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Fremantle v West Coast
Round 22, 2021
Ryan kicked three goals. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 15 August 2021 (3:10pm WST)
Lost by 15
FRE 12.7.79 - 9.10.64 WCE
3 C.Serong (FRE)
2 D.Mundy (FRE)
1 L.Ryan (FRE)

Fremantle snapped a 12-game Derby losing streak and sent the Eagles tumbling out of the top eight with an upset 15-point win. The Dockers stunned West Coast with an eight-goal onslaught in the first term and pulled out to a 40-point lead, and while the Eagles worked their way back and got within a single kick, Fremantle were able to hold off the challenge. Andrew Gaff picked up 32 possessions, each of which was booed by a Fremantle crowd with long memories, and Alex Witherden had 25 touches and a goal.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Fremantle 8.2.50 10.2.62 11.2.68 12.7.79
West Coast 3.2..20 4.7.31 7.9.51 9.10.64

Goals: Kennedy, Ryan 3, Darling 2, Witherden

Best: Naitanui, Redden, Gaff, Ryan, Witherden, Shuey

Injuries: Kelly (knee), Kennedy (hand), Cripps (jaw)

Reports: Sheed for striking B.Banfield

Medical subs: (WCE) Langdon for Kelly (knee) at half-time; (FRE) Bewley for Blakely (hamstring) at half-time

Milestones: Sheppard final appearance

Jumper: Clash, white shorts

Named sides[]

West Coast Fremantle
B: 5.Sheppard 37.Barrass 28.Cole B: 31.Walker 2.Logue 13.Ryan
HB: 30.Nelson 20.McGovern 23.Witherden HB: 26.Young 25.Pearce 11.Aish
C: 3.Gaff 6.Yeo 4.Sheed C: 18.Tucker 16.Mundy 33.Colyer
HF: 8.Redden 27.Darling 1.Ryan HF: 39.Switkowski 20.Taberner 23.Henry
F: 15.Cripps 17.Kennedy 12.Allen F: 28.Schultz 35.Treacy 12.Crowden
R: 9.Naitanui 11.Kelly 13.Shuey R: 4.Darcy 3.Serong 5.Cerra
I: 16.L.Edwards 19.Vardy 21.Petruccelle I: 19.Blakely 22.Meek 38.Watson
29.Foley 41.Banfield
E: 2.Waterman 7.Langdon 34.Hutchings E: 9.Acres 15.Hughes 17.Bewley
42.H.Edwards 34.Western

In: Barrass, Shuey, Ryan, Foley

Out: Hurn (hamstring), West, Hutchings, H.Edwards, Langdon (medical sub)

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named. The game was played in bright sunshine.

Club Champion votes[]


Naitanui 11 Sheppard 5
Redden 11 L.Edwards 4
Cole 9 Foley 4
Yeo 9 Nelson 4
Barrass 8 Witherden 4
McGovern 8 Sheed 3
Ryan 8 Shuey 3
Gaff 7 Vardy 1
Kennedy 7 Kelly 0
Cripps 6 Petruccelle 0
Darling 6 Langdon 0
Allen 5

From the coach[]

"Look the game was what you saw, we got obliterated in the first quarter, out pressured, outhunted, and it hurt us on the scoreboard. I think our inside 50s weren’t too dissimilar, but their efficiency and pressure overwhelmed us. And then we got into action for the last three quarters, and all of our stats ended up looking okay, but you can’t concede that many goals.

"The first quarter, we conceded too many broken tackles, scores from stoppages really hurt us, and their efficiency in their front half was too high, I think inside 50s weren’t too dissimilar, but their efficiency and our turnovers with some easy possessions, and then our inability to stick a tackle, really hurt us in that first quarter, and this has been a theme for a long period of time this year. Unfortunately, we concede when it’s a run on and momentum’s lost, we’re conceding too many goals. To be honest, after quarter-time, I thought we were pretty brave, but the damage was done.

"I thought they hung in there, I thought Fremantle all day were playing really good footy, playing at their best. And the third quarter was probably the biggest discrepancy, I think there was 22 to five (inside 50s), and what did we kick in that quarter? Two goals or three goals? Normally that’s a really good sign for us, we’re going to be quite good on the scoreboard, so (we) missed our opportunity to grab the game back. I think the goal just before three quarter time hurt but like I said, the damage was done well and truly in the first quarter."[2]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"West Coast regained their feet after the devastating flurry of early punches from the purple corner, but were held back by inaccuracy before making their move in the third.

The Eagles believed the comeback was on closing in on time-on in the third when Alex Witherden got his first goal for the club to inspire wild celebrations.

What looked to be a pivotal juncture was shaped by Nathan Vardy, who made up for a blue in front of goal moments earlier by intercepting Hayden Young’s pass and setting up a running Witherden.

When Jack Darling converted following a strong mark the margin was down to 11 points, before Travis Colyer found a priceless steadier with less than a minute remaining in the third term."[3]

The Age[]

"Amid the sunshine and the roars of a near-capacity crowd, the derby was sparked by a shootout-style opening term that yielded 11 goals in total, and left one pondering whether it was, in fact, the same 2021 winter that has been so desperately deprived of high scores and spectator passion.

The Dockers, too, played like it was 2015, when a side featuring only two players from Sunday’s 23 – David Mundy and Matt Taberner – booted nine first-quarter goals. This Fremantle outfit did not quite match the same lofty feats, but through eight opening-term goals of their own, held a crucial 30-point lead by the first break.

West Coast, though, soared back into contention over the next two quarters, and while the second was an arm-wrestle, the Eagles had beaten Fremantle in both clearances and contested possessions by the last break to set the stage for a thrilling final term.

But the Dockers held on to snap a derby losing streak that spanned 11 games and claim a rousing win for the revered Mundy, who equalled Matthew Pavlich’s club games record of 353 outings and combined 28 disposals with a goal."[4]


Round 19 (14 August)

West Coast were thrashed by West Perth, managing just one scoring shot in the first half and one goal in the first three quarters before some late improvements to the scoreboard in the final term. Brayden Ainsworth had a team-high 30 touches and Bailey Williams recorded 38 hitouts.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Perth 4.4.28 7.8.50 12.8.80 16.10.106
West Coast 0.0.0 1.0.6 1.3.9 5.5.35

Goals: Brander, Hug, Jones, Nitschke, Waterman

Best: Brayshaw, Rotham, Winder, Ainsworth, Williams

Injuries: Busher (elbow)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 38.Johnson 35.Rotham 43.Collins
HB: 71.Young 70.Sumich 18.Sears
C: 24.O'Neill 45.Brayshaw 57.Bentley
HF: 31.Jones 40.Jamieson 56.Hug
F: 22.Winder 58.Busher 59.Nitschke
R: 32.Williams 10.Brander 33.Ainsworth
I: 55.Flint 63.Hansen 51.Marlin
E: 62.Cary 64.Curnow 49.Garlett

In: Rotham, Jones, Williams, Ainsworth, Bentley, Young, Flint

Out: Witherden, Nelson, Vardy (AFL), Trew (back), Deegan (concussion), Garlett, Sinclair

Late changes: H.Edwards, Hutchings, Waterman for Jamieson (soreness), Marlin, Robilliard

New: Brandan Young (Scarborough)

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Cameron Ankle TBC (on inactive list 1/6/21)
Duggan Knee TBC
Hurn Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Rioli Suspension 1 week
Ryan Hamstring Test
Barrass Hamstring Test
Williams Ankle Test
Shuey Calf Test
Kennedy Knee Test
Venables* Concussion Retired (on inactive list 1/6/21)
Ah Chee* Hand 2-3 weeks
Jones* Ankle Test




  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2021, p.46
  2. westcoasteagles.com.au (17 August 2021), "Round 22: Pressing questions"
  3. Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (15 August 2021), "Fremantle Dockers break western derby losing streak against West Coast in famous win": https://thewest.com.au/sport/fremantle-dockers/fremantle-dockers-break-western-derby-losing-streak-against-west-coast-in-famous-win--c-3689316
  4. Owen Leonard, The Age (15 August 2021), "Dockers snap six-year derby losing streak": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/dockers-snap-six-year-derby-losing-streak-20210815-p58ivz.html