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WAFL: Eagles storm past Thunder

Nic Reid booted four goals against Peel Thunder on Saturday Photo: The West Australian

West Coast kept its finals hopes alive with an impressive 48-point win over Peel Thunder in Mandurah on Saturday.

The Eagles led from start to finish in one of their most dominant displays this season, prevailing 10.16 (76) to 3.10 (28).

Nic Reid proved to be a handful up forward with 22 disposals and four goals, while Josh Smith (30 disposals) continued his impressive form for the state-league side.

Bailey Banfield was Peel’s best with 24 disposals.

In what was a scrappy first quarter, Reid got the Eagles off the mark early when he pounced on a Peel turnover and kicked the first goal of the game, before Jake Waterman slotted a set shot to give the Eagles an early 14-point lead.

Both sides struggled to hit the scoreboard for the remainder of the opening term, with the Eagles taking a 17-2 lead into the first break.

A left foot snap from Kurt Mutimer gave the Eagles early momentum to start the second term, but Ryan Bennell pegged one back from 40 metres out to give the Thunder their first goal of the game.

A stunning coast-to-coast play set up Reid's second goal of the game, which gifted the visiting side a commanding 33-16 lead at half-time.

It was more of the same throughout the third term, with the Eagles kicking four goals to Peel’s one to take a 60-25 lead at three-quarter time.

Former Peel player Brady Grey helped West Coast seal the win early in the fourth when he collected the crumbs from a marking contest and slotted the ensuing snap.

From there the Eagles ran out 48-point winners.