The pairing of Travis Cloke and Quinten Lynch promises to be a fascinating subplot of Collingwood's season
WHERE AND WHEN
Patersons Stadium, Sunday, March 3, 4.40pm
West Coast: Nic Naitanui (groin), Sharrod Wellingham (ankle), Jamie Bennell (knee), Brant Colledge (hip)
Collingwood: Luke Ball (knee), Alan Didak (hamstring), Dale Thomas (ankle), Lachlan Keeffe (knee), Jackson Paine (shoulder), Michael Hartley (shoulder), Tim Broomhead (glandular fever), Corey Gault (groin), Brodie Grundy (back)
West Coast: The Eagles were pipped in their opening match against Geelong, with Joel Selwood snatching victory with a last minute supergoal. They were clinical against Fremantle, however, dominating the shortened match to win by 24 points. Mark LeCras' return from a knee reconstruction was the story of the night.
Collingwood: One of four undefeated teams in round one, Collingwood beat the Western Bulldogs and then Essendon in its opening matches with Dane Swan, Heath Shaw and recruit Clinton Young all showing strong form. Travis Cloke booted three goals across the two games.
WHAT THEY SAY
West Coast: "Our preparation's been very good. We've done a lot of work as a coaching group on how we wanted to prepare the players for the season and our work with the players has been great. The players' attitude has been spot on, so they're tracking along really well." – coach John Worsfold
Collingwood: "There was a bit more spice in it this week. More intensity. I think it was just a bit sharper all round which was probably expected a little bit as we’re closer to the season. I just think that it was a pretty good hit-out in tough conditions and we stepped it up a bit today." – midfield coach Robert Harvey on Friday's intra-club match
West Coast: Young midfielders Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff and Chris Masten are poised to compete with competition's best this season, so their NAB Cup performances against Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Co. will provide an early gauge for their 2013 prospects.
Collingwood: Quinten Lynch will face his old club in form after an impressive four-goal performance in the Magpies' intra-club hit-out a week ago. The 'Q-stick' showed good signs working with Travis Cloke in the forward 50 during Collingwood's opening NAB Cup matches and it will be interesting to see how their chemistry builds.