West Coast v Brisbane (June 3, 2012)
Young v Old: The Brisbane midfield is young and continuously improving. The West Coast midfield has been together for years and is well drilled. TheBrisbaneboys will get a good sense of where they are in terms of skill when they come up against their more mature midfield opponents, and the Eagles would be wary of the explosive pace of the younger guys.
Second Stringers: The Eagles have named Brown, Lycett, Stevens and Swift, along with Hams, back into the squad for this weeks match. Whether or not they will all get to play is yet to be seen, but in a team travelling this well, these players will need to stamp their authority all over this game in a bid to try to retain their position. Hams is probably the only one in the group who would be considered an automatic inclusion in the starting 22.
Don’t Let History Repeat: Given the recent form of both teams, the Eagles haven’t had too much success overBrisbanein recent years. The last time they met in Round 23, 2011 at the Gabba, the Eagles just scraped through to win by eight points. In the three matches before that, twice in 2010 and once in 2009, the Lions have taken the win by 5, 32 and 9 points respectively. The Eagles will be hoping to bring the odds back in their favour with a win.