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Sydney v West Coast
Round 17, 1987
Sun, 19 July 1987 (2:10 PM EST)
Lost by 130
SYD 30.21.201 - 10.11.71 WCE
3 S.Wright (SYD)
2 G.Healy (SYD)
1 G.Williams (SYD)

West Coast suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Swans, who passed 200 for the first time in their 91 year history and piled on a dozen goals in the third term alone to storm home by a massive 130 points. Phil Narkle kicked two goals from 20 possessions to be one Eagle who could possibly hold his chin up after the game.

(Note: Rounds 16 and 17 were split over three weeks. This game was officially recorded as Round 16)


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Sydney 4.7.31 11.13.79 23.17.155 30.21.201
West Coast 3.3.21 4.6.30 7.8.50 10.11.71

Goals: Gastev, Hart, Matera, Narkle 2, Barich, Brennan

Best: Brennan, Malaxos, Annear, Miles, Mainwaring, Gastev

Injuries: Scott (leg)

Records: WCE biggest loss to any opponent, WCE highest score conceded to any opponent, Sydney highest score vs any opponent

Named sides[]

West Coast Sydney
B: 6.Miles 14.Brennan 3.Mainwaring B: 29.N.Cordy 13.Carter 22.Holden
HB: 20.Peos 12.Scott 38.Barich HB: 15.Toohey 9.Henwood 7.Carroll
C: 7.Narkle 16.Annear 10.Turner C: 33.Thripp 2.Williams 35.Murphy
HF: 28.Lewis 22.O'Connell 30.Gastev HF: 21.Morwood 14.Byrne 30.Bayes
F: 26.Ishchenko 4.Glendinning 36.Hart F: 10.Mitchell 39.Capper 34.Hawke
R: 25.Keene 8.Malaxos 2.Wiley R: 23.Coleman 3.Healy 26.Wright
I: 1.Matera 5.Lamb I: 20.Quirk 16.Bolton
E: 24.Worsfold 27.Zanotti 33.Holmes E: 11.Browning 28.G.Cordy 1.Ironmonger

In: Lamb

Out: Laidley (thumb)

Late change: Zanotti for Ishchenko (thigh)

From the papers[]

The Age[]

"Indeed, the standard of their play yesterday, especially in defence and among their fleet-footed running players, was breathtaking. The Eagles, a side renowned for their talent even if they are unpredictable, could only marvel at the class of the Swans' play.

The return of rovers David Bolton, Steve Wright and Barry Mitchell, who have been missed for the past three weeks, was a decisive factor. They gave the Swans greatly improved strength when the ball hit the ground, and it was particularly beneficial in the forward line.

Wright made a magical return after five weeks out with a hamstring strain, kicking a career-best eight goals and roving off Michael Byrne, Glen Coleman and Warwick Capper with uncanny accuracy."[1]

Canberra Times[]

"At one stage of the third quarter, the Swans kickcd 10 goals in 11 minutes.

The Eagles were still in the game after quarter time, trailing 4.7 to 3.3 and even the halftime margin of 11.13 (79) to 4.6 (30) was still within the bounds of possibility.

But the Swans kickcd 12 goals in the third quarter and another seven in the final term to make the journey home a long ordeal for the Perth side."[2]

Players in the WAFL[]

Round 16 (18 July)

Perth vs South Fremantle

West Perth (King, Mifka) vs Claremont

East Fremantle (Wrensted) vs Swan Districts (Holmes)

East Perth (Bartlett) vs Subiaco (MacNish, O'Loughlin)



  1. Michael Cockerill, The Age (20 July 1987, p.34), "Dazzling, determined Sydney show three into two will go"
  2. Canberra Times (20 July 1987, p.20), "Swans give their best": http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/118144877/13040540