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Eagles make two changes against 'Roos

By Sam Lienert 07/07/2005 08:17:40 PM Comments (0)

Despite steam-rolling through the first 14 AFL rounds, West Coast has decided to make changes for Friday's Telstra Dome clash with the Kangaroos.

The Eagles brought in midfielders Sam Butler and Damien Adkins for what will be the club's only match at Docklands this season.

Assistant coach Robert Wiley said the form of Adkins, who has been out of the side for the past six rounds, had been too good to ignore.

"Damien's form in the WAFL has been outstanding, and through his good form he's pushed his name up, and his pace and his skills would certainly be welcomed at Telstra," Wiley said.

With the Roos having played five times at Telstra Dome already this season, they could have an edge in knowledge of the surface, which has been criticised by some clubs for its slippery nature this season.

But with the Eagles having emphasised an ability to win anywhere in any conditions as a key platform of their rise this season, Wiley said they had no qualms about the venue.

"We've had a lot of challenges and the guys have met them through leadership that has been developing and through a great work ethic," he said.

"So we're of the opinion that it doesn't matter whether it's the MCG or Telstra, that we take those into a game then we've got every chance of winning."

The match will be the 200th AFL game of Eagles and former Hawthorn player Daniel Chick, and Wiley said it would be an added motivator for the team.

"It's a great achievement," he said.

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