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The West Coast Eagles almost let it slip, but six straight goals to finish the game has given them an upset win over the Geelong Cats as Gary Ablett copped a hamstring injury.
West Coast Eagles 14.11 (95)
Geelong Cats 11.14 (80)
The West Coast Eagles are hoping to get their first win at Optus Stadium when they host the Geelong Cats there in the final game of Round 3 of the 2018 AFL season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match on Sunday, starting from 4:40pm AEDT.
Well the opportunity to be the first WA team to get an AFL win on Optus Stadium has unfortunately passed the West Coast Eagles by, as the Fremantle Dockers have gotten not one but two victories on the new ground.
In fact because of yesterday’s unusual scheduling, Fremantle have already achieved something that West Coast will rarely get the opportunity to do – not only have they won at Optus Stadium as the home team, but have done so as the ‘away’ side.
The Eagles will have to wait for a Fremantle-hosted derby to achieve the same feat.
They’re in relatively good form though – pushing Sydney pretty closely in Round 1, and then achieving a comfortable victory over the Bulldogs in Melbourne last week.
It’s still probably too soon to say with much certainty just how much those performances are worth, but at the very least West Coast fans deserve to feel optimisitc.
As for Geelong, their grand unveiling of the star trio of Gary Ablett, Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood last week didn’t really go to plan, ending in 1-point loss to Hawthorn.
It was the second week in a row that they’ve played in a match decided by less than a goal.
This week, as last week, Geelong will be missing three crucial players in Mitch Duncan, Lachie Henderson and Harry Taylor – and of course, they’re on a significant road trip.
West Coast have a big out too with Josh J Kennedy still on the sidelines.
I expect the Cats to win here – but reckon it won’t be the most convincing of victories.
Geelong Cats by 12.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match between the West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats in Round 3 of the 2018 AFL season at Optus Stadium on Sunday, starting from 4:40pm AEDT.