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West Coast v Richmond
Round 18, 2014
S14r18
Cox contests the ruck shortly before seeing stars. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Fri, 25 July 2014 (6:40 PM WST)
Venue
Attendance
32,270
Result
Lost by 17
Score
RIC 8.11.59 - 6.6.42 WCE
Brownlow
3 M.Priddis (WCE)
2 D.Martin (RIC)
1 B.Deledio (RIC)
Ladder
11th
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In appalling conditions, West Coast lost an old-fashioned slog, trailing at every change. Their chances weren't helped when Dean Cox had to be subbed out after a king hit from Tiger Tyrone Vickery in a ruck contest. Nic Naitanui stood up in his absence with 50 hitouts and Matt Priddis had 18 tackles to go with 30 touches.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 2.1.13 4.1.25 5.4.34 6.6.42
Richmond 3.2.20 5.6.36 7.8.50 8.11.59

Goals: Darling 2, Kennedy, LeCras, McGinnity, Tunbridge

Best: Priddis, Shuey, MacKenzie, Naitanui, Hurn, Hutchings

Injuries: Cox (concussion), Shuey (ankle)

Sub: Tunbridge for Cox (concussion) in the second quarter

Milestones: Smith final appearance

Named sides[]

West Coast Richmond
B: 26.Butler 31.Schofield 5.Sheppard B: 25.Chaplin 18.Rance 11.Batchelor
HB: 18.Ellis 16.MacKenzie 25.Hurn HB: 14.Houli 1.Newman 2.Grimes
C: 7.Masten 11.Priddis 28.Smith C: 41.Foley 9.Cotchin 26.Miles
HF: 3.Gaff 17.Kennedy 32.Tunbridge HF: 4.Martin 29.Vickery 3.Deledio
F: 42.McGovern 27.Darling 2.LeCras F: 10.S.Edwards 8.Riewoldt 42.Lloyd
R: 9.Naitanui 13.Shuey 34.Hutchings R: 20.Maric 5.Ellis 30.Conca
I: 4.Sheed 35.McGinnity 1.Brown I: 31.Vlastuin 39.Gordon 19.Thomas
20.Cox 38.Morris
E: 44.Bennell 33.Hill 12.Wellingham E: 7.Dea 34.McBean 36.McDonough

In: Cox, Kennedy, Brown, Sheppard

Out: Lycett (rested), Sinclair, Wilson, Brennan (ankle)

From the coach[]

"We weren't good enough in the end. We had too many passengers, but we had a go. In the end I just thought the contest, the ground-ball gets, which is a combination of loose ball and hard ball, we got beaten pretty convincingly. We tried to send numbers up to help that and then things hurt you in your forward line and then you equalise. We tried to do a few things in the box to help the situation, but I think we had 120-odd tackles, so our intent was there. But we just weren't good enough.

"...A few teams recently have played an extra player in our forward line at the centre bounce because when Nic is in the middle we can be pretty damaging. So we thought we'd nullify that at the start of the game. As the game progressed we changed and they changed. That's footy.

"...I don't know how many goals we conceded from free kicks, but it felt like it was four and if it wasn't four, it might've been five that were in a chain where there was a free kick somewhere. They made the most of it and I think the last goal before quarter-time and the last goal before half-time were both within five seconds of the siren going. I might have slammed the desk a couple of times in those instances."[1]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"Inconsistent Richmond big man Ty Vickery became public enemy No.1 in front of the Eagles crowd of 32,270 after sending champion ruckman Cox, 32, out of the game with a crude fist to the jaw in the second quarter.

Cox started on the bench after announcing his retirement during the week and had managed just four disposals and 18 hit-outs before copping the round house fist from Vickery as they were grappling at a ruck contest.

Cox, who elbowed Vickery in the stomach just prior to the incident, stayed down for a long time from the hit and then went off in the hands of the trainers before being checked for concussion on the bench.

His night was soon ended as substitute Simon Tunbridge came into the game much earlier than expected."[2]

The Age[]

"Trent Cotchin's soccer goal in the opening minute of the second half to give the Tigers a 17-point lead, however, was the highlight of the game.

It wasn't the best night for Cotchin, who entered the game in hot form, but while he was restricted to 15 possessions, a lot of what he did was cleaner than most others.

And the Tigers got plenty of run from Dustin Martin, Brett Deledio and Brandon Ellis.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, Cox's replacement was 191cm forward Simon Tunbridge – joining Jeremy McGovern, Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling in attack."[3]

Herald-Sun[]

"When Trent Cotchin defied the conditions to soccer a stunning goal in the first minute of the third term, the visitors were in the box seat.

With Richmond holding a 16 point lead at the final change, Jack Darling’s second goal early in the last quarter gave the Eagles hope.

Jack Riewoldt kicked the Tigers’ only goal of the final term from a close-range free kick to ensure Richmond was safe.

Vickery had earlier kicked two vital goals in the space of five minutes in the opening quarter, with the 200cm forward defying the conditions to make an important contribution."[4]

East Perth report[]

Round 18 (26 July)

East Perth defeated rivals West Perth in appalling, muddy conditions at Leederville Oval but Sharrod Wellingham missed most of the second half after suffering a knee injury. Ruckman Callum Sinclair made light of the wet ground to be East Perth's best and Blayne Wilson controlled play across the backline.

Appearing for East Perth: Bennell, Carter, Cripps, Hill, Karpany, McInnes, Sinclair, Wellingham, Wilson. Reserves: Main, Maginness

Injury list[]

In the lead-up to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:

Monday 14 July

Player Injury Expected duration
Waters Shoulder Season (on LTI 17/4/14, replaced on list by Sinclair)
Barrass Groin Season
Rosa Pectoral Season
Selwood Ankle Season
Yeo Hand 3-4 weeks
Colledge Ankle 3 weeks
Brown Knee/Ankle 1 week
Powell Shoulder Season
Newman Jail Season
Maginness Shoulder 3 weeks (approx) (Rookies not officially listed)

Monday 21 July

Player Injury Expected duration
Waters Shoulder Season (on LTI 17/4/14, replaced on list by Sinclair)
Barrass Groin Season
Rosa Pectoral Season
Selwood Ankle 6 weeks
Yeo Hand 2-3 weeks
Colledge Ankle 2 weeks
Brown Knee/Ankle Test
Powell Shoulder Season
Newman Jail Season
Maginness Shoulder 2 weeks (approx) (Rookies not officially listed)

References[]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2014/141820140725.html

http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2014/18/wce-v-rich

  1. The West Australian (28 July 2014, p.GAM12), "Word for word"
  2. Bridget Lacy, The West Australian (25 July 2014), "Cox taken out as Eagles crash": https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/cox-taken-out-as-eagles-crash-ng-ya-255949
  3. Brad Elborough, The Age (25 July 2014), "Richmond prevails over West Coast, but may lose Vickery": http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-match-report/richmond-prevails-over-west-coast-but-may-lose-vickery-20140725-zx2sg.html
  4. Braden Quartermaine, Herald-Sun (25 July 2014), "Tyrone Vickery reported for striking Dean Cox as Brett Deledio, Dustin Martin lead Richmond to victory over West Coast": http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/west-coast/tyrone-vickery-reported-for-striking-dean-cox-as-brett-deledio-dustin-martin-lead-richmond-to-victory-over-west-coast/news-story/d9f1a13b9b9a23031c4d83cf11326415
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