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West Coast’s 2018 AFL Premiership victory over Collingwood came after an epic Grand Final contest—a pulsating, nerve-jangling game of wild momentum swings. Under the guidance of coach Adam Simpson and captain Shannon Hurn, and thanks to the brilliance of Luke Shuey and Josh Kennedy, the courage of Jeremy McGovern, the calmness in defence of Tom Barrass, and the nerveless finishing of Dom Sheed, the Eagles held firm to defeat Collingwood by five points.
Tracing the Premiership-winning Eagles from the first moments of their pre-season training through a season in which they would lose three of their best players to injury and suspension, through to the ecstatic throes of the club’s Grand Final celebrations, Time to Fly: The Pictorial Story of the Eagles’ 2018 AFL Premiership uses beautiful images from AFL Media’s photographers to tell the story of West Coast’s 2018 season of triumph.
2018 was a year in which the Eagles moved to a new home at Optus stadium, found a new cast of heroes in the likes of Liam Ryan and Willie Rioli, and met every challenge thrown at them. “We’ve done it the hard way this year,” coach Adam Simpson said, having engineered the club’s fourth Premiership win. “We can’t wait to bring that Cup home.”
Tracking the highs, lows and thrilling conclusion of the Eagles’ dream run to the Premiership dais, Time to Fly captures the defining moments of the season, from the first ragged sprints of pre-season training to the giddy highs of a remarkable finals campaign—all culminating in the colour and pageantry of that one day in September.
A MUST-HAVE FOR EAGLES FANS, THIS IS A SLATTERY MEDIA PUBLICATION, UNDER LICENCE FROM THE AFL. IT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER 2018, WITH AN RRP OF $39.95.