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Every Demon rated from the preliminary final

Angus Brayshaw – 6
Brayshaw did not stop trying and finished with a team-high 29 disposals. But when the game was at its hottest he had a couple of critical fumbles at key moments and was not as assured as he usually looks.

Match report: Eagles destroy Dees, reach GF

IT WAS a Demon dismantling beyond West Coast's wildest dreams – a 66-point preliminary final thumping of Melbourne that has powered the Eagles into a Grand Final showdown against Collingwood.

English cricket legend motivates Magpies

SIR IAN Botham knows more than most about overcoming long odds for a sporting triumph.

Nearly three decades after the series now known as 'Botham's Ashes', the English cricket legend sent Collingwood a video message before their shock AFL preliminary final win over Richmond.

The moment: Lewis opens Demons’ gates of Hell

WEST Coast cruised to its second AFL Grand Final in four years, with a rampant first-half performance enough to comfortably see off the threat of Melbourne on Saturday.

Bitter end to a season of promise for the Dees

STAGE fright is a nasty thing, especially in a preliminary final.

If there was a bitter taste in Melbourne mouths after its round 23 nightmare in 2017, then the feeling after Saturday's disaster out west won't be much different.

Every Eagle rated from the preliminary final

Tom Barrass – 7
Wasn't asked to do a lot in the first half but stood tall when he needed to against Sam Weideman. Took a couple of strong relieving marks in defence and killed the contest on a number of occasions, finishing with a team-high 10 one-percenters.

Kennedy blows the cobwebs – and Demons – away

1. Kennedy's cobwebs are gone
Two weeks ago when the Eagles won through to a preliminary final, Josh Kennedy couldn't get anything to stick. For three quarters he mistimed his leaps, fumbled his marks and looked liked a player struggling to get back in the groove after almost seven weeks sidelined with a hairline fracture in his shin.

Season review: Kyle Cheney

Kyle Cheney found some form in 2018 after spending the entirety of last season sidelined with injury.

Returning to Adelaide’s senior side in Round 13, the versatile defender played eight games to average 14 disposals at 83 per cent efficiency.

Season review: Sam Jacobs

Sam Jacobswas one of four Crows to play all 22 games in 2018 as he shouldered a massive ruck load and finished with 798 hit-outs, ranked fourth in the AFL.

Contracted Power midfielder open to a trade

PORT Adelaide will consider releasing contracted outside runner Karl Amon from the final year of his contract as he searches for more opportunities to play senior football.