West Coast destroyed Fremantle in the 50th meeting between the clubs, making light of wet and slippery conditions to hold the inaccurate Dockers to their lowest score in a Derby. The Eagles blew the game open in the second term, kicking eight unanswered goals to end the match as a contest. Andrew Gaff shrugged off boos from opposition fans to tally a game-high 34 possessions and Brad Sheppard won his first Glendinning-Allan Medal after 25 disposals and seven marks, while young forward Jarrod Cameron put his hand up for a Rising Star nomination with four goals.
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Goals: Cameron, Cripps, Darling 4, Hickey 2, Ah Chee, Masten, Rioli, Shuey, Yeo
Best: Sheppard, Gaff, Naitanui, Shuey, Hurn, Cripps
Injuries: Duggan (cut head)
Reports: Duggan for rough conduct against N.Fyfe
Records: Fremantle lowest score vs WCE
In: Barrass, McGovern
Out: Hutchings (hamstring), Schofield
Late change: Ah Chee for Kennedy (ill)
Quarter by quarterEdit
West Coast suffered a blow before the bounce with Kennedy pulling out due to illness, replaced by Ah Chee for his first game of the year. The game was played in wet and slippery conditions.
Club Champion votesEdit
From the coachEdit
"We prepared for Fremantle at their best and the weather did play its part a little bit. I thought the start of the game was red hot. Their pressure was better than ours, but I thought we might have handled the conditions better at stages, in particular that second quarter. It wouldn’t have been a pretty game with the weather, but I thought we handled it pretty well.
"...I think we had our fair share of contest wins that were important. We had a bit of dirty footy go in the front half and we managed to crumb it well and knock it on to an opponent that was in a better position. We were pretty accurate after quarter time and obviously Freo weren’t; they missed a lot of opportunities but won the inside 50 battle. We’ve got some things that we still need to work on.
"I thought our defenders stood up pretty well today. I don’t know how many inside 50s we conceded, around 60. Sometimes that comes with add-in players from kick ins because we had a few of them, but I thought in the contest when it mattered most our defenders stood up and made it quite difficult for Fremantle to get a score in a good position."
From the papersEdit
The West AustralianEdit
"Despite his limited game time, Naitanui was the most influential ruckman on the ground in a four-cornered battle that featured him and Tom Hickey against Sandilands and Rory Lobb.
West Coast’s second-term goal rush came despite the Dockers generating 16 inside 50s to 13. There are entries and there are entries and the type generated straight out of the centre square under the 6-6-6 starting zones rule are worth their weight in gold.
The Eagles won the centre-square clearance battle 6-3 in the decisive second term.
Third-gamer Cameron was a major beneficiary, kicking three goals from three kicks for the term."
"Eagles defender Brad Sheppard (25 disposals, seven marks, 11 rebound 50s) won the Glendinning-Allan medal as best afield.
Amazingly, Fremantle won the inside-50 count 60-50.
However, the Dockers' poor forays forward were continually picked off by intercept stars Jeremy McGovern, Tom Barrass, Shannon Hurn and Sheppard.
Fremantle's horrible goalkicking also made for ugly viewing in front of 56,358 fans."
Round 13 (6 July)
Ahead of the Western Derby, West Coast comfortably defeated Fremantle-affiliated Peel Thunder at a muddy Rushton Park, holding the home side to just three goals for the match to move within reach of the top five. Josh Smith continued his good form with a game-high 30 possessions and Hamish Brayshaw had 24 touches and nine tackles.
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Goals: Reid 4, Grey, Waterman 2, Brooksby, Mutimer
Best: Reid, M.Allen, Smith, Brayshaw, Mutimer, Rotham
Injuries: Grey (concussion)
In: M.Allen, Ashman, Cary, Flint, Hug
Late change: Smith for Hug
New: Chaz Flint (University)
In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:
- ↑ West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.42
- ↑ westcoasteagles.com.au (9 July 2019), "Round 16: Pressing questions"
- ↑ Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (6 July 2019), "Western Derby 50: West Coast Eagles inflict second-biggest derby blowout with 91-point smashing of Fremantle Dockers": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/western-derby-50-west-coast-eagles-inflict-second-biggest-derby-blowout-with-91-point-smashing-of-fremantle-dockers-ng-b881252477z
- ↑ Justin Chadwick, The Age (6 July 2019), "Eagles give Dockers the boot in historic Western Derby"
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