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Sydney v West Coast
Round 16, 2021
Witherden gives away 50. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 4 July 2021 (1.10pm EST)
Lost by 92
SYD 18.10.118 - 3.8.26 WCE
3 C.Mills (SYD)
2 L.Parker (SYD)
1 D.Sheed (WCE)

West Coast slumped to a heavy defeat for the second straight week, and for the second time for the season at Kardinia Park, as they were demolished by a rampant Swans side. With the match shifted from the SCG due to an ongoing lockdown situation in New South Wales, Sydney had a handsome lead at quarter time and had the match sewn up by the main break with six unanswered goals in the second term, as the Eagles were unable to find any structure or consistency. Dom Sheed had a game-high 37 possessions but was wasteful with his disposal.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Sydney 5.2.32 11.4.70 13.8.86 18.10.118
West Coast 1.3.9 1.3.9 3.5.23 3.8.26

Goals: Darling, Kennedy, Yeo

Best: Sheed, Duggan, Darling, Hurn, Yeo

Injuries: Redden (knee), Jones (ankle)

Reports: Shuey for striking C.Mills

Medical subs: (WCE) Petruccelle for Redden (knee) in the second term; (SYD) Rowbottom (not used)

Records: WCE lowest score vs Sydney

Jumper: Away, blue shorts

Named sides[]

West Coast Sydney
B: 28.Cole 37.Barrass 5.Sheppard B: 30.McCartin 24.Rampe 42.Fox
HB: 25.Hurn 20.McGovern 14.Duggan HB: 44.Lloyd 7.Cunningham 34.Dawson
C: 8.Redden 6.Yeo 16.L.Edwards* C: 29.Hewett 13.Florent 27.McInerney
HF: 15.Cripps 27.Darling 4.Sheed HF: 5.Heeney 21.Gulden 9.Hayward
F: 12.Allen 17.Kennedy 31.Jones F: 11.Papley 23.Franklin 36.Amartey
R: 9.Naitanui 11.Kelly 13.Shuey R: 31.Hickey 14.Mills 26.Parker
I: 7.Langdon 19.Vardy 23.Witherden I: 45.Wicks 32.Bell 12.Kennedy
29.Foley 22.Blakey
E: 2.Waterman 41.Ah Chee* 21.Petruccelle E: 8.Rowbottom 38.O'Riordan 18.Sinclair
35.Rotham 41.McLean

In: Jones, Langdon, Vardy, Witherden, Foley

Out: Ryan (suspended), Gaff (hand), Waterman, Petruccelle, Rotham, Nelson (unused medical sub)

(*L.Edwards replaced Gaff in the side, Ah Chee added to emergencies)

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named, with West Coast forced into a change the previous day when Gaff was ruled out with a hand injury.

Club Champion votes[]


Sheed 7 Sheppard 3
Barrass 6 Shuey 3
Darling 6 Cripps 2
Cole 5 L.Edwards 1
Duggan 5 Jones 1
Yeo 5 Kennedy 1
Allen 3 Petruccelle 1
Hurn 3 Redden 1
Kelly 3 Foley 0
Langdon 3 Vardy 0
McGovern 3 Witherden 0
Naitanui 3

From the coach[]

"Yeah, really disappointing. We got outplayed for most of the day. Thought defensively we were poor, which made it really hard to get any type of ball movement. The contest stuff was a reasonable level, but they were cleaner, they transitioned the ball a lot better than we did. And then before we knew it, the game was out of our reach. So, reset, change a couple of things at half time, to some small success, but not a lot. And then the last quarter we didn’t take any of our chances. To be honest, most areas of the day we were outplayed.

"...I think we’ve got to look at our method and how we go about executing it. Contest stuff wasn’t too far off, but they were cleaner, and the way they used the ball, their run, their work rate, we weren’t at the same level.

"...(I) think we’ve got to look at bit of our method. if we’re cleaner and tougher at stoppages and contests, and maybe there’s different issues, but at the moment we’re doing a lot of attacking from that deep 50, and we’re not getting supply. Which is a concern, so that’s the first thing we need to look at. And how we defend on our entries is the second thing. We got out too easily today, and I think the Bulldogs were the same last week, so it’s a bit of work to do, that’s for sure."[2]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"The slick and committed Swans were able to harass and panic the Eagles out of any cohesive ball movement, holding them to just 28 marks in the first half. Just one of those marks were taken inside 50 after they were on the wrong end of a 32-15 supply count.

Consider that. One mark inside 50 in a half of footy after bringing Nathan Vardy in to support Nic Naitanui in the ruck, enabling Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Oscar Allen to play forward.

Then when Sydney got the ball, they were able to slice through the corridor with ease. The Swans initially punished the Eagles’ lack of skill and belief, but later their frustration.

As things fell apart, there was a swinging arm from Luke Shuey into the head of the excellent Mills that might prompt a holiday from the match review officer. There was an angry tackle from Elliot Yeo that lingered too long."[3]

The Age[]

"Though veterans Lance Franklin, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe all played well, in a mark of the progress the seemingly finals-bound Swans have made this season this victory was powered by the club’s future.

Callum Mills, Jordan Dawson and Errol Gulden were all keys when the game was set up in the first half while unheralded big man Joel Amartey impressed in just his fifth game.

Elevated from the rookie list this year, Amartey is proving to be another astute selection by list boss Kinnear Beatson. His two goals and three marks may appear modest on the stats sheet but his opponent Jeremy McGovern had zero impact."[4]


West Coast's clash with South Fremantle was postponed due to a Perth-wide lockdown. With the West Australian sides taking their entire squads to Melbourne, non-selected Eagles players, including Willie Rioli, participated in a scratch match against Fremantle's reserves at Melbourne's Wesley College.

Appearing for the Eagles: Waterman, Brander, Winder, Trew, Nelson, Ainsworth, Rotham, West, Johnson, Jamieson, Ah Chee, H.Edwards, Rioli

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Cameron Ankle TBC (on inactive list 1/6/21)
Rioli Suspension 7 weeks
Ryan Suspension 1 week
Winder Knee Test
Johnson Hamstring TBC (not on official list)
Venables* Concussion Indefinite (on inactive list 1/6/01)
Collins* Hamstring 2-3 weeks
West* Ankle Test




  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2021, p.40
  2. westcoasteagles.com.au (5 July 2021), "Round 16: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/972602/round-16-pressing-questions
  3. Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (4 July 2021), "West Coast Eagles smashed by Sydney to tune of 92 points in Geelong blowout": https://thewest.com.au/sport/afl/swans-smash-west-coast-in-geelong-blowout-c-3306500
  4. Andrew Wu, The Age (4 July 2021), "Swans put on clinic against woeful Eagles to keep eye on the finals": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/swans-put-on-clinic-against-woeful-eagles-to-keep-eye-on-the-finals-20210704-p586pq.html