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West Coast Eagles destroy Melbourne Demons in AFL preliminary final

Scott Morrison suffered a horror sporting weekend to go with poor polling numbers as both his AFL and NRL teams were soundly beaten.

The Prime Minister could only watch as West Coast cruised to its seventh AFL Grand Final, easily ending Melbourne’s fairytale finals run by 66 points.

The one-sided affair at Perth Stadium was just a day after his beloved Cronulla Sharks were crushed by the Melbourne Storm 22 to 6.

Mr Morrison’s colleague Julie Bishop had a much better weekend as she celebrated the Eagles’ win in the stands, along with Perth Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. 

Scott Morrison jumped on the Melbourne bandwagon on Tuesday when Victorian MP Tim Wilson draped a Demons scarf over his shoulders

Julie Bishop was overjoyed as the Eagles won, seen celebrating throughout the match from the balcony of her Perth Stadium box and happily posed after the match

Julie Bishop was overjoyed as the Eagles won, seen celebrating throughout the match from the balcony of her Perth Stadium box and happily posed after the match

Scott Morrison jumped on the Melbourne bandwagon on Tuesday when Victorian MP Tim Wilson draped a Demons scarf over his shoulders.

‘I wish the Demons well this weekend, they haven’t won a flag since before my [Cronulla] Sharks went into the competition,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘I don’t have an AFL team, as you know, but I wish the Demons the best over there in Western Australia.

‘I think they’re the sentimental favourite going into these last two weeks.’ The Demons have not made the finals since 2006 and not won a flag since 1964.

Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo (right) also got excited as the Eagles racked up points

Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo (right) also got excited as the Eagles racked up points

Melbourne was soundly beaten at Perth Stadium just days after Mr Morrison threw his support behind them 

Melbourne was soundly beaten at Perth Stadium just days after Mr Morrison threw his support behind them 

The Prime Minister could only watch as West Coast cruised to its seventh AFL Grand Final, easily ending Melbourne's fairytale finals run by 66 points

The Prime Minister could only watch as West Coast cruised to its seventh AFL Grand Final, easily ending Melbourne’s fairytale finals run by 66 points

Mr Morrison, however, did not extend his Melbourne support to the Storm, who played his Sharks on Friday.

To twist the knife further, his colleague Julie Bishop was overjoyed as the Eagles won, seen celebrating throughout the match from the balcony of her Perth Stadium box.

Ms Bishop was controversially ousted as Liberal Party deputy and sent to the backbench when Mr Morrison knocked off Malcolm Turnbull last month. 

Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo also got excited, seen clapping and raising his hands in triumph during the third quarter.

The Eagles dominated the preliminary final from the first whistle, not even letting Melbourne score a goal until six minutes into the second half.

Scott Morrison is an avowed Cronulla Sharks fan (pictured celebrating with players after they beat the Penrith Panthers last week)

Scott Morrison is an avowed Cronulla Sharks fan (pictured celebrating with players after they beat the Penrith Panthers last week)

But it was double disappointment for him as Cronulla was crushed 22 to 6 by Melbourne Storm (pictured) to miss out on the NRL Grand Final

But it was double disappointment for him as Cronulla was crushed 22 to 6 by Melbourne Storm (pictured) to miss out on the NRL Grand Final

Thousands of disappointed Demons fans looked dejected as the match got out of hand, filing out of the stadium and Federation Square early.

Jubilant West Coast fans will need to shell out big bucks to see their team take on Collingwood in the Grand Final next Saturday.

Fans claimed airlines jacked up the prices as early as the second quarter as it became clear the Eagles were going to win the match.

Flights shot up to at least $859 one way on Virgin on Thursday or Friday with other airlines close to $1,000, other than a few spots left on a Friday night Qantas redeye for $463.

Getting home wasn’t much better with flights on Sunday and Monday as high at $1,500 one way and $632 at minimum on Jetstar.

Fans and sports commentators alike were outraged by what they saw as blatant price gouging and begged for extra flights to be put on to help fans.

West Coast dominated the first half so thoroughly they had 10 times Melbourne’s score at half time, leading 69 to 6, with the final score being 121 to 55.

Even the WA Police had fun at Melbourne's expense, joking they had 'Gawn missing', as a play on Melbourne star Max Gawn's name

Even the WA Police had fun at Melbourne’s expense, joking they had ‘Gawn missing’, as a play on Melbourne star Max Gawn’s name

West Coast players celebrate after the game before turning their minds towards next weekend's Grand Final against Collingwood

West Coast players celebrate after the game before turning their minds towards next weekend’s Grand Final against Collingwood

Jubilant West Coast fans will need to shell out big bucks to see their team take on Collingwood in the Grand Final next Saturday

Jubilant West Coast fans will need to shell out big bucks to see their team take on Collingwood in the Grand Final next Saturday

It was the first time since 1927 a team was held goalless in the first half of an AFL final and their lowest score in a finals half since 1897.

Relentless pressure from the Eagles saw Melbourne unravel so badly they frequently missed handballs that led to turnovers and goals for the opposition.

Goals finally started flowing in the second half as Eagles players, sure of victory, eased up to preserve their bodies for the Grand Final. 

The Grand Final with West Coast taking on Collingwood kicks off at 2.30pm AEST on Saturday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

West Coast dominated the first half so thoroughly they had 10 times Melbourne's score at half time, leading 69 to 6, with the final score being 121 to 55

West Coast dominated the first half so thoroughly they had 10 times Melbourne’s score at half time, leading 69 to 6, with the final score being 121 to 55

Relentless pressure from the Eagles saw Melbourne unravel so badly they frequently missed handballs that led to turnovers and goals for the opposition

Relentless pressure from the Eagles saw Melbourne unravel so badly they frequently missed handballs that led to turnovers and goals for the opposition

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