West Coast run riot over Collingwood as Josh Kennedy bags SEVEN goals in 66-point win


West Coast overcame a fast-starting Collingwood to notch their most convincing win of the 2020 season, running out 66-point winners over recent rivals the Magpies at Optus Stadium.

The Pies were forced to line up without captain Scott Pendlebury, who was with withdrawn just minutes from the opening bounce due to quad tightness.

Premiership defender Jeremy McGovern was also a late out (thumb) and West Coast missed his defensive dominance in the opening term.

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The Eagles were lucky to only be 14 points down at the first change, before producing a stunning turnaround in the second quarter led by veteran forward Josh Kennedy.

The three-goal quarter lifted Adam Simpson’s men to an 11-point lead at the main change, with Collingwood having no answers to Kennedy’s authority.

After one major in the opening quarter, last weekend’s Glendinning-Allen medallist had four goals to half-time.

He finished with six straight goals for the game, placing him second in this year’s Coleman medal tally with 18 for the year.

Camera IconJake Waterman of the Eagles celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2020 AFL Round 08 match. Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

Youngsters Oscar Allen and Jake Waterman provided scoreboard assistance with two goals each in the premiership quarter as the Eagles stretched their lead to 44-points at three-quarter time.

West Coast kicked 13 unanswered goals as they ran riot over the helpless Pies.

Captain Luke Shuey appeared to have got through the match unscathed, tallying 19 touches in a welcome return.

Prized recruit – and birthday boy – Tim Kelly (30 and a goal), Andrew Gaff (26) and Elliot Yeo (22) also blitzed the disposal count as West Coast ran out 66-point winners.

West Coast’s 111-point tally is the highest team total of the season.



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