Semi Finals : West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons Worldcup Stream
The West Coast Eagles, also known as West Coast, is an Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia.
It competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), representing the state of Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan region. It trains at Lathlain Park and plays its home games at Perth Stadium in Burswood, Western Australia, having previously played at Subiaco Oval and the WACA Ground. The club is one of two AFL clubs based in Western Australia, the other being its main rival, the Fremantle Football Club.
West Coast was founded in 1986 as an expansion team. It entered the AFL, then known as the Victorian Football League, in 1987 along with the Brisbane Bears. It made the finals series for the first time in 1988. It won its first premiership in 1992, having been defeated in the grand final the previous year. It is the first non-Victorian team to play in and win a Grand Final. The Eagles have since won two more premierships, in 1994 and 2006. The club's current coach is Adam Simpson, and the current captain is Shannon Hurn. Since 2014, the East Perth Football Club, which competes in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), has served as West Coast's reserves team.
The Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Demons, is a professional Australian rules football club, playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). It is named after and based in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, and plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The club's origins can be traced to an 1858 letter in which Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calls for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with its own "code of laws". An informal Melbourne team played that winter and was officially formed in May 1859 when Wills and three other members codified "The Rules of the Melbourne Football Club"—the basis of Australian rules football. The club was a dominant force in the earliest Australian rules football competition, the Challenge Cup, and was also a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1896, which later became the national Australian Football League. Melbourne has won 12 VFL/AFL premierships, the latest in 1964.
The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008 by naming "150 Heroes" as well as creating a birthday logo which appeared on its official guernsey.
The football club has been a sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) since 2009, having previously been associated with the MCC between 1889 and 1980.