West Coast Eagles lose Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed and Campbell Chesser to injury in huge loss to Fremantle Dockers

A comeback goal from Willie Rioli was overshadowed by a night of chaos for West Coast, as they lost three midfielders to ankle injuries before half-time in Friday night’s practice game belting from Fremantle in Lathlain.

The wounded Eagles were sliced ​​apart by a dashing Dockers outfit that won by 97 points, 22.9 (141) to 6.8 (44), as Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed and Campbell Chesser limped from the ground to join West Coast’s long injury list.

As the trio iced up ankle injuries in the dugout, the Eagles were plunged into pre-season crisis mode with 24 fit listed players three weeks out from their season-opener against Gold Coast.

Premiership hero Sheed lasted just five minutes, with his left leg caught awkwardly under a tackle from Fremantle recruit Will Brodie who ran him down from behind.

Exciting first-round draft pick Chesser was next to go down after landing awkwardly in a tangle with Blake Acres midway through the first quarter, before Yeo limped off in the second term at Mineral Resources Park.

Dom Sheed, Campbell Chesser and Elliot Yeo.
Camera IconDom Sheed, Campbell Chesser and Elliot Yeo. Credit: Iain Gillespie AFL Photos

Rioli announced his return after 905 days with a trademark crumber’s snap in the second term, before calling it a day at half-time and completing some top-up running on the second oval.

The 26-year-old didn’t win a lot of the ball, but showed off some clean hands in traffic and will look to build his minutes in the return game at Fremantle Oval next Sunday.

All the excitement was in white as Fremantle unveiled an electric brand of football that combined quickness of ball movement with foot speed.

Michael Frederick franked his sizzling summer by kicking five goals in his first game since round eight last season, while defender Heath Chapman marked his own comeback game with a goal.

Frederick was joined by fellow pace aces Sam Switkowski, Travis Colyer, Nathan Wilson, Liam Henry and Geelong recruit Jordan Clark in running the Eagles ragged, with Clark providing some aggressive rebound and a set-shot major from outside the 50m arc.

Frederick’s four goals were complemented by three each to Colyer and Bailey Banfield, while Jake Waterman kicked three goals for West Coast.

Michael Frederick kicked a bag.
Camera IconMichael Frederick kicked a bag. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Missing Jack Darling, Oscar Allen, Liam Ryan and Jamie Cripps from their preferred forward line, the Eagles began with veteran Josh Kennedy and train-on player Hugh Dixon as their tall targets, with Waterman in support.

Dixon showed some good signs and kicked two goals from neat snaps, while fellow train-on option Tyler Keitel was given a brief run in the final term.

Tom Barrass began in defence, teaming with Jeremy McGovern and youngster Harry Edwards as they tried the three talls together in an under-siege back-line, before Barrass went forward in the last quarter.

Bailey Banfield and Freo ran riot.
Camera IconBailey Banfield and Freo ran riot. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

West Coast made good on their plan to inject some new faces in the midfield, with small forwards Jack Petruccelle and Jamaine Jones used in center bounces and giving them some energy around stoppages.

FREMANTLE 6.3,13.6, 17.9, 22.9 (141)

WEST COAST 1.4, 3.4, 5.5, 6.8 (44)

Goals – Fremantle: M.Frederick (5), T.Colyer (3), B.Banfield (3), L.Schultz (2), B.Acres, C.Serong, J.Clark, J.Western, H. Chapman, M. Taberner, R. Lobb, L. Meek

West Coast: J. Waterman (3), H. Dixon (2), W. Rioli

Best – Fremantle: A.Brayshaw, J.Clark, M.Frederick, W.Brodie, L.Schultz. West Coast: T. Kelly, J. Waterman, A. Gaff, H. Dixon, J. Redden

Injuries – Fremantle: NIL. West Coast: C.Chesser (ankle) D.Sheed (ankle) Elliot Yeo (ankle).

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