Great Southern AFLW duo Belinda Smith and Sophie McDonald were part of West Coast’s first win of 2023, an enthralling six-point victory over Port Adelaide at Mineral Resources Park on Friday. Pingrup’s Smith was among West Coast’s best afield in the 6.3 (39) to 4.9 (33) victory, gathering 21 touches to go with six marks, two tackles and 153m gained out of defence. Meanwhile, Albany-raised McDonald finished on four disposals and three tackles as West Coast snapped a 10-game losing streak in style. With only one point separating the teams at the final change, West Coast’s forward Kate Bartlett snagged two majors to give the hosts some breathing room. The Eagles had to withstand a late challenge from the Power after Gemma Houghton kicked her second goal with three minutes remaining but the home side held firm. Speaking after the game, West Coast coach Michael Prior praised the brave defensive efforts of his outfit. “The things that we identified from our game against Sydney, we were able to implement tonight which was really pleasing,” Prior said. “We did it on the back of no training this week, we had two 10-minute sessions, a short week, so that might be the key, I said that to the girls, and they were pretty happy with that. “It was pleasing that we implemented some stuff, we got good looks going forward and hit the scoreboard more than what we have. “Charlie Thomas and Belinda Smith down back were really performing, and Soph Mac (Sophie McDonald), I thought our back line really stood up today and we got some good looks in the midfield as well.” West Coast will be out to make it two consecutive wins when they face Greater Western Sydney at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday.