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West Coast v St Kilda
Round 23, 2015
S15r23
Sinclair contests the ruck. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Sat, 5 September 2015
(5:40pm WST)
Venue
Attendance
36,165
Result
Won by 95
Score
WCE 18.17.125 - 4.6.30 STK
Brownlow
3 N.Naitanui (WCE)
2 A.Gaff (WCE)
1 M.Priddis (WCE)
Ladder
2nd
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West Coast locked in second spot and tuned up for the finals with a thumping win over St Kilda. The Eagles started strongly but thereafter struggled through a scratchy first half, before blowing the Saints away in the second half. Andrew Gaff continued his strong season with 36 possessions and two goals, and Nic Naitanui gave raw American ruckman Jason Holmes a lesson with 30 hitouts and three goals.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 4.4.28 7.7.49 13.14.92 18.17.125
St Kilda 2.1.13 3.5.23 4.5.29 4.6.30

Goals: LeCras 4, Kennedy, Naitanui 3, Darling, Gaff 2, Cripps, Hill, Sinclair, Yeo

Best: Naitanui, Priddis, Gaff, Kennedy, Shuey, Hurn, LeCras

Injuries: Masten (hamstring)

Sub: Ellis for Masten (hamstring) in the second quarter

Records: WCE biggest win vs St Kilda

Named side[]

West Coast St Kilda
B: 5.Sheppard 20.McGovern 6.Yeo B: 24.Dempster 33.Goddard 25.Fisher
HB: 26.Butler 25.Hurn 18.Ellis HB: 14.Geary 17.Roberton 29.Webster
C: 15.Cripps 11.Priddis 3.Gaff C: 22.Ray 20.Armitage 16.Newnes
HF: 33.Hill 27.Darling 7.Masten HF: 11.Montagna 12.Riewoldt 6.Ross
F: 2.LeCras 17.Kennedy 22.Sinclair F: 44.Weller 27.Bruce 37.Lonie
R: 9.Naitanui 4.Sheed 13.Shuey R: 45.Holmes 3.Steven 7.Dunstan
I: 34.Hutchings 24.Rosa 30.Nelson I: 5.Savage 19.Gilbert 30.Murdoch
12.Wellingham 41.Minchington
E: 44.Bennell 35.McGinnity 10.Selwood E: 21.Delaney 35.Sinclair 42.Pierce

In: Butler, Masten, Wellingham, Nelson

Out: Barrass, Newman, Bennell, McGinnity

Quarter by quarter[]

St Kilda made a late change, with Jack Sinclair replacing Darren Minchington in the side and starting as the sub. Ellis began in the vest for West Coast.

Club Champion votes[]

[1]
Naitanui 13 Hutchings 5
Gaff 10 McGovern 5
Priddis 10 Sheppard 5
Sheed 10 Yeo 5
LeCras 9 Butler 4
Shuey 8 Darling 4
Wellingham 8 Sinclair 4
Kennedy 7 Ellis 2
Hill 6 Rosa 2
Cripps 5 Masten 0
Hurn 5 Nelson 0

From the coach[]

"I thought the second half we played a way that reminded us of what we want to stand for as a club and how we want to play. We want to attack, but we want to defend well as well. So the game wasn't really played in our half in the first half, I thought we probably, just because we were a little more experienced and had a little bit more to play for, we had ascendancy at half time. But I thought in the second half, the Saints got a bit tired, but we played a more solid brand of footy.
...
We're really happy, we're ecstatic. We hope all our members and supporters are enjoying the ride as much as we are. We're all pretty young, despite my hair, we're a young coaching group as well. We've probably exceeded a lot of people's expectations, internally I don't think we have put a ceiling on what we can achieve and we're enjoying the ride. We're a little bit different than the other top-four sides, they're hardened, year-in year-out top-four teams. So this is great learning for us and you never know."

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"Gaff, Priddis and Shuey had all been prolific to three quarter time. On the rare occasions the Saints managed an attack, Sharrod Wellingham, Shannon Hurn and Brad Sheppard mopped the ball up effectively.

And in the last quarter it officially became a rout. The Eagles only kicked five goals, but they held the Saints to a single point to take the margin close to the 100 point barrier.

Naitanui, now pressing for best on ground honours, kicked his third goal after a screamer 20 metres out. He also engineered a remarkable ground level turnover on centre wing when he turned a tackle on Armitage into a possession of his own, followed by a brilliant handball to a teammate in space to launch an attack.

Jack Darling, kept quiet for three quarter, came into the game for two last quarter goals and Elliot Yeo, steady all night, took a towering goal square mark."[2]

The Age[]

"West Coast did their best to douse any challenge the Saints were prepared to fire at them early.

Leigh Montagna, Jack Newnes and David Armitage did their best to stem the flow, but as the game went on the home side gained in confidence.

There were early signs that the margin could blow out.

At half-time West Coast had turned their 15-point quarter-time lead to 26 points, despite kicking seven points without a goal.

The problem for the Saints was that at the main break, they had managed only 3.5, one point less than what the Eagles had kicked in the first 11 minutes of the game."[3]

Sunday Times[]

"Andrew Gaff (36 disposals), Matt Priddis (35), Dom Sheed (33) and Luke Shuey (30) did as they pleased, with the hard-working Mark Hutchings (29) continued to stake his claim for a full-time berth in the engine room.

The midfield supremacy was again orchestrated by Nic Naitanui, who emerged as the best player on the ground opposed to AFL newcomer Jason Holmes.

Naitanui showed he can seemingly do it all, bagging three majors to go with 30 hit-outs, a collection of brutal tackles, and a spectacular pack mark and goal late in the contest.

Only a string of errant shots spanning the late first term and early second term prevented West Coast from blowing out the margin even further in its 200th win at Subiaco Oval."[4]

East Perth report[]

Elimination Final (6 September)

At Leederville, East Perth withstood a Claremont challenge to knock the Tigers out of the finals. Rowen Powell impressed with three important goals, Kane Lucas kicked two goals from 30 possessions and Malcolm Karpany picked up 22 touches in a strong showing.

Appearing for East Perth: Adamson, Barrass, Bennell, Brophy, Karpany, Lamb, Lucas, Main, Newman, Powell, Selwood.

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected duration
MacKenzie Knee Season (Placed on LTI list 2/4/15, replaced by Lucas)
Brown Knee Season (Placed on LTI list 23/7/15, replaced by Newman)
Tunbridge Ankle/shoulder Season
Duggan Knee Season
Cavka Ankle Season
Waterman Glandular fever Ongoing
McInnes Hamstring 4 weeks
Lycett PCL 2 weeks
Wellingham Ankle 1 week
Schofield Hamstring Test
McGovern Shoulder Test
Butler Hamstring Test
Maginness* Foot Season

References[]

http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2015/23/wce-v-stk

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2015/151820150905.html

  1. West Coast Eagles Year Book 2015, p.48
  2. Mark Duffield, The West Australian (5 September 2015), "Soaring Eagles fly into finals": https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/29445269/soaring-eagles-fly-into-finals/
  3. Brad Elborough, The Age (5 September 2015), "West Coast hammer St Kilda, stay on track for qualifying final against Hawthorn": http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-match-report/west-coast-hammer-st-kilda-stay-on-track-for-qualifying-final-against-hawthorn-20150905-gjg0mu.html
  4. Chris Robinson, Sunday Times (5 September 2015), "Masten injury sours Eagles' big win": http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/afl-2015-west-coast-eagles-defeat-st-kilda-at-subiaco-oval-in-round-23/story-fni5f22o-1227513955298
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