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Richmond v West Coast
Round 8, 1997
The banner for McKenna's 200th. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Mon, 19 May 1997 (7:40 PM EST)
Lost by 52
RIC 18.11.119 - 9.13.67 WCE
3 P.Broderick (RIC)
2 M.Gale (RIC)
1 W.Campbell (RIC)

Guy McKenna became the first Eagle to 200 games but West Coast put in a poor showing to mark the occasion, falling to the struggling Tigers after managing just a solitary goal in the first half. Brett Heady topped the possession count with 33 and Chris Lewis kicked three third-quarter goals as the Eagles improved the scoreboard.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
Richmond 4.2.26 12.4.76 15.10.100 18.11.119
West Coast 1.4.10 1.8.14 5.11.41 9.13.67

Goals: Lewis 3, Donnelly 2, Ball, Gehrig, Ph.Matera, Schofield

Best: Lewis, Morrison, Jakovich, Heady

Injuries: Lovell (knee), McKenna (blurred vision), Worsfold (corked thigh)

Reports: Gehrig for charging P.Bulluss

Milestones: McKenna 200th game

Named sides[]

West Coast Richmond
B: 36.Hart 11.McIntosh 17.McKenna B: 30.Bourke 41.Turner 3.Kellaway
HB: 24.Worsfold 50.Turnbull 27.Jakovich HB: 2.Gaspar 21.Bulluss 11.Bowden
C: 30.Pe.Matera 44.Wirrpanda 1.Heady C: 1.M.Gale 17.Broderick 22.Bower
HF: 5.Lovell 7.Gehrig 29.Donnelly HF: 8.Merenda 25.B.Gale 7.Prescott
F: 35.Cousins 26.Ball 33.Ph.Matera F: 10.Daffy 16.Holland 26.Nichols
R: 14.Grgic 6.Banfield 28.Lewis R: 15.Charles 35.Bond 9.Campbell
I: 42.Morrison 21.Schofield 16.Symmons I: 5.Tape 27.Funcke 40.Chaffey
E: 18.Evans 13.Wooden 25.Spinks E: 6.Naish 37.Ryan 34.Thompson

In: Wirrpanda

Out: Kemp (knee)

Late change: Wooden for Banfield (groin)

From the papers[]

The Age[]

"West Coast looked good early, with the old guard of Chris Lewis, Peter Matera and Brett Heady in reasonable touch. Jason Ball was also dangerous and he served early notice with a towering mark and goal. A few minutes later he pulled down another mark just five metres out but, inexplicably, the kick sailed wide. And for about the next 50 minutes, he was made to pay.

Campbell, Broderick and Ashley Prescott began winning the ball under pressure, and in a fashion that would have brought tears of joy to the eyes of that famous old Tiger coach, Tom Hafey, they didn't mess about and just bombed it long.

Richmond's taller forwards - Justin Charles, David Bourke and Paul Bulluss - all snared first-quarter goals, but in the second it was the turn of the smaller players, in particular the 18-year-old Bowden, who gave Heady the mother of all hidings in that term.

Also making West Coast pay was Tiger wingman Nathan Bower, who in his first match back from a knee reconstruction ran off Matera time and again. Bower booted two goals for the quarter and credit went to Walls for swapping Michael Gale with Bower in the second term."[1]


Round 8 (17 May)

South Fremantle (Sumich, Clifton) vs Perth (Spinks)

West Perth (Blurton, Fewster, Smoker, Webb) vs Swan Districts

Claremont (Evans, Marshall, Gardiner) vs Peel (Cummings)

East Perth vs East Fremantle

Bye: Subiaco



  1. Ashley Browne, The Age (19 May 1997, p.B8), "Richmond crushes the Eagles"