If there was a roof on Optus Stadium, the final siren roar would have lifted it off, but Eagles fans at home if whipped social media into a frenzy too after their first win at home in nearly a year.
Adam Simpson said his major emotion was relief as West Coast finally snapped their slump in front of patient and emotion-charged fans at Optus Stadium.
Two forwards led the way in West Coast’s stunning drought-breaking victory over Essendon, while another seven Eagles were within three marks of a perfect performance. We rank every player.
Josh Kennedy wound back the clock with five priceless goals to make sure West Coast’s longest-ever losing streak wouldn’t go any further. MARK DUFFIELD’S ANALYSIS
The longest losing streak in West Coast history is finally over, with the club’s premiership forwards firing in a 10-point win over Essendon. Here’s our three-word analysis of every Eagle.
UPDATE: West Coast built a three-quarter time lead for the first time since the opening weekend of the season to give themselves a chance of snapping the longest losing run in club history.
West Coast have made a sloppy start in their quest for a first home win in almost 12 months — and it was a pair of WA products who did the early damage for Essendon.
West Coast will deny AFLW draftees the chance to play in the 2022 WAFLW grand final if their club qualifies for the decider in a decision that’s frustrated local clubs.
If you were West Coast and you had the choice of making your trade target the exciting 199cm tall Luke Jackson, or the versatile 173cm small Liam Baker, which way would you go?
Richmond’s pocket rocket Liam Baker has become West Coast’s second-most sought-after trade target behind Melbourne ruckman Luke Jackson as the Eagles look to fast-track their rebuild.
Several former AFLW players are seeking a second chance in Wednesday’s AFLW draft, headlined by delisted Docker Sabreena Duffy.
Nic Naitanui will play around two-thirds of West Coast’s WAFL clash on Saturday, with the star ruckman “excited” to be back on the park for the first time in almost three months.
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In a bizarre court appearance, former Eagle Daniel Kerr said he did not want to be separated from his new cell mate, and could not come to court on Wednesdays because he would miss his favourite TV show.
Essendon icon Kevin Sheedy has positioned Friday’s clash with long-time rivals West Coast at Optus Stadium as an eye to the future for the two struggling clubs.
West Coast have made a call on whether star ruckman Nic Naitanui will return to the 22 - and have decided who will replace Jeremy McGovern. SEE THE TEAMS
The potential inclusion of Nic Naitanui might rattle a few opposition ruckmen, but Essendon’s own cult hero big man, Sam Draper, isn’t one of them.
West Coast premiership star Dom Sheed has played down his latest injury concern which threatens to derail his already hampered season.
West Coast are flirting with the idea of deploying ruckman Nic Naitanui as a virtual centre bounce specialist in a surprise comeback from his knee injury against Essendon at Optus Stadium on Friday night.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson has admitted the club tried to downplay the injury to Jeremy McGovern publicly after the star defender was hospitalised with broken ribs.
Max Gawn’s injury has given football’s hottest property, Luke Jackson, the perfect chance to shine as West Coast and Fremantle load up mega deals to lure the 20-year-old back to WA.
First-round draft prospect Ella Roberts is all but certain to land at West Coast in next week’s AFLW draft after snubbing rival interest to nominate for Western Australia.
Nic Naitanui got through a gruelling training session behind closed doors on Tuesday to put his hand up for a return as Tim Kelly and Sam Petrevski-Seton were also welcome sightings. SEE THE PICTURES
Superstar West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui is the latest big-name player in consideration for a WAFL injury return.
Jeremy McGovern is finally out of hospital, three days after sustaining broken ribs against Geelong at Optus Stadium.
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