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Great Southern duo Belinda Smith and Sophie McDonald shine in West Coast’s loss to Sydney

Calvin SimsGreat Southern Herald
Eagles’ Sophie McDonald controls the ball during the round four AFLW match against Sydney.
Camera IconEagles’ Sophie McDonald controls the ball during the round four AFLW match against Sydney. Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Great Southern AFLW pair Belinda Smith and Sophie McDonald featured in West Coast Eagles’ 13-point loss to Sydney at Henson Park on Sunday.

Pingrup’s Belinda Smith was among the Eagles best in the 2.9 (21) to 5.4 (34) defeat, gathering 19 touches, nine marks and two tackles.

Smith earned three coaches votes for her sound individual display, playing a strong defensive role in an improving Eagles side.

Belinda Smith was among the best against Sydney.
Camera IconBelinda Smith was among the best against Sydney. Credit: West Coast Eagles

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It was a promising performance for the winless Eagles who ultimately paid the price for a largely inaccurate day in front of goal.

West Coast clawed their way within seven points of the opposition at three-quarter-time, but an early major to Swans forward Bella Smith sealed the win.

Albany defender McDonald amassed seven disposals, three marks and three tackles in the defeat.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Sophie McDonald of the Eagles controls the ball during the round four AFLW match between Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles at Henson Park, on September 24, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Camera IconEagles’ Sophie McDonald in action. Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

West Coast will have a chance at recording their first win in 2023 when they face Port Adelaide at Mineral Resources Park on Friday night.

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