My local footy team the Woodville-West Torrens EAGLES are playing in the grand final on sunday arvo against central district (who have never won a premiership). I will be at the game going nuts cheering for the eagles, who finished top after the regular season, then lost the semi agianst centrals and then won into the grand final by beating sturt in the preliminary final last week.
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GO Eagles, my tip is Eagles by 20-30 points
Here's a story on the team selctions for the game
COMPOSED Central District brought in Paul Geister and Nathan Steinberner as expected but would not risk resolute defender Scott Lee for the SANFL grand final against Woodville-West Torrens on Sunday.
The Dogs opted against the experience of hard-nutted Lee – who has missed five weeks with a deep-seated thigh strain – for the extra pace of Matthew Slade. Lee moved freely at training this week.
Named on the bench for the 2.05pm start, the 175cm, 72kg Slade picked up five possessions in the last term of the second semi-final after coming off the bench. He can be used on the wing, as a rover or even a ground-level goalsneak and his versatility probably swayed Dogs selectors.
Geister moved back to his customary full back position after missing the second semi-final and versatile Damian Hicks moved across to the pocket. Steinberner, named alongside Slade on the bench, is likely to start on a wing where he can exploit his blistering pace.
Steinberner is a natural match for speedster Adam Ugrinic in a clash likely to dictate which side has the most fluency coming out of attack. Ugrinic is often used out wide when the Eagles defenders switch play.
The Bulldogs generate most drive from a six-way midfield rotation and will not deviate from their tried-and-true mix. Born-again wingman Danny Stevens, named as a goalsneak, Rick Macgowan, Steinberner, super Stuart Dew, Daniel Healy and twins James and Chris Gowans will thread through the midfield. Brad Currie and wingman Murray Hamblin were dropped.
The Eagles made one change to the starting 18 that won the preliminary final last week. It named a squad of 26, although Brent Frewen, David Gallagher, Michael Phillipou, Jason Dylan and Ken McGregor can probably be discounted.
John McCarthy came in at half-forward with Andrew Crowell moved on to the bench as one of eight possible interchange players.
Crunching first-choice centreman Andrew Beveridge was again named at half-forward, in a thin ruse, and Gavin Colville in the pivot. They might interchange throughout the day but Beveridge's toughness would be critical in the centre against Dogs skipper Daniel Hulm and the prickly Gowans brothers.
The Eagles' Chris Kluzek (71.29) – who kicked 2.2 last week – will start at thegoalfront and his brother Matthew at half-forward.
Disciplined and talented Adam Pearce, who subdued Sturt rover Tim Weatherald last week, was named as a rover but is almost certain to tag crafty Dogs centreman Macgowan, Stevens or Dew.
The Eagles are sure to target the dangerous Healy – who has no trouble sinking goals from outside the 50 metre arc. Named as an unlikely wingman, Robert Shirley is a candidate for the job but he has also been used successfully on Macgowan in the past.
Although named in the back pocket, slippery Jon Floreani will start on a wing opposite Ugrinic.
Ever-green captain Andrew Rogers, 36 – who will be the oldest player on the field in the absence of the unlucky Lee – and Mark Stevens will line up alongside each other at half-back.
Dashing Darren Holland will slip into the back pocket from half-back and follower Justin Cicolella might start deep in attack with McCarthy in the centre for what will surely be a torrid opening. McCarthy sat out the preliminary final after twinging a nerve in his back which affected his hamstring.
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