West Coast will turn their attention to their round one clash with Collingwood following a tough practice match hit-out against Richmond at Punt Road Oval today.
The Eagles capped off their pre-season campaign with a 28-point loss to a ruthless Tigers' outfit.
West Coast held their own in what was a heated contest, but Richmond proved more accurate in front of goal to prevail 7.9 (51) to 3.5 (23).
The Tigers dominated the early exchanges of the match, booting two goals in the opening term to give themselves an 11-point advantage at the first break.
But a classy goal from small forward Tarnee Tester sparked the visitors into action early in the second quarter.
Tester stepped up in a time of need to split the big sticks from the boundary after Richmond booted the first goal of the second stanza.
With momentum on their side, the Eagles began to pepper the Tigers’ goals and they finally got reward for effort when Andrea Gilmore – who was only elevated to West Coast’s playing list last week – won a free kick and pierced the tall posts from 35m out to get the Eagles’ within a point of the home side.
West Coast continued to hold sway in the contest, with midfielders Emma Swanson, Dana Hooker and Imahra Cameron winning plenty of the ball.
Forwards Grace Kelly and Maddy Collier also got into a good groove in the attacking 50, while Courtney Guard and Beatrice Devlyn impacted the contest with some strong tackles.
However, the Tigers swung the momentum back in their favour with a late goal to take a seven-point buffer into the main break.
Richmond dominated the penultimate quarter, registering eight shots on goals.
But the Eagles’ defence held strong, limiting them to just one goal despite their dominance.
Sophie McDonald was particularly strong in the air, killing several inside 50s with good body work and several timely spoils.
She was ably assisted by fellow dogged defenders Emily McGuire, Ashton Hill, Talia Radan and McKenzie Dowrick, who were rarely beaten in one-on-one contests.
Hill pushed forward to kick the opening goal of the final quarter.
After dancing around two Tigers’ defenders, the skilful back burst into space and nailed her running shot from 35m out to reduce West Coast’s deficit to 14 points.
Unfortunately it would be the Eagles’ last major, with Richmond kicking the last two goals to ice the game.
West Coast Eagles v Richmond
Sunday, January 26 - Punt Road Oval
West Coast 3.5 (23)
Richmond 7.9 (51)
West Coast Goal-kickers:
Tarnee Tester, Andrea Gilmore, Ashton Hill