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West Coast v Richmond
Round 1, 1987
Sun, 29 March 1987 (2:10 PM WST)
Won by 14
WCE 20.13.133 - 16.23.119 RIC
3 P.Narkle (WCE)
2 M.Brennan (WCE)
1 M.Thomson (RIC)

In the first-ever appearance of the West Coast Eagles in a home-and-away game, Paul Peos had the first kick by an Eagle and Laurie Keene had the honour of slotting the club's first goal. Victorian powerhouse club Richmond looked to have the game sewn up at three-quarter time, but an eight goal turnaround in the final quarter sparked by captain Ross Glendinning's move from defence to centre-half-forward saw the new kids on the block take the premiership points.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 3.5.23 8.8.56 11.9.75 20.13.133
Richmond 5.7.35 8.10.58 15.18.108 16.23.119

Goals: Matera 4, Keene, MacNish 3, Holmes, Narkle, Wrensted 2, Bennett, Glendinning, Ishchenko, Laidley

Best: Glendinning, Matera, Narkle, Holmes, Ishchenko, Keene

Injuries: Barich (cheekbone), Davidson (concussion)

Named sides[]

West Coast Richmond
B: 5.Lamb 22.O'Connell 3.Mainwaring B: 2.Burton 32.Ryan 6.Palm
HB: 15.Laidley 14.Brennan 20.Peos HB: 17.Smith 24.Peart 15.Thomson
C: 10.Turner 16.Annear 11.Davidson C: 13.Egan 27.Rioli 31.B.Bower
HF: 32.Wrensted 4.Glendinning 28.Lewis HF: 40.James 26.Cowie 5.Wilson
F: 18.MacNish 19.Bennett 1.Matera F: 18.Clark 8.Roach 7.Mitchell
R: 25.Keene 8.Malaxos 38.Barich R: 1.Lee 23.Poole 3.Weightman
I (from): 26.Ishchenko 33.Holmes 6.Miles I (from): 58.Notting 28.Czerkaski 4.Eustice
7.Narkle 27.Zanotti 35.Pickering
E: E: 9.Frangalas

Late change: (WCE) Mainwaring, O'Connell, Turner out; (RIC) Roach (back spasms), Smith out

New: Everyone! John Annear (Richmond/Collingwood/Claremont), Adrian Barich (Perth), Darren Bennett (East Fremantle), Michael Brennan (East Fremantle), Peter Davidson (Subiaco), Ross Glendinning (North Melbourne/East Perth), Don Holmes (Subiaco), Alex Ishchenko (East Perth), Laurie Keene (Subiaco), Dean Laidley (West Perth), Dwayne Lamb (Subiaco), Chris Lewis (Claremont), Andrew MacNish (Subiaco), Steve Malaxos (Claremont/Hawthorn), Wally Matera (South Fremantle), Geoff Miles (Claremont/Collingwood), Phil Narkle (Swan Districts/St Kilda), Paul Peos (East Perth), Murray Wrensted (East Fremantle), Mark Zanotti (Subiaco)

From the papers[]

The Age[]

"Mark Lee rucked superbly for the Tigers, but as his smaller teammates faded in th gruelling last quarter, Eagles rovers Wally Matera (four goals) and Don Holmes, wingman Phil Narkle and ruck-rover Steve Malaxos became dominant players.

Alexander's decision to switch Ross Glendinning to centre half-forward proved vital, too, as he took several big marks to get the momentum started.

The Tigers struggled in attack when they lost Neil Peart from centre half-forward, where he had kicked three goals in the third quarter. Regular full-forward Michael Roach did not play, having woken with pain spasms in his back."[1]

Canberra Times[]

"In the third term, it was another WA footballer who dominated but this time it was Maurice Rioli, controlling the centre for Richmond.

The Eagles coach, Ron Alexander, made nine changes at three-quarter-time, including the switch of skipper Glendinning to centre half-forward.

A strong mark and a quick goal to Glendinning lifted the Eagles and five goals in 6min brought the match back to square one.

Richmond did not give in and, although it only managed one goal for the final term, it pushed the Eagles all the way home."[2]

Players in the WAFL[]

West Perth (Gastev, King, Mifka) vs East Perth (Turner, Bartlett)



  1. Alan East, The Age (30 March 1987, p.31), "Tigers turn to crash as Eagles fight back"
  2. Canberra Times (30 March 1987, p.18), "Round 1: Just what the VFL ordered": http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/136297834/15946994