Venue: Etihad Stadium, 1:10pm AEDT
Last Time They Met: R16, 2016, West Coast Eagles 16.8 (104) d North Melbourne 11.6 (72) at Domain Stadium
Game Notes: Both teams will take new-look line-ups into round one. The Eagles’ midfield will be bolstered by the addition of four-time Hawthorn premiership player Sam Mitchell, while former Kangaroo Drew Petrie and ex-Cat Nathan Vardy are set to handle West Coast’s ruck duties in the injury-enforced absence of Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett. North has gone from being one of the oldest teams in the competition in 2016 to one of the youngest this season, with draftee Jy Simpkin and recycled pair Nathan Hrovat (Western Bulldogs) and Marley Williams (Collingwood) set to be among its new faces. The Kangaroos are widely tipped to slide in 2017 after making four of the past five finals series, while the Eagles’ premiership window still appears wide open. North, however, is bullish that with a senior core of players such as Todd Goldstein, Jack Ziebell, Robbie Tarrant, Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins and Scott Thompson it can remain extremely competitive this season. West Coast’s greater experience and depth of talent give it the edge, but the Kangaroos will be no pushovers on their home deck.
Huttabito’s Tip: Eagles by 15
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Higgins final score was 111, what is up with these scores? Who went with Matteo’s boy Yeo? 😉
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