In one of the tightest Grand Finals in recent memory, the West Coast Eagles have defeated Collingwood by five points.
The Magpies led for much of the match, but simply couldn’t hold on as the Eagles put themselves ahead late in the match thanks to a superb Dom Sheed finish. Alongside Sheed, Luke Shuey was dominant, taking out the 2018 Norm Smith Medal, as the West Coast midfield got on top, in addition to an enormous performance from their backline.
The Eagles were written off by many coming into the season, and have overcome several setbacks and defied many critics to take out the top gong. After losing star ruckman Nic Naitanui to another ACL injury, the suspension of gun midfielder Andrew Gaff, injury to defender Brad Sheppard and even the forced retirement of All Australian key defender Eric Mackenzie, the Eagles have completely defied the odds to claim the flag.
The West Coast Eagles take the Cup home to the fans
West Coast laid claim to the brand-new Optus Stadium as their home ground through the 2018 AFL season, breaking several records along the way. The Eagles managed to just about fill the 60,000 capacity Stadium several times this year, constantly surpassing Western Australian football attendance records as they went. This culminated in last week’s Preliminary Final win over Melbourne, with the victory coming in front of a 59,608 strong crowd in full voice, a new Western Australian sporting attendance record.
The West Coast Eagles and their fans thoroughly deserve their 2018 AFL Premiership. The performances not only their players have displayed on the field, but the support of their fans is certainly second to none.
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