WHEN: Saturday July 7, 1.45pm
WHERE: Blundstone Arena, TAS
LAST TIME: West Coast 17.18 (115) d North Melbourne 15.5 (95), round six, 2012 at Patersons Stadium
B: Luke Delaney, Scott McMahon, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Nathan Grima, Sam Gibson
C: Ryan Bastinac, Daniel Wells, Samuel Wright
HF: Liam Anthony, Robert Tarrant, Brent Harvey
F: Lachlan Hansen, Drew Petrie, Matt Campbell
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C: Lindsay Thomas, Leigh Adams, Jamie Macmillan, Kieran Harper
Emg: Cruize Garlett, Will Sierakowski, Cameron Pederson
West Coast Eagles
B: Beau Waters, Darren Glass, Will Schofield
HB: Shannon Hurn, Eric Mackenzie, Sam Butler
C: Matthew Rosa, Matthew Priddis, Andrew Gaff
HF: Ashton Hams, Quinten Lynch, Chris Masten
F: Nic Naitanui, Jack Darling, Daniel Kerr
Foll: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey
I/C: Patrick McGinnity, Jacob Brennan, Josh Hill, Murray Newman
Emg: Mitch Brown, Thomas Swift, Koby Stevens
In: Sam Butler, Will Schofield
Out: Mitch Brown, Brad Sheppard (Ankle)
Milestones: Daniel Kerr – 200 games
What our experts say:
North Melbourne vs West Coast
How hard is it to get a read on North Melbourne?
Just a few weeks ago we were writing them off for bad losses to Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs but they have hit back to win three straight and put themselves back in the top eight.
And while they have a few young senior players struggle for consistent form – Ryan Bastinac, Ben Cunnington – they’ve had less experienced players who have been able to step up. At VFL level the North players have done well for Werribee and North Ballarat. There is talent and emerging depth to this team.
This is a dangerous game for West Coast. The 126-point win against Gold Coast was to be expected but they haven’t travelled especially well this year. Still tip the Eagles, but North will be confident.
West Coast by 24
SC – Liam Anthony (NM), Chris Masten (WC)
North Melbourne ($2.75) vs. West Coast ($1.47):
Where on earth is Blundstone Arena? Both teams should take a fair degree of confidence into this game (should they find the ground) although the Eagles will start strong favourites given their recent 20 point victory over the Roos in round 6. That was an Eagles home game though (Patersons Stadium) and this one…….is not. Each of the Eagles three losses to date have been on the road and the Roos seem to finally be playing a ‘Brad Scott’ brand of football. Perhaps it is the Roos indifferent form, but again I’m reluctant to invest too heavily either with or against them. PS. Best turn up in Hobart to watch this one.
Suggested bet: Roos to win @ $2.75