Eagles slump to third straight loss despite Laurie’s big day

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Pingrup’s Belinda Smith, of the Eagles, tackles Lion Greta Bodey.
Camera IconPingrup’s Belinda Smith, of the Eagles, tackles Lion Greta Bodey. Credit: Getty Images

Denmark ruck Parris Laurie brushed aside any concerns over her fitness to be among the West Coast Eagles’ best players in their loss to Brisbane on Monday afternoon.

Laurie was injured in round two of the AFLW season but she got up to play in the round-three clash with the Lions at Hickey Park.

The 26-year-old was among the Eagles’ best contributors as they were overrun in the second half and went down by 45 points to the ladder leaders.

Despite her side suffering a third straight loss, Laurie finished with 12 possessions and 12 hit-outs. She also had a shot on goal but was off-target, kicking a behind.

Albany’s Sophie McDonald started strongly in defence but her side were outgunned in the last half, going down 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20).

Eagles’ Sophie McDonald tries to smother a shot on goal from Lions’ Taylor Smith.
Camera IconEagles’ Sophie McDonald tries to smother a shot on goal from Lions’ Taylor Smith. Credit: Getty Images

McDonald collected six disposals and two marks as a key defender.

Pingrup’s Belinda Smith was part of the Great Southern trio in action for the Eagles.

She gathered six touches off half-back and laid three tackles.

The Eagles will be on the road again this weekend, travelling to Blacktown International Sportspark where they will tackle Greater Western Sydney on Sunday in their bid to record a first win of the season.

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