WHEN: Thursday June 14, 5.40pm
WHERE: Patersons Stadium (WA)
LAST TIME: West Coast 15.11 (101) d Carlton 15.8 (98), first semi-final, 2011, at Patersons Stadium
B: Will Schofield, Darren Glass, Sam Butler
HB: Shannon Hurn, Eric Mackenzie, Adam Selwood
C: Andrew Gaff, Matthew Priddis, Matthew Rosa
HF: Josh Hill, Quinten Lynch, Chris Masten
F: Nic Naitanui, Jack Darling, Daniel Kerr
Foll: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey
I/C: Patrick McGinnity, Brad Sheppard, Ashton Hams, Jacob Brennan
Emg: Mitch Brown, Thomas Swift, Koby Stevens
In: Sam Butler, Luke Shuey
Out: Beau Waters (Suspension), Thomas Swift
B: Zach Tuohy, Michael Jamison, Matthew Watson
HB: Bryce Gibbs, Lachlan Henderson, Nick Duigan
C: Heath Scotland, Chris Judd, Kade Simpson
HF: Jeffrey Garlett, Matthew Kreuzer, Andrew Walker
F: Christopher Yarran, Shaun Hampson, Eddie Betts
Foll: Robert Warnock, Mitch Robinson, David Ellard
I/C: Andrew Carrazzo, Dennis Armfield, Brock McLean, Andrew Collins
Emg: Aaron Joseph, Kane Lucas, Joshua Bootsma
In: Andrew Carrazzo, Heath Scotland
Out: Aaron Joseph, Joshua Bootsma
What our experts say:
West Coast vs Carlton
West Coast lost their top spot on the ladder, albeit maybe only briefly, with their bye last weekend. Collingwood have won eight on the trot and are looking every bit the best team at the moment but the Eagles should take back the #1 spot Thursday night.
After smashing Collingwood in round three everything was looking very exciting at Princes Park but remarkably they have slipped out of the eight, though we won’t get a clear read on the ladder until June 24, with this being the second of three six-game rounds.
Injuries have revealed a crippling lack of depth at the Blues and Brett Ratten has backtracked on his original “top four or death” sentiments, saying they need to be playing good footy before they can think about ladder position.
West Coast by 36
SC – Luke Shuey (WC), Andrew Walker (Carl)
West Coast ($1.27) vs. Carlton ($3.95):
The Eagles should take the field well rested (courtesy of the bye), hungry for a victory (courtesy of the Lions) and eager to wrestle back top spot on the ladder (courtesy of the Pies bye). They welcome back Shuey, but lose Waters, who has been great as an attacking defender in the first half of the year. The Blues have traveled pretty well when going east and regain Scotland and Carrazzo, both dependable in terms of possessions and efficiency of disposal, which will be key if the wet weather continues in Perth. In contrast, the three ruck combination may be tested on a big wet track. It would be remiss of anyone discussing this game to omit the ‘Judd’ name given his prowess for both clubs, and I’m sure Worsfold will ensure the damage he inflicts is manageable. They’re strong favourites, but I’m keen on the Eagles winning this one.
Suggested bet: Eagles to win @ $1.27