West Coast's premiership defence suffered a huge blow with an upset home loss to Hawthorn in the final round of 2019. The Eagles started sluggishly, giving up the first three goals of the game, and although they worked their way in front by quarter-time, poor kicking and a frenetic Hawks side saw the home team go down by 38 points, knocking them out of the top four and setting up a sudden-death final. Andrew Gaff was his usual tireless self with 37 possessions and Willie Rioli kicked three goals.
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Goals: Rioli 3, Darling, Kennedy, Ryan 2
Best: Gaff, Rioli, Masten
Injuries: Sheppard (rib)
Milestones: Sheed 100th game
In: Masten, Duggan
Quarter by quarterEdit
Both sides went in as named. The game was played in fine and clear conditions.
Club Champion votesEdit
From the coachEdit
"It was a missed opportunity, Hawthorn played really well. Probably the fundamentals (went wrong), in the end, for us really. The critical contests that we lost, they made us pay, but across the board, I suppose, the basics was where we fell down. Not system or strategy, more just opportunities to be clean or convert. Those type of situations we’re normally pretty good at, we weren’t tonight and they were really good. The way they played, the way they handled the night, the situation and the event was better than us. So we’ve got to tip our hats to Hawthorn.
"I thought the only thing going for us at stages was our ball movement. For the first two and a half quarters, anyway, that’s what we relied on. We just don’t want to do that. So we’re normally better in situations that require a ‘win or halve’ and we just didn’t execute that. So when you’ve got to rely on ball movement from the back half it doesn’t stand up. So we’ve got some work to do, but we’re still alive. Trying to find the balance with our players, supporters and members. It was disappointing tonight but we’re alive and we’re going to have a good shake at it.
"...Playing four quarters is difficult for anyone, I think, and eight days ago we were two games clear in the top four, so we’re yearning for that, I think everyone is, a good four-quarter effort. The way the finals are played and what we need to get to is probably not the way we’ve been playing at the moment. But then I reflect on the last few weeks and the back half of the season and we haven’t been too far off. Today we were a lot off, but we’re not going to try and reinvent the wheel in the next 10 days."
From the papersEdit
The West AustralianEdit
"Hawthorn’s stunning 38-point win, 16.9 (105) to 9.13 (67), lifted them to eighth and they are well-placed to make the finals if the Western Bulldogs lose.
The strangely out of sorts Eagles scored freely in a couple of small patches of dominance, but were on the back foot for most of the night.
Hawthorn’s total was the highest score West Coast has conceded at home this season as the Eagles had their intercept game and controlled ball movement taken away from them.
Andrew Gaff worked hard and Willie Rioli was a regular source of inspiration, but far too many Eagles were well below their best with the season on the line as the Hawks boasted match winners across the ground."
"Just 45 seconds into the game the Hawks had the first goal on the board. Significantly for the Eagles, Tom Barrass gave away the free kick to Tim O'Brien that resulted in the goal. The young Eagles defender had a mistake-ridden Round 22 game against Richmond and looks a bit tentative on the eve of the finals.
Isaac Smith, playing in his 200th game, kicked the Hawks second goal five minutes later to silence the big Perth crowd, and when Shaun Burgoyne marked and kicked truly 10 minutes later, the Hawks were up by 19 points.
Josh Kennedy kicked the Eagles first goal four minutes into time-on of the first term. And when the veteran narrowly missed his set shot five minutes later, the Eagles had managed to sneak six point in front.
But the Hawks kicked 5.3 to the Eagles' 1.5 in the second quarter to lead by 16 points at the main break."
Round 20 (25 August)
West Coast closed out the home and away season with a win over East Fremantle at Lathlain Park to lock in a finals berth in their first season in the WAFL. The Eagles overcame a plucky Sharks side and the loss of Nicolas Reid and Harry Edwards to concussion to run out 22 point winners and book an elimination final clash with West Perth. Brendon Ah Chee was instrumental with 25 possessions and four goals and Hamish Brayshaw had 26 touches and laid eight tackles.
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Goals: Ah Chee 4, Brooksby 2, Brayshaw, Foley, McInnes, O'Neill, Vardy, Williams
Best: Ah Chee, Schofield, Vardy, Brayshaw, Flint, M.Allen
Injuries: Reid (concussion), Edwards (concussion)
In: Rotham, McInnes, Foley, Riach, Flint
Out: Masten, Duggan, Vardy, Cameron, Ah Chee (AFL)
Late changes: Schofield, Vardy, Cameron, Ah Chee for Ainsworth (hamstring), Bines, Curnow, Riach
In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:
- ↑ West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.49
- ↑ westcoasteagles.com.au (27 August 2019), "Round 23: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2019-08-27/round-23-pressing-questions
- ↑ Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (24 August 2019), "West Coast Eagles’ top-two hopes gone after shock 38-point loss to Hawthorn": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-eagles-top-two-hopes-gone-after-shock-38-point-loss-to-hawthorn-ng-b881302151z
- ↑ Brad Elborough, The Age (24 August 2019), "Hawks ambush Eagles out west in final push": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/hawks-ambush-eagles-out-west-in-final-push-20190824-p52kfl.html
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