Melbourne’s new-found love affair with Perth continued as they posted a 74-point AFL win over West Coast at Optus Stadium.
The Demons kicked six targets to 1 within the opening time period of Sunday’s match to arrange the 16.16 (112) to five.8 (38) victory in entrance of 27,488 followers.
The end result marked Melbourne’s sixteenth straight win, with the run together with final 12 months’s grand remaining triumph – additionally by 74 factors – over the Western Bulldogs and the 83-point preliminary remaining demolition of Geelong, each at Optus Stadium.
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Perth had beforehand been a graveyard for the Demons, with Melbourne shedding 17 straight matches at Subiaco Oval between 2004-2016.
However the defending premiers have now received 4 straight video games at Optus, with their newest win conserving them on the prime of the ladder with an ideal 9-0 document.
Sunday’s end result was soured, nevertheless, by a hamstring harm to midfielder James Harmes, who limped off within the remaining quarter.
Harmes’ substitute Kade Chandler is dealing with suspension for his pin-the-arms deal with that resulted in Luke Foley’s head being slammed to the turf.
West Coast ahead Liam Ryan is sort of sure to be suspended for a bump to the top of Melbourne younger gun Jake Bowey.
Though Bowey was capable of play on, the excessive nature of the hit and the actual fact Ryan ran previous the ball to ship the bump will rely towards him.
Ryan was subbed out within the remaining time period with a hamstring harm.
The Demons’ had winners all around the area.
Clayton Oliver (28 disposals, seven clearances) and Christian Petracca (28 disposals, two targets) cleaned up within the center, Andrew Brayshaw (24 possessions) offered loads of rebound from defence, whereas Tom McDonald (4 targets), Kysaiah Pickett (three), and Bayley Fritsch (three) cashed in up ahead.
Max Gawn and Luke Jackson dominated within the ruck.
Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly battled onerous to win 32 disposals and 5 clearances, however West Coast’s on-ball brigade was overwhelmed.
The Eagles began the match with out 11 of their greatest 22 gamers after Josh Kennedy (sore knee) was a late withdrawal, becoming a member of the likes of Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff, Oscar Allen, Dom Sheed, Willie Rioli and Shannon Hurn on the sidelines.
The primary-quarter stats had been ugly and completely summed up Melbourne’s dominance.
The Demons received the inside-50 rely (20-4), clearances (14-4), and contested possessions (40-28) on the best way to successful the quarter 6.5 (41) to 1.0 (6).
West Coast stemmed the bleeding within the second time period and restricted Melbourne to only one objective, however the harm had been executed.
Eagles duo Jamie Cripps and Bailey Williams produced particular checkside targets within the third quarter.
However West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern was left fuming after struggling via an umpiring howler.
McGovern had taken a defensive mark and needed to take his kick earlier than pointing to Petracca, who had made no effort to depart from the protected zone.
As an alternative of paying a 50m penalty, the umpire referred to as play-on and pinged McGovern for deliberate out of bounds, with Petracca nailing the following objective.
West Coast labored onerous to maintain the margin at 44 factors, however the floodgates opened within the remaining time period because the Demons piled on seven targets.