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Eagles build on success

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: The West Coast Eagles celebrate winning the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
West Coast was crowned the WA Team of the Year at last night's RAC WA Sports Star of the Year Awards

Success, they say, breeds success.

Evidence of that maxim morphing to reality came last night when the West Coast Eagles were broadly recognised at the RAC WA Sports Star of the Year Awards.

The Eagles were crowned the WA Team of the Year for their epic 2018 grand final victory while senior coach Adam Simpson won the coach of the year mantle.

Last September the Eagles clinched their fourth premiership with a pulsating five-point victory over Collingwood and that saw them win the team-of-the-year ahead of West Coast Fever, who were pipped in last year’s Super Netball League grand final, and Subiaco Football Club.

The team of the year award follows a trend, with the club winning the gong in each of its other premiership years (1992, 1994 and 2006).

Simpson, in his fifth year at the club, plotted the course to the flag and that saw him pip Kookaburras hockey coach Colin Batch and Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich for the honour.

The connection to the Eagles was further evident when Samantha Kerr won the major award as the Sports Star of the Year.

One of the best players in the world, Kerr, the younger sister of 2006 premiership star, Daniel Kerr, won the award for the second successive year.

The Sports Star of the Year Awards will be shown on Channel 7 at 4pm on Saturday, February 9.