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» Retiring Eagle Drew Petrie underwhelmed by Western Derby experience
Retiring Eagle Drew Petrie underwhelmed by Western Derby experience
Former North Melbourne champion Drew Petrie was left underwhelmed by the Western Derby experience during his solitary season at West Coast this year.
Petrie joined the Eagles via the rookie draft 12 months ago, having been axed after 16 years at North Melbourne, and was led to believe there would be fireworks across WA during derby week.
But the build-up to his only derby against crosstown rivals Fremantle – the final meeting between the sides at Subiaco Oval – didn’t live up to expectations.
West Coast ran 30-point winners in the round 17 encounter after kicking four goals to none in the first quarter.
“When I was in Victoria looking at derby week over here in Perth, I was thinking, ‘geez, it’s just going to tear the city apart’,” Petrie said during a light-hearted chat on Trade Radio today.
“(I thought) people are just going to go nuts, there’s going to be riots, it’s derby week, there’s going to be punch-ups in every pub and Freo and West Coast supporters are going to go crazy.
“But leading into the game, it felt just like a normal game.
“There was an element of pumping it up in our meetings because it was our last derby at Subiaco … but apart from that it did feel really normal.”
Petrie also felt the two-team WA city was less of a “footy bubble” than Melbourne.
The 34-year-old announced his retirement last month after 332 games, including 16 with the Eagles this year.
He is weighing up options both in and out the football industry, but is yet to decide what the future holds.
“I’ve got a few days up my sleeve before I need to make some really hard decisions,” he said.
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