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Dockers let win slip against Eagles

By James Dampney 09/04/2005 10:43:52 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle has let an AFL victory slip through its hands for the second straight week, steam-rolled by West Coast in the final term of their AFL western derby at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night.

Six days after dominating St Kilda for three quarters only to lose by a point, the Dockers led by 21 points at halftime on Saturday night before succumbing 12.16 (88) to 12.8 (80).

After a quiet opening to the season by his lofty standards, Chris Judd (31 possessions) was inspirational for the Eagles, adding a first Ross Glendinning medal for best on ground to his Brownlow medal.

After scores were level at quarter time, Fremantle kicked five goals to one in the second term to establish what should have been a match-winning lead.

The Dockers finally appeared to be overcoming their long-standing Achilles heel of poor disposal, stringing together some outstanding passages of play.

West Coast's woes were personified in the dying seconds of the second term, when the Eagles attempted to make one more foray forward before halftime.

Ashley Hansen bombed the ball long to a contest, but Luke McPharlin extinguished the danger with an early contender for mark of the year as the siren went.

A surprisingly impotent Eagles outfit struggled to score all night, with forwards Quentin Lynch and Phil Matera all-but anonymous throughout the game.

West Coast kicked the opening three goals of the third term, however, closing the gap to just two points.

The Eagles then hit the front with two goals to start the final quarter, with Hansen and Dean Cox producing outlandish snaps over their heads for six-pointers.

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