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West Coast Wow The Power…again

In scenes reminiscent of last year’s Elimination Final that saw Luke Shuey kick the winning goal after the siren over Port Adelaide, Jeremy McGovern lined up for a goal in a similar situation to see the Eagles claim a thrilling four-point win over the Power.

Listen back to those final moments here….

Port Adelaide were left with only one on the bench after Paddy Ryder, Charlie Dixon and Dan Houston were all ruled out with injury by half way through the third quarter.

The Eagles took advantage of the depleted side with Liam Ryan taking high flying marks and McGovern pushing his team over the line, 9.8 (62) to 9.4 (58).

“It was a hell of a win, probably the best one I’ve been a part of,” Tom Barrass told 6PR after the game.

“The group’s galvanised, there’s a real squad mentality, I think we’ve had it since Round 1,” West Coast coach Adam Simpson said after the game.

Hear how the first half played out here…

The West Coast Eagles have survived without Nic Naitanui and Josh Kennedy in their side, but now they have a challenge facing Port Adelaide without Andrew Gaff, who was averaging more than 30 disposals before his eight week suspension for punching Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw.

West Coast also lost Will Schofield to a hamstring injury early in the Western Derby last Sunday, but where able to push Tom Barrass back into defense.

West Coast Eagles Assistant Coach Jaymie Graham says Barrass was looking forward to playing in the forward line but didn’t even last a full quarter there because of the injury to Schofield.
“He’s been hitting me up all year to try and get him down forward. He said he didn’t sleep the night before, he was pretty excited about what he might be able to produce,” Graham said

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