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Fremantle v West Coast
Round 20, 2016
Naitanui returned to the lineup. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 7 August 2016 (2.40pm WST)
Won by 46
WCE 17.8.110 - 9.10.64 FRE
3 J.Kennedy (WCE)
2 M.Priddis (WCE)
1 L.Shuey (WCE)

In the 44th Derby, West Coast broke open the game in the second half to record a comfortable 46 point win and remain in touch in the top four. The struggling Dockers led for much of the first half but West Coast were able to hit the front towards the end of the second term, then piled on ten goals to four after the break to return to the winner's list. Josh Kennedy won the Ross Glendinning Medal after kicking seven goals, and Chris Masten tallied 33 possessions.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Fremantle 3.2.20 5.6.36 7.7.49 9.10.64
West Coast 2.2.14 7.5.49 12.7.79 17.8.110

Goals: Kennedy 7, Hill, LeCras 3, Gaff, Hurn, Naitanui, Tunbridge

Best: Kennedy, Priddis, Shuey, Hurn, McGovern, Sheppard, Masten

Injuries: Wellingham (ankle)

Milestones: Schofield 150th game

Named sides[]

West Coast Fremantle
B: 25.Hurn 31.Schofield 37.Barrass B: 40.Collins 36.Silvagni 34.Spurr
HB: 5.Sheppard 20.McGovern 12.Wellingham HB: 11.Sheridan 5.Ibbotson 17.Crozier
C: 7.Masten 11.Priddis 15.Cripps C: 6.D.Pearce 27.Neale 14.Weller
HF: 2.LeCras 27.Darling 34.Hutchings HF: 1.Ballantyne 23.Mayne 10.Walters
F: 29.Lycett 17.Kennedy 33.Hill F: 41.Yarran 29.Pavlich 30.Clarke
R: 9.Naitanui 3.Gaff 13.Shuey R: 31.Sandilands 16.Mundy 32.Hill
I: 4.Sheed 6.Yeo 32.Tunbridge I: 26.Langdon 18.Tucker 35.Apeness
30.Nelson 15.Hughes
E: 8.Redden 18.Ellis 23.Jetta E: 33.Sutcliffe 20.Taberner 9.De Boer

In: Naitanui, Barrass, Yeo, Nelson

Out: Butler (groin), Duggan (calf), MacKenzie, Karpany

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named. Forecast rain stayed away for the most part.

Club Champion votes[]

Kennedy 12 Hutchings 4
Cripps 9 LeCras 4
Hurn 9 Nelson 4
Masten 8 Lycett 3
McGovern 8 Naitanui 3
Priddis 8 Schofield 3
Shuey 8 Sheppard 3
Barrass 5 Yeo 3
Wellingham 5 Gaff 1
Darling 4 Sheed 0
Hill 4 Tunbridge 0

From the coach[]

"Yeah, we’re really pleased. I thought the Dockers came out really hard in the first quarter, obviously, and put real heat on the game. We didn’t handle the pressure too well, lost the contest and free kicks probably showed us that we were second to the ball. I think halfway through the second quarter we worked our way through it. I was pretty pleased with our second half.

"...It’s on the back of supply for us. If we get good supply, good, deep entries we can defend behind it. Freo were using the ball pretty well at stages and controlling the play a little bit; slowing things down but still being able to find those hit ups. We addressed that after quarter time and once we did that I thought we forced them long a little bit and we got to work.

"...I think there were some players who worked their way into the game, no doubt. We’ve been really trying to focus in on some individuals and trying to get them up to back near their best form. Understanding momentum goes the other way on occasions, so riding yourself through that and having some clarity about what you need to do and what your role is. On the back of that I thought [Darling and LeCras] worked their way into the game. It was the same with Gaffy, who got a pretty tough tag, but I thought he worked his way back into it by the last quarter.

"If we are to go anywhere this year we need all of our players contributing and I thought we got closer to that today than we have in recent times. I know we have been winning, though last week we got exposed through lack of numbers and lack of work rate and the contest, so those areas we sort of ticked off tonight, but we’ve got a really tough run coming up."[1]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"Early on, Michael Apeness and Shane Yarran were giving the Dockers forward line some targets and Stephen Hill was carrying the ball through the midfield. But Kennedy ended their charge.

With Matt Priddis and Luke Shuey performing well in the midfield, West Coast had too much supply and had 60 inside 50s.

The much anticipated battle between Aaron Sandilands and Nic Naitanui wasn’t a clash of the titans. They were in and out of the game in their return from injury, sometimes having an impact and then feeling fatigue.

Sandilands had 12 disposals while Naitanui managed seven."[2]

The Age[]

"For the first quarter and a half against the 16th-placed Dockers on Sunday, they looked the second best side on the ground, as Fremantle opened up a 15-point lead on the back of some fiere contested possession work.

They managed to stop the run of Andrew Gaff, with a tag by Tom Sheridan, and Alex Silvagni led a defence that was able to limit the influence of Eagles forwards Jack Darling and Mark LeCras.

Fremantle has only itself to blame for not getting further ahead.

West Coast captain Shannon Hurn kicked the first goal of the second term courtesy of a 50m penalty from Michael Walters, who pointed at and abused an umpire when called for "holding the ball" when he clearly thought he should have been awarded the free kick."[3]


"Coming off five losses in a row, the Dockers were inspired early and seemingly had their foot on West Coast’s throat early in the second term.

Ruckman Zac Clarke muffed his chance from the goal square in a pivotal moment, and when he gave away a poor free kick to Naitanui at a boundary throw-in Naitanui slotted a goal to begin West Coast’s charge.

Josh Hill, who claimed a shock Glendinning Medal in the corresponding round last season, kicked two goals in four minutes as the Eagles grabbed the lead before Kennedy kicked his third.

The Dockers must have felt cheated at half-time, having done plenty right to that point including winning the contested ball count."[4]

East Perth report[]

Round 20 (6 August)

East Perth suffered a disappointing 6-goal loss to Fremantle-aligned Peel Thunder at Leederville, with Dockers pair Matt De Boer and Tendai Mzungu running riot. Youngster Luke Partington had a team-high 25 possessions and Lewis Jetta recorded 23 touches, but the Royals failed to match Peel around the ground. East Perth's cause wasn't helped by injuries suffered by key veterans Xavier Ellis (calf) and Patrick McGinnity (finger).

Appearing for East Perth: Adamson, Brophy, Brown, Cole, Colledge, Ellis, Giles, Jetta, Karpany, Lamb, MacKenzie, McGinnity, Partington.
Reserves: Allen, Bennell, Snadden.

Injury list[]

In the leadup to the round, the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:

Player Injury Expected duration
Mutimer Hamstring/suspension 2-3 weeks
McInnes Hamstring 1 week
Naitanui Achilles Test
Yeo Illness Test
Brown Back Test
Redden Shoulder Test
Lucas* Knee Season
Waterman* Glandular fever Indefinite




  1. westcoasteagles.com.au (7 August 2016), "Full QA transcript: Adam Simpson": http://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2016-08-07/full-qa-transcript-adam-simpson
  2. Craig O'Donoghue, The West Australian (7 August 2016), "Eagles win, Kennedy boots seven": https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/afl/a/32262144/eagles-win-kennedy-boots-seven/#page1
  3. Brad Elborough, The Age (7 August 2016), "Eagles eye top eight lock after derby win over Dockers": http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-match-report/afl-2016-west-coast-eagles-close-on-top-eight-lock-with-win-over-fremantle-dockers-20160807-gqn3n9.html
  4. Braden Quartermaine, PerthNow (7 August 2016), "Kennedy and Eagles fly high in Western Derby": http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/more-news/josh-kennedy-boots-seven-goals-to-help-west-coast-beat-fremantle-by-46-points-in-the-western-derby/news-story/37a8be298827ef3f4ce5d9c36e2e0f2f