West Coast held strong in the wet, holding off a Carlton comeback to keep their perfect home record intact, winning 10.19(79)-10.9(69) . The Eagles dominated much of the first half ùntil Carlton managed to fight back in the slippery conditions, and actually take a lead in the third, before the home side doused the Carlton flame and hold on to a win that puts the West Australian side back on top of the AFL ladder.
West Coast dominated the ball for large stretches and won the disposal, contested possession, clearance and inside 50 count while only dropping below the Blues in the tackle department. The Eagles remain undefeated at home in 2012.
Scott Selwood did an amazing job on Chris Judd, holding the Blues star to just 12 possessions while collecting a game-high 33 disposals. Matthew Priddis and and Nic Naitanui were also influential across the ground while Jack Darling kicked three goals. Playing his first game in two months, Andrew Carrazzo was brilliant for the Blues, collecting a team-high 29 possessions.
Kreuzer kicked the game’s first goal with a delicate snap from a tight angle. Quinten Lynch had the Eagles response before a 50 meter penalty put Daniel Kerr right in front for an easy set shot. The three goal run was completed by Scofield who banged a big goal from 52 meters. Carlton went into the first break a goal down when Judd, with just his first possession, sent a wobbler inside 50. Betts took the mark and played on immediately, sending a dribbling ball in the direction of the goals that Walker was able soccered through.
West Coast continued to dominate the footy in the second, harassing the Blues defence and letting very few balls go past the centre square. At one point deep into the quarter West Coast had produced 10 scoring shots (making just 2.8) to Carlton’s none. Ashton Hams kicked the Eagles third of the term just after the halfway mark as they completely controlled the game, but something clicked with five minutes to go and Garlett and Armfield were able to keep the Blues within a couple of goals at the major break.
The Carlton comeback was in full effect as Kreuzer kicked a goal one minute into the third. Henderson went onto to bag a couple as Carlton kicked their fifth straight and took their first lead since the opening Kreuzer goal. Cox had an immediate response to a late Tuohy major, but West Coast went into the fourth down three points.
Carlton looked spent throughout the final quarter. A reckless turnover by Joseph allowed Darling to goal in the early stages. He added another shortly after before Cox converted an easy shot after Judd gave away a weak 50 meter penalty for an elbow nudge on Priddis. First year defender Brennan added number four, giving the Eagles a 17-point lead with ten minutes to go. Two very late goals by Simpson and substitute Collins reduced the margin to ten with under a minute remaining but it was already a foregone conclusion as West Coast walked off winners in front of a wet, but jubilant, crowd.