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Dees’ hopes dwindle as Eagles take the win

Melbourne looked to have the game locked away until three-quarter time, but as bad kicking means bad footy the Dee’s let their hold slip and fell to the Eagles.

In the final quarter Simpson’s boys locked away six goals and it was all over from there.

Elliot Yeo was integral unit for the Eagles laying 16 tackles, while collecting 26 disposals and 18 contested possessions.

The big man, Maxy Gawn, stood tall for the Dee’s tonight redeeming himself from a disappointing performance last week with 15 disposals and two marks.

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History could repeat itself tonight as the side that ended Melbourne’s 2018 campaign may possibly do the same in 2019.

Melbourne has struggled this season, and, despite a narrow one-point victory over the Giants last week, are regarded as one the bottom sides of the league.

If the Dees slip to 3-6 their hopes of making the finals will dwindle drastically.

Since 2000 only 16 percent of teams with a 3-6 ledger have played a final.

Rioli will make his much anticipated return for West Coast after suffering a stress-related foot injury, which had him sidelined for the beginning of 2019.

The young red head, Oskar Baker, will make his debut for the Dees.

Baker was pick 48 in the 2017 draft and comes in off the back of two good games with Casey, scoring two goals in each match.

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