West Coast won a thriller over Hawthorn to firm up their top-four spot, opening up a handy lead by half-time but letting the Hawks back in with a poor third quarter at a wet MCG. From there the two sides traded heavyweight blows before a late goal by Jamie Cripps gave the Eagles a six-point buffer that they were able to hang onto in the dying stages. Jack Darling kicked three first-quarter goals and finished with five, while Luke Shuey had 15 of his 39 possessions during the critical last quarter.
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Goals: Darling 5, Cripps 3, Ryan 2, Shuey
Best: Shuey, Darling, Gaff, Sheppard, Redden, Sheed
Injuries: Hutchings (hamstring), Hickey (cut head)
Reports: Cripps for striking J.Sicily
In: Naitanui, Rioli
Quarter by quarterEdit
Both sides went in as named. The game was played in wet conditions with periodic heavy rain.
Club Champion votesEdit
From the coachEdit
"It was a bit of a struggle all day really. It was a game where we knew with the conditions that both teams were going to do slightly different things from a strategic point of view – you just can’t do too much. Field position was really important all day for both sides. We had a poor third quarter and they had a really good third quarter. Their mids got on top and we couldn’t get it out of our back half. We did a couple of little things here and there, but I thought we just stood up in the last quarter. Our good players played well and we just happened to be in front at the right time.
"I think the collective of our mids... they lowered their colours throughout most parts of the day and we challenged them at three-quarter time and they responded. With Nic back in the side as well, I thought he started pretty well with a good first hitout. He’s injury free at this stage, (on) limited minutes, but we thought that collective was always going to take a bit of time to gel, but the last quarter I thought they stood up.
"...It was one of those games that we could have lost very easily. Relief was the feeling that I had when we won. We went into a couple of things that we hadn’t trained too much this year with the new rules and trying to set up defensively with the new 6-6-6 rule, we haven’t had too many games that have been that tight where we’ve had to go into certain plays. We’ve had a couple; we got to work on a couple of things there, which will be worth reviewing."
From the papersEdit
The West AustraliuanEdit
"The Eagles were a player down in the second half after Mark Hutchings injured a hamstring and his exit coincided with a Hawks resurgence.
James Worpel was instrumental with 11 disposals and a goal in a third quarter during which Hawthorn had twice as many inside 50s as the visitors.
Debutant Oliver Hanrahan gave the Hawks the lead with his first AFL goal, his side up by five points heading into the final term.
West Coast snatched back the lead with the first two goals, but Ricky Henderson and Daniel Howe answered before Adam Simpson’s men willed themselves to a famous win."
"The frenetic finish came after Hawthorn fought back with a brilliant third quarter that made a mockery of the sense that the Eagles' stars would shine while the Hawks stars faded.
In the first half the game had followed that path that everyone predicted with the Eagles' forwards proving too dangerous both on the ground and in the air with Liam Ryan superb at ground level and Darling providing a reliable avenue to goal.
The one sure-fire method of quelling their influence was to not let the ball inside the Eagles forward 50 so the Hawks attacked the game immediately after half-time as though that was all that mattered."
Round 12 (29 June)
West Coast continued their good form, defeating the highly-rated South Fremantle by 21 points at Fremantle Oval. Jake Waterman kicked four goals, Josh Smith kicked two goals from 27 possessions and Hamish Brayshaw had 11 tackles and a goal to go with his 17 disposals, but Nathan Vardy injured a knee and Tom Cole was reported.
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Goals: Waterman 4, Reid, Smith 2, Brayshaw, Vardy, Williams
Best: Smith, Mutimer, Rotham, Waterman, Brayshaw, Ah Chee
Injuries: Vardy (knee), Fisher (head)
Reports: Cole for striking T.Reed
In: Vardy, Fisher, Curnow, Ashman, Flint, Hug, Robilliard
Late changes: Ah Chee, Ainsworth, Cole for Ashman, Flint, Hug
In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:
- ↑ West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.41
- ↑ 'westcoasteagles.com.au (1 July 2019), "Round 15: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2019-07-01/round-15-pressing-questions
- ↑ Jason Phelan AAP, The West Australian (29 June 2019), "West Coast Eagles sneak home by six points against Hawthorn in Nic Naitanui’s return": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-eagles-sneak-home-by-six-points-against-hawthorn-in-nic-naitanuis-return-ng-b881245398z
- ↑ https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/west-coast-win-thriller-over-unlucky-hawks-20190629-p522ji.html
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