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