Fremantle v West Coast
Round 16, 2019
Sat, 6 July 2019 (6.10pm WST)
Won by 91
WCE 19.8.122 - 2.19.31
3 L.Shuey (WCE)
2 A.Gaff (WCE)
1 B.Sheppard (WCE)

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.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Fremantle 1.2.8 1.7.13 2.14.26 2.19.31
West Coast 2.5.17 10.7.67 14.7.91 19.8.122

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

Named sidesEdit

West Coast Fremantle
B: 25.Hurn 37.Barrass 5.Sheppard B: 14.Wilson 21.Hamling 38.Ryan
HB: 14.Duggan 20.McGovern 23.Jetta HB: 6.Conca 2.Logue 19.Blakely
C: 8.Redden 13.Shuey 15.Cripps C: 9.B.Hill 7.Fyfe 33.Colyer
HF: 44.Rioli 27.Darling 4.Sheed HF: 18.Tucker 10.Walters 39.Switkowski
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 39.Cameron F: 23.McCarthy 37.Lobb 3.Matera
R: 9.Naitanui 6.Yeo 3.Gaff R: 31.Sandilands 5.Cerra 16.Mundy
I: 7.Masten 12.O.Allen 16.Hickey I: 15.Hughes 26.Langdon 8.Brayshaw
30.Nelson 12.Crowden
E: 28.Cole 31.Schofield 41.Ah Chee E: 34.Bewley 4.Darcy 28.Schultz
45.Smith 44.Duman

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


Gaff 15 Yeo 11
Sheppard 15 Barrass 10
Naitanui 14 Duggan 10
Shuey 14 Hickey 10
Cameron 13 Hurn 10
Cripps 13 Redden 10
McGovern 13 Jetta 9
Darling 12 Ryan 9
Masten 11 Ah Chee 7
Nelson 11 Allen 6
Sheed 11 Rioli 6

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."[2]

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."[3]

The AgeEdit

"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."[4]


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.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Peel Thunder 0.2.2 2.4.16 3.7.25 3.10.28
West Coast 2.5.17 4.9.33 8.12.60 10.16.76

Goals: Reid 4, Grey, Waterman 2, Brooksby, Mutimer

Best: Reid, M.Allen, Smith, Brayshaw, Mutimer, Rotham

Injuries: Grey (concussion)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 46.Riach 9.Petrie 26.Watson
HB: 64.Curnow 35.Rotham 29.Foley
C: 11.Grey 33.Ainsworth 38.Mutimer
HF: 2.Waterman 32.Williams 61.Robilliard
F: 51.Fisher 36.McInnes 66.Reid
R: 40.Brooksby 43.M.Allen 22.Brayshaw
I: 59.Ashman 62.Cary 55.Flint
E: 53.Kalajzic 63.Lamont 60.Salomone

In: M.Allen, Ashman, Cary, Flint, Hug

Out: Vardy (knee), O'Neill (soreness), Ah Chee, Cole, Smith (AFL)

Late change: Smith for Hug

New: Chaz Flint (University)

Injury listEdit

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

Player Injury Expected return
Venables Concussion TBC
Hutchings Hamstring 2 weeks
Vardy Knee 2 weeks
Petruccelle Hamstring 1 week
Brander Calf 1 week
Barrass Corked calf Test
Bines* Hernia TBC
Edwards* Foot TBC


  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.42
  2. (9 July 2019), "Round 16: Pressing questions"
  3. 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":
  4. Justin Chadwick, The Age (6 July 2019), "Eagles give Dockers the boot in historic Western Derby"
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