West Coast received mixed news following their 96-point elimination final victory against North Melbourne with confirmation vice-captain Beau Waters will miss the remainder of the finals with injury. The influential defender sustained a serious foot injury which will now require surgery, bringing a premature end to a sensational season for the 26-year old.
Waters’ form this year saw him named in the preliminary 40-man All-Australian squad, highlighting just how important he has been to West Coast’s successful climb up the AFL ladder.
The defender will now have to watch from the sidelines and hope that his team-mates can now go on and finish what many feel the Eagles deserve from this season.
There has been some good news for AFL betting tips fans, as well as head coach John Worsfold, with the news that wingman Matt Rosa will be back available for selection for the rest of the finals.
That news has come only two weeks after Rosa fractured his collarbone, an injury sustained right after the wingman returned to action following a broken jaw.
Fellow wingman Andrew Embley hailed Rosa’s character for playing through the pain barrier, making it clear the 25-year old’s return to the side would be a huge boost to the Eagles as they prepare to take on Collingwood in Week 2 of the finals.
"He knows all the set-ups, he's got enormous courage, and his ability to be able to run and carry the footy as well and get the ball inside 50 for us is very important," Embley said.
"Broken jaw, cracked collarbone, and he's putting his name up to play this week. It really is a massive testament to his character."