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The West Coast is back in the top eight after beating the Adelaide Crows by 42 points at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

The Eagles blew up the game in the fourth half – scoring five goals led to two of Adelaide running away with a result of 14.14 (98) to 8.8 (56).

Jamie Cripps opened the scoring for the visitors with five career goals, but the victory was somewhat soured by a questionable save from captain Luke Shuey. Shuey was sent off in the dying minutes of the fourth round with a bandage on his right calf.

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It saw the West Coast (9-8) end a three-game losing streak to take seventh place in the standings, while Adelaide (5-12) suffered a fourth straight defeat, ranked 16th.

The Eagles lost spearhead Josh Kennedy before the opening game to a calf injury, who was replaced on the team by Bailey Williams.


Lachie Sholl (ADE) and Jackson Nelson (WCE) are medical substitutes.

Paul Seedsman played excitedly early in the game, launching two balls before being arrested but Tim Kelly for holding the ball.

Both teams were goalless for the first 10 minutes, with Taylor Walker returning from a neck injury, having a standout challenge but hitting the post from 50 yards out.

No team has been particularly clear or well-versed in him during his first term, with Fox Footy commentator Kelli Underwood saying: “It’s messy city at the Adelaide Oval at the moment.”

Walker finally broke the deadlock on goal, getting past the first main game of the game with two minutes left in the first half after conceding a free kick from open range.

The Crows have a six-point lead at half-time against the goalless Eagles, 1.3 (9) to 0.3 (3).

The West Coast eventually scored their first goal of the game two minutes into the second half through a Jack Darling snap, while Jamie Cripps kicked in through another shortly after from 50 yards out.

Cripps then kicked in another goal with a swing kick that went straight into the net, extending West Coast’s lead to 13 points.

The Crows fought back with the next two goals two quarters behind last week’s total of 21 points against Essendon.

Fox Footy experts compared the defensive nature of the match to a cricket match – both clubs played safe and cautious football.

“It’s like a game of cricket where nobody’s willing to play a shot,” said Hawks great Dermott Brereton.

Saints champion Nick Dal Santo replied: “Like a test match.”

Darcy Fogarty hit a stunning goal late in the second term to reduce the Crows’ deficit to two points in the first half, 4.6 (30) to 4.4 (28).

Cripps scored the first two goals of his third term – his third and fourth for the game, while Jack Pettruccelle kicked in another to extend West Coast’s advantage to a game-high 19.

Cripps’ temper led Matthew Nicks to transfer Chayce Jones, who had an eye on Liam Ryan, to him.

“He’s hot,” Underwood said.

The Crows kick off two goals in their third term, and whenever they look like a challenge, the West Coast reacts immediately.

“It’s a quarter dominated by the Eagles,” said the great Leigh Montagna of the Saints.

The Eagles lead by 21 points three-quarters of the time, 9.9 (63) to 6.6 (42).

Nick Murray (concussion) has been dropped from the game for a fourth term for Lachie Sholl.

Cripps kicked off his fifth goal of the game in the fourth quarter to claim the best effort of his career, while Ryan himself kicked two majors in the final to three goals in the game.

It was time for the Eagles when Oscar Allen nailed the coffin at the end of the fourth term with a hit set to extend the West Coast’s lead to 42 points.

But unfortunately, the celebration was marred by the setback of Shuey, who came out late for Jackson Nelson.

West Coast’s Nic Naitanui and Adelaide’s Brodie Smith were taken off the field by their teammates in both men’s 200th game.

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3-2-1 (What We Learned)


In the absence of Josh Kennedy, the West Coast’s small strikers have dominated Adelaide, especially Jamie Cripps.

Cripps is arguably the most dominant player on the pitch with the best performance of his career, scoring five of his best personal goals. He also has 25 tackles – including nine properties in dispute, four signs and four tackles.

His impressive performance included two vital goals in the third quarter to ignite the Eagles and energize them.

Crow legend Mark Riccituo noted on 3/4 that Cripps was the winner of the match.

“Jamie Cripps is a destroyer. Well done to him, he is on fire, scoring four goals and still has a quarter left. ”

It took the Cripps’ scoring season up to 19 majors from 17 games.

As mentioned, the little forwards made it up for the West Coast tonight, scoring 10 of their 14 goals.

Petruccelle (two goals) also impressed, while Liam Ryan (three goals, four redirects) had his moments and could end up with an even bigger bag if he kicks straight .


It was a step in the right direction from the West Coast but not enough to convince the Fox Footy pundits that they were just ‘back’.

They finished three skateboards to climb back into the top eight in a tough couple of weeks for Adam Simpson’s team.

There were even suggestions that it could be the end of the Eagles’ recent successful era despite a number of injuries to key stars throughout the campaign. their.

Ricciuto gives it to his Fox Footy colleagues if they see enough to believe the Eagles are ‘back’ after beating Adelaide by 42 points.

“Have we seen enough from them to say they’re back? They will return in eight days after this. The first half is pretty rough but they look a little neater in the second half,” says the Crows legend.

Brereton noted that they have taken a step in the right direction and are “too good a team not to play the final” but are still not fully convinced of them.

“Not for me, they didn’t come back. You have to start somewhere and that’s a positive thing in that area,” Brereton said.

Dal Santo added: “I wouldn’t say they’re back, I’d say they’ve definitely improved today. It was a really tough three weeks before that for them to look better. ”

Riccituo believes the West Coast’s prosperity has come from reviving midfield stars, who have all missed significant parts of the season.

It makes Shuey’s setback a fatal blow in the context of their season.

“They have to bring the midfield back to the top right? Shuey is a big part of that. Elliot Yeo also looks like he’s ready to take it to another level. If they get those guys back with Tim Kelly back in a good fork, they’ll be very hard to beat,” Riccituo said.

Brereton agrees that their midfield is the difference in Adam Simpson’s team.

“The biggest bonus for me was that Luke Shuey ran through the lines in the third quarter and found some real penetration. That’s the biggest bounty for the Eagles,” he said.


We’ve seen some of Crows young strikers Darcy Fogarty at their best, finishing with 10 possessions and two goals.

The sharp player was productive in the first half and netted one of the goals of the season from the touchline at a tight angle late in the second half.

But unfortunately, the 21-year-old was barely featured in the second half – limited to three tackles – in a way that reflects his inconsistent form over his 35-match career. that.

Blessed with so much talent but relegated to the SANFL several times this year, Fogarty has played 10 AFL games in 2021.

Brereton told Riccituo during the game: “What is it that he doesn’t get selected automatically every week?”

He replied: “Personally I think he has to reach another level with his fitness and he has to get the ball to the the absolute minimum when the ball enters the goal line. When he gets his hands on the ball, you can see what he can do. He has to do it more often.”

Montagna believes that if he can find a little more football, it can take his game to the next level.

“If he can raise his numbers from eight or nine tackles a game and up to 15 and have a few more shots on goal,” he said.

Brereton said his aggression held him back and “hurt the team a bit”.

“He was a big kid, he was an aggressive kid. Sometimes his aggression hurts the team a bit. For me, this is our goal at least so far of the round,” said the five-time Hawk prime minister.

Dal Santo added: “If he doesn’t have a huge tank, keep him closer to goal and let him do what he’s so good at. Let him score, that’s all we ask.”

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