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Adelaide v West Coast
Preliminary Final, 2006
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Hunter kicked four goals. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Sat, 23 September 2006 (3:00 PM CST)
Attendance
50,514
Result
Won by 10
Score
WCE 11.19.85 - 11.9.75 ADL
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West Coast produced yet another second-half comeback to book a grand final rematch against Sydney, taking control of the match in the third quarter through the brilliance of Ben Cousins who picked up 11 touches and a goal in the period. Dean Cox won his ruck duel and had 27 possessions, while Cousins also had 27 and swingman Adam Hunter kicked 4 goals.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Adelaide 3.3.21 6.5.41 8.8.56 11.9.75
West Coast 0.4.10 2.7.19 6.12.48 11.19.85

Goals: Hunter 4, Embley 2, Butler, Cousins, Hansen, Kerr, Lynch

Best: Cox, Judd, Cousins, Embley, Hunter, Butler, Kerr

Injuries: Nil

Milestones: Selwood 50th game

Named sides[]

West Coast Adelaide
B: B.Jones Glass Selwood B: Johncock Rutten Bassett
HB: Waters Hunter Stenglein HB: Mattner Bock Torney
C: Embley Cousins Braun C: Burton Goodwin Van Berlo
HF: Chick Hansen Butler HF: Thompson Perrie Reilly
F: Kerr Lynch Seaby F: Bode Welsh Biglands
R: Cox Judd Fletcher R: Clarke Shirley Edwards
I: Armstrong Banfield Graham I: Doughty McLeod Stevens
R.Jones Porplyzia
E: LeCras Rosa Staker E: Massie McGregor Douglas

In: Banfield, Graham

Out: Wirrpanda (hamstring), Rosa

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"The sheer brilliance of Cousins, Cox, Judd, Kerr and Embley just heightened the surge. The critical numbers that decide football matches all turned West Coast's way. The stoppages, dominated by Adelaide until half-time, were completely hijacked by Judd and Cousins.

The critical match-ups started to swing the Eagles' way as well. Van Berlo lost control of Cousins, Robert Shirley battled to hold Kerr. Clarke could hold his own against Cox in the ruck contests but couldn't get near him around the ground. Cox took the ball inside the Eagles' attacking 50 six times, as many as the brilliant Cousins. Only lead-up forward Ash Hansen (seven) did it more often.

The Crows were defenceless. The midfield zone Craig uses to stifle opposition ball movement was pointless because many of the attacks were being launched from centre bounces before the zone could be set up."

The Sunday Age[]

"Adelaide led until seven minutes and 19 seconds into the last quarter, when its midfield was officially pronounced "dead". Like so many times before, the Eagles' intensity and ability to run out the game better was far too daunting.

The Crows continued to battle gamely, and with two goals from Nathan Bock in the last four minutes of the game to put Adelaide within four points, there was the slightest of hopes that it could steal back the lead within the last 30 seconds.

With the crowd roaring, Adelaide won what was thought the most important clearance of the day, and Goodwin was about to deliver a pin-point pass to a forward. But the whistle blew, Tyson Stenglein was given a free kick, and it was game over. Hansen kicked a meaningless goal after the siren.

Ultimately the Eagles were too good. In fact, they should have made Adelaide pay even more dearly in the third quarter when the Crows almost completely broke down but missed easy shots at goal."

WAFL[]

Grand Final (23 Sept)

Subiaco (Wooden, Nicoski, Priddis) vs South Fremantle (Sampi, Gaspar). Former Eagles Jarrad Schofield and Todd Holmes won premiership medals.

Links[]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2006/011820060923.html

Mark Duffield, The West Australian (25 September 2005 p. G6), "Weight of numbers crush Crows"

Ashley Porter, The Sunday Age (24 September 2006), "Eagles earn chance to atone by culling Crows": http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac?page=1&sy=age&kw=hunter+and+butler+and+bode+and+bock&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=entire&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=nrm&clsPage=1&docID=SAG060924OA6957JEKU9

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