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Ryan Buckland

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Ryan likes his sport played efficiently, effectively and elegantly, like a Nic Naitanui hit out to advantage. Always searching for an interesting angle, Ryan loves nothing more than digging deep into the play and searching for the signal others miss in the noise. You can follow Ryan here (@RyanBuckland7).

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Q4 – 18m – Mark LeCras puts West Coast in front! The Eagles break from a D50 exit and despite a poor Jack Redden kick which is smothered find Mark LeCras leading about 40 metres out. They’re in front. Huge. Seven minutes on the game clock.

West Coast: 14.7 (91)
Melbourne: 13.12 (90)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Mark LeCras has a shot at goal. This could be for a West Coast lead for the first time today

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Gee it’d be a deflating one. They’ve had so much of hte play on their terms

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 15m – And West Coast finds the answer! A free kick off the back of the square results in a West Coast forward thrust, and Willie Rioli snaps true roving a pack inside 50. Three points. Great game this.

West Coast: 13.7 (85)
Melbourne: 13.10 (88)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 14m – Melbourne gets the centre break again – as they’ve done for much of the day – but Jake Melksham can’t find the big posts. The kick out heads out of bounds but West Coast manage to snuff the re-entry. They break to the open side but can’t find a shot at goal. That was a huge opportunity to close within a goal.

West Coast: 12.7 (79)
Melbourne: 13.10 (88)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 12m – A sparkling run through the middle from Brad Sheppard, who finds Jamie Cripps inside 50. Cripps keeps the ball in front of him and hangs it to a wide open Mark Hutchings, who marks 40 metres out dead in front and goals. Eight points again.

West Coast: 12.7 (79)
Melbourne: 13.9 (87)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 10m – We’ve definitely entered a different phase of play here, with the ball spending time going back and forth around the West Coast forward 50 arc. There’s skill errors and fumbles galore, and all we get out of it is a West Coast behind. On the ensuing kick in another incisive Melbourne kick opens up the fat side of the ground, and Jake Melksham finds Mitch Hannan inside 50. He misses, and we start it all again.

West Coast: 11.7 (73)
Melbourne: 13.9 (87)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Melbourne wouldn’t want to be getting too conservative though, they have given up bursts of goals to the Eagles on a couple of occasions today.

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 5m – The ball spends some time on the broadcast wing, and the Eagles get a clean look inside 50 on the back of some great work in the clinches. However the entry kick is shanked, and Melbourne exit with ease switching to the outer side. The game certainly looks a bit less skilful to start the last, perhaps the effects of the warm temperature are kicking in.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 13.8 (86)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q4 – 3m – Melbourne gets the first of the quarter with some strong pressure locking the ball in from a centre clearance. Jake Melksham continues a very good day for Melbourne’s half forward line, and the Dees are out by 14 points again.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 13.8 (86)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Three quarter time – An eight point Melbourne lead at the last change. Still anyone’s game. West Coast will be happy with everything but the scoreline in that quarter.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 12.8 (80)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 32m – With a minute to go West Coast strikes back through Dan Venables, after a rare clean centre break. We’re going to head to the three quarter time break with the game well and truly up in the air. The Eagles get a free kick for high contact that should’ve been converted to 50 for a poor return. The siren sounds, and the crowd expresses its feelings in the usual way.

West Coast: 11.6 (72)
Melbourne: 12.8 (80)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 30m – And just like that they get a break with some stellar work from Clayton Oliver at a back 50 stoppage. Mitch Hannan takes a mark out the back and kicks the goal. For all the great play the Eagles had in the first 15 minutes of the quarter, Melbourne has managed to eek it back out to the half time margin (14 points).

West Coast: 10.6 (66)
Melbourne: 12.8 (80)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 28m – West Coast has its press well set and are getting some repeat entries inside 50. But no reward, it’s still eight points.

West Coast: 10.6 (66)
Melbourne: 11.8 (74)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 26m – Melbourne gets the centre break with some great follow up work from Max Gawn, and Charlie Spargo (who has done some great stuff from the half forward line) finds Tom McDonald about 20 metres out. He kicks the goal, and it’s back to eight points.

West Coast: 10.6 (66)
Melbourne: 11.8 (74)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 25m – West Coast has the game on its terms, with the play starting to move further to the outside. Melbourne gets caught on an overlap and Elliot Yeo scores from just inside 50 on the right wing. Back to two points. This is pretty fun.

West Coast: 10.6 (66)
Melbourne: 10.8 (68)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Both sides lining up with a spare man off the back of the square.

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 22m – Melbourne replies instantly. Some fluky bounce of the ball stuff results in a Mitch Hannan mark close to the tip of the goal square. Eight point Melbourne lead.

West Coast: 9.6 (60)
Melbourne: 10.8 (68)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 21m – Two in a minute! This time Mark Hutchings is in the right spot after some heavy play on the front of the West Coast centre square. Two point ball game.

West Coast: 9.6 (60)
Melbourne: 9.8 (62)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 20m – Another West Coast break, this time on the left wing, and Dom Sheed passes the ball to a sprinting Willie Rioli, and it was almost as though he passed it to his feet on purpose! Rioli soccers the ball home like an EPL striker and we’re back to a single digit margin.

West Coast: 7.6 (48)
Melbourne: 9.8 (62)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 19m – West Coast break through the middle of the ground and scrub the ball inside 50. A 2v2 breaks out and Melbourne manages to neutralise the ball. It’s getting tense out there, West Coast starting to press a bit harder as the Dees get a bit more conservative with their ball movement – perhaps a product of the conditions.

West Coast: 7.6 (48)
Melbourne: 9.8 (62)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 15m – Jamie Cripps takes the first shot for goal of anyone for about five minutes but misses left from the right forward pocket. West Coast set up well to intercept the ensuing kick out and we’re back inside West Coast’s 50. Dom Sheed gathers the ground ball and kicks a goal. Suddenly we’re back to 13 points.

West Coast: 7.6 (48)
Melbourne: 9.7 (61)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 13m – The play breaks open a little after Brad Sheppard intercepts on the Melbourne back line. West Coast work the far side boundary but mess up the entry, and the Dees get back inside 50 with some long, cross-ground kicks. However they can’t get a shot off and West Coast has another go at exiting via the boundary. It’s getting a bit more open all of a sudden as Sheppard runs the centre and gets the ball inside 50. It’s all happening all of a sudden! But West Coast can’t get a shot off.

West Coast: 6.5 (41)
Melbourne: 9.7 (61)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 10m – We get what I’d hazard is our first bit of rolling stoppage play in the game on West Coast’s left attacking wing. Players are heading to the bench looking pretty fatigued, you’d have to think that’ll be a factor as the game goes on. We’re mostly one on one around the ground for what it’s worth.

West Coast: 6.5 (41)
Melbourne: 9.7 (61)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog

Q3 – 8m – The Eagles get a break from the ensuing centre bounce and Nathan Vardy takes a neat mark on the 50 metre line. His kick travels high and looked to have been touched, but the review confirms it was over the line. A goal for the Eagles and didn’t they need it.

West Coast: 6.4 (40)
Melbourne: 9.7 (61)

West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog