Swans humiliate Eagles
West Coast top 8 hopes appear in serious jeopardy, suffering a horrid 92 point defeat to Sydney at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.
The Eagles recorded their third lowest score in their history and lowest since 1992, failing to score at all in the second quarter as the Swans solidified their top 8 spot with the 18.10 (118) to 3.8 (26) drubbing.
West Coast's last game in Geelong was in Round 6 when the Cats embarrassed them by 97 points in a performance Eagles coach Adam Simpson labelled as "weak".
They have now lost eight straight games at the Geelong venue by an average losing margin of 68 points.
West Coast's combined score in second quarters in their two games in Geelong this year is 0.1 (1) to the opposition's 16.3 (99).
Making matters worse for West Coast (8-7, seventh) was captain Luke Shuey was reported for striking Swans midfielder Callum Mills and Eagles onballer Jack Redden was subbed out with injury.
But Sydney were back to playing the type of football they showed in the early stages of the season when they defeated flag fancies Brisbane and Geelong.
Superstar Lance Franklin booted three goals and was one of eight Swans to kick at least two majors, taking his career tally to 976 as he closes in on the magical 1000-mark.
Sydney's forward line dominated the Eagles' defence, which was made to look dysfunctional, with the Swans scoring 15 times from 32 inside-50s in the first half.
Mills was the Swans' standout in the midfield with 35 touches, while Swans ruckman Tom Hickey competed hard with former teammate Nic Naitanui.
The Eagles had few winners, Elliot Yeo (26 disposals and 8 tackles) and Dom Sheed (a game high 38 disposals) finding plenty of the ball and Jack Darling (18 disposals, 7 marks and 1.2) trying hard in a forward line that was well beaten on the day.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson was left disappointed and searching for answers after his side's latest poor showing.
“We got outplayed for most of the day. Defensively we were poor. It was a really disappointing day.
“At the moment we’re doing a lot of attacking from our back half. We’re struggling with supply and we don’t look as connected with how we move the ball.
“We’ve got to own today and make sure we get better."
The Swans face the rampaging Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium next weekend while West Coast are due to host lowly North Melbourne at Optus Stadium.
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