Luke Shuey goals after the siren to turn off the Power in extra time

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    The West Coast Eagles have defeated Port Adelaide by two points, after one of the most dramatic, scarcely believable and tumultuous games of recent years.

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    In a first quarter dominated by the visitors, Port Adelaide seemed overawed in the opening stages of their first final since 2014.

    The Eagles started the game on fire, booting the first three goals of the match, and bringing some of their best play of recent weeks.

    They went into the first break leading by 20 points, and looked to be determined to be a factor in their surprise finals campaign.

    The second quarter was more of the same: Eagles performing well, but Port slowly but surely getting on top.

    The home side booted four goals to the Eagles three, but it was the visitors who were leading by 11 points at the main break.

    It was starting to become a close game, and the second half was exactly that.

    The third quarter was a low-scoring but super intense affair. Just the one goal – a controversial one to Port’s Chad Wingard – and a whole host of behinds to the home team, and a solitary behind to the Eagles, meant it was a slim three-point lead to the Eagles at the final break.

    Most watching knew the Power wouldn’t possibly remain down for long, and they didn’t. They had the momentum heading into the final quarter, and the stadium erupted when they took the lead in the middle of the fourth.

    The Eagles, though, decided that wasn’t how they wanted the game to go, and perfect kicks form veterans Matt Priddis and Drew Petrie meant they stole the lead again.

    But, there was more twists to come. Inaccuracy from Port meant they weren’t able to steal the lead back, but they did tie the scores.

    A sensational, desperate trick from Eric Mackenzie in the final seconds – in which he sent the ball over the boundary line rather than through for a rushed behind – meant the game was tied come the final siren. Extra time it was, then.

    Port’s momentum saw them skip out to a 13-point lead in extra time, before a freak goal from Josh Kennedy meant the Eagles were right in it as the final five minutes began.

    Kennedy booted a second extra time goal early, before two misses from Port meant they were unable to extend their lead, but nonetheless the game was in their hands.

    The Eagles went forward and with just seconds left on the clock Luke Shuey was awarded what will surely live in infamy as a contentious high contact free kick.

    The siren blew as he lined up, and Shuey nailed the set shot. The Eagles won.

    Charlie Dixon (inaccuracy notwithstanding) was brilliant with 23 disposals, while Robbie Gray (30 touches) Ollie Wines (28) and Boak (26) were also prolific.

    Andrew Gaff (34 disposals), Matt Priddis (33 touches and a goal) and Shuey (32 and two) were excellent for the victors. Mitchell and Priddis combined for 59 disposals, and ensured they’d play again at least one more time.

    The Eagles will play GWS next weekend in a semi-final at Spotless Stadium, the winner going on to play Richmond in a preliminary final at the MCG.

    The devastated Port Adelaide’s season is finished, but they can also remember the time they played in this legendary, historic game.

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    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:51pm
      Kurt said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

      Wow. Just wow. That ET was pretty intense.

    • Columnist

      September 9th 2017 @ 10:53pm
      Ronan O'Connell said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

      Amazing, ballsy win by the Eagles. They will fancy their chances against GWS, especially if Naitanui comes back.

      • September 9th 2017 @ 10:55pm
        Tfr said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

        Amazing balls win by the umpires

      • September 9th 2017 @ 11:33pm
        Brian said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

        Unfortunately i dont think nicnat is any chance next week. He hasnt played any type of game for over 12 months.

        If only they hadnt got rid of the substitute. Would of been prefect for it.

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:53pm
      Brandon the 1st said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

      Absolutely devastated, if we just could have kicked straight.

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:53pm
      Brandon the 1st said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

      Absolutely devastated, if we just could have kicked straight.

      One of these most amazing games of footy I’ve ever seen, hopefully WC pump GWS

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:57pm
      Mark said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:57pm | ! Report


      Im a North supporter who want the eagles to win GF for PETRIE. He deserves it.

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:58pm
      Tfr said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:58pm | ! Report

      Umpires just can’t keep out of it umpire so will ruin the fianls you mark my words there will be a stupid decision in the gf that will change it

      • September 9th 2017 @ 11:04pm
        Basil said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:04pm | ! Report

        It was too high. It’s one of the rules of the game. Always has been.

        • September 9th 2017 @ 11:11pm
          Internal Fixation said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

          Wrong. Tackle 100% legal.

          Milked by lifting the R arm.

          And I’m a massive Crows fan who would relish a Power crushing defeat usually.

          But that umpire should be suspended.

          • September 9th 2017 @ 11:54pm
            Birdman said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:54pm | ! Report

            yeah, nah. slipped high.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 12:41am
            Don Freo said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:41am | ! Report

            The free to Hartlett should have been an interference free to Petrie, the only one going for the mark. Hartlett just took his arms. The Wingard goal review was wrong too.

            Joel, you’re wrong on the Shuey one. Perhaps your disappointment should be directed at the best man afield, Charlie D. He played well but chose to miss easy shots at goal, including 2 sitters in extra time. Pressure?

          • September 10th 2017 @ 10:58am
            Geoff Schaefer said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

            I’ve lifted my arm with more force than Shuey did to get the cheese board out of the pantry. Weak tackle. No strength in it. Paid the price.

      • September 9th 2017 @ 11:11pm
        Perry Bridge said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

        Can’t blame the umpires when Port butcher as many chances as they did. The free was there to Shuey – accentuated by his shoulder shrug but he didn’t drop his knees and that’s what you get for tackling someone near the point of the shoulder instead of going lower. It was sloppy and that’s understandable at that stage of ET in a hard fought final.

        Poor Charlie Dixon – kick a little straighter and he’s BOG by a mile. Boak too – missed a couple of potential captains goals.

        Ryder may have had 54 hit outs but had very little impact in general play – compared to Petrie in particular. And perhaps the early coaching move of Westhoff loose behind the play backfired.

        • Roar Guru

          September 9th 2017 @ 11:12pm
          Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:12pm | ! Report

          He tackled him around the waist. It wasn’t even close to his shoulder until Shuey shrugged. It’s an incorrect decision that the AFL needs to take accountability for.

          • Roar Guru

            September 9th 2017 @ 11:38pm
            AdelaideDocker said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:38pm | ! Report

            It wasn’t near the waist. Not at all.

            • Roar Guru

              September 9th 2017 @ 11:44pm
              Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

              Might need to watch it again AD.

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2017 @ 11:47pm
                AdelaideDocker said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:47pm | ! Report


                Mate, his hands are nowhere near the waist.

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2017 @ 11:52pm
                Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:52pm | ! Report

                His hand is below Shuey’s chest. That’s your waist. Either way, it’s a weak act from Shuey. I’d expect that from a Selwood or a McLean.

              • September 10th 2017 @ 12:45am
                Nev said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

                Ok Harry Highpants

              • September 10th 2017 @ 8:47am
                Geoff Schaefer said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

                The umpires see it in real time Joel. Free kick every day of the week. Wouldn’t have mattered if Port had kicked straight.

              • September 9th 2017 @ 11:56pm
                Birdman said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

                AD’s totally on the money – it must hurt but the umps didn’t win it for the Weagles – down to Port’s misses in the end.

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2017 @ 11:59pm
                Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

                It does hurt, but it’s a hurt that shouldn’t happen. If we were beaten fair and square, I wouldn’t be angry. But we were beaten by a weak act by Shuey, and an umpire that was willing to reward him for it.

              • September 10th 2017 @ 1:14am
                Dier-ba-zor said | September 10th 2017 @ 1:14am | ! Report

                It was high, his hands were above the shoulder, it was obvious.

              • September 10th 2017 @ 5:36am
                Slane said | September 10th 2017 @ 5:36am | ! Report

                You need to start watching more footy, Joel. That’s been paid a free kick for years.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 11:09am
            Ken said | September 10th 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

            Rubbish. Mid bicep tackle that was as weak was water, bound to slip high

        • September 9th 2017 @ 11:13pm
          Internal Fixation said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:13pm | ! Report

          Tackle started well below point of shoulder.

          Sheuy milked it perfectly

      • September 9th 2017 @ 11:17pm
        Knoxy said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

        The umpires didn’t surrender a 13 point lead in extra time. Port have no one to blame but themselves.

        • Roar Guru

          September 9th 2017 @ 11:23pm
          Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:23pm | ! Report

          Or, you know, the blatantly incorrect call that gifted West Coast the winning goal. I think that probably has more to do with it.

          • Columnist

            September 9th 2017 @ 11:31pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:31pm | ! Report


            • Roar Guru

              September 9th 2017 @ 11:38pm
              Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:38pm | ! Report

              What’s your point Ronan? All I’m watching is a weak West Coast player shrug into high contact because they couldn’t beat the better side legitimately.

              • September 9th 2017 @ 11:45pm
                Mattician6x6 said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:45pm | ! Report

                Josh Carr you are a angry man it must be said

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2017 @ 11:47pm
                Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:47pm | ! Report

                Wouldn’t you be filthy if you watch your team’s season stolen by an umpire? If this was reversed, Western Australia would riot.

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2017 @ 11:49pm
                AdelaideDocker said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

                Would you be this outraged if this was reversed, Joel? If your side had won the game instead of West Coast due to an identical action..?

                Genuine question here.

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2017 @ 11:56pm
                Joel Erickson said | September 9th 2017 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

                I’d be happy with the win, but I’d readily admit that it shouldn’t have been a free kick, and that my team was extremely lucky.

              • September 10th 2017 @ 12:03am
                Mattician6x6 said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:03am | ! Report

                Any extra time win after siren is extremely lucky same as any penalty shoot out win is lucky or a golden goal/try in Union or league is extremely lucky. Competitive sports are luck based, I could sit here bleating that sampi was held in the dying moment of 2005 by Kennelly and it was a a free not a awesome Barry mark but I don’t. Why? That’s the vagaries of sport which ultimately represents the human condition.

              • Roar Guru

                September 10th 2017 @ 12:09am
                Joel Erickson said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:09am | ! Report

                Sorry, I can’t agree with you. If Shuey had taken a Mark and kicked the goal, there’s no luck involved in that. Or if he’d kicked the goal directly from the stoppage. Luck only comes into it when you benefit from something that shouldn’t have happened.

              • September 10th 2017 @ 12:19am
                Mattician6x6 said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:19am | ! Report

                Polec should go low, basic juniors there but he panicked and gave a free away, happens…

              • September 10th 2017 @ 12:38am
                Nev said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:38am | ! Report

                That’s been a free kick all year. And last year. And the years before. Perhaps it shouldn’t be, but that’s a different argument for a different thread .

              • September 10th 2017 @ 2:04am
                Mattician6x6 said | September 10th 2017 @ 2:04am | ! Report

                After watching that vision a number of times I will say yes shuey drew the free(something I’ve already stated) but geez polec attempt was weak and ill disciplined, take the hips cause a stoppage outcome different simple. The question port fans aren’t asking was how was shuey allowed so much space in such a critical period? Or why was hurn or jetta allowed to run free or who was responsible for Manning redden or why weren’t they flooding with less than 30sec on clock not allowing wce any space?

            • September 10th 2017 @ 9:50am
              Perry Bridge said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

              Last 2 mins,

              At 1:35 to go – Shuey should’ve got a high tackle from the 2nd Port tackler – but instead Port got holding the ball.

              At 1:15 to go – marking contest could easily have been a free to Eagles

              At 1:06 to go – definite free to Shuey at the throw in – really clumsy back to the play by the Port player – really clumsy.

              And then right at the end – Ryder taps it down Robbie Gray’s throat and he fumbled it – a clearing kick and they hold on.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 1:24am
            Knoxy said | September 10th 2017 @ 1:24am | ! Report

            It was a free kick mate. I personally don’t like it when players get frees for doing what I call the ‘Selwood shrug’ but it was still a free kick. It’s been that way all year.

      • September 10th 2017 @ 1:49am
        Andy og said | September 10th 2017 @ 1:49am | ! Report

        Free kick all day every day

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