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Crows coach Pyke to meet former AFL club

  • Crows coach Pyke to meet former AFL club

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Adelaide Crows Senior Coach Don Pyke looks on after the round 11 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the St Kilda Saints at Adelaide Oval on June 5, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Adelaide coach Don Pyke says it won't be an emotional homecoming when he fronts his former AFL club West Coast.

After the Crows pounded St Kilda by 88 points in Sunday's twilight game, Pyke quickly re-set his sights to the Eagles.

Adelaide's first-year head coach - a premiership hero and long-time assistant coach at the Eagles - wants to make a low-key return to Perth.

"I wouldn't say it's an emotional night," Pyke said of the prospect of Saturday night's date with the Eagles.

"It certainly won't be about me this week.

"It's going to be about our team. And our guys are going across to get a win.

"I have obviously got a lot of people I have known for a long period of time who are associated with the West Coast footy club so it will be some familiar faces to catch up.

"But make no doubt, I'll go over looking for four points."

Pyke's Crows are eighth on the ladder, just a win shy of the seventh-placed Eagles who hold a commanding record on home turf.

"It's a great challenge. And it's one we're up for," Pyke said.

"West Coast at Subi Oval is a significant challenge, (they are) last year's grand finalists.

"Obviously I have got history there and have some knowledge of the players in bits and pieces.

"But for us it will be a game where we understand what we need to bring."

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