Ea­gles dodge a Gold Coast bul­let

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

WEST Coast claimed a dra­matic three-point win over the Gold Coast Suns last Thurs­day thanks to a last gasp goal from Jeremy McGovern.

The Ea­gles trailed at ev­ery change in front of more than 5000 peo­ple at Arena Joon­dalup be­fore a strong fi­nal quar­ter breeze helped last year’s run­ners up over­come an 18-point three-quar­ter time deficit.

It was not all good news for West Coast, with high-pro­file re­cruit Lewis Jetta struck down with a calf in­jury while Mitch Brown will be sweat­ing on a fin­ger com­plaint af­ter miss­ing most of last year with a knee in­jury.

Mark LeCras was one of West Coast’s best, as was for­mer Brown­low Medal­list Matt Prid­dis, while Aaron Hall and Trent McKen­zie im­pressed for the Suns.

Gold Coast will re­turn to Queens­land to take on the Ade­laide Crows on Fri­day while West Coast will host Essendon to round out the AFL’s pre­sea­son com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

Gold Coast's Jack Martin is run down by Ea­gle Sam But­ler.

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