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Collingwood too strong for West Coast Eagles in round six of AFLW competition

Taj Stubber Great Southern Herald
West Coast’s Belinda Smith and Dana Hooker celebrate a goal during the match against Collingwood at Mineral Resources Park.
Camera IconWest Coast’s Belinda Smith and Dana Hooker celebrate a goal during the match against Collingwood at Mineral Resources Park. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

There was no fairytale homecoming for the West Coast Eagles in the AFLW competition, as they lost by 24 points to Collingwood in round six at Mineral Resources Park on Sunday.

The Eagles returned home on a high after defeating St Kilda in their final match of their Victorian hub stint but they weren’t able to make it two wins in a row.

Great Southern duo Belinda Smith (Pingrup) and Parris Laurie (Denmark) were part of the Eagles side that suffered their fifth loss.

Albany defender Sophie McDonald missed the clash through concussion.

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The Magpies booted two unanswered goals in the opening term to lead by 12 points at the first change before extending that to 14 after a goalless second term.

The Eagles got themselves back into the contest as Niamh Kelly reduced the margin to single figures early in the second half.

But the Magpies stepped up and booted four straight goals to finish the third stanza and push the margin to 31 points at the final change.

The Eagles kicked two goals to one in the final term but went down 3.4 (22) to 7.4 (46).

Smith had 11 touches to go with three marks and two tackles.

Laurie collected 14 hit outs, eight disposals, two marks and one tackle.

The Eagles will host Richmond at Mineral Resources Park on Saturday in round seven.

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