West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Live Stream & TV Channel AFL Semi Finals 2018 Full HD
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The West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons face off at Optus Stadium in the second of the AFL Preliminary Finals. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:20pm (AEST).
The stories surrounding the second grand final dress rehearsal are varied, emotional and inspiring.
After something of an interrupted season where the Eagles have had key players either cashiered for the year or experiencing significant weeks on the sidelines, coach Adam Simpson has done a brilliant job to have them just two hours away from the big dance.
The Melbourne Football Club have lived the dream, after a rebuild that was initiated by the appointment of Paul Roos six year ago, it has slowly but surely borne fruit under the guidance of new man Simon Goodwin.
It is the fairy tale of the competition, which is saying something considering the amazing injury riddled run of the Magpies.
There are three significant factors at play today and each will feature in determining which of these two clubs will have the resilience and fortitude to prevail.
The much talked about Melbourne mids mean everything to the Dees. They are frantic, intense and elite in their work.
If West Coast lose control of the centre of the ground, as others have done, the Demons can score substantially.
Secondly, the West Coast big men hold a significant power over this match.
Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy will pose an immense threat to the Demons defence; a defence that earlier in the season proved too easy to score against for Goodwin’s liking.
Defensively too, West Coast will be intimidating at the back and the more nimble and athletic Melbourne forward half will need to avoid becoming engaged in one on one marking contests from innefective high balls into the area.
Melbourne must bring the ball to ground and restrict West Coast’s marks in the defensive half, from there, the Dees could prove too skilful and agile at ground level.