West Coast v Fremantle
Round 4, 2019
Vardy contests the ruck. Photo:
Sat, 13 April 2019 (6.10pm WST)
Won by 13
WCE 10.9.69 - 7.14.56 FRE
3 S.Hurn (WCE)
2 D.Mundy (FRE)
1 R.Lobb (FRE)

West Coast won their eighth straight Derby in a scrappy, forgettable encounter. The Eagles burst out to an early lead with a five-goal first term, but found the going tough thereafter as the game descended into a dogfight. Shannon Hurn won his third Glendinning-Allan Medal with a 32-possession effort off half-back and Andrew Gaff had another 35-possession game to shrug off pre-game speculation about his return to the Derby arena.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 5.1.31 6.3.39 8.5.53 10.9.69
Fremantle 0.5.5 1.9.15 4.12.36 7.14.56

Goals: Darling, Kennedy 3, Petruccelle 2, O.Allen, Ryan

Best: Hurn, Sheppard, Redden, Gaff, Yeo, Darling

Injuries: Nil

Named sidesEdit

West Coast Fremantle
B: 25.Hurn 37.Barrass 28.Cole B: 21.Hamling 25.Pearce 38.Ryan
HB: 5.Sheppard 20.McGovern 23.Jetta HB: 6.Conca 14.Wilson 15.Hughes
C: 7.Masten 13.Shuey 3.Gaff C: 26.Langdon 5.Cerra 9.B.Hill
HF: 4.Sheed 27.Darling 34.Hutchings HF: 10.Walters 23.McCarthy 8.Brayshaw
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 15.Cripps F: 11.Hogan 20.Taberner 33.Colyer
R: 19.Vardy 6.Yeo 8.Redden R: 37.Lobb 18.Tucker 16.Mundy
I: 12.O.Allen 14.Duggan 16.Hickey I: 44.Duman 39.Switkowski 28.Schultz
21.Petruccelle 3.Matera
E: 18.Venables 33.Ainsworth* 35.Rotham E: 4.Darcy 12.Crowden 41.Banfield
45.Smith 43.Nyhuis

In: Duggan

Out: Rotham

Late change: Rotham for Jetta (hamstring tightness)

(*Ainsworth replaced Watson in the emergencies)

Quarter by quarterEdit

West Coast replaced Jetta before the bounce with second-gamer Rotham, due to hamstring tightness. The match was played in fine but humid conditions, making ball-handling difficult at times.

Club Champion votesEdit


Hurn 15 Shuey 6
Hutchings 11 Allen 5
Gaff 10 Cole 5
Redden 10 Cripps 5
Hickey 9 Duggan 5
Sheppard 9 Masten 5
Vardy 8 Petruccelle 5
Yeo 8 Rotham 5
Barrass 6 McGovern 4
Darling 6 Ryan 4
Kennedy 6 Sheed 4

From the coachEdit

"It was a grind, no doubt, and I think people are still trying to get a read on where Fremantle are at, and we're still working ourselves out as well, but I think they're better than what some people think. We were accurate at the start, and just held them at bay for most of the night, but not a lot went right for us other than the score. We won the stoppage battle, but yeah it was a grind. But we've had plenty of grinds in the last 12 months, so we'll take the win, but we tip our hat to what Fremantle did tonight, and how they played, and the contest. It wasn't like we were turning up our toes, we just got beaten up in certain parts of the ground which need to improve, but at the end of the day, we get the four points.

"...We prepared for a game like we got. I wasn't surprised about tonight, and that's why I'm pleased. We got through a grind. Last year, we won against Carlton earlier in the year with a grind game, and I think this was one of those nights where it was a grind.

"...I think our team defence was poor, but our ability to win a contest when we really needed to was important. Low scoring game, they kicked plenty of points. I think at quarter time when we got our lead, one scoring shot the difference - we just kicked 5.1 and they kicked 5 points, that hurt them early."

From the papersEdit

The West AustralianEdit

"Pursuing one of the great derby upsets, Fremantle were left with an agonising return of 1.9, with three of those behinds rushed.

There were other opportunities they should have swallowed, with the most galling miss coming from Taberner in the first quarter. He hit the post from just 20m out directly in front and the record derby crowd of 58,219 let him know about it.

The teams had 13 inside 50s apiece in the first stanza, and while there are entries and there are entries the quarter-time score line of 5.1 to 0.5 said plenty about how clinical and efficient Eagles went about their work.

West Coast didn’t know it at the time but those five goals would prove priceless by the end of the night, with the Eagles adding just another five majors for the remainder of the match."[2]

The AgeEdit

"Poor skills almost cost the Dockers against St Kilda in Round 3; they did hurt them in Round 4.

West Coast led by 31-points midway through the third quarter, but the statistics didn’t really show why the margin was so big.

Without Fyfe, West Coast was able to dominate clearances, but inside 50s were pretty even throughout the game. They had their chances.

However, when that lead was 31 points the Eagles were 7.4, the Dockers 1.9. That became 1.10 before Fremantle started to surge."[3]


Round 2 (13 April)

West Coast recorded their first official WAFL win, defeating Fremantle-affiliated Peel in a curtain-raiser to the Derby. Jake Waterman continued his strong form with another five-goal haul and Matthew Allen had 25 possessions through the midfield.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Peel Thunder 2.1.14 3.3.21 4.8.32 7.8.50
West Coast 3.3.21 5.6.36 8.9.57 11.11.77

Goals: Waterman 5, Ah Chee, Brander, Cameron, Fisher, McInnes, Williams

Best: M.Allen, Waterman, Fisher, Brayshaw, Nelson

Injuries: Brooksby (knee)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 51.Fisher 42.Edwards 62.Cary
HB: 38.Mutimer 31.Schofield 64.Curnow
C: 11.Grey 41.Ah Chee 30.Nelson
HF: 32.Williams 10.Brander 22.Brayshaw
F: 2.Waterman 36.McInnes 39.Cameron
R: 40.Brooksby 33.Ainsworth 43.M.Allen
I: 47.Bines 29.Foley 56.Hug
E: 52.Acres 54.Coe 61.Robilliard

In: M.Allen, Brayshaw, Cary, Hug

Out: Smith, Venables (AFL), Watson (personal), Riach (soreness)

Late change: Smith, Venables for Ainsworth (AFL), Bines

WAFL debut: Jak Cary (Newdegate)

Injury listEdit

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

Player Injury Expected return
Naitanui Knee Indefinite
Rioli Foot 5 weeks
Duggan Knee Test
Brayshaw Hip Test


  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.31
  2. Staff writers, The West Australian (13 April 2019), "Western Derby 49: West Coast Eagles beat Fremantle by 13 points":
  3. Brad Elborough, The Age (13 April 2019), "Eagles put the Dockers away to claim three on the trot":
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