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Round 21 Milestones

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Luke Power (GWS) is the 66th player in the game’s history to reach 300 games. His former Brisbane teammate Simon Black reached the milestone earlier this season. Power was a member of the "Fab Four" Brisbane midfield and played in all three of their Premiership wins. He played 282 games with the Lions 1998-2011 and was co-captain in 2007-08.

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Demolition Derby

Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth

On a par with “Dreamtime at the G” and the premier hometown rivalries, the Western Derby is one of the most anticipated clashes of the AFL round. These games are always full of skill, action and most of all spite. Derby number 35 came around with the "little brother" team, the Fremantle Dockers, having won the last two Derby encounters but the bookmakers had them as outsiders as the ball was bounced.

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Eagles Outlast Fast Finishing Blues

A bumper crowd of nearly 43,000 fans witnessed an epic Semi-final contest in perfect football conditions in Perth. West Coast was charged up to win a game and go one step closer to a Grand Final berth. Carlton had never won a Finals match away from Melbourne but this did not seem to faze them as they produced a cracking start in the opening minutes of the game.

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Happy West Coast 25th Anniversary

In recent years, Patersons Stadium has been a fortress for the West Coast Eagles against Richmond with 12 of the last 14 matches going West Coast’s way. The Richmond Tigers had been given no chance of winning the Round 20 encounter, particularly with the Eagles celebrating 25 years in the competition and knocking on the door of a Final Four berth. Tiger fans hoped that with nothing to lose, Richmond might come out with a hunger to play and rain on the Eagles’ parade.

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Eagles Win Electrifying Derby

South Australia has the Showdown, Queensland the Clash but the Western Derby is considered one of the most exciting games of the entire season. Unlike other games, it doesn’t matter where the West Coast Eagles or the Fremantle Dockers are on the Ladder. The Derby is guaranteed to be a cracking, hard fought match. For the record, this time the teams were fifth and sixth on the Ladder and 41,000 fans were treated to a classic encounter.

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Kennedy Haul Topples Dogs

Always a threat when they travel to Perth, the Western Bulldogs suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the West Coast Eagles in front of 37,000 fanatical fans. Prior to this match, the Eagles’ form had been good with four wins while the 2010 Preliminary Finalists had a return to winning form against Richmond last week after a very patchy start to the season. 

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Round 16 Injury Update

COLLINGWOOD
Brad Dick, shoulder, 1 week
Anthony Corrie, knee, 1-2 weeks
Nick Maxwell, calf, 1-2 weeks

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Round 13 Week 2 Injury Update

ADELAIDE
Brett Burton, knee, ongoing assessment
James Craig, hamstring, indefinite
Chris Knights, foot, indefinite
Andrew McLeod, knee, ongoing assessment
Brad Moran, knee, indefinite
Andy Otten, knee, season

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Western Derby Dazzler

Rivalry Round sees the home teams pitted against each other and in Perth that means the Western Derby. Fremantle has had a lock on these games in recent times, winning the last five encounters. With their good form and the Eagles struggling to win a game, the stage was set for the Dockers to steamroll their rivals.

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