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Eagles knock the Magpies out of the sky

The West Coast Eagles have dominated the Collingwood Magpies at Perth Stadium in a 66 point drumming.

It was deemed the ultimate test for the Eagles who were yet to beat a top eight side this season, as they faced the best defensive team in the competition.

Both sides had big late changes with the Eagles losing Jeremy McGovern with a thumb injury, while Scott Pendlebury left the field in warm up due to quad tightness.

Josh Rotham was brought into the side to replace the four time All-Australian defender. While Atu Bosenavulagi replaced Pendlebury.

The Magpies were out of the starting blocks fast, heading into the quarter time break with a 14 point lead. It was a lead short lived however as the Eagles started to turn things around in the second quarter.

Tim Kelly was influential in the midfield ending the match with 30 disposals, while up forward veteran Josh Kennedy dominated the game with 7 goals straight.

The Eagles kicked the highest score of any side in the competition to date in the 18.3 (111) to 6.9 (45) result.

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“The identity of our side was a little off. The leadership team has really stood up. It goes from being crisis to being flag favourites”- Adam Simpson

“Some people have been critical of Tim’s impact but hopefully he is building a long term career with us”  Simpson on Tim Kelly.

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“Defensively we needed to ramp up after Q1 – but once we got that right it went a long way on getting us back on top” – Luke Shuey.

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“He just felt a bit tight in the quad – he knows his bosy well and felt like he couldn’t kick through that” – Nathan Buckley on Scott Pendlebury.

“We didn’t get much right after quarter time.  We played our Washington Generals role really well today to the West Coast Globetrotters….. they looked like they grew in confidence and in dare.” – Nathan Buckley

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