Eagles extend streak with win over GWS

By Adrian Warren,

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    The red-hot West Coast Eagles have remained unbeaten on their AFL travels with a 25-point win over Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.

    The Eagles kicked five straight goals in the second quarter to take control of a game they won 12.14 (86) to 8.13 (61).

    It was a seventh straight victory for West Coast, who moved to the top of the table above Richmond, who they host next week, and improved their record to 7-1 and 3-0 outside Western Australia.

    Missing Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey and Jeremy McGovern, the Eagles underlined their depth with a strong performance against a Giants side that lost Phil Davis and Matt de Boer during the game.

    The Eagles had the most potent forward at Spotless Stadium in Jack Darling, who kicked four goals, all in the first half.

    West Coast led by 14 early on, but GWS kicked four straight goals either side of quarter-time to lead by ten.

    The Eagles reasserted themselves, with Darling kicking three of five straight goals for the visitors, as they regained the lead before halftime and never relinquished their advantage.

    The Giants kicking efficiency, which was atrocious in their heavy loss to Geelong last week, was poor again.

    On the odd occasion when did get a flow on and moved the ball quickly, they kicked some fine goals, but the Eagles pressure remained good throughout the contest.

    Adversity increased for GWS as the game developed and at one stage in the third quarter they had just one player on the bench.

    GWS lost de Boer at halftime with a hamstring injury.

    In the third quarter, Phil Davis left the contest after he was accidentally elbowed by Darling in an aerial contest and Lachie Whitfield went off with what appeared to be a shin problem, but returned later in the term.

    The Eagles had plenty of good performers with Tom Barrass, Will Schofield and Brad Sheppard strong down back.

    Jack Redden gathered 13 clearances and Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo also got plenty of the ball.

    In his 200th game, GWS co-captain Callan Ward collected 30 touches along with Whitfield, while Aidan Corr kept Josh Kennedy to two goals and seven touches.

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Rookie

      May 12th 2018 @ 9:23pm
      Mattician6x6 said | May 12th 2018 @ 9:23pm | ! Report

      This was a great victory considering the large list of best 22 players we are missing. Never felt gws would win even when they drew close wce had the answers. Ah chee worked his way into game to have a impact and ainsworth showed why we traded into last years draft h a nice debut.

    • May 12th 2018 @ 11:21pm
      Graeme said | May 12th 2018 @ 11:21pm | ! Report

      Eagles have only beaten teams below them on the ladder and have an unfair advantage of being able to win away and another unfair advantage of 12 home games and another unfair advantage of umpire favouritism and another unfair advantage of being able to win when they are supposed to lose. They are a real crap side that is favoured by the draw, have I missed anything?

      • Roar Rookie

        May 12th 2018 @ 11:43pm
        Mattician6x6 said | May 12th 2018 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

        Lol only thing missed was Ross Lyon having a not subtle swipe at wce in his presser trying to justify his own sordid behavior.

        • May 13th 2018 @ 1:24am
          Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:24am | ! Report

          Runner up Ross is no Eagles fan that is for sure Matt.

      • May 13th 2018 @ 1:20am
        Ed said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:20am | ! Report

        Richmond have only beaten sides below them and have unfair advantage of wining away and another unfair advantage of playing at the MCG. Have I missed anything?

        • May 13th 2018 @ 12:34pm
          Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

          Yes Ed you have missed my point entirely. Robert Walls and many others predicted WCE to get the wooden spoon. Each time the Eagles have won this season there have been reasons given why they didn’t deserve to win so I just rattled them off to save everyone the time. Kudos to Richmond who are clearly the top side as opposed the still developing Eagles who are big improvers but certainly not in Richmond’s zone..

      • May 13th 2018 @ 3:36am
        Paul Di Scerni said | May 13th 2018 @ 3:36am | ! Report

        Graham they’ve been 2nd on the ladder for the past few weeks. So obviously they’re going to beat teams below them. Think before you speak. Or type in this instance.

        • May 13th 2018 @ 10:45am
          Don Freo said | May 13th 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

          I have a hunch Graeme might be engaging a degree of parody…of Eagles knockers.

          • May 13th 2018 @ 12:51pm
            Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

            Well picked Don!

      • May 13th 2018 @ 11:40am
        Jungle Jim said | May 13th 2018 @ 11:40am | ! Report

        That’s right Graeme, Eagles also have an unfair advantage of being a large club with lots of money and they come from interstate….unfortunately for most, they look like the real deal…dare to dream?

        • May 13th 2018 @ 12:50pm
          Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

          WCE are huge improvers but I am not daring to dream Jungle Jim. Richmond are in a different league and clearly the best side at the moment and Hawthorn are a sneaky danger because they also play the MCG beautifully. Both these sides could also have the VIC centric and unfair home ground advantage of a guaranteed MCG GF. In a national competition this makes sense only to Victorians and to secure it for the next 40 years is a disgrace. The term “INTERSTATE SIDE” should not exist in a national competition but shows the mindset of Eddie and his mates. I am also worried one of the bottom Vic Clubs will sack their coach mid season and snaffle Sam Mitchell who is having a massive influence on the Eagles.

    • May 12th 2018 @ 11:34pm
      Graeme said | May 12th 2018 @ 11:34pm | ! Report

      WCE pressure and tackling is brutal and is getting a bit like the “unsociable Hawks” a few years ago. I wonder if they will suspend Yeo for an almost identical tackle as Nic Nat’s now the precedent has been set? I also wonder how long it will be before St Kilda, Carlton or Essendon swoop on MItchell as their next coach?

    • May 12th 2018 @ 11:42pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | May 12th 2018 @ 11:42pm | ! Report

      Darling is doing us fans proud.

      • May 13th 2018 @ 1:48am
        Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:48am | ! Report

        I admit it, I wanted Darling and Masten traded last year and am very happy to be so wrong (I also thought Mitchell Johnson was a has been before he absolutely destroyed England a few years ago). Darling is now delivering everything supporters believed he could and would have to be a Brownlow contender now. Masten is delivering everything supporters never thought he could. It speaks volumes for the coaching.

        • May 13th 2018 @ 9:50am
          Don Freo said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:50am | ! Report

          Glad to see it. For years, I’ve been defending Masten to Eagles fans and Darling to eastern staters.

          • May 13th 2018 @ 1:21pm
            Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            Don I can understand you defending Darling at the time but Masten would have been bloody hard to defend? Masten is playing good footy now and well done for defending both players. After seeing Ainsworth’s debut, RIoli’s current form and defensive efforts, Ryan and Venables until their injuries plus Shuey to come back that Jetta, Masten, Hutchings, Ah Chee and LeCras will need to play for their footy lives to retain their spots. Jetta in particular might have trouble breaking back into the team despite his pace. He would do well watching replays of Willie Rioli to realise what applying pressure is all about. At the moment all of the team currently playing deserve their spots.

        • May 13th 2018 @ 11:54am
          Jungle Jim said | May 13th 2018 @ 11:54am | ! Report

          there’s a long list of eagles players that the knockers have wanted gone, most of them still playing in this team.
          many eagles fans, on footy blogs at least, are quite brutal and abusive towards the players. If you criticise them then you’re accused of being a Facebook Fanboi, there’s no in between. Yet they abuse the players and coach when losing or creating a turnover, but jump on the bandwagon when winning. i guess every team has them. But Priddis was one player i thought needed to go, was a good extractor and tackler but lacked speed and kicking efficiency, held the team back in a way. that’s certainly been resolved now…and okay Masten can still be frustrating, as yesterday, with his turnovers, but plays an important link-up role..until he is replaced by some-one better?

          • May 13th 2018 @ 7:26pm
            Lroy said | May 13th 2018 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

            Mastos clangers have always been his achilles heel unfortunately.

            Priddis I think played a year too long, but its water under the bridge now. The side looks very well balanced and a couple of them, particularly Jetta are going to find it hard to force their way back in methinks.

    • May 13th 2018 @ 1:20am
      Ed said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:20am | ! Report

      Richmond have only beaten sides below them and have unfair advantage of wining away and another unfair advantage of playing at the MCG. Have I missed anything?

      • May 13th 2018 @ 9:51am
        Don Freo said | May 13th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

        Yes. There is a reason why these sides are below them.

    • May 13th 2018 @ 1:26am
      Graeme said | May 13th 2018 @ 1:26am | ! Report

      Runner up Ross has never been an Eagles fan that is for sure Matt.

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