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Eagles smash Dees to set up Grand Final against Collingwood

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FULL TIME

It’ll be a Collingwood vs West Coast Grand Final after the Eagles smashed Melbourne to the tune of 66 points.

The Dees were never in the contest and couldn’t handle the heat – literally.

Josh Kennedy – who didn’t play in Round 22 when these two teams left met at Optus Stadium – starred with five goals.

Eagles star Elliot Yeo joined us post-game and told 3AW Football singled out small forwards Liam Ryan, Willie Rioli and Jamie Cripps for “bringing the pressure” alongside Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy,

“It certainly helps us midfielders,” he said.

“We’ll have to (bring the pressure) next week and put pressure on Collingwood’s backline because they played a really good brand of football on Friday night.

“It’s going to be an exciting game of football and we’re looking forward to it.”

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HALF TIME

West Coast are all but into the Grand Final as they lead Melbourne by an incredible 63 points at half time.

They’ve also broken multiple AFL/VFL preliminary finals records.

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Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has conceded Bayley Fritsch’s downturn in form contributed to his omission in favour of tall defender Joel Smith.

The 21-year-old has played 23 games in his debut season.

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THE BUILD-UP

After last night’s boilover at the MCG, could we be set for another upset in Perth later this afternoon?

West Coast host Melbourne in this weekend’s second preliminary final and if recent form is any indication, Melbourne remain a chance to cause an upset. These two met at Optus Stadium just over two months ago and it was the Dees who won by 17 points.

But the Eagles will take confidence from the fact last time they met, Josh Kennedy didn’t play as well as blunting Collingwood in a home qualifying final a fortnight ago.

So who joins the Pies in the AFL Grand Final next Saturday afternoon? Will it be Melbourne’s first appearance since 2000 or will West Coast return to the biggest game of the year for the first time since 2015?

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