct. I brought Darling in this week for Henry, which looks like a poor decision right now. But Darling is getting more CP than ever, and if his down weeks are 80 and his strong weeks are 120+ I’m happy.

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