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West Coast v Geelong
Grand Final, 1992
Sat, 26 September 1992 (2:50 PM EST)
Won by 28
WCE 16.17.113 - 12.13.85 GEE

West Coast broke through for a historic first premiership, coming from a half-time deficit to run over the top of Geelong. Peter Matera was a deserving Norm Smith Medal winner with one of the great Grand Final performances, kicking five goals from a wing. Other Eagles to stand up on the big stage included Brett Heady (28 possessions), spearhead Peter Sumich (six goals) and the nuggety Tony Evans (20 possessions and three goals).


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 2.6.18 6.8.44 11.15.81 16.17.113
Geelong 5.5.35 8.8.56 9.10.64 12.13.85

Goals: Sumich 6, Matera 5, Evans 3, Wilson 2

Best: Matera, McIntosh, Kemp, Heady, Evans, Worsfold

Injuries: Pyke (concussion), Langdon (knee)

Named side[]

West Coast Geelong
B: 10.Pyke 14.Brennan 17.McKenna B: 37.Simpson 28.T.Darcy 20.Rogers
HB: 31.White 27.Jakovich 24.Worsfold HB: 29.Hinkley 17.McGrath 24.Poole
C: 39.Waterman 2.Kemp 30.Matera C: 15.Riccardi 7.Couch 8.Scott
HF: 28.Lewis 19.Langdon 3.Mainwaring HF: 5.Ablett 26.Stoneham 13.Merriman
F: 11.McIntosh 4.Sumich 5.Lamb F: 21.Mansfield 16.Brownless 2.Miles
R: 23.Harding 7.Turley 18.Evans R: 6.Barnes 3.Bairstow 32.G.Hocking
I: 1.Heady 9.Wilson I: 19.Bruns 4.Wills
E: 32.Clape 22.Hynes 13.Watters E: 12.S.Malakellis 33.Forssman 31.Mensch

In: Brennan, Heady

Out: Hart (groin), Hynes

From the papers[]

The Sunday Age[]

"When the Eagles make for the jugular, there is generally class in the kill, and Matera yesterday had plenty to spare. He kicked the goal that gave West Coast the lead for the first time; his fourth gave the Eagles a crucial 17-point break in his dying minutes of the third quarter; and his fifth, less than a minute into the final term, made it 23 points the difference and all but broke the Cats' hearts.

Geelong had one last lunge left in its flailing limbs. Five minutes in, Brownless goaled, reducing the gap to 17 points once more. The Cats attacked again frantically, and Bairstow let fly straight in front and from only 35 metres out, but a desperate McIntosh laid fingers to the ball.

It was not the hand of God, but it was sign enough that this, finally, would be West Coast's day."[1]

Canberra Times[]

"Ablett kicked the opening goal after half-time but there was little joy after that for the Victorians as the Eagles slammed on five goals, two of them gems from Matera as he streamed upfield and kicked from a distance.

The Eagles led by 17 points at the final change and three goals in two minutes early in the final quarter ensured the Cup was theirs.

Matera earned his best-afield medal with 18 possessions and a clear win over Bairstow, while West Coast's Brett Heady played a major role after being moved on to Couch early in the second quarter.

McIntosh kept Brownless to only three goals from four scoring shots while McKenna, Evans and Glen Jakovich were other top players."[2]

Players in the WAFL[]

Grand Final (19 Sept)

East Fremantle (Lockyer, Nichols, Krummel) def South Fremantle (Hart, Hynes, Irving, Hepburn). Former Eagles Steve Malaxos, Clinton Browning and Peter Davidson also won premiership medals, with Browning winning the Simpson Medal as best on ground.




  1. Rohan Connolly, The Sunday Age (27 September 1992, p.SPORT11), "West Coast learns from 1991 humbling"
  2. Canberra Times (27 September 1992, p.16), "Eagles fly out with prized AFL crown": http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/126945405/13955932