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Scott Selwood set to debut for Eagles

By Tim Clarke 04/04/2008 06:46:50 PM Comments (0)

He looks like a Selwood. He runs like a Selwood.

And West Coast have no doubts that despite his tender years, 18 year-old Scott will play like a Selwood when he makes his AFL debut on Saturday in Perth's biggest footballing occasion.

Despite the particular pressure of a western derby between the Eagles and Fremantle, John Worsfold and his match committee have given Bryce and Maree Selwood yet another reason to be proud when they take their seats at Subiaco.

And assistant coach Tony Micale said despite Scott's age, and the fixture, there had been no hesitation in blooding the youngest Selwood in a derby.

"He has just had a marvellous attitude since he has been with us, and for a young fella he is probably one of the most professional young kids that I have seen" Micale said.

"More importantly, he played the first three NAB Cup games and his form was excellent, so he should be going in with a lot of confidence.

"In the games he has played he has the real Selwood character, he is a tough determined bloke, and ... he seems to be able to play really well defensively and win his share of the footy.

"They have an unquestionable character that seems to run through the family, so I would not have any doubts about him at all.

With Troy playing with Brisbane, Joel an impressive part of a Geelong juggernaut gathering speed, Adam and Scott will step out together at the highest level for the first time - making them the first family since the Danihers to field four AFL players, and the 13th in all to do it.

Micale said that achievement was remarkable in itself.

"Unbelievable, it is a credit to the family and a credit to the boys the way they go about their footy," Micale said

"Looking at Adam and Scott they just prepare themselves to do well, they are so professional in what they do and that is the reason they have the success they do.

"His sheer determination on the way he has gone about things, for a young kid ... he is very mature and he does all the right things."

With wet weather forecast, final line-ups were still being guarded, with extended training groups giving nothing away.

While the Dockers managed to get away with a session away from the cameras, West Coast were open in their final preparations - with captain Darren Glass still looking troubled by a jarred knee.

Dockers assistant Chris Bond said after hearing a week rumours, he was taking nothing on face value until two hours before bounce down.

"Things have not changed since I was here ten years, because I have heard every rumour you can think about this week," Bond said

"Pavlich paying back to middle to not at all, to Embley playing back forward, middle to Glass is in and out.

"I tend not to worry about that until about 12 o'clock tomorrow. I dont worry about too many rumours."

And Micale said the Eagles' main focus this week had been themselves, after last week's dismal showing against the Crows.

"The area we really need to address is our attitude last week was not what it normally is, and we have been very consistent for six or seven years in that area," Micale said.

"I don't think we have had too many substantial losses under John ... and across the board it was not a good effort by the whole team."

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