Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hey! Eagles!



JOHN Worsfold stopped on the way into his post-match media conference to watch Black Cavia''s 25th win.
The West Coast coach had developed an appetite on Saturday for drubbings.
After being challenged early in their AFL match at the MCG, the Eagles kicked at the turn and thumped Melbourne by the length of the straight.
Their 94-point win featured an astonishing third term where they kicked a club-record 11.3.
That followed a first half where the Demons tested West Coast, who had lost their opening two games.
“As much as we haven't playing our best football over the last couple of weeks, we haven't been far off it,” Worsfold said.
“We showed some improvement in the way we played throughout the game.”
Ruckman Dean Cox starred and key forwards Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy kicked five goals apiece.
Fellow forward Mark LeCras also returned from a broken arm to kick three goals. The other big name back in the side was midfielder Daniel Kerr, who had off-season knee surgery.
Kerr was subbed out for the last term and had ice on the knee, but said he was better for the run.
The star onballer was prominent when the game was in the balance during the second term.
“I haven't pulled up sore at all,” Kerr said.
“I was a little bit tired towards the end - I wasn't unhappy to be subbed.
“It was just precautionary.”
Kerr also paid credit to Melbourne, saying he had some sympathy for their plight.
“I don't think they're as bad a team as the media have said - they just haven't played four quarters of football,” he said.
“We knew at some stage in the game they were going to challenge us.”
Kerr knows what Melbourne are going through, given West Coast finished last only three years ago.

“I can see where they're going. I can see they're building a list,” he said.

“We went through a similar thing and it can turn around very quickly.

“They are playing good patches of football.
“If they weren't playing any good football at all, you'd probably be worried if you were Melbourne.”
Beau Waters hurt his calf in the warm-up and is in doubt for next Saturday's home game against Carlton.

Under-pressure Demons coach Mark Neeld saw plenty of encouragement in his side’s performance.
“I know it's a little win - it's a tiny little thing - but we were really proud of the response the players gave in the first half,” Neeld said.
“We're driving forward and that's where it is.
“There will be ups and downs.
“Our third quarter was clearly not good enough, but we showed today there's certainly enough to keep forging on and working hard and driving these boys as hard as we possibly can.”
There was severe fallout from the disaster against Essendon a week ago, with chief executive Cameron Schwab tapped on the shoulder and the team having a one-night camp at coastal Sorrento.
But by Friday the mood had changed to defiance, with a big group of fans turning up to training and co-captain Jack Grimes showing his faith by signing a three-year deal.
AAP
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