West Coast defender Elliot Yeo would relish the chance to play on Toby Greene again if Adam Simpson chooses to go that way in Saturday night’s semifinal against Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium.
Yeo labelled forward Greene a freakish talent as he recalled the pivotal roles he and his opponent played in the two hard-fought encounters between the teams this year.
Greene stepped up to be a match winner for the Giants against the Eagles at Domain Stadium in round 10.
The pair played on each other in round 22 when GWS won by 21 points at Spotless Stadium.
Greene made the most of limited opportunities to kick three goals that day, while Yeo starred in defence with 30 disposals.
“It is one of those great battles you look forward to in footy and great battles are one of the reasons you play footy competitively,” Yeo said.
He claimed the Eagles were yet to commit to a strategy on how to contain Greene, an All-Australian in 2016.
“Simmo might tap me on the shoulder and say ‘you will go to Greene’ or we might just back in our back six and play our way,” he said.
‘I am going to have to wait. I would definitely look forward to the challenge if it does arise.
“He is a pretty good player – a freak. He is dangerous up high and then around the goals as well.
“He has good footy knowledge, he anticipates the footy coming when they have won it and he is pretty quick, so your reaction times have to be pretty quick.”
Yeo described playing against dangerous forwards such as Greene as “a bit of catch for catch”.
He said defending had to be balanced against attacking in order to unsettle an opponent.
“Great players like him will play to their strengths and you have to be aware of what that means but you can’t get too caught up in it,” he said.
“You have to play to your strengths as well otherwise you get too focused on them and not enough on what you do. That can mean you take away the things that you do well as a footballer.
“You have to defend first but you also have to work on your strengths and make a forward accountable for you because that puts a little bit of doubt in their mind.”
Yeo still wants to move into the midfield despite finding his best form at half-back this year.