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Naitanui makes bid for AFL's mark of year

Greg Buckle And Sam Lienert 26/06/2011 07:35:01 PM Comments (0)

Nic Naitanui might have just taken the AFL mark of the year but teammate Andrew Embley says the mark of the century is coming.

Naitanui rose high above West Coast teammate Jack Darling during the second quarter of Sunday's round-14 clash with Carlton at Etihad Stadium, bringing fans of both sides to their feet to celebrate an athletic feat, evoking memories of Blues' star Alex Jesaulenko's classic grab in the 1970 grand final.

"It was a wonderful grab. It's only a matter of time, I believe, before he takes the mark of the century," Embley said.

"The guy can just jump so high. Today maybe mark of the year but, hopefully one day, he can go higher."

Eagles' coach John Worsfold said he was more interested in what happened immediately after the 201cm excitement machine took his sensational grab.

"He's been threatening (to take a big mark)," Worsfold said.

"Probably the more important thing is that he went back and nailed the goal.

"It's always nice to kick a goal after you take a hang. It was a big jump."

While Naitanui had only eight possessions, his workrate was tremendous with nine tackles and 17 hitouts.

The Eagles dominated the aerial contests, taking 23 contested marks to Carlton's 11, as West Coast soared to a 15.13 (103) to 10.7 (67) victory.

It was fifth-placed West Coast's first win over a top-four side this season.

Big forward Quinten Lynch with 12 marks, 22 possessions and two goals was a major focal point for the Eagles, while Mark LeCras kicked three goals and Josh Kennedy booted 2.3.

Mark Nicoski and Ashley Smith kicked two goals each.

"It's a potent forward line. There's no doubt about that," Embley said.

"We've got forwards that are on top and taking good marks.

"Lynch has been outstanding, Josh Kennedy's a gun player, Mark LeCras creates opportunities week in, week out.

"Mark Nicoski's been outstanding for us this year as more a defensive forward, but kicking goals.

"When the ball is not being marked in there, those guys are giving us great contests and we're getting front and square and getting opportunities as well."

The Eagles have the bye next week.

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