Eagles coach brushes off MCG hoodoo

West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he won’t waste his time attempting to dismiss “old” opinions that his team’s game plan doesn’t hold up at the MCG.

The Eagles have lost their past two games at the MCG – both 46-point losses to Hawthorn.

Since 2010, West Coast have lost 11 of their 14 games there.

Some experts think West Coast’s game plan gets exposed at the Melbourne venue, which is 19m wider and 15m shorter than their home ground at Domain Stadium.

Simpson has been forced to deal with those criticisms since last year’s grand final capitulation to Hawthorn.

But the Eagles have a chance to change people’s perceptions when they take on Carlton there on Sunday, and Collingwood in round 19.

Simpson was in no mood to go into any great depth when asked about his team’s recent struggles at the MCG.

“I think that’s a bit old, that opinion,” Simpson said.

“We’ve lost two games there to Hawthorn since last year. I think I’ve covered those questions. They’re round three questions.

“I can’t argue with it. I’m just going to move on with it, because it’s pointless me arguing.”

Nevertheless, Simpson is pleased his team have been granted greater exposure to the MCG this season.

The Eagles played just one regular season game there last year, but they have been granted three in 2016.

“The environment of the ground is unique. Our players are really looking forward to it,” Simpson said.

The Eagles will start as hot favourites against the Blues after dismantling North Melbourne by 32 points last week.

Simpson made the tough call to axe recruit Lewis Jetta for the third time this season, with former Lion Jack Redden brought in as his replacement.

Carlton made four changes to the team that lost to Adelaide by 60 points last week.

Levi Casboult (suspended), Andrew Walker (knee), and Dale Thomas (calf) couldn’t be considered, while Andrejs Everitt was dropped.

Kristian Jaksch, Nick Graham, Dylan Buckley, and Charlie Curnow earned recalls.


*Rd 2, 2016 – lost to Hawthorn by 46 points

*GF, 2015 – lost to Hawthorn by 46 points

*Rd 12, 2015 – beat Richmond by 20 points

*Rd 10, 2014 – lost to Collingwood by 8 points

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