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West Coast v W.Bulldogs
Round 18, 2018
Shuey in action. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 22 July 2018 (1.20pm WST)
Won by 54
WCE 14.16.100 - 6.10.46 WB
3 A.Gaff (WCE)
2 J.Darling (WCE)
1 E.Yeo (WCE)

West Coast scored a comfortable but unattractive win over the Bulldogs to maintain their hold on a top-two spot. The visitors shot out of the blocks with the first two goals but the Eagles took control to kick the next seven, before rain hit and the match descended into a scrap. Elliot Yeo kicked one goal from 28 possessions and Jamie Cripps was lively early and finished with three majors.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 6.4.40 8.9.57 9.15.69 14.16.100
Western Bulldogs 2.2.14 3.5.23 4.8.32 6.10.46

Goals: Cripps, Darling 3, Kennedy, LeCras 2, Rioli, Vardy, Venables, Yeo

Best: Yeo, Gaff, McGovern, Cripps, Jetta, Masten

Injuries: Nil

Named sides[]

West Coast Bulldogs
B: 25.Hurn 31.Schofield 5.Sheppard B: 25.Adams 8.Trengove 37.R.Smith
HB: 14.Duggan 20.McGovern 23.Jetta HB: 38.Morris 12.Cordy 39.Johannisen
C: 34.Hutchings 6.Yeo 7.Masten C: 9.Crozier 11.Macrae 7.Hunter
HF: 15.Cripps 27.Darling 8.Redden HF: 20.Richards 13.Schache 5.Dunkley
F: 2.LeCras 17.Kennedy 44.Rioli F: 6.Dahlhaus 17.Boyd 26.Gowers
R: 29.Lycett 13.Shuey 3.Gaff R: 23.Roughead 16.McLean 3.Wallis
I: 4.Sheed 18.Venables 19.Vardy I: 22.Honeychurch 33.Naughton 35.Daniel
28.Cole 36.Lynch
E: 30.Nelson 37.Barrass 41.Ah Chee E: 18.Roberts 24.Biggs 27.Lipinski
45.Waterman 30.Greene

In: Vardy, Sheed

Out: Naitanui (knee), Waterman

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named. The match began under grey skies that intermittently brought showers.

Club Champion votes[]

Jetta 15 Hurn 7
Yeo 15 Hutchings 7
Cripps 14 Kennedy 7
Gaff 13 Duggan 6
Redden 13 LeCras 6
Masten 12 Lycett 6
Darling 11 Rioli 6
Shuey 11 Venables 6
McGovern 10 Schofield 5
Vardy 9 Sheppard 5
Cole 7 Sheed 1

From the coach[]

"It was pretty scrappy but with the conditions and the wind our ability to score was pretty good. But we didn't convert when we had dominance. I thought we could have won by more in the end there but the Doggies fought hard all day and I thought the start was important for us. We didn't get off to a great start in the first five minutes but after that the boys settled pretty well and we got the win.

"I didn't have the chance to assess (the ruck battle). I don't know what our clearance rate was but it wasn't an issue in the box, but I'll have a look at it tomorrow. I think Vardy hit the scoreboard and held his own in the ruck, and the same with Scott at first glance.

"...It must have looked pretty scrappy today but I think some of the work rate from our high half forwards and mids ... Crippa got rewarded today but he brings tremendous work rate every week."[1]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"The Bulldogs entered Sunday’s match having won just two second halves all season.

But it was the first half when West Coast inflicted the bulk of the damage, kicking seven straight goals during a hot stretch to set up a 34-point lead by the long break.

Luke Dahlhaus sent a scare through the Bulldogs camp when he limped off with a left ankle injury in the second quarter.

Although he was able to return to the field, he couldn’t play out the match, leaving the Bulldogs with just two fit men on the bench in the final term."[2]

The Age[]

"The first glimpses of West Coast without star ruckman Nic Naitanui weren’t too bad.

The Bulldogs did well out of the middle in the very early stages of the game and kicked the first two goals. But the home side quickly settled and booted the next seven to set up the win.

Andrew Gaff set the tone for the game with 13 touches in the opening term.

By the time the quarter time siren sounded, the Eagles had opened up their biggest quarter-time lead of the season – 26 points. They had 6.4 on the board, all single goal kickers and all from their forwards."[3]

East Perth report[]

Round 16 (21 July)

East Perth fell by four goals to Claremont at a waterlogged Claremont Oval, managing to kick just three goals for the match in horrendous conditions to put their finals chances in huge jeopardy. Midfielders Brayden Ainsworth and Luke Partington each recorded 25 possessions.

Appearing for East Perth: Ainsworth, M.Allen, O.Allen, Barrass, Brayshaw, McInnes, Mutimer, Nelson, Partington, Petruccelle, Ryan, Waterman, Watson. Reserves: Bayok, Burrows, Karpany, Olango.

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected return
MacKenzie Toe Season
Naitanui Knee Season
Rotham Concussion 1 week
Olango* Hamstring Test
McInnes* Groin Test