West Coast won a record tenth straight Derby, overcoming a shaky start to control play throughout the second and third terms en route to a 30-point victory. In front of a restricted-capacity crowd of mostly Fremantle fans, the Eagles held the home side scoreless in the third quarter and to just seven scoring shots for the match. In his 250th AFL game, Josh Kennedy won a third Glendinning-Allan Medal for his four-goal haul, and defenders Brad Sheppard and Jackson Nelson each tallied 23 possessions.
Summary[edit | edit source]
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Goals: Kennedy 4, Darling, Waterman 2, Cameron
Best: Kennedy, Sheppard, Nelson, Kelly, Yeo, Waterman
Milestones: Kennedy 250th AFL game
Named sides[edit | edit source]
Late change: Ainsworth for Shuey (hamstring)
Quarter by quarter[edit | edit source]
West Coast was forced to replace skipper Shuey, who failed to recover from his hamstring injury in time. The match was played in clear but chilly conditions.
From the coach[edit | edit source]
From the papers[edit | edit source]
The West Australian[edit | edit source]
"There was nothing separating the teams mid-way through the second term when some of West Coast’s cream decided it was time to do some separating.
Kennedy kicked his second with a left-foot snap and it set the scene for Elliot Yeo and Tim Kelly to do what they do best, winning centre clearances, which set up goals for Jarrod Cameron and Jake Waterman.
In the blink of an eye, the margin had blown out to 20 points, though Michael Waters decided he could get in on the act and answered with a clearance of his own to set up Rory Lobb.
The Eagles led by 15 points at the major break, with five clearances each to Yeo and ruckman Nic Naitanui being a big reason for that ascendancy against a more even Freo midfield effort."
The Age[edit | edit source]
"Fremantle began the better of the two sides but a three-goal flurry in 90 seconds of playing time toward the end of the second term opened up a gap between the sides, before a polished third-term effort put the game beyond doubt.
In that third term the Eagles had 16 inside 50s to their opponents four. The wall of Eagles - the one that helped deliver a premiership in 2018 - led by Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard and Jeremy McGovern marked and spoiled everything Freo threw their way.
At the other end of the field Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling were irresistible targets while Elliot Yeo, Tim Kelly, Andrew Gaff and Jack Redden turned the screws on West Coast's comparatively lightweight engine room.
Fremantle began the final term with a quick goal to Rory Lobb and then two bad misses - to Lobb and Matt Taberner - which excited the majority of the 25,306 fans at Optus Stadium, although Kennedy won a free kick near goal and converted to snuff out that challenge."
Reserves[edit | edit source]
With West Coast and Fremantle players in state-ordered quarantine, no reserves scrimmage was organised.
Injury list[edit | edit source]
In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:
|Venables||Concussion||Season||(placed on inactive list 4/3/20)|
|Hutchings||IT band||2 weeks|
|Brander||Hip||TBA||(not on official list)|
References[edit | edit source]
- Braden Quartermaine, The West Australian (19 July 2020), "Josh Kennedy helps West Coast win record 10th straight western derby over rivals Fremantle": https://thewest.com.au/sport/afl/josh-kennedy-helps-west-coast-win-record-10th-straight-western-derby-over-rivals-fremantle-ng-b881613827z
- Anthony Colangelo, The Age (19 July 2020), "Eagles sound warning with crushing Derby win": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/eagles-sound-warning-with-crushing-derby-win-20200719-p55dha.html
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