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West Coast v Sydney
Round 5, 2020
Redden in action. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sat, 4 July 2020 (1.45pm EST)
Won by 34
WCE 11.11.77 - 6.7.43 SYD
3 E.Yeo (WCE)
2 O.Allen (WCE)
1 N.Naitanui (WCE)

West Coast overcame poor form, a late fixture change and the early loss of skipper Luke Shuey to record a comfortable win over Sydney on the Gold Coast and take a step towards getting their season back on track. With Sydney missing their regular ruckmen, the Eagles took advantage of a dominant display by Nic Naitanui to control the midfield, kicking away in the second half to run out 34-point victors. Dom Sheed led the way with 24 disposals and recalled youngster Oscar Allen kicked a career-high three goals, while Naitanui recorded 39 hitouts.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 3.1.19 5.4.34 8.9.57 11.11.77
Sydney 3.3.21 4.5.29 5.6.36 6.7.43

Goals: Allen 3, Cripps, Darling, Waterman 2, Ryan, Sheed

Best: Yeo, Naitanui, Sheed, Allen, Waterman, Sheppard

Injuries: Shuey (hamstring), Jones (hamstring)

Reports: Redden for striking J.Kennedy

Jumper: Indigenous, blue shorts

Named sides[]

West Coast Sydney
B: 25.Hurn 37.Barrass 14.Duggan B: 14.Mills 24.Rampe 43.Melican
HB: 30.Nelson 20.McGovern 5.Sheppard HB: 44.Lloyd 36.Aliir 34.Dawson
C: 3.Gaff 11.Kelly 4.Sheed C: 7.Cunningham 26.Parker 13.Florent
HF: 15.Cripps 27.Darling 8.Redden HF: 5.Heeney 22.Blakey 9.Hayward
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 41.Ah Chee F: 25.Ronke 11.Papley 15.Gray
R: 9.Naitanui 6.Yeo 13.Shuey R: 41.McLean 12.Kennedy 8.Rowbottom
I: 12.Allen 28.Cole 47.Jones I: 29.Hewett 27.McInerney 38.O'Riordan
2.Waterman 4.Clarke
E: 33.Ainsworth 35.Rotham 42.Edwards E: 42.Fox 16.Foot 1.Warner
32.Williams 28.Taylor

In: McGovern, Waterman, Allen, Nelson

Out: Schofield (suspension), Brander (hip), Hickey, Jetta

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named. The match was played in fine and sunny conditions.

Club Champion votes[]


Naitanui 15 Sheppard 9
Yeo 15 McGovern 8
Allen 14 Darling 7
Duggan 14 Hurn 7
Sheed 13 Kelly 7
Redden 12 Kennedy 7
Gaff 11 Nelson 7
Waterman 11 Jones 6
Barrass 10 Ah Chee 5
Cripps 10 Ryan 5
Cole 9 Shuey 3

From the coach[]

"Yeah, it was good (to break the losing streak). Obviously we've been missing that (feeling) for three weeks. Good intensity, pressure on the game, field position through the contest, all the basic stuff that it's where the game is at the moment. We probably didn't adjust ... well, we didn't adjust. Effort overall was there. I thought our younger players who we brought in were really important for the spirit and passion for the game. Jakey Waterman, Oscar Allen, Jones, Duggan, Nelson, Cole, that’s a glimpse of hopefully our future as we keep transitioning. Tim Kelly and the younger crew coming through I thought they all played their part today, which is really important for us.

"...One thing you do when you've got a dominant ruck (against you) is you know you're going to lose the hit-out and you can plan around that. Sydney are pros and they did it really well, particularly Kennedy. Eventually the boys worked it out and I thought we had some pretty good presence from centre bounce clearances. That's been the one positive for most of the year. I think we've been OK from centre bounce clearances, we just haven't had any result from them.

"I don't know what he had for minutes but Nic is an important player for us. It's always a balance between shorter minutes and intensity, or longer minutes and perhaps a bit more consistent dominance. With Oscar second-rucking, Oscar kicking three (goals) was really important for us as well, so I thought he played his part. We've been searching a bit for that continuity (in the ruck), so hopefully Nic can keep holding up his end. He's been exceptional up here, every game he is trying his hardest."[2]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"Up against part-timer Aliir Aliir, Eagles superstar Nic Naitanui had a field day in the ruck, notching 39 hitouts to Aliir’s five.

Midfielder Elliot Yeo shrugged off his indifferent form in recent weeks to stand tall in the absence of Shuey, picking up 21 disposals, 12 of them contested.

There was also impressive efforts by the Eagles’ generation next with Oscar Allen kicking three goals while Jake Waterman booted two majors including a 55m drop punt after the first quarter siren which gave West Coast a big boost.

Jack Darling and Jamie Cripps also found some form with two goals each to leave Simpson relieved after the match."[3]

The Age[]

"Sydney tried to play with dash and dare early in the game, playing on when possible and using the ball through the corridor to maximise their attacks. The Swans had three of the first four goals on the board, but it was their risk taking through the middle that saw them turn the ball over and cough up a goal to Jake Waterman on the quarter-time siren.

The Eagles talls proved a handful for Sydney, with Oscar Allen (three goals), Waterman (two) and Jack Darling (two) sharing in the spoils. Swans tall McLean was their only multiple goal kicker with two majors, while Melican ended the day on the sidelines with a groin injury."[4]


West Coast's squad played a scratch match against Gold Coast at Carrara.

Appearing for West Coast: Brayshaw, Cameron, Edwards, Foley, Hickey, Jamieson, Johnson, X.O'Neill, Petruccelle, Reid, Rotham, Schofield, Treacy, Vardy, Watson, Williams.

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Venables Concussion Season (placed on inactive list 4/3/20)
Rioli Suspension Indefinite
Hutchings IT band 4 weeks
Schofield Suspension 1 week
McGovern Ankle Test
Johnson Shoulder Test
Jamieson Shoulder Available
M.O'Neill* Back Indefinite




  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2020, p.30
  2. westcoasteagles.com.au (6 July 2020), "Round 5: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/738546/round-5-pressing-questions
  3. The West Australian (4 July 2020), "West Coast overcome loss of captain Luke Shuey to beat Sydney on Gold Coast": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/west-coast-overcome-loss-of-captain-luke-shuey-to-beat-sydney-on-gold-coast-ng-b881598833z
  4. Damien Ractliffe, The Age (4 July 2020), "West Coast finds winning edge over Sydney Swans": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/west-coast-find-winning-edge-over-sydney-swans-20200704-p5590k.html