West Coast v Melbourne
Round 7, 2009
LeCras kicked 4.6 and had a wrestle. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 10 May 2009 (2:40 PM WST)
Won by 8
WCE 12.18.90 - 13.4.82 MEL
3 M.LeCras (WCE)
2 N.Jones (MEL)
1 A.Selwood (WCE)

West Coast were given a scare by a determined Melbourne side, the Demons leading by 11 during the third quarter before four late goals (two to Mark LeCras) gave the Eagles a useful buffer heading into the final term. Once again West Coast squandered chances in front of goal, only recording an 8-point win despite having nearly twice as many scoring shots as their opponents. LeCras finished with four goals but also kicked six behinds, and Josh Kennedy took nine marks in his first game of the year but also wasted a couple of shots.

Summary[edit | edit source]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 2.4.16 7.7.49 11.12.78 12.18.90
Melbourne 1.1.7 7.3.45 10.3.63 13.4.82

Goals: LeCras 4, Hunter 2, Cockie, Cox, Masten, McKinley, McNamara, A.Selwood

Best: LeCras, Cox, A.Selwood, Embley, Kennedy, Wirrpanda, Glass

Injuries: Kerr (groin)

Named sides[edit | edit source]

West Coast Melbourne
B: Wirrpanda Glass Nicoski B: Frawley Warnock Petterd
HB: Hurn MacKenzie A.Selwood HB: Bruce Rivers Davey
C: Rosa Kerr Embley C: Bartram Sylvia McLean
HF: Cockie Kennedy Butler HF: Morton Dunn Robertson
F: LeCras Lynch McKinley F: Miller Martin Bate
R: Cox Priddis Masten R: Johnson Moloney McDonald
I: Hunter B.Jones McNamara I: Jones Maric Bennell
Spangher Grimes
E: Schofield S.Selwood Wilkes E: Jetta Newton Cheney

In: McNamara, Spangher, Kennedy

Out: Staker (hand), Brown (hamstring), Hansen

Late changes: S.Selwood, Schofield for Priddis (hamstring), MacKenzie (thigh)

From the papers[edit | edit source]

The Age[edit | edit source]

"Melbourne's 35 tackles to the Eagles' 20 at half-time was the perfect indicator of its workrate, with Dean Cox edging a willing Paul Johnson in the ruck, and Nathan Jones - and his head - shining like a beacon in Perth's afternoon sunshine.

At the heart of everything good the Demons did, it was Jones' influence that dragged Melbourne into a brief lead late in the first half, presenting Miller with three successive goals on a plate.

Trailing by four points and two players down at the main break, the Demons were still outsiders - but for most of the third quarter dominated possession, making the usually forgiving Eagle natives very restless indeed.

Jones' first and a second from the increasingly dangerous Russell Robertson brought the prospect of a horror loss looming into West Coast's view.

But the hulking presence of Quinten Lynch in the ruck gave the Eagles three successive clearances, which led to the goals that turned a two-goal deficit into a near three-goal lead that Melbourne just failed to reel in. "

Players in the WAFL[edit | edit source]

Round 8 (9 May)

Subiaco (Fletcher, Stenglein) v East Fremantle (Houlihan)

Perth (Smith, Sullivan) v Claremont (Swift, Stevenson, McGinnity, Wilkes, Bedford)

Swan Districts (Hansen, Naitanui, Notte, Davis) v East Perth

Peel (Ebert, J.Jones, Arrowsmith) v West Perth (Seaby)

Bye: South Fremantle

Injury list[edit | edit source]

In the lead-up to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:

Player Injury Expected duration
Waters Elbow Season On the LTI list, replaced by Davis 2/4/09
Staker Broken hand 6 weeks
Shuey Groin 4 weeks On the LTI list, replaced by Cockie 23/4/09
Kennedy Eye Available

Links[edit | edit source]


Tim Clarke, The Age (11 May 2009), "Battling Dees come up just short": http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac?page=1&sy=age&kw=mckinley+and+mcnamara+and+maric&pb=age&dt=selectRange&dr=entire&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=nrm&clsPage=1&docID=AGE090511O03EV47MFQE

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