West Coast v Essendon
Round 14, 2019
Thur, 20 June 2019 (6.10pm WST)
Won by 35
WCE 14.22.106 - 11.5.71 ESS
3 D.Sheed (WCE)
2 E.Yeo (WCE)
1 A.Gaff (WCE)

Coming out of the mid-season bye, West Coast dominated Essendon everywhere except the scoreboard, with the Eagles recording 20 more scoring shots but their inaccuracy in front of goal limiting the final margin to 35 points. The home side weathered an early push from the Bombers and controlled play for most of the remainder of the game. Dom Sheed had a game-high 36 possessions and two goals and Jack Redden recorded 30 touches in his 200th AFL game.

Summary[edit | edit source]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 3.4.22 7.14.56 11.17.83 14.22.106
Essendon 4.0.24 6.1.37 8.1.49 11.5.71

Goals: Kennedy 3, Cameron, Cripps, Petruccelle, Sheed 2, Darling, Ryan, Yeo

Best: Sheed, Sheppard, Yeo, Kennedy, Redden, Hutchings

Injuries: Sheppard (cut head), Shuey (cut head)

Reports: McGovern for rough conduct on M.Guelfi

Milestones: Redden 200th AFL game, Cameron AFL debut

Named sides[edit | edit source]

West Coast Essendon
B: 25.Hurn 31.Schofield 5.Sheppard B: 29.Ambrose 18.Hurley 1.McGrath
HB: 14.Duggan 20.McGovern 23.Jetta HB: 45.McKenna 26.Hooker 42.Saad
C: 4.Sheed 6.Yeo 8.Redden C: 27.Redman 7.Merrett 4.Langford
HF: 15.Cripps 27.Darling 7.Masten HF: 11.Zaharakis 15.Laverde 35.Guelfi
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 21.Petruccelle F: 3.Parish 44.McKernan 43.McDonald-Tipungwuti
R: 16.Hickey 13.Shuey 3.Gaff R: 2.Bellchambers 9.Shiel 21.Heppell
I: 12.O.Allen 30.Nelson 34.Hutchings I: 28.Brown 37.D.Clarke 13.Fantasia
39.Cameron 16.Begley
E: 2.Waterman 35.Rotham 41.Ah Chee E: 10.Francis 12.Baguley 20.Z.Clarke
45.Smith 41.McNiece

In: Hurn, Yeo, Masten, O.Allen, Nelson, Cameron

Out: Vardy (suspended), Rioli (suspended), Cole, Waterman, Rotham, Smith

New: Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts/Newman Centrals JFC)

Quarter by quarter[edit | edit source]

Both sides went in as named. The match was played under lights in fine and clear, but chilly, conditions.

Club Champion votes[edit | edit source]


Sheed 15 Ryan 9
Sheppard 15 Schofield 9
Yeo 15 Hickey 8
Cripps 13 Hurn 8
Hutchings 13 Nelson 8
Redden 13 Petruccelle 8
Gaff 12 Cameron 7
Kennedy 12 Duggan 7
Shuey 12 Allen 6
Jetta 11 Darling 6
McGovern 11 Masten 5

From the coach[edit | edit source]

"I was really pleased with the way we played. We’ve been working really hard on our defence that last couple of weeks after the Sydney game. Going in with that focus against a team like Essendon who are really dangerous, in particular off the turnover. I thought we defended well tonight. We didn’t convert, and that was frustrating, but if we play like that every week we’ll win some games.

"We worked hard on some individual match-ups, but I think it was a result of the collective, with the way we defended. There’s always the case with dangerous, small, quick players. Last year (against Essendon) we got taught a lesson, in particular early. We wanted to stop that, but that was a byproduct of probably good team effort.

"I’m going to say it again, but I think we defended well behind the ball. In the second quarter we had 17 turnovers in the front half. I don’t know where we rank in the comp; it’s not in the top 10. It starts with our mids and they were pretty dominant at stages tonight. They gave supply and then our ability to keep it in our front half was a really basic message but we executed quite well."[2]

From the papers[edit | edit source]

The West Australian[edit | edit source]

"Essendon led by 10 points late in the opening term, but the game was turned on its head from that point on.

West Coast posted 20 consecutive inside 50s either side of quarter-time, with only their inaccuracy saving Essendon from a first-half blowout.

But when Kennedy nailed two goals in as many minutes to start the third, the floodgates had well and truly opened as West Coast opened up a match-winning 44-point lead.

Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia, who was pinched relentlessly by Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton last week, was held to just six disposals by Brad Sheppard."[3]

The Age[edit | edit source]

"The Eagles went into the game with the ninth-best percentage in the competition and won an incident-laden contest by 35 points. The result put the reigning premiers back into the four, but the margin should have been much bigger. They had 25 more inside 50s than the Bombers and 20 more scoring shots in the 14.22 (106) to 11.5 (71) victory.

In the second quarter especially, West Coast was wasteful, kicking 4.10 despite having 23 inside 50s to the Bombers four. They led at that stage by just 19 points.

Josh Kennedy booted 3.5 for the game after he had 1.5 next to his name at the main break. The Bombers kicked four goals in the first term and led by 10 points.

Zach Merrett and Dyson Heppell were outstanding – and they finished strongly with four more goals in the last quarter. However for too much of the game, scoring was difficult for Essendon, while the home side produced chance after chance on the back of solid work from Dom Sheed, Jack Redden, in his 200th game, and Elliot Yeo."[4]

Reserves[edit | edit source]

Round 11 (22 June)

A strong West Coast side comfortably accounted for WAFL strugglers East Fremantle to celebrate the return of injured pair Nic Naitanui and Tom Barrass and the comeback from retirement of Drew Petrie. The Eagles held East Fremantle scoreless in the first term and put the game out of reach by half-time, before rain turned the second half into a slog. Brayden Ainsworth had a team-high 28 possessions and Jarrod Brander kicked two goals from 26 touches, with the only dampener a cork suffered by Barrass in the final term.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
East Fremantle 0.0.0 2.1.13 2.3.15 4.9.33
West Coast 4.8.32 8.11.59 12.15.87 15.15.105

Goals: Reid 4, Brander, Brooksby, Waterman 2, Ainsworth, Grey, O'Neill, Smith, Williams

Best: Ainsworth, Waterman, M.Allen, Ah Chee, Brayshaw, Brander, Reid

Injuries: Barrass (calf), Reid (leg)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 38.Mutimer 37.Barrass 35.Rotham
HB: 46.Riach 26.Watson 28.Cole
C: 22.Brayshaw 41.Ah Chee 10.Brander
HF: 45.Smith 36.McInnes 66.Reid
F: 2.Waterman 40.Brooksby 29.Foley
R: 9.Naitanui 43.M.Allen 24.O'Neill
I: 33.Ainsworth 11.Grey 19.Petrie
E: 64.Curnow 51.Fisher 56.Hug

In: Barrass, Rotham, Cole, Ah Chee, Smith, McInnes, Waterman, Naitanui, Petrie

Out: Masten, Cameron, Nelson (AFL), Ashman, Robilliard, Lamont, Curnow, Fisher, Hug

Injury list[edit | edit source]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Venables Concussion TBC
Rioli Suspension 1 week
Vardy Suspension 1 week
Barrass Foot Test
Hurn Hamstring Test
Yeo Calf Test
O.Allen Ankle Test
Naitanui Knee Available
Bines* Hernia TBC
Edwards* Foot TBC
McInnes* Hamstring Test

References[edit | edit source]


  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.40
  2. 'westcoasteagles.com.au (22 June 2019), "Round 14: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2019-06-22/round-14-pressing-questions
  3. Justin Chadwick, The West Australian (20 June 2019), "West Coast Eagles notch comfortable 35-point win over Essendon despite Jeremy McGovern report": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-eagles-notch-comfortable-35-point-win-over-essendon-despite-jeremy-mcgovern-report-ng-b881237308z
  4. Brad Elborough, The Age (20 June 2019), "Eagles miss a trick as they cruise to victory over the Bombers": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/eagles-miss-a-trick-as-they-cruise-to-victory-over-the-bombers-20190620-p51zth.html
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