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Sydney v West Coast
Round 12, 2019
Jetta in action against his old side. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 9 June 2019 (3.20pm EST)
Lost by 45
SYD 18.8.116 - 10.11.71 WCE
3 T.Papley (SYD)
2 L.Franklin (SYD)
1 L.Parker (SYD)

West Coast's winning streak came to a shuddering halt and its SCG hoodoo remained firmly intact with a disappointing loss to the Swans. The home side kicked two goals in two minutes to signal their intent, and extended their lead at every change despite losing several players to injury as the Eagles limped into the mid-season bye. Andrew Gaff had a team-high 28 possessions and Josh Kennedy kicked three first-half goals while the game was still in the balance.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Sydney 4.1.25 9.6.60 14.7.91 18.8.116
West Coast 3.2.20 6.3.39 7.8.50 10.11.71

Goals: Kennedy 3, Rioli, Ryan 2, Darling, McGovern, Waterman

Best: Shuey, Kennedy, Ryan, Sheed, Redden

Injuries: Cripps (shoulder)

Reports: Rioli for rough conduct against C.O'Riordan, Vardy for rough conduct against J.Thurlow

Named sides[]

West Coast Sydney
B: 5.Sheppard 31.Schofield 14.Duggan B: 24.Rampe 43.Melican 44.Lloyd
HB: 28.Cole 20.McGovern 23.Jetta HB: 14.Mills 36.Aliir 3.McVeigh
C: 15.Cripps 45.Smith* 3.Gaff C: 34.Dawson 26.Parker 13.Florent
HF: 44.Rioli 27.Darling 8.Redden HF: 22.Blakey 20.Reid 2.Menzel*
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 21.Petruccelle F: 30.McCartin 23.Franklin 5.Heeney
R: 19.Vardy 4.Sheed 13.Shuey R: 18.Sinclair 29.Hewett 11.Papley
I: 2.Waterman 16.Hickey 34.Hutchings I: 6.Thurlow 38.O'Riordan 4.Clarke
35.Rotham 1.Rose
E: 30.Nelson 39.Cameron 41.Ah Chee E: 17.Cameron 8.Rowbottom 33.Stoddart
43.M.Allen* 25.Ronke*

In: Hickey, Rotham, Smith

Out: Hurn (hamstring), O.Allen (ankle), Yeo* (calf)

(*Smith replaced Yeo in the WCE side, M.Allen added to emergencies. Menzel replaced Hayward in the SYD side, Ronke added to emergencies)

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named, after swinging some changes earlier in the weekend. The match was played in fine conditions.

Club Champion votes[]


Kennedy 8 Duggan 2
Ryan 8 Jetta 1
Gaff 7 McGovern 1
Shuey 6 Rotham 1
Rioli 5 Schofield 1
Sheppard 4 Vardy 1
Cripps 3 Cole 0
Darling 3 Hutchings 0
Hickey 3 Petruccelle 0
Redden 3 Smith 0
Sheed 3 Waterman 0

From the coach[]

"Effort is one thing, but I think the old adage ‘Don’t get beaten by what you know’ probably comes to mind. We planned a lot about what we thought Sydney would do and they executed their plans a lot better than we did ours.

"Buddy is at the centre of what we know. For us, some of the numbers if you look at them on paper, you would go 'We’ll take a lot of those numbers’. The contest was pretty even, inside 50s we were plus-12. But they kicked 10 goals from our front half, so that’s an indication of how we defended behind our entries. We’ll look at that. We’re 8-4 and we’re really disappointed tonight. The effort was inconsistent but it was probably more the execution of our plans were not up to scratch. And geez, I’ll tell you what, Sydney played really well. They had injuries left, right and centre – I think they had one player available (on the bench) in the last quarter and a half. To do what they did, they would be very proud and we are disappointed.

"...Our defenders lowered their colours tonight, but we didn’t help them up the ground. It’s a combination of both. Some individuals for Sydney were really good and some of our boys were off. Pretty much every line, their colours were lowered."[2]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"The visitors, who sorely missed injured captain Shannon Hurn and two-time club champion Elliot Yeo, reduced the margin to 19 points early in the third term but it was the closest they came to hitting the front after halftime.

Franklin, who underwent off-season groin surgery and missed rounds 6-9 because of a hamstring injury, set the tone when he booted Sunday’s opening goal after marking on the lead.

The 32-year-old, featuring in his 298th match, repeated the dose in the second term when he broke free from Jeremy McGovern and slotted the subsequent set shot from beyond the 50m arc.

The superstar’s fourth goal was textbook Buddy, coming after benefiting from Daniel Menzel’s pinpoint pass and buffeting would-be tackler Tom Cole with apparent ease."[3]

The Age[]

"The Swans stormed out of the gates, kicking the first three goals of the match to establish an early 17-point lead. It evaporated in a flash. It took West Coast until the 18th minute to register their first major, through Josh Kennedy, who kicked another moments later from almost the exact same spot, and then had a hand in the lead-up play that set up Liam Ryan.

Those three goals came in a four-minute stretch, and it felt like a warning for Sydney at the time. In the end, it was the only period of the game in which the Eagles looked remotely threatening.

Kennedy finished with three goals and, one-on-one, had the better of Dane Rampe in his 150th game, but the milestone man was still able to celebrate.

The Swans broke the game open in the third quarter, kicking five goals while restricting West Coast to just 1.5, and had their tails up from then on."[4]


Round 9 (9 June)

West Coast fell to West Perth at a wet Arena Joondalup, managing just four goals and dropping to the bottom of the ladder. Matthew Allen had a career-high 34 possessions, 25 of them coming in the first half, and ruckman Keegan Brooksby tallied 48 hitouts and eight tackles to go with his 22 disposals.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Perth 1.1.7 5.2.32 7.4.46 11.6.72
West Coast 1.1.7 2.3.15 3.8.26 4.12.36

Goals: Ashman, Cameron, Robilliard, Williams

Best: M.Allen, Masten, Mutimer, Brooksby, Brayshaw, Grey

Injuries: Ashman (head)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 26.Watson 46.Riach 64.Curnow
HB: 51.Fisher 29.Foley 38.Mutimer
C: 24.O'Neill 33.Ainsworth 7.Masten
HF: 66.Reid 10.Brander 22.Brayshaw
F: 61.Robilliard 40.Brooksby 59.Ashman
R: 32.Williams 43.M.Allen 11.Grey
I: 55.Flint 56.Hug 63.Lamont
E: 52.Acres 62.Cary 53.Kalajzic

In: Watson, Ainsworth, Brayshaw, Flint, Lamont

Out: Ah Chee, Cameron, Nelson, Rotham, Smith (WCE)

Late changes: Cameron, Nelson for Flint, Salomone

New: Sam Lamont (North Beach)

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Naitanui Knee Indefinite
Venables Concussion TBC
Barrass Foot 3-4 weeks
Hurn Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Brayshaw Toe Test
Hickey Ankle Test
Bines* Hernia TBC
Edwards* Foot TBC
McInnes* Shoulder 1 week
Watson* AC joint Test



  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.39
  2. 'westcoasteagles.com.au (11 June 2019), "Round 12: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2019-06-11/round-12-pressing-questions
  3. Staff writers & AAP, The West Australian (9 June 2019), "West Coast Eagles’ winning streak ends with 45-point loss to Sydney": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-eagles-winning-streak-ends-with-45-point-loss-to-sydney-ng-b881225336z
  4. Vince Rugari, The Age (9 June 2019), "Buddy roars back as Swans stun West Coast": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/buddy-roars-back-as-swans-stun-west-coast-20190609-p51vzf.html