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AFL 2017 First Elimination Final - Port Adelaide v West Coast

Adam Simpson embraces Luke Shuey at the Adelaide Oval

West Coast senior coach Adam Simpson says is proud of the way his players stood up in times of need against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Simpson, who was one of the first officials on the field following Luke Shuey’s post-siren heroics, said the Eagles’ last-gasp win over the Power could be a defining moment in the club’s history.

“It has been a big couple of days hasn’t it? But our feet have well and truly hit the ground since the game,” Simpson told 6PR last night.

“It was a pretty special night for the club, such a big occasion for some of our players and to stand up how they did is something we are all proud of.”

West Coast has now been involved in two successive do-or-die clashes that have come right down to the wire.

Simpson said the team had to get back on task quickly, just as they did after their win against Adelaide in Round 23.

“The emotion of the last two weeks has been extraordinary but they got back on task pretty quickly after the Adelaide game, albeit we had an extra week.”

“We really need to get to that process now and understand that as good as the game was, there is another game coming up and I’d be really disappointed if we didn’t put our best foot forward on the weekend.”

Availability and physical fitness are the key factors that will shape the match committee’s selections for Saturday’s battle with the Giants.

Simpson doubted any player would knock on his door and declare himself unavailable due to general soreness ahead of the panel’s final call on Thursday morning.

“One thing, once you get in to finals, you’re feeling pretty fresh early in the week, so I don’t think I’ll have anyone coming in saying they’re a bit sore and won’t be able to play,” he said.

“We will have a look how they’ve pulled up and we have got training on Wednesday, so we will go from there but I wouldn’t be making too many changes I wouldn’t have thought.”

The fates of Jeremy Cameron and Shane Mumford were confirmed yesterday when the pair were declared unavailable for the rest of the year due to respective hamstring and ankle injuries.

While the pair are undoubtedly in the Giants’ best 22, Simpson said GWS had one of the deepest lists in the AFL and had proven in the past that they could win without either player in their team.

“They have had a squad mentality, they’ve had injuries all year and they’ve dealt with it really well,” Simpson said of the Giants.

“Those two have missed games of footy and they’ve still managed to have good success, so I don’t think they will be thinking they can’t win without those two.”