Eagles Smash Dockers in RAC Derby 50
In front of 56,358 fans at Optus Stadium, the Eagles Smashed the Dockers in slippery conditions to claim derby number 50 with a 91 point thumping, 19.8 122 to 2.19 31 win. Brad Sheppard won his first Glendinning-Allan Medal for his 25 possessions and 7 marks. In his second game, this season star ruckman Nic Naitanui had 14 possessions and 23 hit outs and inspired the side with his brilliant ruck work and intensity around the contest. It’s a clear warning that the reigning premiers are finding their groove when it counts.
West Coast equalled the 9-game record winning streak in derbies; last time that happened was back in 1995-1999. The Eagles now have an impressive head-to-head tally 30-20, It was the second-biggest winning margin between the WA clubs and held Freo to the lowest-ever score, worse than the Dockers 5.6 36 effort in Ross Lyon’s first derby in charge in 2012.
The Eagles had winners everywhere
With prolific onballer Andrew Gaff 34 disposals doing as he pleased despite persistent boos from Freo fans, with sidekick Luke Shuey 28 possessions, 9 clearances, and backmen Sheppard 25 and Shannon Hurn 22 a cut above.
Without Star forward Josh Kennedy the eagle’s forward line stood up with Jarred Cameron kicking 4 goals, running riot alongside Jamie Cripps 4 and Jack Darling, also with 4 goals.
The Dockers have some serious soul-searching to do after going down to Melbourne, Carlton and now the Eagles.
Darcy Tucker 29 disposals could hold his head high, usual suspects Michael Walters 23, Nat Fyfe 21 and David Mundy 18 never stopped trying, but once again too much was left to too few.
West Coast, now move into the top-two for the first time this season and host the stuttering Magpies in a Friday night blockbuster at Optus Stadium, who they have beaten four straight times. Meanwhile, the Dockers travel to Launceston, where they have a 1-10 record, to face the Hawks, who they have lost 11 of the last 12 encounters against.
Daniel Ebert 98Five Sonshine FM