Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti paid tribute to a fallen actor early in Essendon’s clash with West Coast, but it was the Eagles who made the fast start at the Gabba.
The Bombers speedster sneaked into space to mark and boot his side’s first goal in the Tuesday night clash, and celebrated by crossing both arms across his chest.
The move was a nod to the ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute from the film Black Panther, with lead actor Chadwick Boseman this week losing his battle with cancer.
But it marked the sole moment of celebration for the Bombers in the opening term as West Coast took a 4.1 (25) to 1.4 (10) advantage into the first change.
Eagles second-gamer Bailey Williams provided the highlight with a superb soccered goal in the dying stages before quarter time, with the ruckman mobbed by teammates after scoring off the deck.
Jack Darling finished the first term with his left eye partially closed after copping a stray finger from Marty Gleeson during a mark and successful set shot.