The biggest of occasions command the presence of the biggest talent and the West Coast Eagles match committee responded by recalling some of its biggest stars for the elimination final against Collingwood tomorrow night.
As expected, Adam Simpson and his match committee today confirmed the return from injury of captain Luke Shuey, vice-captain Jeremy McGovern and 2018 premiership stars Jack Redden and Jamie Cripps.
Another vice-captain, Josh Kennedy, who turned an ankle in the last qualifying game against North Melbourne a fortnight ago, has been given the medical green light to play at Optus Stadium, which will also see the biggest crowd of the year in attendance.
Making way for those decorated stars to return are veteran backman Will Schofield, young defender Luke Foley, who made his debut against the Roos, ruckman Bailey Williams and the injured Josh Rotham (heel).
Shuey resumes after suffering a double hamstring strain in the round 15 victory against Essendon, while Redden missed games against St Kilda and North Melbourne with a fractured thumb and McGovern suffered a hamstring strain just before half-time in what was a momentous victory against the Saints.
Cripps returned to Perth after the first game of the club’s second stint in the Gold Coast hub, a loss to Richmond, to be at the side of his partner Olivia for the birth of their first child.
Schofield and Williams have been listed as emergencies with developing utility player Jarrod Brander and veteran Lewis Jetta.
While Jetta, in recent times has been utilised in defence, he fought his way back into the team in rounds 15 and 16 as a forward.