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West Coast Eagles 2010

West Coast Eagles (updated 23 Mar 2010)

Time poor summary

The Eagles are knocking on the door of the eight.  There should be plenty of natural improvement in the young list and the injury front is clearer in 2010 than last year.  Approx 10 wins and 9th.

See possible R1 team selections at the bottom of this page.

 

 

More detailed Analysis

Things are on the up once again after a couple of down years.  While Naitanui has created lots of excitement, there are several other players ready to improve in 2010.

Patrick McGinnity (the guy who had his jaw broken in the NAB Cup 2009) looks the goods; Beau Waters is back from a long injury lay-off and young players Swift + Masten should continue to develop.  They probably lack the depth of experience in this young list to be any sort of finals’ threat this year, but they are still on the up.

7th or 8th is a genuine possibility.  The only players departing who played 11 games or more in 2009 were Wirrpanda and Stenglein.  Apart from import Dalziell, all their draft picks are young and inexperienced.  A full year from Cox and Kerr (who have both had niggly injuries in the pre season) would be a big bonus.  The Eagles have virtually zero injuries to begin 2010.  Another positive to come form the Ben Cousins / Chris Judd exit was the rebuild from the 2006 flag happened very quickly.  Very painful for fans in the past two years, but now the worst of times are over and blue skies abound (although Perth desperately needs rain).

 

Some experts reckon that they turn the ball over too much.  That can be due to perceived pressure (which can be corrected) or lack of skill (much tougher to fix).

 

 

This team is hard to predict because they have the conviction and belief of a group that has been there before but the fragility of an inexperienced list (compare Port Adelaide who were premiers in 2004, then went down to the bottom half of the 8 in 2005, 12th in 2006, runners up in 2007 and 13th in 2008).  With the Eagles and Freo ranked so close, the Derbies will be more critical (as far as making the 8 goes) than ever {it is understood that they are critical games for the fans even if one team is top and the other bottom}.

 

Young ruckman Will Sullivan has been elevated from the rookie list.

 

Players to buy:  Brett Jones, Daniel Kerr (very cheap if he can return to his best), Beau Waters

Don’t expect too much from:  Mark Nicoski  may be a fringe player in 2010. Be aware that Priddis (a huge possession winner in recent times) is managing a knee complaint.  He may star in 2010, but is a slight risk.

10.3 wins + / – 5 wins and 9th.

Possible Round 1 team:

Certs

Brown, Mitchell

Butler, Sam

Cox, Dean  *

Embley, Andrew

Glass, Darren

Hurn, Shannon

Jones, Brett

Kerr, Daniel

LeCras, Mark

Lynch, Quinten

McGinnity, Patrick

Masten, Chris

Naitanui, Nick

Priddis, Matt

Selwood, Adam

Waters, Beau  *

* = injuries pre season

 

 

Likely

Ebert, Brad

Kennedy, Josh J.

McKinley, Ben

Nicoski, Mark

Rosa, Matt

Selwood, Scott

* = injuries pre season

 

Fringe

Hansen, Ashley

Mackenzie, Eric

Schofield, Will

Shuey, Luke

Spangher, Matt

Swift, Tom

 

Missing Injured

Nil