Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

Since win­ning the 2006 flag, West Coast has fea­tured in just three AFL fi­nals se­ries.

2007: West Coast suf­fered a shat­ter­ing qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal loss to Port Ade­laide in Ade­laide by just three points. The must-win semi-fi­nal against Colling­wood at Su­bi­aco Oval went into ex­tra-time when the scores were tied at 10.12 (72) at the fi­nal siren, but the Pies even­tu­ally ran out 19-point win­ners.

2011: In the first week of fi­nals, West Coast made a strong show­ing against premier­ship favourites Colling­wood at the MCG but were de­feated by 20 points. The Ea­gles hosted and beat Carl­ton the fol­low­ing week by just three points to earn a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal bout against Gee­long. The young team strug­gled against the even­tual 2011 pre­miers, bow­ing out with a 48-point loss.

2012: West Coast steam­rolled North Mel­bourne by 96 points in a red-hot elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at home, cel­e­brat­ing Dean Cox’s 250th game along the way. In the sec­ond week of fi­nals Colling­wood proved too strong, with the 13-point de­feat at the MCG prov­ing to be the last time a West Coast team would play in a fi­nal... un­til this week.

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