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Elimination final: By the numbers

Luke Sicari  September 11, 2017 9:00 AM

Matt Priddis applied an incredible 41 pressure acts against the Power

Matt Priddis applied an incredible 41 pressure acts against the Power

West Coast advanced to the semi-finals after a drama-filled, extra-time victory over Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

We dissect the key statistics from the match.

41…pressure acts applied by Matt Priddis. The retiring champion isn’t leaving any gas in the tank. He crashed in at the coalface at every opportunity.

7…Jeremy McGovern intercept marks. The All Australian defender was able to repel numerous Power attacks, standing as a key linchpin in the Eagles’ backline.  

32, 11…disposals and tackles recorded by Luke Shuey. While his influence on the match will rightfully be remember for his game-winning goal, it shouldn’t be discounted how important Shuey was throughout the contest.

2…Josh Kennedy goals in extra time. West Coast’s All Australian forward stood up when it mattered most, holding his nerve and nailing two pivotal majors.

100…time on ground percentage for Eric Mackenzie. The dramatic goal-line save the 2014 John Worsfold medallist made at the end of the final term to get the match into extra-time will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of West Coast fans.

714…Sam Mitchell’s total disposals in finals. With the 26 he amassed against Port, Mitchell overtook Michael Tuck to claim the mantle of most disposals ever in AFL finals history. 

2…the Eagles have been involved in the last two extra-time matches in AFL Finals history. Prior to their miraculous victory over the Power, West Coast lost to Collingwood in the 2007 semi-final.

46…clearances extracted by the Eagles. Adam Simpson’s men were able to win the inside battle, helping them gain an ascendency in the clinches.

7…goals kicked from stoppage by West Coast. Not only did the visitors win the midfield fight, but they were able to turn it into scoreboard pressure.

26…the Eagles’ percentage of goals kicked per inside 50. Even though they lost the territorial battle, West Coast cashed-in on their opportunities.

13…Drew Petrie contested possessions. The Eagles’ investment in the former Kangaroo continues to pay dividends, as he and Nathan Vardy were able to help quell the influence of Paddy Ryder.

505…metres gained by Andrew Gaff. The hard running outside midfielder was a source of penetration all night, constantly moving the ball forward when he had it.

89…Shannon Hurn’s disposal efficiency percentage. The inspirational skipper was clean in a contest that sometimes wasn’t, displaying a sense of calmness when West Coast needed it.  

11…uncontested possessions collected by Mark Hutchings. Usually known for his inside work, the 26-year-old worked hard on the outside and was rewarded.

6…Jack Redden clearances. Finally getting a chance to prove himself in a finals match for the first time since 2009, the former Brisbane Lion was an important cog in the Eagles’ midfield machine.