West Coast v Brisbane
Round 1, 2008
Seaby takes a pack mark. Photo:
Sat, 22 March 2008 (4:40 PM WST)
Won by 16
WCE 14.8.92 - 11.10.76 BRI
3 D.Kerr (WCE)
2 S.Black (BRI)
1 J.Brown (BRI)

West Coast kicked the first six goals, then survived a Jonathan Brown onslaught to post a win in the first match of the season. Daniel Kerr reveled in his new role as the #1 mid, while Dean Cox dominated in the ruck.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 6.2.38 7.5.47 10.7.67 14.8.92
Brisbane 1.2.8 4.4.28 9.6.60 11.10.76

Goals: LeCras, Seaby, Waters, Wirrpanda 2, Braun, Cox, Fletcher, Hunter, Lynch, Staker

Best: Cox, Kerr, Seaby. Priddis, Wirrpanda, Braun, B.Jones

Injuries: Hunter (knee)

Milestones: Nicoski 50th game

Named sidesEdit

West Coast Brisbane
B: B.Jones Glass Wirrpanda B: Drummond Merrett Patfull
HB: Waters Hunter A.Selwood HB: Stiller Macdonald Begley
C: Embley Kerr Braun C: Notting Adcock Johnstone
HF: Fletcher Hansen Rosa HF: Power Brown Lappin
F: Graham Lynch LeCras F: Bradshaw Brennan Hooper
R: Cox Priddis Stenglein R: Charman Black Rischitelli
I: Hurn Nicoski Seaby I: Copeland Leuenberger Selwood
Staker Corrie
E: Masten McNamara S.Selwood E: Sherman Henderson Proud

From the coachEdit

"We used the ball very well. Our decision making and ball use for the start of the season was exceptional in the first quarter, but we came back to the field a lot after that. I thought we were able to compose ourselves a bit as well and got it back going.

"...Our first few possessions in the second quarter were errors which allowed them to kick goals and get their confidence up. I'm not sure exactly, but maybe their first three or four goals came from our poor errors. That got them right into the game and our guys got a bit more hesitant after that.

"...There's no doubt it's been a trait of our squad over the last few years, over the last four or five years, that we never give up. Whether we're playing well or playing below our best, we never give up."[1]

From the papersEdit

The AgeEdit

"Brown started to get support from Daniel Bradshaw, who kicked three third-quarter goals, and the Eagles' midfield - their great strength during the reign of Judd, Cousins Kerr and company - began to dissolve in a puddle of sweat-soaked turnovers as battlers looked instinctively for champions who were no longer there.

Eagles coach John Worsfold pulled his trademark move in the third term, shifting Adam Hunter forward, and it worked.

Hunter kicked a goal, so did Dean Cox and the Eagles had the lead back.

Brisbane would never head them again.

The Eagles kicked four goals to two to kick-start their 2008 campaign."[2]


Round 1 (20-22 March)

South Fremantle (Wilson) vs Subiaco

Perth (Armstrong, S.Selwood, Sullivan) vs East Fremantle (Spangher, Masten, McNamara, Houlihan, Arrowsmith)

Claremont (Thomson, Wilkes, Stevenson) vs West Perth

Peel (Schofield, Ebert) vs Swan Districts (Notte, Davis)

Bye: East Perth

Injury listEdit

In the lead-up to the round the following players were listed as injured:

Player Injury Expected duration
Brown Knee Season
Butler Osteitis pubis 2 weeks
Schofield Shoulder 2 weeks
MacKenzie Knee 1 week
Kerr Hamstring Test


  1. The West Australian (24 March 2008, p.GAM16), "Word for word"
  2. Mark Duffield, The Age (23 March 2008), "Brown magic not enough":
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