Blog log from R18 of 2016: West Coast vs Melbourne

Yeo has a flying snap at goal to open the scoring. His hooked attempt, across the body, bounces through for a minor score from the arc of 50. (Q1 1:55)
Neal-Bullen to Brayshaw through the middle of Pattersons, before Angus picks out Garlett running back to goal unopposed. Jeff slots the set shot from 30 on the slight! (Q1 12:08)
The Dees make it two in a row to start this contest! From the stoppage, the balls spills forward and then back, directly into the path of Matt Jones. He settles and goals from 35! (Q1 15:14)
Masten takes the intercept mark after Wagner produced the poor turnover, attempting to switch the play to the fat side of the ground. Priddis receives from Chris by foot… (Q1 18:44)
And Matthew makes no mistake from 40 metres out directly in front! (Q1 19:20)
Cripps hacks it out of congestion after the Eagles went long to the hotspot. Jamie’s effort floats wide to the unmarked Duggan, who goals from 25 on the slight! (Q1 24:30)
The Eagles captain turns it over horribly through the corridor, chipping it directly into the path of Vince. Bernie finds Garlett out the back, and Jeff strolls in to goal! (Q2 4:46)
Again the Eagles are found wanting defensively. Petracca moves it wide to Matt Jones, off to Watts who finds Viney unmarked 30 out. Jack over the top to Dawes and goals! (Q2 6:01)
That was about as easy a goal as you’ll see in the AFL. Worrying signs for Eagles fans… (Q2 6:59)
Cripps launches out of the stoppage, long to the Lycett/McDonald match up and Scott takes the strong mark on Oscar. From 25 on the slight, the ruck slots the goal! (Q2 8:46)
Long bomb into the Kennedy/O.McDonald contest after the delivery from Yeo, and Josh takes the strong grab. Josh lines up from 35 on the slight and sends it through! (Q2 12:26)
Cripps takes a mark running into space as the Eagles push forward once more. Jamie lines up from 35 on the sharp angle and misses poorly to the near side. (Q2 14:46)
Another long one to the Kennedy/McDonald contest, this time of the Tom variety, and the Dee gives away the free for holding. Josh finishes another from 25 on the slight! (Q2 15:27)
Jones opens up the play with a piercing delivery from one side of the ground to the other, finding Petracca unopposed. Christian gathers and sends it through from 40! (Q2 22:12)
Vince receives a free kick after Redden held onto his counterpart too long. From deep in the pocket, Bernie’s snap attempt thwacks into the post. (Q2 27:32)
Hogan takes the intercept mark after Wellingham turns it over poorly, attempting to rebound defensive 50. From a step inside 50, Jesse misses to the left hand side. (Q3 7:07)
Nelson again attempts to provide run and carry coming out of defence, but he is mauled by Watts. The free is paid Jack’s way, and the former number one pick misses from 40. (Q3 9:42)
This time the turnover falls the way of Neal-Bullen, who quickly dabs it into the unattended Stretch. Kicking from 40 on the slight angle, Billy is unable to make them pay. (Q3 10:52)
Barrass is the latest man to turn it over coming out of defensive 50, slamming it out of bounds on the full. Watts is the recipient, but misses from the sharp angle, 30 out. (Q3 14:38)
Frost takes the intercept mark just outside 50, and then darts in a brilliant pass to the leading Garlett. Jeff lines up from 30 on the slight and finally sends it through! (Q3 16:18)
Kennedy produces the classic ‘something from nothing’ as the Eagles have a rare foray forward. Josh grabbed it off the deck and snapped through a bouncer from 50! (Q3 18:33)
Brayshaw heads long to the Dawes/Mackenzie match up and Chris took the terrific contested grab. The former Pie lines up and sends it through from 35 for the quick reply! (Q3 20:48)
Masten thuds in a low curler, and Darling darts to the front of the pack and takes it out ahead of Wagner. Jack sends it through from 35 to the roar of the faithful! (Q3 23:23)
LeCras grabs the pill out of the air after Cripps attempted a volley from the top of the square. Mark throws it on the boot at warp speed, but misses to the near side. (Q3 26:09)
Tom McDonald now plays the role of poor rebounder, sending it straight onto the chest of Wellingham. Sharrod picks out Cripps on the lead, and Jamie goals from 35! (Q3 27:04)
Garlett leads the foot race but can only tap it in front of him, and the pace sends it through for a minor score. (Q3 28:53)
Wellingham turns it over once more, this time straight from the kick in. The former Pie picked out Kent, and Dean finishes with ease from 30! (Q3 29:45)
Hill, LeCras to Gaff and scores are level at Patterson’s Stadium! The Eagles won a number of fifty-fifties, finalised by Hill’s win over Jetta in the marking contest! (Q4 5:07)
Gaff launches inside 50 as the Eagles begin to run rampant, and this time Hill takes a towering mark over Hunt. From the sharp angle, Josh slots the set shot! (Q4 6:48)
Watts produces a terrific smother to force the quick turnover. Jack then moved it centrally by hand to the speeding Kent, but Dean could only manage a point from the arc. (Q4 16:40)
The Eagles lead by five points with seven minutes left to play. Huge seven minutes in both sides seasons! (Q4 17:29)
Viney wins the hard pill at ground level as the Dees begin to press once more. Jack flicks it off to Watts, who steadies and snaps for goal from 35. The ball thwacks into the post! (Q4 18:55)
Rushed minor makes it five the difference as LeCras attempted the unthinkable from the pocket. (Q4 20:25)
Margin six points now after Kennedy’s set shot was rushed through from 35. (Q4 25:54)
Less than two minutes to play now!
(Q4 25:54)

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