Big wet set to favour Hawks, says Simpson

FORECAST wet weather could hold the key to tonight's qualifying final between West Coast and Hawthorn.

It rained heavily in Perth yesterday, and more bad weather is forecast today, Eagles coach Adam Simpson (pictured) acknowledging his team rarely played in wet conditions in the west.

"The one thing about Hawthorn is they're pretty good in all conditions, and its something we're striving to do as well," he told reporters.

"We probably haven't had the same opportunity with the wet weather, but I think we're improving in that area."

One area where the Eagles have improved significantly has been in winning contested ball. They were eighth in that area last year, but are sitting third this season.

"We've improved in contested possession more than our skill level," Simpson said.

While the Hawks regain Luke Hodge, Luke Breust and Cyril Rioli, the Eagles welcome back Will Schofield and Scott Selwood but lose Chris Masten (hamstring).