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]
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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]
In: Banfield, Glass, Antonowicz, O'Brien, Haynes, Bellotti
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."
WAFL[edit | edit source]
Round 12 (17 June)
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:
References[edit | edit source]
- Emma Quayle, The Sunday Age (18 June 2000, p.SPORT10), "Bombers pushed but keep the streak going"
- The Age (14 June 2000, p.SPORT2), "The injury list"
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