Essendon v West Coast
Round 15, 2000
Embley gets tackled. Photo:
Sat, 17 June 2000 (7:40 PM EST)
Lost by 32
ESS 15.18.108 - 11.10.76 WCE
3 D.Fletcher (ESS)
2 J.Blumfield (ESS)
1 J.Johnson (ESS)

West Coast were beaten but not disgraced by the undefeated Essendon, falling by 32 points in a game memorable for Kevin Sheedy's throat-slitting gesture towards Mitchell White at halftime. Sheedy was fined $7,500 following the incident, which had come about after Bomber Mark Johnson had been bloodied in an off-the-ball clash which Sheedy sarcastically suggested had involved a seagull colliding with Johnson. White kicked three goals from 16 possessions and Andrew Donnelly had 30 touches and 14 marks playing loose across half-back.

Summary[edit | edit source]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Essendon 1.7.13 7.10.52 13.12.90 15.18.108
West Coast 3.1.19 5.2.32 10.5.65 11.10.76

Goals: Ph.Matera 4, White 3, Pe.Matera 2, Banfield, Crabb

Best: Donnelly, Ph.Matera, Jakovich, Banfield, Morrison

Injuries: McIntosh (back spasms)

Milestones: O'Brien AFL debut

Named sides[edit | edit source]

West Coast Essendon
B: 36.Read 11.McIntosh 8.Metropolis B: 1.M.Johnson 31.Fletcher 7.Solomon
HB: 5.Morrison 27.Jakovich 23.Glass HB: 11.Hardwick 6.Wellman 16.Barnard
C: 6.Banfield 2.Kemp 18.Jones C: 26.Heffernan 24.Misiti 33.Caracella
HF: 37.Williams 12.White 32.Embley HF: 5.Hird 25.Lucas 2.Mercuri
F: 29.Donnelly 7.Gehrig 33.Ph.Matera F: 13.Long 18.Lloyd 27.Alessio
R: 50.Turnbull 30.Pe.Matera 35.Crabb R: 22.Barnes 32.Blumfield 14.J.Johnson
I: 4.Antonowicz 21.O'Brien 38.Haynes I: 9.Ramanauskas 15.Prior 38.Denham
45.Bellotti 3.Henneman
E: 41.Fletcher 25.Holmes 16.Symmons E: 17.Lalich 21.Jacobs 29.Moorcroft

In: Banfield, Glass, Antonowicz, O'Brien, Haynes, Bellotti

Out: McKenna (back), Gardiner (shoulder), Rintoul (hamstring), Wooden (groin), Stone, Fletcher

New: Michael O'Brien (Bendigo Pioneers)

From the papers[edit | edit source]

The Sunday Age[edit | edit source]

"The Eagles provided the Bombers with one of their more tenacious battles in the third term; each time the Bombers edged ahead, West Coast managed to sneak forward and find goals of their own, niggling so effectively that even Lloyd was convinced to join in a brief goal-square scuffle.

But the Bombers, able to find answers when they need them, remained relatively calm and went on to secure a 32-point win. When the pressure came on this time, they absorbed it. One of the Eagles' best, Phil Matera, slotted through his fourth goal in the dying moments but the quiet Steve Alessio and Mark Mercuri had already found goals at their end, and the scarves had already started waving.

The seemingly inevitable Essendon revival came less than two minutes into the second term when Alessio grabbed the ball from the ruck, spun around and snapped the ball through for a goal."[1]

WAFL[edit | edit source]

Round 12 (17 June)

East Perth (Chambers, Munro, Cox) vs Peel (Hill)

Subiaco (Holmes, Fletcher) vs Claremont (Stone)

Perth vs Swan Districts

Bye: South Fremantle , West Perth, East Fremantle

Injury list[edit | edit source]

In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:[2]

Player Injury Expected duration
Wirrpanda Foot 4 weeks
Braun Knee 3 weeks
Gardiner Shoulder 3 weeks
Gaspar Hamstring 3 weeks
Hunter Knee 3 weeks
Banfield Quad Test
Symmons Shoulder Test
Cousins Ankle Test
Cummings Quad Test
Glass Cork Test

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Emma Quayle, The Sunday Age (18 June 2000, p.SPORT10), "Bombers pushed but keep the streak going"
  2. The Age (14 June 2000, p.SPORT2), "The injury list"
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