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Best Eagle afield: Elliot Yeo

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: The Eagles sing the team song in their rooms after the win during the 2019 AFL round 09 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium on May 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)
Elliot Yeo sparked the Eagles into action with a stirring performance against Melbourne on Friday night

Some people lead by voice and instruction. Some lead by example, showing the way for others to follow.

When the West Coast Eagles were working to stay in the contest against Melbourne, powerful midfielder Elliot Yeo was almost willing his teammates to follow his lead.

He was a beast in the contests, played a vital role in keeping the Eagles in touch and when a handful of teammates found another level, he continued to impose himself on the game.

Yeo has stepped up his own game in the last few weeks and it is no coincidence the Eagles have won the last three games with the dual John Worsfold medallist setting a terrific example.

His 26 possessions, 19 of them contested, were important – along with his six marks. But just as important were his remarkable 16 tackles.

When Melbourne were at their most threatening, they were consistently breaking into space through the midfield. The Eagles had to find a way to quell that sling-shot counter attack and the tackling pressure was crucial.

The Eagles won the tackle count 73-63 and clearly the contribution of Yeo weighed heavily in that advantage.