Eagles dare to dream of AFL flag success

Justin Chadwick
Defender Jeremy McGovern hopes the cold Hobart temperature wont halt West Coast's hot form

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern dreams of premiership success in warm September spring weather, but first, the cold of Tasmania is what's at the forefront of his mind.

The Eagles (13-4) sit in second spot on the AFL table and are well placed to launch a premiership assault.

The loss of Nic Naitanui to a season-ending knee injury was a massive hit to their flag hopes, but the fact they have Scott Lycett in their ranks softens the blow.

West Coast will be aiming to make it four wins in a row when they take on North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena on Sunday.

McGovern has only played in Hobart once before - against North Melbourne in 2015 - and he doesn't have fond memories.

The Eagles lost that match by 10 points, but it was the cold and windy weather that has stuck in McGovern's mind the most.

"...It was in some of the worst conditions I've ever played in," McGovern said.

"It's definitely cold, and normally windy. It adds a different element to the game."

A top of 13 degrees is forecast for Hobart on Sunday, but West Coast hope the cold temperature won't halt their hot form.

After facing North Melbourne this week, West Coast tackle Fremantle, Port Adelaide (away), Melbourne (home), and Brisbane (away) in their remaining games.

McGovern played in West Coast's 2015 losing grand final, and he hopes the club can go one step further this year.

"You always dare to dream," McGovern said.

"That's what we play for. We can keep dreaming until it happens."

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has set his sights on locking down a top-four berth, but top-two is now well within the club's reach.

North Melbourne (9-8) sit one win and percentage adrift of the top eight, and need to beat the Eagles to keep within striking distance.