Eagles reclaim top-eight spot
West Coast Eagles won the final Western Derby against Fremantle Dockers at Domain Stadium by 30 points to climb back into the AFL top eight.
The Eagles kicked the first five goals of the match in the 46th and last clash between the Western Australia rivals, and were then helped to victory by the Dockers' inaccurate goalkicking.
The two teams had the same number of scoring shots but Fremantle had no winners in attack and went down 11.8 (74) to 5.14 (44).
West Coast were well led by skipper Shannon Hurn, who was the unanimous choice as the Ross Glendinning medallist after picking up 34 disposals across half-back.
Coach Adam Simpson said there were a lot of mistakes made by both teams, and credited the Dockers for the way they continued to press.
But Fremantle's finals chances are virtually over, with just seven wins from their 16 games so far. And they could well have star Stephen Hill back on the injury list after he hurt his shoulder in the final quarter.
Returning to action for the derby, Josh Kennedy kicked three goals in the first quarter for the Eagles who built up a 29-point lead at the start of the final quarter.
Jack Darling and Mark LeCras both kicked two goals, LeCras reaching the 400-career-goal landmark in the match.
The Dockers had 11 more inside 50s than West Coast, but were ineffective in attack. Star Michael Walters kicked two goals but was shut out by Eagles tagger Mark Hutchings, while goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne booted one goal from eight touches as Brad Sheppard took the points in their duel.
Coach Ross Lyon said: "I wouldn't pop the forwards, they were out and they were clear.
"At some point the small forwards have got to hit the other forwards and the mids have got to hit them. It's not like they weren't in the right spot."
West Coast are 25/1 to win the Grand Final, while the Eagles are 11/20 to finish in the top eight.
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