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80 SPORT SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 82 MHSE01Z01MA - V0 31WILL SCHOFIELD Age 29 Games 174 H 196cm W 92kg Veteran key defender who returns for just his 11th game of the season, replacing Brad Sheppard. BA CK S 25SHANNONHURN Age 31 Games 246 H 187cm W 95kg Ever-reliable captain and key cog in defence who averages 21.1 disposals a game, 17.1 of them kicks. 37TOMBARRASS Age 22 Games 49 H 194cm W 95kg Hoping his 50th game is a winner. Elite in kicking efficiency (82.5%) and contested marks (1.5). 23LEWISJETTA Age 29 Games 172 H 182cm W 80kg Veteran ex-Sydney defender who has played in 16 finals across his nine years in the AFL. HA LF -B AC KS 28TOMCOLEAge 21 Games 25 H 186cm W 81kg Mid-sized defender who rarely misses a target by foot and can win the hard ball. 20JEREMYMcGOVERN Age 26 Games 101 H 196cm W 99kg Hugely important key defender who ranks No.1 in the AFL for contested marks at 2.9 a game. 7CHRIS MASTEN Age 29 Games 196 H 180cm W 80kg Hard-at-it onballer who ranks elite for kicking efficiency (71.7 per cent) and marks (5.9 a game). CE NT RE S 4DOMSHEED Age 23 Games 76 H 185cm W 87kg Emerging onballer who averages 22.1 disposals this year, but has stepped up his game this month. 13LUKESHUEY Age 28 Games 175 H 183cm W 90kg Contested ball beast who ranks elite for clearances (6.6 a game) and inside50s (4.7). 34MARK HUTCHINGS Age 27 Games 93 H 181cm W 86kg Consistent midfielder who is strong in the clearances and can go forward and kick a goal. H AL F FO RW AR DS 2MARK LECRAS Age 32 Games 217 H 184cm W 82kg Veteran silky forward who keeps on keeping on, kicking 29 goals from 21 games this year. 27JACK DARLING Age 26 Games 170 H 191cm W 95kg Powerful forward who ranks fifth in the AFL for contested marks and has booted 44 goals in 2018. 15JAMIE CRIPPS Age 26 Games 142 H 183cm W 84kg Handy forward who can take a mark, loves to tackle and has kicked 34 goals this year. FO RW AR DS 44WILLIE RIOLI Age 23 Games 22 H 175cm W 80kg Revelation in his first year, having played every game since Round 2 for a return of 26 goals. 17JOSH KENNEDY Age 31 Games 219 H 196cm W 102kg Injuries have restricted him to 12 games this year, but he has averaged three goals a game. 8JACK REDDEN Age 27 Games 186 H 190cm W 85kg Third year at the Eagles after seven at Brisbane Lions. Averaging a career-high 25 disposals. FO LL OW ER S 29SCOTT LYCETT Age 25 Games 73 H 203cm W 101kg Ruckman who has taken the No.1 ruck role since Nic Naitanui (knee) went down in Round 17. 6ELLIOT YEO Age 24 Games 130 H 190cm W 89kg Damaging midfielder, averaging 24.9 disposals and ranking fourth in the league for metres gained. EM ER GE NC IE S 12OSCARALLEN 30JACKSONNELSON 33BRAYDEN AINSWORTH 41BRENDONAH CHEE PRELIMINARY FINAL PERTH STADIUM, 3.20PM EAGLES YE O which team can get the game on its terms first, once the initial heat and nervous energy seep out of the game. Melbourne could not come into this match with any more momentum or confidence, which was built off the back of a huge win against the Eagles in Round 22 in Perth. TODAYS clash boils down to control versus chaos. The steady West Coast Eagles trying to contain the frenetic Melbourne game style. You could not have two more contrasting game plans. Under Adam Simpson, the Eagles love controlling the speed of the game by keeping possession through elite field kicking and countless uncontested marks. Simon Goodwin, by contrast, wants a chaotic game where the ball is flowing from one end to the other at breakneck speed. It will be fascinating to see That victory secured the Demons their first finals berth since 2006. Goodwin got the chaotic game he wanted from the first bounce, and the Demons kicked the first four goals through Mitch Hannan, Sam Weideman, Alex Neal-Bullen and James Harmes. Melbourne was too quick for the Eagles early on, but to their credit, they wrested back momentum and hit the front in the last quarter before the Demons kicked the last three goals to win by 17 points. It was a season-defining victory. Melbournes midfield group led by Max Gawn is far superior to West Coasts, and it is an area in which it can ask serious questions. The Eagles great strength is their height at both ends of the ground, with Tom Barrass, Jeremy McGovern, Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy. I dont believe there is a better quartet of key-position players in the AFL. With a game more often than not won through the midfield, Melbournes onballers need to dominate the stoppages if it is to win. That is not necessarily the IN TE RC HA NG E 1LIAM RYAN Age 21 Games 11 H 179cm W 72kg Made his debut this year, kicking 19 goals as a small forward and averaging 5.1 score involvements. 14LIAM DUGGAN Age 21 Games 68 H 184cm W 83kg Developing midfielder who ranks elite for one percenters (2.7 a game) and rebound-50s (3.4). 18DANIELVENABLES Age 19 Games 13 H 187cm W 83kg Eagles youngest player today. Tough midfielder who has played 13 games in his debut season. 19NATHANVARDY Age 27 Games 55 H 200cm W 100kg Didnt get picked until Round 16 but has been a solid back-up ruckman who can kick a goal. THE COACH ADAM SIMPSON Age: 42 West Coast coach since 2014 Games: 116 Won: 74 Win ratio: 64.2% Premierships: 0 Finals: 7 games for 4 wins v Melbourne: 4 wins, 2 losses v S.Goodwin: 0 wins, 2 lossesIN: WILL SCHOFIELD; OUT: BRAD SHEPPARD (hamstring) Analysis by CHRIS CAVANAGH Chaos or control: opposite MATTHEW LLOYD WHO WILL HARMES PUT THE TAG ON? Elliot Yeo is a big-game player, and after 36 disposals and nine inside-50s in the qualifying final against the Pies, James Harmes will go after him aggressively. He will look to curtail Yeos influence forward of centre and at the stoppages because the Eagles midfield relies heavily on him. WHO WILL JORDAN LEWIS PLAY ON? Lewis has had a strong finals series and has shown his worth through football smarts and experience. Neville Jetta and Michael Hibberd allow him to drop off his player as they take the two most dangerous small forwards. Today Lewis will have to take Willie Rioli, Jamie Cripps or Liam Ryan, who you do not want to give an inch to. Lewis will have to be more accountable. HOW MUCH IS PLAYING AT HOME WORTH? Perth Stadium is deafening and the Eagles are a five-goal better team with 60,000 screaming fans behind them. Not leaving WA for a month will have freshened them up physically and mentally. Melbourne beat them there in Round 22 but doing it again in a final will be extremely difficult. LLOYDS BURNING QUESTIONS V0 - MHSE01Z01MA 39NEVILLE JETTA Age 28 Games 140 H 180cm W 82kg The Demons best oneon-one defender is likely to take Willie Rioli. 28OSCAR McDONALD Age 22 Games 61 H 196cm W 100kg Junior Mac has come on after a mid-season slump and is likely to line up on Nathan Vardy. BA CK S 6JORDAN LEWIS Age 32 Games 306 H 186cm W 86kg The clubs most experienced player whose footy smarts help set up most offensive forays. 3CHRISTIANSALEM Age 23 Games 69 H 183cm W 81kg One of the Demons most improved. Neat kicking skills now mixed with ferocious tackling. 17SAM FROST Age 25 Games 68 H 194cm W 95kg The flavour of the month after big games against Buddy, Tomahawk and Tex Walker. HA LF -B AC KS14MICHAEL HIBBERDAge 28 Games 122 H 186cm W 93kg Always high on metres gained, a dodgy calf wont hold him back from clearing the lines. 19MITCH HANNAN Age 24 Games 34 H 189cm W 87kg Huge game in Round 22. Key to the forward setup with 2.4 tackles a game and 21 goals. 2NATHAN JONES Age 30 Games 263 H 180cm W 87kg Captain Courageous has been switched to the wing in recent weeks with Jack Viney returning. CE NT RE S 10ANGUS BRAYSHAW Age 22 Games 57 H 187cm W 87kg Has finally overcome his concussion issues and provides a touch of class through the middle. 18JAKE MELKSHAM Age 27 Games 155 H 186cm W 83kg Leads the league for assists with his bullet-like passes. Has kicked 30 goals himself. 25TOM McDONALD Age 26 Games 145 H 194cm W 100kg With Jesse Hogan out, the Demon targets 53 goals after missing the first five games is exceptional. H AL F FO RW AR DS4JAMES HARMES Age 22 Games 68 H 185cm W 86kg Has stepped up since being given tagging roles and still averages 21.2 disposals. 22AARON VANDENBERG Age 26 Games 34 H 188cm W 90kg After missing almost two seasons has come back and provided more midfield grunt. 26SAM WEIDEMAN Age 21 Games 19 H 195cm W 97kg Jesse Hogans injury gave the third-year forward a chance to show his wares. And he has. FO RW AR DS 30ALEX NEAL-BULLEN Age 22 Games 58 H 182cm W 80kg Covers more distance than anyone, while averaging 4.7 tackles and kicking 27 goals this year. FO LL OW ER S11MAX GAWN Age 26 Games 98 H 208cm W 109kg Dual All-Australian ruckman is now a star of the AFL and Scott Lycett will have to nullify him. 13CLAYTON OLIVER Age 21 Games 59 H 187cm W 83kg Only Tom Mitchell has had more handballs and hes starting to use his pace on transition. 7JACK VINEY Age 24 Games 97 H 178cm W 87kg The Demons hope his foot injuries are behind him, because his hard-at-it style is crucial in finals. v DEMONS FOLLOW IT LIVE GA W N case for the Eagles. As good as Elliot Yeo and Luke Shuey are, Darling and Kennedy are the home sides most important players. West Coast has an imposing 11-0 record when the two of Melbournes midfield group led by Max Gawn is far superior to West Coasts, and it is an area in which it can ask serious questions them have played together this year. Kennedy and Darling were instrumental in the qualifying final win against Collingwood when the game was on the line in the last quarter. West Coasts midfield did lift, but all the big forwards need is half a chance and they will beat their direct opponents more often than not. One Eagles big man will be less comfortable. Scott Lycett would have had a sleepless night last night. Gawn averages 16 hitouts to advantage a game compared to Lycetts four. He will also push back to support his key defenders, trying to help them nullify the influence of Kennedy and Darling. Lycett needs to push hard forward himself to keep Gawn accountable to allow Kennedy and Darling to get some oneon-one contests against Oscar McDonald and Sam Frost. If Lycett, or Nathan Vardy for that matter, can manage to kick a goal on Gawn, its a massive bonus. This game is a flip of the coin. Im tipping the Eagles to win by 15 points. THE COACH SIMON GOODWIN Age: 41 Melbourne coach since 2017 Games: 47 Won: 28 Win ratio: 59.6% Premierships: 0 Finals: 2 games for 2 wins v West Coast: 2 wins, 0 losses v A.Simpson: 2 wins, 0 losses IN TE RC HA NG E 5CHRISTIAN PETRACCA Age 22 Games 62 H 186cm W 96kg Slow start to the season, but you can sense finals hold no fears for him. Phenomenal core strength. 9CHARLIE SPARGO Age 18 Games 17 H 173cm W 71kg Tackling pressure and awareness have seen the teenager preferred to Jeff Garlett. 12DOM TYSON Age 25 Games 106 H 186cm W 85kg Clever inside midfielder who has been playing on the wing and may have to pick up Lewis Jetta. 44JOEL SMITH Age 22 Games 10 H 191cm W 88kg Son of big-leaping Shaun Smith brought in to counter the Eagles height up front. EM ER GE NC IE S24JAY KENNEDY-HARRIS 29JAYDEN HUNT 31BAYLEY FRITSCH 38TIM SMITH IN: JOEL SMITH OUT: BAYLEY FRITSCH (omitted) Analysis by CHRIS MUIRDEN ways to win a final TALE OF THE TAPE FOOTY FORM THE MARGINS WEST COAST LINE -2.5 POINTS $1.95 MELBOURNE LINE +2.5 POINTS $1.95 EAGLES 40+ points $6.25 1-39 points $2.30 DEMONS 40+ points $7.50 1-39 points $2.50 heraldsun.com.au EAGLES v DEMONS LIVE: Build-up, news and opinion from 8.30am FAN FEVER: Supporters have their say on prelims IN OR OUT: Latest team news TIGERS v MAGPIES NN What it means for the winners NN Player interviews, match analysis $2$1.85 MONEY BALL 26% MEL 74% WC West Coast holds a 10-3 record at Perth Stadium this year after going 9-3 last season at Subiaco. Melbourne has a 6-1 record outside Victoria this year, losing at Port Adelaide by 10 points in Round 14. The Eagles have an 11-0 record this season when key forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling have both played. The Demons are No.1 in the AFL for contested possessions, while the Eagles are 13th. PERTH STADIUM, 2.50PM
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