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Relevant events for the week Wednesday 15 July 2015 - Tuesday 21 July 2015 (Prev|Next)

Wednesday 15 July[]

Thursday 16 July[]

The club named an unchanged lineup for the first time in more than three years. Sam Butler was unavailable after failing to come up from a hip injury and youngster Liam Duggan was expected to make his return through the WAFL after overcoming calf tightness.

Friday 17 July[]

North Melbourne beat Essendon.

Saturday 18 July[]

West Coast broke a long drought against Collingwood at Docklands, beating the Pies in Melbourne for the first time since 2003 but losing another key defender in Jeremy McGovern in the process.

East Perth beat bottom-placed Perth in a forgettable encounter notable only for the knee injury suffered by Duggan early in the match.

Geelong held off Western Bulldogs, GWS Giants beat Gold Coast, Fremantle defeated Carlton and Hawthorn sent the competition a message by smashing Sydney.

Sunday 19 July[]

Melbourne beat Brisbane, Richmond comfortably defeated St Kilda and Adelaide pipped Port Adelaide in a memorable and emotional Showdown.

Monday 20 July[]

Mark LeCras said he had faith that untried key defender Tom Barrass could deputise for McGovern if called upon to do so, saying that the Claremont product had been training well and shown great WAFL form. "He has been training a fair bit with Gov and he has been able to play a bit like him at East Perth. Generally when we do match simulation at training Gov has been on one side and Tommy Barrass has been at the other end, so they play a similar way"- Chris Pike, The West Australian: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/afl/a/28929267/eagles-eye-debutant-to-replace-mcgovern/

Tuesday 21 July[]

The club confirmed that Duggan would miss the remainder of the season after injuring his posterior cruciate ligament against Perth. There was better news for McGovern, whose strained hamstring was expected to only keep him out for two or three matches. Butler, Xavier Ellis (elbow), Scott Selwood (knee) and Josh Hill (shoulder) were expected to be available subject to passing fitness tests.

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