Forwards Jack Darling and Oscar Allen star

That, however, was as good as it got for the visitors as the loss of Howe and De Goey took effect and the Eagles clicked into gear.

The West Australians’ pace and power ensured they got on top and their pressure in forward areas meant that Collingwood were denied any easy possessions and could not play out from the back.

Collingwood will take some solace from the performance of some of their youngsters. Beau McCreery kicked two goals in his third AFL game, while to their credit Buckley’s men never gave up and when Darcy Cameron kicked a goal with nine minutes remaining the black and white faithful dared to dream, given that the gap had shrunk to 22 points.


The Eagles found their mojo in the second quarter and Darling in particular stood up when his team needed him, kicking four goals. His size and power proved too much for the Collingwood backline, particularly when Howe limped off, helped to the rooms by two trainers. When things were getting tighter in the final term as the Pies got within 21 points Darling settled nerves with his fifth goal.


Allen was another to shine in the second period, adding to his first quarter strike with two goals, including one on the stroke of the siren which put the Eagles 12 points up at the long break. He ended up with five goals, a career high.

Best: West Coast: Darling, Allen, Kennedy, Sheed, Natanui. Collingwood: Mihocek, Grundy, McCreery, Moore


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