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Hawthorn v West Coast
Round 7, 2005
Lynch juggles a mark. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 8 May 2005 (1:10 PM EST)
Won by 19
WCE 14.12.96 - 12.5.77 HAW
3 C.Fletcher (WCE)
2 L.Hodge (HAW)
1 D.Cox (WCE)

With a rare win in Tasmania, West Coast recorded their seventh straight victory to start the season, the club's best start since 1991. This one was a hard-fought affair, with Hawthorn kicking a pair of goals to bring the margin back to just three points at the start of the final quarter. The Eagles steadied with four straight goals in quick succession to put the result beyond doubt. Ben Cousins put a controversial week (full of scrutiny over his off-field mates) behind him to pick up 25 possessions, and Dean Cox won his dual with Hawk ruckman Peter Everitt.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Hawthorn 3.3.21 5.3.33 8.3.51 12.5.77
West Coast 2.5.17 7.7.49 10.8.68 14.12.96

Goals: Hansen 3, Cox, Lynch 2, Embley, Fletcher, Hunter, B.Jones, Judd, Kerr, Stenglein

Best: Fletcher, Cox, Hunter, Cousins, Stenglein, Judd

Injuries: Wirrpanda (thigh)

Reports: Hunter for striking M.Williams, Matera for striking M.Osborne, Lynch for striking C.Brown

Named sides[]

West Coast Hawthorn
B: 44.Wirrpanda 23.Glass 6.Banfield B: 33.Thurgood 3.Hay 30.Brown
HB: 17.Chick 39.Hunter 5.Stenglein HB: 15.Hodge 24.Croad 11.Smith
C: 4.Kerr 9.Cousins 10.Braun C: 21.Vandenberg 5.Mitchell 40.Lewis
HF: 16.Adkins 29.Hansen 28.Sampi HF: 9.Crawford 19.Dixon 7.Osborne
F: 32.Embley 21.Lynch 33.Matera F: 6.Williams 1.Everitt 14.Miller
R: 20.Cox 3.Judd 7.Fletcher R: 43.Taylor 10.Bateman 25.Clarke
I: 41.Staker 37.Selwood 31.Nicoski I: 8.Jacobs 16.Ries 12.Lonie
38.B.Jones 38.Franklin
E: 26.Butler 48.Graham 25.McConnell E: 20.Beaumont 28.Sewell 17.Brennan

In: Kerr, Staker, Nicoski

Out: Gardiner (knee), Seaby (hamstring), Butler

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"Centre hit-outs were a close-fought duel but Cox's ability to kick two goals - the second a match-sealing 55m effort after bounding and bouncing the ball through the middle of the ground - gave him the honours over Spider.

Fletcher stood toe-to-toe with Sam Mitchell for three quarters and although Mitchell did not lag far behind in possessions, Fletcher had the edge in effectiveness.

Tagger Tim Clarke was thrown on to Fletcher for the final term and though the Hawks surged, they did not have the legs to pull off the win.

Those legs had been spent in Alastair Clarkson's exhausting game plan which required keeping many players behind the ball and sprinting forward when they got possession."[1]

The Age[]

"Cousins did not escape lightly. There were the words spoken, and there was the booing of the crowd. There was the close tag in Hawthorn skipper Richie Vandenberg, who ran with him all day. Once, Vandenberg cannoned into him on the boundary line and sent him crashing out of play. He got up without so much as a blink and jogged away.

If his decision-making outside the arena can be questioned, at least he is on firm ground out on the turf. After a quiet first half, he burst into the game in the third quarter, ripping the ball out of the stoppages and sprinting into open space, having 12 disposals for the term. Once, he found himself under a high ball in the defensive 50-metre zone and he knew it was his turn to go. He went unflinchingly, took the mark and copped the hit.

Coach John Worsfold rated him "probably close to our best player", although there were others - notably the ball-magnet Chad Fletcher - who were better. But Cousins, who had been in some observers' eyes best afield in each of West Coast's previous three matches, was superb nonetheless."[2]

Players in the WAFL[]

Round 8 (6-7 May)

Subiaco (Wooden) vs East Perth

Perth (McDougall, Butler) vs Peel (Rosa, Thornton)

South Fremantle (Graham) vs Claremont (R.Jones, Morton, Wilkes)

Swan Districts (Edwards) vs West Perth (LeCras, Sharp)

Bye: East Fremantle

Injury list[]

In the lead-up to the round the following players were listed as injured:

Player Injury Expected duration
Smith Knee Season
Gaspar Foot Indefinite
Waters Groin 11 weeks
Beeck Finger 6 weeks (On LTI list, replaced by Graham)
Kerr Calf Test
Fletcher Concussion Test
Gardiner Knee TBA
Seaby Hamstring TBA



  1. David Reed, The West Australian (9 May 2005, p.GAM4), "Cat among the birds sinks Hawks"
  2. Martin Blake, The Age (9 May 2005), "Cousins finds a haven to do what he does best": http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac?page=1&sy=age&kw=hansen+and+stenglein+and+dixon&pb=age&dt=selectRange&dr=entire&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=nrm&clsPage=1&docID=AGE050509N71F6NVIIHH