Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorne Hawks. West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers results, fixtures, teams, ladder, odds, tickets, players

The signs were there last week when the unloved West Coast vultures, at the bottom of the ladder in this harrowing year, pushed Geelong most of the way. And there they are again, at Optus Stadium against Essendon.

For the first time in 26 games, the Eagles broke 100 breakout points, notching only their second win of the season, and breaking a nine-game losing streak. Spearhead Josh Kennedy kicked five targets, the last of which sent the home crowd into a frenzy.

Josh Kennedy starred, scoring five goals.

Josh Kennedy starred, scoring five goals.attributed to him:Getty Images

As players return, they seem to look like their old selves. It’s true that they lost Jeremy McGovern and Dom Shedd to new injuries during the week, but Tim Kelly and Liam Ryan are back. Elliot Yu, who was pushed into midfield, was impressive again.

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