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WAFL: Eagles eager to make statement against Falcons

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Kurt Mutimer of the Eagles in action during the West Coast Eagles training session at Bendat Basketball Stadium on January 23, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Kurt Mutimer says the WAFL Eagles are pumped for Sunday's clash with the Falcons

West Coast defender Kurt Mutimer is confident the Eagles can regain their early season form when they take on West Perth at Joondalup Arena on Sunday.

West Perth currently sit sixth on the ladder with a 3-5 record and a percentage of 89.3 per cent.

Following a tough month of football that has seen West Coast drop to ninth on the ladder, Sunday’s game provides the perfect opportunity for the Eagles to get themselves back into finals contention.

“I think the past couple of weeks the boys have tried a few different things in terms of structure and blokes playing in different positions,” Mutimer said.

“We’re not where we want to be at the moment, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”

Mutimer said the Eagles have been working hard to regain the early season chemistry that helped them win two of their first four games.

“Chemistry has been a big focus this week,” he said.

“We have a few boys coming in and out of the team, so we’re trying to get that chemistry back, not just between the AFL boys, but also the WAFL boys as well.

“This weekend will be a good challenge.”

Mutimer has been a consistent performer for the Eagles in 2019, averaging 17.4 disposals from seven games.

West Coast’s on-ballers will have their work cut out for them coming up against an impressive Falcons midfield featuring the likes of Shane Nelson (30.8 disposals per game), Aaron Black (27.6) and Trent Manzone (24.6).

Nelson currently ranks number one in the competition for disposals with 246, and will no doubt be a key focus for the Eagles on Sunday.

Former Eagle Andrew Strijk has also been crucial for the Falcons, kicking 16 goals from seven games this season.

Mutimer said the Eagles were still confident of making a push for finals, and will be out to prove it on Sunday.

“We still have a lot of games coming up, and we’re looking to get a few wins to lock in a finals spot,” Mutimer said.

“I definitely like our chances heading into the second half of the season.”

Bouncedown is at 2.15pm at Joonadalup Arena.