The need for speed

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Speed will be the key to victory when the Collie Eagles face the Eaton Boomers in the game of the round at the Collie Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Both sides have three wins after four rounds and their similar game-styles are based on run and carry, making them two of the most exciting teams in the league to watch.

This weekend will be the Boomers’ biggest test of the season, having faced just one team inside the top five so far.

The Boomers have been boosted with the return of premiership defender Kane Bloxsidge after he played four games at Waroona.

Boomers coach Brett Maguire said he was unsure if Bloxsidge would play this weekend, but he was pleased to have him back at the club.

“He is a good half back flanker and adds depth to our club,” Maguire said.

“There is no doubt he will add quality to our list.”

The Boomers will have to curb an in-form Joel Houghton, who booted eight goals for the Eagles in their win over Bunbury on Sunday.

Maguire said stopping the midfield of the Eagles would limit Houghton’s opportunities.

“I watched Collie on the weekend and they have some good ball carriers,” he said.

“I would think both sides will transition the ball quickly this Saturday. If we stop their run and carry we should be able to stop him (Houghton). “

Maguire said Michael Russell was a “logical match-up”.

Eagles coach Clint swallow said he was excited about the battle between the two midfields this weekend.

“They have a good midfield and a lot of experience,” he said.

“Their midfielders kick goals, so we are going to have to be on our A-game.”

Swallow said he was “loathed” to put a hard tag on Hayward Medallist Jace Cormack, but the in-form Travis Cleggett could go head-to-head with the Eaton star.

“We may look at that match-up knowing Jace is going to get plenty (of the ball) but so is Travis,” he said.

Swallow said small forward Blair Malatesta was a chance to return if he got through training this week after a back and hamstring injury.

He said Jebb Swallow would be included for the game after returning from work.

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