The West Coast Eagles claimed their fourth Australian Football League (AFL) championship on Saturday, edging the Collingwood Magpies by five points in a classic Grand Final in Melbourne.
           
In front of a packed crowd of 100,022 fans at a heaving Melbourne Cricket Ground, Dom Sheed slotted the winning goal from an improbable angle with some two minutes left as the Eagles rode out 11.13 (79) to 11.8 (74) winners.
           
West Coast's last trip to the championship match of Australian Rules football ended in a 46-point humiliation by the Hawthorn Hawks in 2015, a stinging reverse that haunted the Western Australians for much of the three years since.
           
The 12 players left from that side put those demons to bed emphatically on Saturday, as the Eagles came back from a 29-point deficit early in the second quarter before holding their nerve in the thrilling final stanza.

Midfield livewire Luke Shuey was awarded the Norm Smith Medal after amassing a game-high 34 disposals and booting a third quarter goal that nosed the Eagles ahead.
           
"To our fans who have come out today, you guys have travelled thousands and thousands of kilometres to be here and we love you," said Shuey. "This one's for you."

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