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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Vintage Gaff inspires Eagles in GF rematch


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Andrew Gaff has starred in his return from an eight-match suspension as the West Coast Eagles prevailed in the Grand Final rematch against Collingwood.

Gaff was as influential as ever and finished with 35 disposals as the Eagles overcame a quarter-time deficit to run out 15. 8. (98) to 11. 10. (76) winners at the MCG.

The star midfielder was far from the only influential returnee for the Eagles with Jamie Cripps lethal up forward with four goals in his first game for the season.

Following the win, which took the Eagles' season record to 2-1, West Coast's Grand Final hero Dom Sheed touched on the influence of the returning Gaff on the midfield group.

"He was chomping at the bit to get back out here," Sheed told Seven.

Andrew Gaff

"The boys love him and he played well tonight. We'll jump back on the plane and look forward to next week but onwards and upwards for Gaffy."

Brodie Grundy was outstanding for the Pies with 40 hit-outs and 22 disposals. Dayne Beams and Taylor Adams each had 26 possessions.

Jordan De Goey booted two early goals to help the Pies to an 11-point lead at quarter-time, but the Eagles' midfielders were able to get on top at the contest in the second quarter.

Shuey and Gaff led the charge and Cripps gave his side the lead for the first time with his opening goal of the night 15 minutes in.

Cripps extended the lead following a 50m penalty, awarded after a contentious contact below-the-knees free kick paid against Tom Phillips.

Jamie Cripps

But Adam Treloar capped two Collingwood counter-punches with a pair of majors to slash the deficit to nine points at halftime.

West Coast controlled the tempo for much of the third term, denying the Pies the ball as they eked out a 20-point lead at three-quarter time.

Josh Thomas kicked the first goal of the final term, but Jack Darling goaled from close range after a piece of brilliance from Liam Ryan to tap a ball that was headed for a behind back into play.

The Pies had a pulse when De Goey kicked his third late, but Kennedy hit back soon after to ensure the Eagles prevailed again.

- With AAP

Andrew Gaff has starred in his return from an eight-match suspension as the West Coast Eagles prevailed in the Grand Final rematch against Collingwood.

Gaff was as influential as ever and finished with 35 disposals as the Eagles overcame a quarter-time deficit to run out 15. 8. (98) to 11. 10. (76) winners at the MCG.

The star midfielder was far from the only influential returnee for the Eagles with Jamie Cripps lethal up forward with four goals in his first game for the season.

Following the win, which took the Eagles' season record to 2-1, West Coast's Grand Final hero Dom Sheed touched on the influence of the returning Gaff on the midfield group.

"He was chomping at the bit to get back out here," Sheed told Seven.

Andrew Gaff

"The boys love him and he played well tonight. We'll jump back on the plane and look forward to next week but onwards and upwards for Gaffy."

Brodie Grundy was outstanding for the Pies with 40 hit-outs and 22 disposals. Dayne Beams and Taylor Adams each had 26 possessions.

Jordan De Goey booted two early goals to help the Pies to an 11-point lead at quarter-time, but the Eagles' midfielders were able to get on top at the contest in the second quarter.

Shuey and Gaff led the charge and Cripps gave his side the lead for the first time with his opening goal of the night 15 minutes in.

Cripps extended the lead following a 50m penalty, awarded after a contentious contact below-the-knees free kick paid against Tom Phillips.

Jamie Cripps

But Adam Treloar capped two Collingwood counter-punches with a pair of majors to slash the deficit to nine points at halftime.

West Coast controlled the tempo for much of the third term, denying the Pies the ball as they eked out a 20-point lead at three-quarter time.

Josh Thomas kicked the first goal of the final term, but Jack Darling goaled from close range after a piece of brilliance from Liam Ryan to tap a ball that was headed for a behind back into play.

The Pies had a pulse when De Goey kicked his third late, but Kennedy hit back soon after to ensure the Eagles prevailed again.

- With AAP

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