AFL NAB Challenge Live West Coast Eagles vs Gold Coast Suns Stream AFL NAB Football 2016 Online, AFL NAB Cup Week 032 West Coast Eaglesatch will be kick off at HBF Arena Stadium, Western Australia, Australia. Thursday 03 March 2016 online, 16.4005 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Touk Miller says it would be a mistake to assume the Gold Coast can’t beat West Coast despite the Suns preparing to field a vastly inexperienced team in today’s second NAB Challenge game.
The Suns will rest the majority of their first choice players for the first of three trips to Perth this year while the Eagles will welcome the return of some of their stars.
The Gold Coast are entering their sixth season in the AFL but will boast the most inexperienced team of their history at HBF Arena in Perth.
The Suns boasted 1158 games of combined AFL experience in their first game in 2011 thanks to the likes of Gary Ablett (192), Nathan Bock (113), Jared Brennan (119), Campbell Brown (159), Josh Fraser (200), Jarrod Harbrow (70), Daniel Harris (149), Nathan Krakouer (40), Michael Rischitelli (111) and Danny Stanley (5) who brought experience from other clubs.
That included 12 players who made their debut.
But the extended squad for today’s match only has 913 combined games behind them, despite only six players yet to play an AFL game.
Matt Rosa, Nick Malceski, Rory Thompson, Steven May, Tom Lynch, Tom Nicholls, Kade Kolojashnij and Michael Rischitelli will all be rested.
Harbrow has the most experience in the extended 29-man squad named to play with the 163-game veteran to captain the side.
But rising midfielder Miller said he had no doubt the Suns could beat West Coast for the first time, pointing to last season’s 12.11 (83) to 11.17 (83) draw with the Eagles in Round 18.
“I have never been a doubter. People doubted us last year against West Coast when we had a young team and we ended up producing a draw so it just goes to show that as long as you play your role and do what is required for the team then you’re a chance against any team,” Miller said.
“Going into West Coast we are probably a little bit weaker in experience but everyone is across what we need to do and what we need to get done so we are out there to win.”
Miller said the increased depth and competition for spots at the club meant there was a lot at stake today.
“A lot of people make the mistake of thinking the NAB games are there just to turn up and play and get a bit of form but we are there to actually win,” he said. “With a younger team we want to show what we can do. Everyone is keen to put their name up for Round 1 selection.”
The 20-year-old is only in his second year but after playing all of the club’s 22 games last year Miller is likely to get more responsibility.
“Everyone on the ground has to take on a leadership role but considering I have got a few games under my belt I’d like to think that I’d maybe take on a bit more,” he said.
West Coast Eagles: 1. Mitch Brown, 2. Mark LeCras, 3. Andrew Gaff, 5. Brad Sheppard, 6. Elliot Yeo, 9. Nic Naitanui, 11. Matt Priddis, 14. Liam Duggan, 15. Jamie Cripps, 16. Eric Mackenzie, 17. Josh J. Kennedy, 18. Xavier Ellis, 20. Jeremy McGovern, 22. Jonathan Giles, 23. Lewis Jetta, 24. Luke Partington, 25. Shannon Hurn, 26. Sam Butler, 27. Jack Darling, 28. Tom Cole, 29. Scott Lycett, 30. Jackson Nelson, 31. Will Schofield, 33. Josh Hill 35. Patrick McGinnity, 36. Fraser McInnes, 37. Tom Barrass, 39. Malcolm Karpany, 44. Jamie Bennell
Notable absentees: Chris Masten, Jack Redden, Sharrod Wellingham, Luke Shuey
Gold Coast Suns: 4. Jack Martin, 5. Jarrod Harbrow, 6. Alex Sexton, 8. Luke Russell, 11. Touk Miller, 12. Sam Day, 13. Callum Ah Chee, 14. Mitch Hallahan, 15. Dan Currie, 18. Trent McKenzie, 20. Henry Schade, 21. Jack Leslie, 23. Sean Lemmens, 26. Matt Shaw, 27. Clay Cameron, 29. Brayden Fiorini, 30. Peter Wright, 31. Keegan Brooksby, 32. Brandon Matera, 33. Aaron Hall, 34. Mackenzie Willis, 36. Josh Schoenfeld, 37. Jesse Lonergan, 39. Ryan Davis, 40. Tom Keough, 41. Jarrod Garlett, 42. Adam Saad, 44. Darcy Macpherson, 48. Seb Tape
Notable absentees: Tom Lynch, Dion Prestia, Gary Ablett, Jaeger O’Meara, Nick Malceski, Matt Rosa, David Swallow