AFL Live West Coast Eagles vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream Preliminary Finals Week AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Preliminary Finals Week Match will be kick off at Subiaco Oval, Stadium, Western Australia, Australia Saturday 26 September 2015 online, 19.45 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The North Melbourne Kangaroos look to banish memories of their last final in Perth when the Eagles spanked them by 96-points. West Coast have been one of the best teams all year and go into this fresh from a week off whilst North Melbourne look to become the first team since 2006 to make a grand final without having a week off in the finals.
The West Coast Eagles will welcome back key midfield duo Matt Priddis and Chris Masten who both missed their qualifying final. Scott Selwood and Patrick McGinnity look to be the two who would make way. For North, Robbie Tarrant, Drew Petrie and Daniel Wells will all have to pass a fitness test in order to play. Wells seems very unlikely. Robbie Nahas is unlikely to force his way back into the side after being a late withdrawal last week.
Round 10, 2015 – North defeated West Coast by 10-points at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. The Roos turned their season around with this win. For North, Jack Ziebell had 24 touches and eight tackles whilst Shaun Higgins (four goals) and Ben Brown (three goals) were their only multiple goal-kickers. For the Eagles, Andrew Gaff and Matt Priddis had 32 possessions apiece whilst Josh Kennedy kicked three goals. The Eagles had the breeze in the final quarter but could not take full advantage.
The Eagles have won four of their last five games and come into this following a week off after smashing the Hawks. They have given up just 94-points in their last two games. West Coast is 7-4 both head to head and against the line against the top eight this year. North have won their two finals in relatively convincing fashion. They were never really troubled against the Swans with Jarrad Waite getting hold of whoever Sydney through his way. North is 5-6 (6-5 against the line) vs the other finalists this season, they are averaging 103 points per game over the last ten weeks (not including Round 23).
Jarrad Waite v Will Schofield – Expect Schofield to get the primary job of stopping Waite. The North veteran has been on an absolute tear recently kicking 17.8 goals in his last four games including three against the Swans last weekend. Jeremy McGovern might go to Petrie and try and float across Waite whilst Hurn/Butler/Sheppard will be tasked with Brown. North will be relying on their tall forwards to make the grand final whilst the Eagles will be looking to exploit North on the rebound when the ball hits the deck – an intriguing match-up.
The Eagles have won five of their last seven matches against the Roos though North have won the last two. West Coast is 1-3 (2-2 against the line) following a by/week off since the start of 2013. The Eagles are 17-7 both head-to-head and against the line at home in 2014-15. West Coast is 11-2 at home this year with an average winning margin of 63-points – losing to Fremantle and Hawthorn. The Roos lost their only game in Perth this year (to Fremantle) but won both of their matches in Perth last season. They have lost seven of their last nine at Domain Stadium. They are 2-4 (4-2 against the line) against the Eagles in Perth since the start of 2010. North is 6-5 (5-6 against the line) in night matches this year. The Eagles are 8-2-1 (8-3 against the line) in the same situation. Josh Kennedy and Mark LeCras have both kicked the first goal in a game four times this season. Matt Priddis and Andrew Gaff have had the most disposals in a game on six occasions this year. Seven of the last ten match-ups have totalled over 177-points.
Since 2011, only 16 of the last 42 finals have totalled over 190-points. In 2014, six of the nine finals totalled over 189-points. Favourites are 21-12 (15-18 against the line) in the finals in the last three years. Since 2012, 28 of the last 34 finals have finished with a 1-39 margin. Since 2010, the Eagles are 3-3 (3-3 against the line) in the finals. Since 2010, North is 4-2 both head to head and against the line in finals.
North is 7-9 when trailing by 12-points or more this season – the Eagles are 3-4. North have also won twice when down by four goals or more this season (2-7). The Kangaroos are unbeaten when leading at the final change this season (14-0). The Eagles have not come from behind at three-quarter time this year. (3 losses, one draw).
The Wolf thinks West Coast will win but is chipping up on the total match points line. Both the Eagles and North have serious scoring power and this one is shaping as a shoot-out. With North’s three pronged tall forwards and West Coast’s bevy of forward options, this should be high-paced and high scoring. The Eagles should have North’s measure in this one due to the rest factor, home crowd factor and their ability to play Domain Stadium well. But The Wolf thinks North will make a good account for themselves. One of Waite, Petrie and Brown will have a massive mis-match and Atley, MacMillan, Higgins, Gibson and Harvey have the speed to break the lines. They have experience in preliminary finals when losing to Sydney last year and it would not completely shock The Wolf is they were in this for a long way.
West Coast Eagles:
B Shannon Hurn, Will Schofield, Sharrod Wellingham
HB Elliot Yeo, Jeremy McGovern, Brad Sheppard
C Jamie Cripps, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa
HF Dom Sheed, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras
F Josh Hill, Josh J. Kennedy, Callum Sinclair
Fol Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff
I/C Sam Butler, Xavier Ellis, Mark Hutchings, Chris Masten
Emg Patrick McGinnity, Scott Selwood, Scott Lycett
IN Matt Priddis, Chris Masten
OUT Scott Selwood (Omitted), Patrick McGinnity (Omitted)
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B Michael Firrito, Scott D. Thompson, Shaun Atley
HB Lachlan Hansen, Jamie Macmillan, Sam Gibson
C Sam Wright, Jack Ziebell, Ben Jacobs
HF Shaun Higgins, Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo
F Kayne Turner, Jarrad Waite, Brent Harvey
Fol Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Ben Cunnington
I/C Ben Brown, Lindsay Thomas, Taylor Garner, Robbie Tarrant
Emg Ryan Bastinac, Luke McDonald, Robin Nahas
IN Robbie Tarrant
OUT Luke McDonald (Omitted)