The West Coast Eagles didn’t just win their home elimination final against North Melbourne on Sunday — they crushed it.
West Coast poured in 24 goals on route to a 96-point 162-66 win in front of 41,790 mostly Eagles fans at Patersons Stadium and will go on to face Collingwood on Saturday night at the MCG.
The Kangaroos have been one the league’s hottest teams since the bye rounds, but West Coast stayed relatively consistent all season long, and dominant at home — and it showed on Sunday.
A third quarter rally by the Kangaroos presented some hope, but it didn’t last long as West Coast booted nine of the final 10 goals in the fourth quarter.
Josh Kennedy, Andrew Embley and Jack Darling were the best in front of goals with four apiece for an Eagles side which featured 13 individual goal kickers. Quintin Lynch also kicked three goals in his return to the side.
Some bad news will affect the Eagles finals campaign; vice-captain Beau Waters suffered a right foot injury and will likely miss the Collingwood match.
The game was just West Coast’s second finals win since their 2006 premiership and North’s first final since 2008.
The signs were there early for a Kangaroos no show performance. They were blown out by Fremantle at home in round 22 and weren’t very convincing against the lowly Giants last week.
Veteran Brent Harvey may face a suspension to start his 2013 season after he collected Eagles star Daniel Kerr nastily off the ball.
Kerr starred for the West Coast with 28 possessions while Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff and Chris Masten also made brilliant contributes around the ground.