Sport Eagles power past Hawks for AFL road win
AFL accused of making 'Victoria-centric' rejection of Port Adelaide's prison bar guernsey request by SA Premier
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has accused the AFL of making a 'Victoria-centric' decision in its rejection of Port Adelaide's request to wear the 'prison bar' guernsey.The Power had wanted to wear the heritage design during the round eight Showdown against Adelaide but the proposal was denied by the AFL after heated debate between former Magpies president Eddie McGuire and Port Adelaide legend Kane Cornes.
Midfield aces Dom Sheed, Tim Kelly, and Andrew Gaff have powered West Coast to their first win away from Perth this AFL season.
In a dour scrap at the MCG, the Eagles had too much class for struggling Hawthorn to prevail by 38 points in front of just 15,277 fans on Mother's Day.
The small crowd sat through an early snoozefest, with neither team scoring a goal until four minutes into the second quarter - the first goal-less first term in normal length games since round four, 2012.
West Coast blew the game open with seven goals to two in the second quarter to set-up the 14.14 (98) to 8.12 (60) victory.
Eagles caught in awkward war room moment following selection of Milton Williams in 2021 NFL Draft
Not everyone seemed happy with the Birds' third-round pick.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was shown fist-bumping everyone like a 12-year-old hopped up on FunDip and Monster Energy drinks following the selection of defensive tackle Milton Williams in Round 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
However, the Eagles were rocked late when star veteran Josh Kennedy finished the match on the bench with ice on his right calf.
West Coast's biggest win against the Hawks at the MCG could have been even larger as they dominated inside-50s 63-35.
The win - their first in four attempts in Victoria this year - will be of sweet relief to Eagles coach Adam Simpson.
The 2018 premiership coach labelled his team "weak" and "embarrassing" in their 97-point thrashing at the hands of the Cats in Geelong two weeks ago.
Flag hero Sheed and former Cats onballer Kelly set the tone, taking full advantage of ruckman Nic Naitanui's slick tap work.
Joined by Gaff, the trio were shining lights during the largely uneventful round-eight contest.
Brendon Ah Chee provided a spark up forward for the Eagles, slotting the game's first two goals and finished with a career-high of four majors.
Champion Hawks midfielder Tom Mitchell was up to his normal tricks with 41 possessions while teammates Jarman Impey and James Worpel also battled hard.
West Coast moved to a 5-3 record ahead on next Sunday's match against Adelaide at Optus Stadium, while the 17th-placed Hawks host winless North Melbourne in Launceston on Saturday.
AFL backs Rioli to return as twin blockbusters fixtured for Perth .
The question of Willie or won't he was made clearer by the AFL as West Coast and Fremantle were given a double dose of good news after the latest fixture announcement by the league.AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said on Friday the league would not stand in the way of Willie Rioli's return to action after the Eagle's guilty plea for drug possession in Darwin on Wednesday.