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Hawthorn v West Coast
Round 18, 2022
Hough in action. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 17 July 2022 (1.10pm EST)
Lost by 25
HAW 15.12.102 - 12.5.77 WCE
3 L.Breust (HAW)
2 J.Newcombe (HAW)
1 D.Moore (HAW)

West Coast's run of losses continued with a tough loss to Hawthorn at the MCG. The home side took control of the match in the second term and, although the Eagles hung with them for most of the match and were within single figures late in the game, they couldn't breach the gap. Tom Barrass had a club-record 18 marks to be a clear best-afield for his side, while his captain Luke Shuey kicked two goals from 17 possessions.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Hawthorn 2.3.15 9.3.57 11.7.73 15.12.102
West Coast 4.2.26 7.3.45 9.5.59 12.5.77

Goals: Waterman 3, Darling, Kennedy, Shuey 2, Cripps, Kelly, Ryan

Best: Barrass, Kelly, Gaff, Shuey, Hurn

Injuries: Jamieson (adductor), Kelly (corked thigh)

Substitutes: (WCE) Petrevski-Seton for Jamieson (adductor) in the fourth term; (HAW) Koschitzke, not used

Milestones: Kelly 50th WCE game; Culley AFL debut

Jumper: Away, white shorts

Named sides[]

West Coast Hawthorn
B: 25.Hurn 37.Barrass 33.Bazzo B: 9.Jiath 36.Blanck 24.Grainger-Barras
HB: 31.Jones 42.H.Edwards 14.Duggan HB: 14.Scrimshaw 15.Hardwick 6.Sicily
C: 19.Hough 11.Kelly 3.Gaff C: 25.Ward 44.Newcombe 4.Impey
HF: 15.Cripps 27.Darling 49.Culley HF: 13.Moore 10.O'Meara 22.Breust
F: 2.Waterman 17.Kennedy 1.Ryan F: 2.Lewis 7.McEvoy 31.Macdonald
R: 32.B.Williams 8.Redden 13.Shuey R: 37.Reeves 3.Mitchell 11.Nash
I: 23.Witherden 24.O'Neill 29.Foley I: 1.Morrison 12.Day 35.Morris
40.Jamieson 32.Maginness
E: 10.Petrevski-Seton 26.Trew 30.Nelson E: 26.Shiels 29.Serong 23.Koschitzke
39.Clark 28.Hartigan

In: Cripps, Culley, Witherden, O'Neill, Jamieson

Out: Naitanui (knee soreness), Petruccelle (hamstring), Rioli (bereavement), Petrevski-Seton, Trew, Clark (medical sub)

New: Jai Culley (Dandenong Stingrays)

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named. Showers before and during the match made for slippery conditions.

From the coach[]

"Probably wasn’t the prettiest game to watch, conditions were difficult. We came with the right intent and a couple of fundamentals in the first quarter, but we started well. We haven’t won many first quarters this year, so the second quarter was disappointing, probably the contest along the grounds in general play. They just worked a bit harder and read the cues earlier and they jumped away a little bit, but we dug in there. Some of the numbers and wins we were looking for around the tackles we had a good day - 80 to 48 tackles - but sometimes that means you’re second to the ball. Pressure facture was high, but we couldn’t match them in the work rate contest area for periods of the game – only in little periods but they made us pay. The last 10 minutes we tried a couple of things, and it didn’t work but overall disappointed. We looked a bit more consistent today with some of the areas we were looking at.

"It’s always a focus to put pressure on the game. For us when we have big fade outs, pressure drops right away and sometimes it’s the start of the game. The start was important to us today, we got a few personnel changes and Jai Culley came in for his first game. We had a good focus on applying pressure, but it wasn’t sustained all day. When we drop off a little, but we get hurt and unfortunately that’s where we are at.

"...We need to stay on the course of what we have been doing and just keep looking for the little wins. Unfortunately, we are not getting the four-quarter effort that we are striving for but I thought effort was there for the most part of today. There were some silly goals that we are conceding but there is not a chain of six or seven mistakes, it’s one or two and you get hurt and that’s what good sides do. That’s what we have confronted for the last four or five weeks, we just haven’t quite put that four quarters together."[1]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"West Coast played this game in a now-familiar pattern. They were competitive for three quarters - the first, third and fourth - but the sins of the other quarter, when they were outscored seven goals to three in the second, meant that their efforts over the rest of the game went without reward.

Plenty had their moments. Shannon Hurn was strong in defence again with 28 disposals, Andrew Gaff gathered 30 off a wing, Luke Shuey kicked two great goals in his 17 disposals and Jake Waterman kicked three in a workmanlike effort in attack. Kennedy booted two, as did his long time partner in the Eagles forward line Jack Darling.

But as has become their habit, the Eagles could not defend the ball in transition. By three-quarter time, six of the Hawks’ 11 goals had come from their own own defensive end.

Hard work at ground level meant the Eagles were able to cancel out Hawthorn’s ruck dominance in the absence of Nic Naitanui, but the Hawks were better in the contest (164-129), and West Coast’s inability to defend ball movement meant Hawthorn won the territory battle 56-44, giving players such as Breust had plenty of chances."[2]

The Age[]

"A heavy downpour just before the game presented players with a wet, greasy ball, and while the opening quarter was an even slog, handling became easier when the sun reappeared. It was the Hawks who grabbed the initiative after a stern pep talk from skipper Ben McEvoy at the quarter-time break.

Hawthorn’s bold rebounds down the centre corridor put the Eagles’ defence under pressure, and Breust, Will Day, Dylan Moore and Connor Macdonald kicked unanswered goals to provide a scoreboard buffer.

But West Coast proved more than a match in the contested-ball battles, and late goals from Jake Waterman and Liam Ryan kept the visitors in touch to set up an engrossing second half before Hawthorn finally asserted control."[3]


Round 13 (16 July)

West Coast were once again beaten heavily by East Fremantle. Josh Rotham had 27 possessions playing all over the ground, including in the ruck, and Isiah Winder picked up 26 touches in a midfield role.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 0.0.0 2.1.13 3.2.20 5.6.36
East Fremantle 4.4.28 6.6.42 7.13.55 14.14.98

Goals: Dixon 2, Johnstone, Nitschke, J.Williams

Best: Rotham, Clark, Henderson, Dixon, Naish

Injuries: Trew (hip), Clark (broken nose)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 63.Hansen 35.Rotham 64.Mercer
HB: 53.Henderson 56.Creasey 18.Pobjoy
C: 60.Deegan 51.L.Young 43.Naish
HF: 71.Johnstone 7.Langdon 75.Eastough
F: 41.Dixon 34.J.Williams 57.Burke
R: 68.Watson 54.Browne 22.Winder
I: 61.McCarthy 66.McGee 59.Nitschke
E: 72.Curley 48.Kemp 70.Paunich

In: Dixon, Eastough, Watson, McGee, Nitschke, Penny

Out: Jamieson, O'Neill, Witherden, Nelson, Culley (AFL), A.Ryan (hamstring)

Late changes: Trew, Clark for Browne, Creasey

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Allen Foot Indefinite (on inactive list)
Cole Ankle Indefinite (on inactive list)
Chesser Ankle Indefinite (on inactive list)
L.Edwards Groin Indefinite (on inactive list)
Sheed Shin Season
McGovern Ribs TBC
Joyce Ankle TBC
Yeo Hamstring 2 weeks
Petruccelle Hamstring 2 weeks
West Achilles 1 week
Dixon Ankle Test
Strnadica Illness TBC (not on official list)




  1. Stephanie Puttick, westcoasteagles.com.au (18 July 2022), "Pressing questions: Round 18": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/1175708/pressing-questions-round-18
  2. Mark Duffield, The West Australian (17 July 2022), "Luke Breust kicks more goals than Tom Barrass can stop as Hawthorn win over West Coast Eagles": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/luke-breust-kicks-more-goals-than-tom-barrass-can-stop-as-hawthorn-win-over-west-coast-eagles-c-7550600
  3. Bruce Matthews, The Age (17 July 2022), "Breust, Hawks fly high to down Eagles"