West Coast fans can rejoice after the Eagles finally broke their mega losing streak and ended a 335-day drought.
The West Coast Eagles beat Essendon 107 (16.11) to 97 (14.13) on Friday night to claim their second win of the season and climb the bottom of the ladder.
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The Bombers pulled off a flyer and scored five goals in the first quarter, but the Eagles did what they haven’t been able to do all year and overcame an early deficit.
Peter Wright dominated the first half for Essendon and could have finished with well over his final tally of four goals had it not been for the inaccurate kicking.
West Coast clawed their way back to take a five-point halftime lead and from there it was a shootout.
Veteran striker Josh Kennedy scored five goals in a vintage performance, while Jamie Cripps and Willie Rioli each finished with two majors.
The Eagles took the lead late in the third quarter, but their defense continued to drop points and Essendon didn’t want to walk away.
It ended in a thrilling finish, but West Coast did enough to hold on for a memorable 10-point victory.
It was the West Coast’s first win since beating Collingwood in Round 4 and remarkably their first home win at Perth’s Optus Stadium in 335 days.
Elliot Yeo made a welcome return to form for the Eagles and showed excellent decision-making coming out of defence.
After snapping their nine-game losing streak, the West Coast moved up to 17th in the standings, with struggling North Melbourne now occupying the bottom spot in the standings.
It was a poor performance from Essendon, which helped West Coast to their best score of the season.