Dyson Heppell keeps close tabs on Luke Shuey. Photo: Getty Images
ESSENDON 2.1 4.5 9.7 11.11 (77) WEST COAST 2.4 8.4 11.6 11.8 (74)
GOALS: Essendon: J Winderlich 3 J Daniher 2 B Stanton D Myers D Zaharakis J Watson P Ambrose P Chapman. West Coast: J Cripps 3 J Kennedy 3 J Darling 2 D Cox L Shuey S Lycett
BEST: Essendon: Hibberd, Heppell, Winderlich, Myers, Hooker, Zaharakis, Baguley. West Coast: Shuey, Mackenzie, Hurn, Priddis, Cripps, Masten.
Injuries: West Coast: S Butler (concussion).
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Ben Ryan, Shane McInerney.
Official Crowd: 35,905 at Etihad Stadium.
If Essendon was looking for some sort of emotional boost at the start of this critical game against West Coast, it couldn't have written a better script than what actually unfolded.
AFL Round 21, Essendon vs West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium.
AFL Round 21, Essendon 11-11-77 Defeated West Coast Eagles 11-8-74 by 3 points at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Getty Images