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West Coast v St Kilda
Round 11, 2018
S18r11
Naitanui in action. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Sat, 2 June 2018 (6.10pm WST)
Attendance
54,188
Result
Won by 13
Score
WCE 16.5.101 - 14.4.88 STK
Brownlow
3 T.Membrey (STK)
2 J.McGovern (WCE)
J.Kennedy (WCE)
Ladder
1st
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West Coast overcame a massive scare from the lowly Saints, who stormed from 48 points down at the last break to within two goals, to record their tenth straight win and head into the midseason bye on top of the ladder. The Eagles lost the in-form Jack Darling to an ankle injury early in the match but in hisabsence Josh Kennedy stepped back into his spearhead role, kicking four goals in the third term to put the match just out of St Kilda's reach. Kennedy finished with six, while skipper Shannon Hurn had 23 possessions and 12 marks off half-back.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 5.0.30 10.1.61 15.3.93 16.5.101
St Kilda 2.1.13 5.3.33 7.3.45 14.4.88

Goals: Kennedy 6, Cripps, LeCras, Naitanui 2, Gaff, Rioli, Sheed, Waterman

Best: Kennedy, Sheed, Gaff, Hurn, Naitanui, McGovern

Injuries: Darling (ankle)

Named sides[]

West Coast St Kilda
B: 25.Hurn 37.Barrass 5.Sheppard B: 14.Geary 24.Austin 5.Savage
HB: 28.Cole 20.McGovern 14.Duggan HB: 11.Clark 29.Webster 37.Rice
C: 23.Jetta 6.Yeo 34.Hutchings C: 16.Newnes 9.Steele 30.Phillips
HF: 2.LeCras 27.Darling 15.Cripps HF: 35.Sinclair 32.McCartin 15.Billings
F: 44.Rioli 17.Kennedy 29.Lycett F: 4.Gresham 28.Membrey 13.Lonie
R: 9.Naitanui 13.Shuey 3.Gaff R: 1.Hickey 6.Ross 3.Steven
I: 8.Redden 30.Nelson 41.Ah Chee I: 31.White 36.McKenzie 43.Marshall
45.Waterman 44.Weller
E: 4.Sheed 10.Brander 43.M.Allen E: 18.Longer 33.Coffield 39.Joyce
33.Ainsworth 45.Paton

In: Shuey, Nelson

Out: Masten (hamstring), Sheed

Late change: Sheed for Shuey (hamstring)

Quarter by quarter[]

Shuey was a late withdrawal after failing to fully recover from his hamstring injury, replaced by Sheed. The match was played in clear conditions under lights.


Club Champion votes[]

Kennedy 15 Sheed 7
Gaff 11 Ah Chee 5
Hurn 11 Duggan 5
Naitanui 10 LeCras 5
McGovern 9 Nelson 5
Sheppard 9 Redden 5
Cripps 8 Yeo 4
Hutchings 8 Waterman 3
Lycett 8 Rioli 2
Barrass 7 Jetta 1
Cole 7 Darling 0

From the coach[]

"The last quarter was obviously disappointing, but they didn't give up, the Saints. We have got to give them credit. Our boys looked a bit tired and a bit sore. The way St Kilda plays invites that type of game and they stuck to their guns all day. We coughed the ball up with turnovers that aren't normally us, but we will take the win. We need to celebrate the wins. We are proud of our players to get the job done in front of another really good crowd.

"...We wee trying to do things and execute strategy in the box that we haven't had to do too much this year. The players have worked things out really well themselves and all we can do is assist them at stages and what we were calling in the box ... it was a difficult came to coach really because it was such a unique style that St Kilda brought. We planned it well. Exactly what we expected to happen, happened. It was just that stopping it was difficult. A couple of turnovers in the last and some strategic changes didn't really work for us, but they held on and we won.

"...The contest was important for us and I thought for three quarters we were pretty good. I thought when Jack went down Josh played a quarter of footy that was pretty rare, even for him. His leadership off the ball and his pressure was exceptional. No doubt some of our leaders stood tall. We need to be careful that we don't go too hard on players for that last quarter."

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"The Eagles extended their lead during the second term and held a 28-point buffer at the main break.

Things were more comfortable on the scoreboard than they were in the clinches for West Coast, who were often beaten at the stoppages.

The Saints won the clearances 11-7 for the second term, as Jack Steven and Seb Ross stood up against a West Coast on-ball unit that was without Luke Shuey, who was a late withdrawal as Dom Sheed got a reprieve.

The Eagles were far more incisive going forward though and their half-time tally of 10.1 was both a measure of their accuracy and a replica of the win-loss record they would eventually have in their keeping despite being given a fright."[1]

The Age[]

"The season-high six goals from the boot of dual Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy was the difference between the sides and also adds a dimension to the momentum the Eagles will take in to the second half of the season. That won’t start until round 13, when they meet the Sydney Swans at the SCG, after they enjoy their bye.

The 16.5 (101) to 14.4 (88) win over the Saints was far from the Eagles most dominant performance this season, especially in the first half and in the final term when they blew a 48-point lead. But with the confidence of playing at home against a side with just one win previously and a week off in their sites, they could have been excused for not being 100 per cent on their game.

The effects of the loss of Jack Darling with an ankle injury just before quarter-time can’t be underplayed either. The in-form key forward landed awkwardly from a marking contest with Logan Austin and immediately looked in trouble. He played no further part in the game and spent the rest of it on the boundary line on crutches."[2]

East Perth report[]

Round 9 (4 June)

East Perth fell to arch-rivals West Perth at Arena Joondalup, falling away after half time to lose by four goals. Luke Partington tallied 27 possessions and seven tackles and Kurt Mutimer picked up 23 from the backline.

Appearing for East Perth: Ainsworth, M.Allen, O.Allen, Bayok, Brander, England, McInnes, Mutimer, Partington, Petruccelle, Rotham, Vardy, Watson. Reserves: Burrows, Olango.

Injury list[]

In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured:

Player Injury Expected return
Karpany IT band 6-8 weeks
Venables Ankle 4-5 weeks (Placed on LTI list 26/4, replaced by Bayok)
Masten Hamstring 3 weeks
MacKenzie Toe 2-3 weeks
Ryan Ankle 2 weeks
Brayshaw Knee 2 weeks
Schofield Hamstring 2 weeks
Shuey Hamstring Test
Olango* Concussion Test

Links[]

http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2018/11/wce-v-stk

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2018/151820180602.html

  1. Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (2 June 2018), "West Coast Eagles overcome Jack Darling loss to notch 10th straight win": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-eagles-overcome-jack-darling-loss-to-notch-10th-straight-win-ng-b88855129z
  2. Brad Elborough, The Age (2 June 2018), "High-flying Eagles fight off spirited St Kilda": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/high-flying-eagles-fight-off-spirited-st-kilda-20180602-p4zj4x.html
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