Geelong v West Coast
Round 6, 2019
Sheppard attempts to spoil. Photo:
Sun, 29 April 2019 (4.40pm EST)
Lost by 58
GEE 15.14.104 - 7.4.46 WCE
3 G.Ablett (GEE)
2 P.Dangerfield (GEE)
1 G.Rohan (GEE)

West Coast's run of horror form continued with a thrashing at the hands of the Cats in Geelong. The home side looked ominous early with seven goals in the first term, and extended their lead at every break as the Eagles were unable to get themselves involved in the play. Tom Hickey, playing as his side's sole ruckman, impressed with 25 possessions and 32 hitouts, and Jeremy McGovern was resolute in defence.

Summary[edit | edit source]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Geelong 7.1.43 8.6.54 12.11.83 15.14.104
West Coast 2.1.13 3.3.21 5.3.33 7.4.46

Goals: Kennedy 2, O.Allen, Hickey, Masten, Petruccelle, Yeo

Best: Gaff, Yeo, McGovern, Hurn, Hickey

Injuries: Ryan (cut head)

Reports: Cole for misconduct against G.Miers

Named sides[edit | edit source]

West Coast Geelong
B: 25.Hurn 31.Schofield 5.Sheppard B: 8.Kolodjashnij 38.Henry 44.Stewart
HB: 14.Duggan 20.McGovern 23.Jetta HB: 46.Blicavs 7.Taylor 42.O'Connor
C: 7.Masten 13.Shuey 3.Gaff C: 11.Kelly 32.Dangerfield 22.Duncan
HF: 4.Sheed 27.Darling 34.Hutchings HF: 40.Dahlhaus 17.Ratugolea 26.Hawkins
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 15.Cripps F: 4.Ablett 23.Rohan 30.Atkins
R: 16.Hickey 6.Yeo 18.Venables R: 1.Stanley 14.J.Selwood 29.C.Guthrie
I: 10.Brander 12.O.Allen 21.Petruccelle I: 27.Menegola 2.Tuohy 18.Constable
28.Cole 32.Miers
E: 2.Waterman* 19.Vardy 35.Rotham E: 28.Fort 39.Z.Guthrie 45.Abbott
45.Smith 34.Parsons

In: Venables, Brander

Out: Redden (leg), Vardy

(*Waterman replaced Redden in the extended squad)

Quarter by quarter[edit | edit source]

Both sides went in as named. The game was played in fine and clear conditions.

Club Champion votes[edit | edit source]


Hickey 10 Duggan 1
Hurn 11 Ryan 1
McGovern 10 Brander 0
Hutchings 6 Cole 0
Kennedy 5 Cripps 0
Sheppard 4 Darling 0
Shuey 4 Gaff 0
Yeo 3 Petruccelle 0
Allen 2 Schofield 0
Jetta 2 Sheed 0
Masten 2 Venables 0

From the coach[edit | edit source]

"We've had "one of those nights" for two weeks, we're just ... We can't play our way if we can't win the ball. Unfortunately we were outplayed again around the contest. It's very hard to identify what style we're playing at the moment if we can't win the footy.

"...I thought we prepared pretty well, we've got some younger players in our front half which have shown some pretty good signs, but tonight was a poor night for almost everyone, I think. Hickey was pretty good for us in the ruck, we tried something a little bit different with our ruck structure, that was developing which is pleasing for us. I thought Gov held on as long as he could. But outside of that, Shannon Hurn maybe? Take your pick about what was disappointing, but we really can't do anything if we don't win the ball. The contest, and ahead of the play we couldn't win a contest. We can't lock it in our front half. There is a lot of work to do, so I'm not going to sugar-coat anything.

"...I'm just trying to work out now whether it's the dynamics in the front half or it's the supply. Give us 50-plus inside 50s, then we can probably rate our forwards a bit more. Having said that, every time it came in tonight Geelong were red-hot. They had a really good way of playing. We weren't surprised by too much, they just played their way. Executed extremely well, looked clean, looked tough, were very well-organised, well-coached. We couldn't match them."

From the papers[edit | edit source]

The West Australian[edit | edit source]

"Ablett and former Swan Gary Rohan were the dominant figures in a first-quarter onslaught by the home side.

Rohan had three goals by quarter-time, two of them from pinpoint passes by Ablett who had 10 disposals - all of them effective - in the opening half-hour.

After a largely forgettable second quarter with just one goal kicked by each team, normal service resumed in the third term, with the Cats extending their lead to a game-high 58 points at the final siren.

Rohan led the Cats’ goalscorers with four and impressive spearhead Tom Hawkins had three goals and 18 possessions."[2]

The Age[edit | edit source]

"Gary Rohan kicked three goals in the first quarter and Tom Hawkins two in the same period as the Eagles struggled to contain the clean and fast ball movement while Esava Ratugolea returned to form after a quiet fortnight.

However it was Ablett who set the tone with perfect ball use, not only kicking two goals but using the ball with maximum efficiency as he grabbed 28 disposals.

Whenever the master went near the ball the Cats soon found themselves in a better position as he twisted, turned and then deposited the ball into a teammate's grateful hands.

The Cats' defensive pressure was several notches higher than the Eagles with many West Coast players struggling to make a contribution with only the obvious ball winners Andrew Gaff and Luke Shuey providing any drive while captain Shannon Hurn and ruckman Tom Hickey battled hard."[3]

Reserves[edit | edit source]

Round 4 (27 April)

West Coast upset ladder-leading Claremont in a close tussle, with the Eagles going well ahead at quarter-time before two lean quarters saw the Tigers threaten to run away, and then fighting back in the last to take the lead and hold off the home side in the dying stages. Young midfielder Hamish Brayshaw had a team-high 28 possessions and Jackson Nelson tallied 25 from half-back, but the Eagles lost Francis Watson to an AC joint injury shortly after half-time.

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Claremont 2.1.13 7.5.47 9.7.61 11.9.75
West Coast 7.1.43 7.3.45 8.5.53 12.5.77

Goals: Waterman, Williams 3, McInnes 2, M.Allen, Brayshaw, Brooksby, Grey

Best: Grey, Brooksby, Nelson, M.Allen, Rotham

Injuries: Watson (AC joint)

Named side:

West Coast
B: 38.Mutimer 42.Edwards 26.Watson
HB: 30.Nelson 46.Riach 51.Fisher
C: 22.Brayshaw 41.Ah Chee 33.Ainsworth
HF: 43.M.Allen 2.Waterman 29.Foley
F: 32.Williams 36.McInnes 39.Cameron
R: 40.Brooksby 11.Grey 24.O'Neill
I : 52.Acres 64.Curnow 56.Hug
E: 59.Ashman 62.Cary 54.Coe

In: Waterman, Acres, Robilliard

Out: Brander, Smith, Venables (AFL)

Late changes: Rotham, Vardy for Acres, Curnow

New: Liam Robilliard (Scarborough)

Injury list[edit | edit source]

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

Player Injury Expected return
Naitanui Knee Indefinite
Barrass Foot TBC
Rioli Foot 4 weeks
Waterman Hamstring Test

References[edit | edit source]

  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2019, p.33
  2. The West Australian (28 April 2019), "Cat nap: Sloppy West Coast Eagles belted by 58 points in Geelong":
  3. Peter Ryan, The Age (28 May 2019), "Geelong race one game clear on top after thrashing West Coast":
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