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Sheed stars, Eagles beat Cats in AFL trial

West Coast forward Jack Darling has booted five goals to help lead his side to victory in their AFL pre-season clash with Geelong in Perth.

Sheed stars, Eagles beat Cats in AFL trial

West Coast forward Jack Darling has booted five goals to help lead his side to victory in their AFL pre-season clash with Geelong in Perth.

JACK DARLING of the Eagles kicks on goal during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia.
JACK DARLING of the Eagles kicks on goal during the AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images

Grand final hero Dom Sheed has produced the goods again for West Coast who have overcome a third-quarter scare to beat Geelong by 34 points in their AFL pre-season clash at Perth's Leederville Oval.

The Cats led by seven points late in Friday's third quarter after booting three-straight goals.


But West Coast kicked the next five - including two to forward Jack Darling - to secure the 15.9 (99) to 8.17 (65) win in front of 6028 fans.

Sheed, who kicked the winning goal against Collingwood in last year's grand final, finished with 39 disposals, seven clearances and a goal to be best afield.

Darling tallied five goals and 10 marks, while young spearhead Oscar Allen kicked three.

Andrew Gaff had 27 disposals in his first match for the Eagles since breaking young Docker Angus Brayshaw's jaw in round 20 last year.

The Eagles were also able to get valuable game time into Jeremy McGovern (ribs) and Elliot Yeo (toe) after their interrupted pre-seasons.

"It was a good hit-out," Eagles coach Adam Simpson said.

"And I don't think we got any injuries, which is almost the priority, because we've got some players chasing to get to the line."

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins didn't make the flight to Perth because of illness, joining Gary Ablett on the sidelines.

Harry Taylor was taken out of the game as a precaution after copping an early knock.

Jordan Clark, Geelong's first pick from November's national draft, was impressive, finishing with 21 disposals and five marks.

Patrick Dangerfield (29 disposals, one goal) did his best to keep his side in the contest, but Geelong's inaccuracy proved costly.

Cats assistant coach Matthew Knights felt his team's inaccuracy cost them.

"We were a bit wayward. We've got some things to work on. It would have been nice to kick a bit straighter," Knights said.

Both sides had their first taste of what a zone infringement looked like when Geelong fell foul of the new law in the opening term.

Confusion reigned when West Coast ruckman Tom Hickey was handed a free kick from the centre circle after Geelong had infringed.

Players from both sides weren't aware they had to return to their original positions, leading to a delay of about 20 seconds.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson checked with officials about the rule at quarter-time to clarify that players definitely needed to go back to their original spot.

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