West Coast’s dreadful start to the season has gone from bad to worse, with one of their key defenders reported in a 48-point loss to a rampant Port Adelaide.
The Power continued the Eagles’ hub misery, with star forward Charlie Dixon the chief destroyer with six goals in a 13.11.(89) to 6.5.(41) win at Metricon Stadium.
After mounting a brief comeback in the third quarter, the Eagles’ afternoon turned miserable after defender Will Schofield was placed on report for an apparent headbutt on Port youngster Zak Butters.
Schofield was immediately dragged off the ground and promptly given a spray from furious Eagles coach Adam Simpson, who simply cannot find an answer at the moment.
The Schofield incident came after All-Australian defender Jeremy McGovern was a late scratch after he failed to recover from an ankle injury sustained last weekend.
The loss extended the Eagles’ wait for a win on their Gold Coast hub and was the third-straight game with just six majors to their name.
Inaugural Suns talent Dixon enjoyed the familiar confines, marking strongly and kicking straight as the Power’s midfield peppered his area in a dominant first half.
Their defence caused the Eagles grief too, West Coast often unable to go forward or even sideways until a three-goal run in the third term brought the margin back to 11.
But Dixon’s fourth, another booming set shot from 50m, was the first of four in an emphatic reply.
Karl Amon then drilled a left-footer from the left pocket to make it a 37-point game approaching the final term.
Dixon capped his day with a fifth and six from another two strong marks in the final quarter, giving him 11 from three games this season.
Josh Kennedy (four goals) made the most of his chances up front for the Eagles, while Tim Kelly and Liam Ryan both battled hard.
Brad Ebert kicked two goals for Port and along with Hamish Hartlett was among the best in his 250th game.
– With AAP