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Rebuilding Eagles ‘not waiting’ for finals return

Rebuilding Eagles ‘not waiting’ for finals return

The meeting brings a re-match of last year’s remarkable round-23 clash, when West Coast stunned the Bulldogs by seven points on enemy territory.


That result ended up costing the Bulldogs a spot in the finals.

Luke Beveridge’s side enters the match on the back of an impressive 48-point win over Gold Coast.

Although West Coast suffered a 65-point beating from GWS, a big plus came with the form of Elliot Yeo, who tallied 19 disposals and seven clearances in the first half alone.

“Having Yeo at full fitness is great,” Ginbey said.

“The things he can do with his strength and power and agility – he was awesome.

“Having that bigger body around the ball gives us younger fellas a lot of confidence to go in hard, knowing he’ll have our back.”

Ginbey tallied a career-high 22 disposals against the Giants to go with four clearances and five tackles.

The 19-year-old was largely used as a tagger in his debut season last year, and he’s enjoying the freedom of being a more attacking midfielder in 2024.

“I’m feeling better, feeling a bit stronger this year, a bit fitter,” Ginbey said.

“I’ve been able to run out games.

“Last year I was more defensive, just holding on to the better players. But this year, I’m looking to build an offensive game.”

West Coast premiership stars Liam Ryan (hamstring) and Dom Sheed (foot) will be pushing for selection in the coming weeks, but forward Oscar Allen (knee, 8-10 weeks), Hewett (foot, post-bye) and ruckman Matt Flynn (hamstring, 6-8 weeks) are much further away.



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