Lynch, Rosa in West Coast finals spotlight
West Coast will challenge a one-match ban handed to Quinten Lynch. Photo: Getty Images
West Coast will challenge the one-match ban handed to forward Quinten Lynch yesterday and the Eagles also expect utility Matt Rosa to be fit for Saturday's second semi-final against Collingwood.
Lynch was cited by the Match Review Panel for clattering into the back of North Melbourne's Scott McMahon during Sunday's 96-point thrashing of the Kangaroos.
Speaking on 6PR's Sports Central show last night, Eagles coach John Worsfold described the contact as "lineball" and said the Eagles would challenge the suspension.
"We've been pow-wowing and we've made the decision to challenge that at the tribunal tomorrow [Tuesday] night," Worsfold said.
With Beau Waters sidelined for the rest of the finals campaign with a foot injury, Worsfold said Lewis Stevenson was a chance to add to the 10 games he played for West Coast during the 2010 wooden spoon season.
A seemingly more likely inclusion is Rosa, who fractured a collarbone against the Magpies in round 22 but is already pressing for selection.
"He's every chance to be available this week – he only had five or six days off running," Worsfold said.
"What he's got to show is he can cope with the physical side of the game for four quarters.
"We expect he'll get through all that this week, the way he's been going about it."
Meanwhile, West Coast legend Glen Jakovich is shaping as a possible addition to Carlton's coaching staff under new coach-to-to-be Mick Malthouse.
With Malthouse set to be named as Blues coach this morning, Jakovich was asked about his own future last night in his role as co-host on Sports Today.
Pressed by fellow host and WAtoday.com.au columnist by Brad Hardie, Jakovich, who played an Eagles-record 276 games including the 1992 and 1994 premierships, admitted he had met with Malthouse.
"I had a chat with Mick last week about a number of things and we had a chat about his situation," Jakovich said.
"There was a lot of work to be done between that meeting and where they are now and I think that has actually happened.
"He knew of my work that I was doing with the AFL/AIS Academy. I've really enjoyed the last 12 months [with that].
"It [an AFL assistant coaching position] is something that I'll look at if it comes up but I haven't spoken to anyone at Carlton, I've only spoken to Mick."
Despite Malthouse's appointment remaining unconfirmed, Carlton jettisoned assistant coaches Mark Riley, Paul Williams and Alan Richardson late last week.