West Coast v Adelaide
Round 6, 2020
Naitanui battles with O'Brien. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sat, 11 July 2020 (3.05pm EST)
Won by 33
WCE 10.7.67 - 5.4.34 ADL

West Coast comfortably defeated the winless Crows in the club's final game before heading home from the Queensland hub. At the neutral Gabba venue, the Eagles were well held by Adelaide before breaking the game open with three quick goals at the start of the second half. Tim Kelly led his new side with 25 possessions and eight clearances and Elliot Yeo added 21 touches and five tackles.

Summary[edit | edit source]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 2.3.15 4.4.28 8.7.55 10.7.67
Adelaide 1.1.7 2.1.13 3.3.21 5.4.34

Goals: Darling 2, Ah Chee, Ainsworth, Allen, Cripps, Kennedy, Naitanui, Redden, Ryan

Best: Kelly, Sheed, Redden, Yeo, Allen, McGovern

Injuries: Nil

Records: Adelaide lowest score v WCE

Named sides[edit | edit source]

West Coast Adelaide
B: 25.Hurn 37.Barrass 5.Sheppard B: 16.Brown 12.Talia 15.Hartigan
HB: 28.Cole 20.McGovern 14.Duggan HB: 29.Laird 35.McAsey 17.Hamill
C: 3.Gaff 6.Yeo 15.Cripps C: 9.Sloane 5.M.Crouch 33.Smith
HF: 2.Waterman 27.Darling 8.Redden HF: 1.Jones 22.Frampton 27.Lynch
F: 1.Ryan 17.Kennedy 41.Ah Chee F: 18.Stengle 23.McAdam 25.McHenry
R: 9.Naitanui 4.Sheed 11.Kelly R: 43.O'Brien 2.B.Crouch 28.Keays
I: 12.Allen 30.Nelson 33.Ainsworth I: 8.Kelly 14.Mackay 36.McPherson
39.Cameron 39.Doedee
E: 21.Petruccelle 22.Brayshaw 32.Williams E: 10.Poholke 11.Seedsman 34.Himmelberg
35.Rotham 45.Strachan

In: Ainsworth, Cameron

Out: Shuey (hamstring), Jones (suspension)

Quarter by quarter[edit | edit source]

Both sides went in as named. The match was played in fine conditions at the neutral Gabba venue.

From the coach[edit | edit source]

"A bit like all the games at the moment, pretty scrappy. I thought we defended pretty well after the first 15 minutes and we got good field position from our mids and clearances. Tim Kelly is building into his season and I thought he was one of our best. We probably just missed opportunities to score when we had that much supply, so we need to work on our entries. But that’s a great problem; I’ll take that any day of the week.

"...We’ve had good supply the last two weeks. There are not many teams capitalising on their field position; it just seems to be quite dirty footy at the moment. Maybe we’re all victims of having so much time off and we lose that connection training in eights and those sorts of things. We’ve got to find a way to connect a bit better with our forwards. But like I said that’s a really good problem to have. Team defence is the one thing we focused on today and I thought that was okay for us.

"...Nic plays on the edge. I think we were all thinking "you’ve poked the bear". I think he’s been in really good form. He’s held up his end for every game, so he’s having a good year and he’s connecting well with our mids and giving them good supply. Oscar I thought held up his end as well."[1]

From the papers[edit | edit source]

The West Australian[edit | edit source]

"At his best, Kelly is a direct player who knows the shortest way to goal is in a straight line and there was no greater example than in the third term.

The Geelong recruit won the clearance and then raced forward to gather his own kick, handballing to Jack Redden who slotted a running goal.

Selflessness was the theme of the quarter as West Coast turned it on to showcase their best football of the hub on its final day.

The sense of team was emphasised when Oscar Allen immediately apologised to teammate Jamie Cripps for marking his shot on the goal line.

And it was underlined again when Liam Ryan desperately sprinted to keep the ball alive for Jack Darling, who kicked his second goal and become the game’s only multiple goal kicker."[2]

The Age[edit | edit source]

"From the outset, Adelaide got out of the blocks nicely with a goal from Tom Lynch after less than two minutes. But the Eagles settled, finding their feet to establish their advantage by quarter-time.

Naitanui was putting his stamp on the match and his solitary major – at the 18-minute mark – was also West Coast's first.

Big guns Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy slotted the first two goals of the second term and the 2018 premiers had jumped to a 20-point break. At that point, West Coast looked solid but Chayce Jones slotted one for the Crows to keep them in touch at the main break.

Despite Adelaide's predicament, there's always a silver lining. The Crows outscored the Eagles in the final quarter, albeit marginally, to soften the blow. Adelaide fans also witnessed a solid display from first-year player and high draft pick Fisher McAsey, who kept trying at both ends of the ground."[3]

Reserves[edit | edit source]

West Coast's squad played a scratch match against Brisbane. Few details were available, but it was later reported that Jack Petruccelle had suffered a serious hamstring injury late in the match.

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

Injury list[edit | edit source]

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 2-3 weeks
Shuey Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Brander Hip Test
M.O'Neill* Back Indefinite
Jones* Hamstring 2-3 weeks

References[edit | edit source]


  1. westcoasteagles.com.au (13 July 2020), "Round 6: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/742488/round-6-pressing-questions
  2. Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (11 July 2020), "West Coast Eagles run out 33-point winners over Adelaide Crows ahead of WA return": https://thewest.com.au/sport/afl/west-coast-eagles-run-out-33-point-winners-over-adelaide-crows-ahead-of-wa-return-ng-b881605853z
  3. Scott Spits, The Age (11 July 2020), "Advantage West Coast: Eagles add to Crows' woes": theage.com.au/sport/afl/advantage-west-coast-eagles-add-to-crows-woes-20200711-p55b62.html
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