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Essendon v West Coast
Round 1, 1994
Spinks in action on debut. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sat, 26 March 1994 (2:08 PM EST)
Lost by 3
ESS 12.10.82 - 11.13.79 WCE
3 G.Wanganeen (ESS)
2 G.O'Donnell (ESS)
1 D.Hart (WCE)

The reigning premiers trailed by 33 points in the third term but fought back, and the lead see-sawed through the last quarter before a Paul Salmon goal gave Essendon a three-point win. Peter Sumich kicked five goals and David Hart led all players with 31 possessions.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Essendon 2.6.18 3.8.26 6.9.45 12.10.82
West Coast 2.1.13 5.5.35 9.6.60 11.13.79

Goals: Sumich 5, Bond, Hart, Heady, Lewis, Matera, Turley

Best: Matera, Hart, Sumich, Lewis, McIntosh, Turley

Injuries: Nil

Milestones: Bond AFL debut, Spinks AFL debut

Named sides[]

West Coast Essendon
B: 36.Hart 27.Jakovich 14.Brennan B: 32.Watson 31.Fletcher 4.Wanganeen
HB: 24.Worsfold 50.Turnbull 17.McKenna HB: 29.Grenvold 17.Stevenson 1.Harvey
C: 30.Matera 10.Pyke 39.Waterman C: 20.Kilpatrick 22.Doolan 47.Olarenshaw
HF: 1.Heady 29.Spinks 28.Lewis HF: 5.Hird 25.Manton 2.Mercuri
F: 18.Evans 4.Sumich 11.McIntosh F: 8.Bewick 3.Salmon 9.Cockatoo-Collins
R: 23.Harding 2.Kemp 6.Banfield R: 19.Somerville 10.O'Donnell 14.Calthorpe
I: 20.Bond 7.Turley 9.Wilson I: 16.Kickett 12.Symons 28.Flood
E: 40.Hampson 22.Hynes E: 23.Cransberg 30.Delaney

New: Shane Bond (Port Adelaide Magpies), Brett Spinks (South Fremantle)

From the papers[]

The Sunday Age[]

"It really was difficult to work out how the Eagles lost the match. After surviving an opening in which Essendon dominated play, but booted a wasteful 2.6, West Coast turned the game into a gruelling Indian arm wrestle, one it always appeared to control. The Eagles' stingy backline was even meaner than usual, typified by the performance of David Hart, who not only shut Essendon livewire Darren Bewick completely out of the picture, but became a prime source of drive himself with 31 possessions.

Glen Jakovich wasted little time getting on top of key Bomber forwards James Hird and Glenn Manton, and for a while Jakovich and Hart were complemented by an Eagles midfield that had returned to its 1992 vintage. Peter Matera streaked along the members' wing a la that season's grand final, and Dean Kemp bobbed and weaved around the centre square for a cool 31 possessions.

Topping it off was a hungry-looking Peter Sumich, who managed to thread through a couple of goals from near the boundary line, and miss a couple from far easier positions for a day's tally of 5.4."[1]

Canberra Times[]

"After a tight first half, West Coast raced almost six goals clear halfway through the third quarter before an unanswered six-goal Essendon run.

The lead then changed four times in the final quarter before Salmon, who had contributed just one point, marked in the goal square in the 29th minute of the final term.

The Bombers had some top players in Cockatoo-Collins, with 21 possessions and three goals from half-forward, midfielders Mark Mercuri and Gary O'Donnell and Doolan at half back."[2]

Injury list[]

In the lead-up to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:[3]

Player Injury Expected duration
White Groin Indefinite
Langdon Suspension 3 weeks
Krummel Knee 3 weeks



  1. Rohan Connolly, The Sunday Age (27 March 1994, p.SPORT9), "Never-say-die Dons sneak in"
  2. Canberra Times (27 March 1994, p.14), "Salmon saves Bombers again"
  3. The Age (23 March 1994, p.31), "AFL injury list"