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Four-quarter effort the key to success

Rhys Dickinson  September 14, 2017 10:30 AM

AFL 2017 First Elimination Final - Port Adelaide v West Coast

Jamie Cripps celebrates his long-range goal against the Power

Jamie Cripps says things got a little cheeky following Luke Shuey’s match-winning goal against Port Adelaide last Saturday night.

The Eagles pressure forward positioned himself behind a pack of Power players trying to put Shuey off during his post-siren kick so he could get in on the celebrations once the ball sailed through the major opening.

“I suppose it was a big kick for ‘Boota’, but I knew he was going to kick it,” Cripps said.

“He is that type of bloke that loves that opportunity.

“I tried to get a little bit close so I could get to the huddle as quick as I could to celebrate. I ran in there and grabbed a few bum cheeks. I tried to jump on top of the boys, but Jetts (Lewis Jetta) and Pridda (Matt Priddis) were pushing me down. Someone must have boosted [Priddis] up because he can’t really jump that high. I’m not sure how he got up there.”

West Coast faces another tough task this week as it prepares to take on Greater Western Sydney at its Spotless Stadium fortress.

The Eagles pushed the Giants to the wire in rounds 10 and 22 this year but failed to come away with the chocolates on both occasions.

Cripps said the Eagles needed to play 120 minutes of high intensity football to book a preliminary final date with Richmond.

“We played really well there last time but they got us late in the fourth quarter and ran away with it,” Cripps said of the teams’ round 22 clash with GWS.

“[It will take] a four quarter effort and [if we] play like we have been the last couple of weeks and we should be right.”