West Coast veteran Andrew Embley is in doubt for the round one western derby after suffering a hamstring injury in his club’s disappointing 20-point loss to an under-strength Collingwood in round two of the NAB Cup at Patersons Stadium this afternoon.
Embley was subbed off in the first quarter with the injury, while Mitch Brown, who was subbed on for Matt Rosa in the third term, limped off early in the last quarter after landing heavily on his left leg.
While Embley's setback appeared serious, coach John Worsfold said it was only a minor injury.
Brown returned to the field later in the match and Worsfold said Rosa was subbed as a precaution.
Missing up to a dozen of their best 22, including Dayne Beams, Luke Ball, Dale Thomas and Darren Jolly, the Pies dominated the Eagles for three quarters to continue their unbeaten run in the NAB Cup.
The Pies’ squad of 24 had 10 players with under 25 games experience.
Scott Pendlebury led the way for the visitors with 27 disposals, while youngster Paul Seedsman excited, gathering 18 disposals and booting a second-quarter super goal.
But Collingwood had their own injury concerns with key backman Ben Reid jarring his right knee in the third quarter.
In a positive for West Coast, Mark LeCras continued his strong form on return from a knee reconstruction, with his four goals showing he has lost none of his class.
Scott Selwood also battled hard for the Eagles with 29 disposals and a super goal but he could have had four goals if not for his inaccuracy.
Jack Darling had a day to forget opposed to Alan Toovey, while Josh Kennedy only managed one major in his first hit-out for the year.
Former Eagle Quinten Lynch had an impact around the ground on his return to Perth but didn’t hit the scoreboard against his old team.
The Eagles appeared to have the better of Collingwood in general play in the first quarter but the sides went goal-for-goal, including a nine pointer to Dane Swan.
Jamie Cripps came into the game 17 minutes in for Embley.
Collingwood dominated the second quarter and were looking unstoppable after kicking a super goal through a lively Seedsman before two more goals through Travis Cloke and Jamie Elliot.
The Eagles struggled to get the ball forward, with 14 inside 50s to 4.
But the class of LeCras kept West Coast in it, with the 26-year-old booting two clever goals. Luke Shuey set Scott Lycett up for another to see West Coast go in just two points down.
Collingwood continued to strangle the Eagles in the third team, holding the ball in their half of the ground but it was some time before either team scored.
Jarryd Blair, Steele Sidebottom and Jamie Elliot booted goals to finally give the Pies a buffer.
LeCras’ fourth goal for the game kept his side in it at the last change.
It was more of the same for the Pies in the final quarter, dominating the play and going ahead by 30 points before Selwood and Priddis added some respectability to the scoreboard.
COLLINGWOOD 1.2.1 2.4.5 2.7.8 3.10.9 96
WEST COAST 0.4.3 0.7.3 0.8.6 1.10.7 76
SUPER GOALS — COLLINGWOOD: D Swan, P Seedsman, T Cloke. WEST COAST: S Selwood.
GOALS — COLLINGWOOD: C Mooney, J Elliott, S Sidebottom 2; B Sinclair, J Blair, S Dwyer, T Cloke. WEST COAST: M LeCras 4; D Cox, J Cripps, J Kennedy, M Priddis, S Hurn, S Lycett.
BEST — COLLINGWOOD: S Pendlebury, H Shaw, S Sidebottom, J Blair, D Swan, Q Lynch. WEST COAST: S Selwood, M LeCras, A Gaff, M Priddis, D Glass, L Shuey.
UMPIRES: J Dalgleish, D Margetts, L Farmer.CROWD: 14,237 at Patersons Stadium.
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