Round 4 Tuesday 8 February

Trevor Barker Beach Oval
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    Eagles edge Saints for first win in 330 days

    WEST Coast will fly home from hub life as winners after holding on for a thrilling two-point victory over St Kilda in the bottom-of-the-table clash at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.

    No goals were kicked in the second half of Tuesday's match, with the Eagles pulling off a series of clutch tackles at the death to hold on for the 2.10 (22) to 2.8 (20) win.

    It was a fitting end for the Eagles after more than three weeks in hub life.

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    05:52 Feb 8. 2022. 7:08 PM

    The Saints and Eagles clash in round five of the NAB AFL Women's Competition

    Most of the squad was struck down by COVID-19 during that period and the hard slog on the road was made even tougher when they conceded a late goal in a three-point loss to Geelong on Friday.

    But West Coast held firm against the Saints when it mattered most to secure its first win of the season after a 330-day wait since its last victory.

    "We spoke a lot about our last couple of minutes down in Geelong last week," Eagles coach Michael Prior said.

    "We went through it, we learned, and some of the things we went through we really put into play in that last two minutes.

    "So really pleasing for the girls. To have a win it's outstanding."

    Schmidt shows class as Eagles finally kick true

    00:45 Feb 8. 2022. 5:41 PM

    Aimee Schmidt has given her side a much-needed reward for effort with this stellar finish

    The Saints, who were playing their first game in 17 days, remain at bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 record.

    "In no way did our preparation have any impact on tonight's performance," Saints coach Nick Dal Santo said.

    "We got beaten by a team that were harder than us, that at times looked like they wanted it more.

    "We simply didn't execute, particularly late in that last quarter."

    The Saints have played all year without unvaccinated star Georgia Patrikios and Dal Santo doesn't expect her to return this season.

    SAINTS v EAGLES Full match coverage and stats

    "Not as it currently stands," Dal Santo said.

    "That's not my rules, that's the Government's rules and the AFL's rules."

    Dana Hooker (20 disposals) and captain Emma Swanson (19 possessions) were influential for West Coast through the midfield, while Isabella Lewis was also important with 18 disposals.

    Saints captain Hannah Priest battled hard for 23 disposals while forward Jessica Matin was lively but inaccurate with 1.3.

    West Coast dominated the inside-50 count 14-1 in the opening term, but it was the Saints who came away with the only goal of the term via Matin.

    Matin delivers for Saints against run of play

    00:53 Feb 8. 2022. 5:28 PM

    The Saints only needed one forward 50 entry to score a goal as Jessica Matin delivered late in the opening term

    The Eagles wasted their chances with the breeze, but they made amends in the second quarter.

    Aimee Schmidt beat Jayde Van Dyk in a one-on-one contest to kick West Coast's first and the Eagles opened up a handy eight-point lead when Kellie Gibson goalled.

    But powerful St Kilda forward Caitlin Greiser had the final say of the half - just a short distance away from where former Carlton forward Brendan Fevola was watching on in the crowd.

    Greiser took a beautiful mark on the lead before kicking truly from a tight angle to reduce the margin to one point and earn the admiration of Fevola.

    The second half became a tackle-fest as both sides went in hard.

    St Kilda controlled play for large periods of the final quarter, but Greiser was twice denied a mark by the umpire despite appearing to hang on to the ball long enough.

    The ball was camped in the Saints' forward 50m during the final moments of the match, but the Eagles' defence held firm under intense pressure.

    Bella Lewis and the Eagles celebrate their win over the Saints in round five, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

    ST KILDA           1.0     2.4     2.5     2.8     (20)
    WEST COAST     0.4     2.5     2.9     2.10     (22) 

    GOALS
    St Kilda:
    Matin, Greiser
    West Coast: Schmidt, Gibson

    BEST 
    St Kilda:
    Priest, White, Lucas-Rodd, Jakobsson, Phillips
    West Coast:
    Hooker, Swanson, Lewis, Bowen, Laurie

    INJURIES 
    St Kilda:
    Nil
    West Coast:
    Nil

    Reports: Nil 

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