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West Coast reached the semi-finals of the Ansett Cup despite having to travel for each game.

Rules[]

The 16 teams faced off in a sudden-death knockout competition, with losing sides sent to play scratch matches.

Round of 16[]

Fremantle v West Coast

Sun, 25 February 1996

Marrara Oval

Attendance: 9,078

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Fremantle 1.5.11 2.9.21 5.12.42 7.15.57
West Coast 1.2.8 2.4.16 7.7.49 10.11.71

Goals: Ph.Matera 3, Dunstan, Heatley, Kemp, Lovell, Lyle, Pe.Matera, Waterman

Best: Ph.Matera, Kemp, Pe.Matera, Banfield, Blurton

Injuries: Turnbull (hamstring)

Named squad: Heady, Kemp, Mainwaring, Lovell, Banfield, Gehrig, Metropolis, Lyle, White, Dunstan, McKenna, Evans, Schofield, Downsborough, Fewster, Worsfold, Ball, Jakovich, Donnelly, Pe.Matera, Heatley, Ph.Matera, Sikora, Hart, Waterman, Morrison, Turnbull.

Fremantle: Edwards, Rowe, Wills, Ridley, Gilbert, Allan, Mann, O'Reilly, Kickett, Chisholm, Abraham, Hynes, Brown, Dhurrkay, Muir, Godden, Norrish, Waterhouse, Koops, Gooch, Clement, Leach, Callaghan, McGovern, Bandy, Mitchell.

Quarter final[]

Footscray v West Coast

Wed, 6 March 1996

Waverley Park

Attendance: 3,109

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Footscray 2.2.14 4.4.28 7.7.49 8.10.58
West Coast 1.2.8 4.2.26 8.4.52 11.6.72

Goals: Donnelly 3, Evans, Lovell, Sumich 2, Fewster, Ph.Matera

Best: Waterman, Kemp, Donnelly, Jakovich, Blurton, Evans

Injuries: Nil.

Named squad: Heady, Kemp, Mainwaring, Sumich, Lovell, Banfield, Gehrig, Metropolis, White, McKenna, Evans, Schofield, Downsborough, Fewster, Worsfold, Ball, Jakovich, Donnelly, Pe.Matera, Blurton, Ph.Matera, Sikora, Cousins, Waterman, Morrison, Marshall.

Footscray: Grgic, Kolyniuk, Grant, Kellett, Smith, Johnson, S West, Curley, Cook, Jakovich, Darcy, Wynd, Cameron, Reimers, Quill, Martin, Wallis, Cox, Dimattina, Griffin, M West, Romero, Sir, Liberatore, Osborne, Wira.

Semi final[]

St Kilda v West Coast

Wed, 13 March 1996

Waverley Park

Attendance: 10,019

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
St Kilda 1.2.8 2.4.16 6.9.45 10.13.73
West Coast 2.1.13 2.3.15 5.7.37 8.9.57

Goals: Donnelly, Jakovich, Lewis, Mainwaring, Ph.Matera, Morrison, Sikora, Sumich

Best: Jakovich, Mainwaring, Worsfold, Morrison

Injuries: Fewster (head)

West Coast opened up a three-goal lead with a burst of goals during the third term but the Saints lifted, kicking four goals to end the term and holding off the visitors in the final quarter to move into the pre-season grand final.

Named squad: Kemp, Mainwaring, Sumich, Lovell, Banfield, Metropolis, White, McKenna, Evans, Bond, Schofield, Downsborough, Fewster, Worsfold, Ball, Jakovich, Lewis, Donnelly, Blurton, Ph.Matera, Sikora, Cousins, Morrison.

St Kilda: Peckett, Brown, Burke, Smith, Healy, Winmar, Vidovic, Everitt, Bardsley, D Wakelin, Neill, Sziller, Young, Loewe, McLaren, Beveridge, Elliott, Jones, Coghlan, Shanahan, Triainidis, Daniels, Harvey, Cripps, McLean.

Links[]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Ansett_Australia_Cup

http://australianfootball.com/seasons/season/afl/138/ansett%2Baustralia%2Bcup/11/12/1996/advanced

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