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Sunday, August 23, 2015

West Coast Eagles Kicking News

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August 23, 2015 - Josh Kennedy kicks seven goals in win over Bulldogs
"West Coast has kept its minor premiership hopes alive with a 77-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium on Sunday evening. In a free-flowing match, the Eagles had too much firepower for the Dogs with Josh Kennedy booting seven goals in the 25.12 (162) to 13.7 (85) victory." - AFL

July 4, 2015 - Jack Darling kicks five goals in win over Melbourne
"West Coast firmed its place in the top four on Saturday with a convincing 54-point win over Melbourne in Darwin. They were at times inaccurate, but a last-quarter surge and 16.18 (114) to 9.6 (60) final scoreline at TIO Stadium reinforced the Eagles as genuine premiership contenders. Star forward Jack Darling kicked five goals in his best game since returning from foot stress fractures last month, while Jamie Cripps, Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey each booted two." - AFL

May 31, 2015 - Josh Kennedy kicks six goals in win over Geelong
"West Coast overcame woeful wastefulness in front of goal to deliver an emphatic 56-point win over Geelong and remain in second spot on the AFL ladder. The Eagles dominated almost every facet of the game except goalkicking accuracy to secure the 16.24 (120) to 10.4 (64) victory in front of 37,676 fans at Domain Stadium.... Josh Kennedy also starred up forward with six goals, while Andrew Gaff (32 disposals), Chris Masten (31) and Matt Priddis (29) racked up big numbers in the midfield." - AFL

May 2, 2015 - Josh Kennedy kicks six goals in win over GWS
"West Coast continued its stranglehold over Greater Western Sydney with a thumping 87-point win at Domain Stadium on Saturday night. Josh Kennedy kicked six goals as the Eagles clubbed the Giants 18.12 (120) to 4.9 (33) in front of 34,554 fans.... Kennedy nearly had two in the first four minutes when he hit the post on the run. He landed another set shot from outside 50m to send an ominous warning to the Giants" - AFL

April 10, 2015 - Josh Kennedy kicks ten goals in win over Carlton
"A Josh Kennedy masterclass has seen the West Coast open its 2015 account in emphatic style, the spearhead kicking 10 goals as the Eagles steamrolled Carlton by 69 points at Domain Stadium on Friday night. Kennedy was a one-man wrecking crew against his former side, booting six goals in the third quarter alone and cracking double-figures for the third time in his career in the 20.11 (131) to 9.8 (62) victory, with Carlton managing just a single goal across the middle two quarters of the match.... The Eagles took the lead for good when Kennedy capitalised on a Chris Yarran kick-in turnover early in the second term to snap his second goal, and the home side then kicked eight of the next nine, Kennedy responsible for seven of them.
When he drilled a 50-metre set shot after the third-term siren for his ninth goal, West Coast’s lead was 46 points. Kennedy’s 10th came after a free kick 10 minutes into the last quarter." - AFL

April 4, 2015 - Jamie Cripps kicks five goals in loss to Western Bulldogs
"In an entertaining contest full of momentum swings, the Dogs' highly-talented youngsters led a stirring 13.13 (97) to 14.3 (87) triumph, soured for the Eagles by a season-ending knee injury to key defender Mitch Brown....  Eagles small forward Jamie Cripps bagged five goals in a career-best performance, but it wasn't enough for the visitors." - AFL

February 27, 2015 - Josh Kennedy kicks four, including a super, over Carlton
"A knee injury to reigning best and fairest winner Eric Mackenzie has dampened West Coast's 31-point win over Carlton in the NAB Challenge clash at Rushton Park.... The injury soured a dominant display by the Eagles. Josh Kennedy starred up forward kicking four goals, one of which was a supergoal. Mark LeCras showed his class with two goals. Matt Priddis was dominant in the midfield with 24 touches, seven tackles and a goal, while the running power of Andrew Gaff and Luke Shuey was prevalent throughout." - AFL

February 21, 2015 - Jeremy McGovern kicks while Jack Darling out
"Jeremy McGovern appears the likely short-term replacement for Jack Darling after a solid showing up forward during West Coast's eight-point win over the AFL Indigenous All Stars in an exhibition match in Perth on Friday night. McGovern kicked the Eagles' opening goal of the match, a 55-metre bomb from a set shot. He also provided a powerful aerial presence with both Brad Sheppard and Andrew Gaff crumbing goals from packs that McGovern competed in. The 22-year-old was used as a swingman during his debut season. But with Darling unlikely to play in round one as he continues his rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his foot, Simpson said McGovern would likely stay up forward." - AFL

February 17, 2015 - monthly Jack Darling update
"Darling 'hasn't trained for one minute' of the pre-season and is likely to miss West Coast's season opener against the Western Bulldogs, coach Adam Simpson has conceded. The 22-year-old has endured a nightmare pre-season due to a foot stress fracture he suffered in round 23 last year. Darling has progressed to some straight-line running in recent weeks after spending the off-season in a moon boot, but he has still not trained with the main group all summer. He is all but certain to miss the entire NAB Challenge and Simpson told that Darling probably wouldn't make round one." - AFL

January 12, 2015 - Jack Darling injury update
Forward Jack Darling and midfielder Scott Selwood are both being eased into 2015 as they recover from foot injuries, while hardnosed defender Beau Waters, who hasn't been seen on an AFL field since mid-2013, is being held out of any physical drills. Darling suffered a stress fracture in the Eagles' round 23 win over the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium. He has progressed from the moon boot he wore pre-Christmas, to walking laps of the oval, however, as the Eagles are yet to know when he will rejoin the full squad, a round 1 start must now be in real doubt - let alone a gig in the NAB Challenge games. 'He'll get a scan in the next couple of weeks to get the all-clear to go to the next level, so we're waiting on that scan,' coach Adam Simpson said.... Darling is key to the Eagles goal-kicking options, having kicked 39 goals last season, taking his tally in four seasons to an impressive 158 goals." - Sydney Morning Herald

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