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Bombers snatch thrilling win against Eagles to finally get a happy ending

Dyson Heppell keeps close tabs on Luke Shuey.

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.

Dom Sheed of the Eagles kicks. Click for more photos

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

  • Dom Sheed of the Eagles kicks.
  • Jamie Cripps of the Eagles is congratulated by Dean Cox after kicking a goal.
  • Matt Priddis of the Eagles handballs whilst being tackled by Jobe Watson of the Bombers.
  • Jobe Watson of the Bombers celebrates winning.
  • Jobe Watson and Zach Merrett of the Bombers celebrate winning.
  • Dyson Heppell of the Bombers handballs whilst being tackled by Josh Kennedy of the Eagles.
  • Jack Darling of the Eagles handballs whilst being tackled by Cale Hooker of the Bombers.
  • Jobe Watson of the Bombers kicks whilst being bumped.
  • Ariel Steinberg of the Bombers kicks.
  • Jobe Watson of the Bombers handballs whilst being tackled by Chris Masten of the Eagles.
  • Brendon Goddard of the Bombers handballs whilst being tackled by Mark Hutchings of the Eagles.
  • Mark Baguley of the Bombers attempts to spoil a mark by Jack Darling of the Eagles.
  • Heath Hocking of the Bombers handballs whilst being tackled by Scott Lycett of the Eagles.
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