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West Coast v Fremantle
Round 9, 2012
Glass with the Derby trophy. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Sun, 27 May 2012 (2:40 PM WST)
Won by 48
WCE 11.18.84 - 5.6.36 FRE
3 M.Rosa (WCE)
2 A.Gaff (WCE)
1 S.Hurn (WCE)

In the 35th Western Derby, the two arch-enemies played out a tight defensive first half, before West Coast broke the game open with five unanswered goals in the third quarter. The Eagles ran out 8-goal winners, in the process holding Fremantle to their lowest derby score. Glendinning Medal winner Matt Rosa had leather poisoning with 43 touches, while captain Darren Glass was superb marshaling the backline.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 0.4.4 2.8.20 7.14.56 11.18.84
Fremantle 1.1.7 3.2.20 3.3.21 5.6.36

Goals: Hill 3, Darling 2, Lynch, Naitanui, Priddis, Rosa, Schofield, Shuey

Best: Rosa, Glass, Shuey, Gaff, Waters, Hurn, Hill

Injuries: Butler (hamstring tightness)

Reports: Shuey for striking P.Duffield

Sub: Brennan for Butler (hamstring tightness) in the third quarter

Records: Fremantle lowest score vs WCE

Named side[]

West Coast Fremantle
B: 26.Butler 23.Glass 31.Schofield B: 41.Duffield 3.Dawson 6.Broughton
HB: 8.Waters 16.MacKenzie 25.Hurn HB: 37.Johnson 18.McPharlin 13.Mzungu
C: 24.Rosa 11.Priddis 3.Gaff C: 21.Barlow 15.Crowley 32.Hill
HF: 7.Masten 27.Darling 13.Shuey HF: 40.De Boer 23.Mayne 27.Neale
F: 20.Cox 21.Lynch 33.Hill F: 1.Ballantyne 29.Pavlich 30.Clarke
R: 9.Naitanui 10.S.Selwood 4.Kerr R: 31.Sandilands 16.Mundy 46.Pearce
I: 37.A.Selwood 35.McGinnity 5.Sheppard I: 47.Van Berlo 44.Crichton 36.Silvagni
34.Brennan 12.Griffin
E: 14.Stevens 43.Hams 29.Lycett E: 8.Suban 17.Crozier 34.Spurr

In: Priddis

Out: Stevens

Club Champion votes[]

Glass 25 McGinnity 17
Rosa 25 Darling 16
Hill 22 Butler 15
Waters 22 Cox 15
Gaff 21 Naitanui 15
MacKenzie 20 S.Selwood 15
Priddis 20 Kerr 12
Shuey 20 Schofield 12
Hurn 19 A.Selwood 11
Lynch 17 Sheppard 11
Masten 17 Brennan 5

From the coach[]

"It's hard to put a finger on that third quarter and the way the game opened up. It was a little bit about us being a bit smarter with the way we moved the ball forward and understanding that it's a real fine line whether you're going to get the ball inside 50 quick and be one-out as man-on-man, or if you're slow and they get a number back there pretty quick. It changes a lot of things. I thought in the third quarter they dealt with that pretty well.

"...We were aware that they may have changed up (after half-time) but the game was even so it was really about waiting to see what would unfold in the third quarter, so we were pretty happy playing as we were as the game was even but we had ten shots at goal to their five. We did feel that if that was the way the game panned out in the second half we were doing enough to be in front. So we were comfortable to keep going at that.

"...The third quarter and how we started and then ramped it up, and really kept the pressure on, was a very good quarter for us, but we've had a lot of very good quarters this year. So our aim as a group is to be able to play with the same intensity but also smart football over as long as possible period as we can. Over four quarters today was up there with our best this year."[1]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"Before the floodgates washed away Fremantle's fight and spirit, it was a nil-all draw early in the game as they failed to take opportunities despite dominating the first five minutes of play.

The Dockers locked the ball in their forward line but couldn't find access to goal.

Ballantyne broke the drought at the 14-minute mark with a goal on the run, but if goals are regarded as highlights, this was the only one for the opening term.

The momentum shifted midway through the term, but West Coast struggled to crack the defensive code set by Lyon's Dockers."[2]


"A point to Michael Barlow midway through the term was Fremantle’s only score in the third quarter as Darling and Josh Hill (two) sealed victory for West Coast by the start of the final change.

Eagles fans were also on their feet as Naitanui pulled down a high-flying grab to rival that taken by Melbourne’s Jeremy Howe last weekend.

Quinten Lynch added his name to scoresheet within 30 seconds of the restart for the final quarter before Hill and Rosa heaped more misery on the Dockers.

It took a fortuitous intercept from Matt de Boer to give the purple army something to cheer about for the first time to since the 13-minute mark of the second term."[3]

WAFL results[]

There was a general bye in the WAFL as a representative team played South Australia at Adelaide Oval

Injury list[]

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

Player Injury Expected duration
LeCras Knee Season
Kennedy Ankle 9 weeks
Embley Shoulder 8 weeks
Nicoski Hamstring 6 weeks
Dalziell Knee 4-5 weeks
Priddis Concussion Test




  1. The West Australian (28 May 2012, p.GAM16), "Word for word"
  2. Ray Wilson, The West Australian (28 May 2012, p.GAM8), "Eagles derail Lyon's game plan"
  3. Michael Washbourne, PerthNow (27 May 2012), "West Coast's second-half blitz sinks Fremantle in Western Derby XXXV": http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/afl/west-coasts-second-half-blitz-sinks-fremantle-in-western-derby-xxxv/news-story/560136a454ba6b05e165b1ca8c09e86a