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West Coast v Geelong
Round 9, 2020
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Naitanui dominated the ruck. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Sat, 1 August 2020 (6.10pm WST)
Attendance
26,211
Result
Won by 9
Score
WCE 11.7.73 - 10.4.64 GEE
Brownlow
3 D.Sheed (WCE)
2 N.Naitanui (WCE)
1 T.Stewart (GEE)
Ladder
4th
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West Coast came from behind to overrun the Cats, winning their fifth straight match and replacing Geelong in the top four. The Eagles were lacklustre early and trailed by as much as 21 points early in the second half, but rode a Nic Naitanui ruck master-class and three final-term goals by the in-form Josh Kennedy to sneak ahead in the dying stages. Naitanui had 34 hitouts and Dom Sheed recorded a team-high 24 possessions and kept West Coast in the game early with two first-half goals.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 3.0.18 4.2.26 7.6.48 11.7.73
Geelong 4.0.24 7.0.42 9.2.56 10.4.64

Goals: Kennedy 4, Darling, Sheed 2, Ah Chee, Cripps, Ryan

Best: Kennedy, Naitanui, Sheed, Yeo, Kelly, Shuey

Injuries: Edwards (concussion)

Milestones: Edwards AFL debut

Jumper: Home, blue shorts

Named sides[]

West Coast Geelong
B: 14.Duggan 37.Barrass 25.Hurn B: 42.O'Connor 46.Blicavs 8.Kolodjashnij
HB: 5.Sheppard 42.Edwards 28.Cole HB: 38.Henry 7.Taylor 44.Stewart
C: 4.Sheed 11.Kelly 3.Gaff C: 27.Menegola 35.Dangerfield 13.Fogarty
HF: 15.Cripps 27.Darling 39.Cameron HF: 22.Duncan 26.Hawkins 32.Miers
F: 2.Waterman 17.Kennedy 1.Ryan F: 37.Simpson 23.Rohan 45.Close
R: 9.Naitanui 6.Yeo 13.Shuey R: 17.Ratugolea 29.C.Guthrie 3.Parfitt
I: 12.Allen 30.Nelson 33.Ainsworth I: 24.Bews 25.Henderson 18.Constable
41.Ah Chee 2.Tuohy
E: 32.Williams 35.Rotham 24.X.O'Neill E: 34.Parsons 15.Kreuger 29.Z.Guthrie
46.Reid 12.Stephens

In: Ah Chee, Edwards

Out: Redden (quad), Rotham

New: Harry Edwards (Swan Districts/Mazenod College)

Quarter by quarter[]

Both sides went in as named. The game was played under lights in fine conditions.

Club Champion votes[]

[1]

Kennedy 15 Sheppard 8
Naitanui 15 Barrass 7
Duggan 14 Cole 7
Kelly 14 Nelson 7
Sheed 12 Gaff 6
Shuey 12 Waterman 6
Yeo 12 Allen 5
Darling 11 Ah Chee 4
Cripps 9 Ainsworth 4
Hurn 9 Cameron 2
Ryan 8 Edwards 2

From the coach[]

"We really, really rate Geelong. The way they play has troubled us in the past. They’ve touched us up plenty of times the last four or five times we’ve played them. We knew what kind of game was in front of us, just dealing with it and the way they play was always going to be a challenge. As the game went on we got more understanding of what we needed to do. We owned field position in the second half, we just couldn’t convert, they were just too good defensively. It would have been a good game to watch. It was a good game to be a part of.

Nic was special, but we all know that don’t we. Geelong missing a ruckman helps us. We’e played a couple of sides this year dealing with some height issues, but Nic’s form all year has been first-class. He’s had a pretty good look at a pre-season and obviously with the disruption we all went through he’s got better every week. He delivered tonight but he’s been delivering for a long time.

"...Our backs in general have all stood up and there is youth coming through with Duggan, Cole and Nelson, along with Harry (Edwards). It was probably our youngest side we’ve played for four or five years tonight. Keeping an eye on the growth and development of our squad is important and then our leaders have bought into our younger players. Tonight we’re in a good space, but the season is going up and down, up and down, so we realise there’s a bit of work to do still."[2]

From the papers[]

The West Australian[]

"The Eagles dominated territory in the second half as they set about reeling in a 16-point halftime deficit, but needed someone to grab this game by the scruff of the neck. For the third week in a row, that man was Kennedy.

When Tom Hawkins kick Geelong’s fourth in a row in the second term, the margin had blown out to nearly four goals and the alarm bells were ringing for the Eagles.

A vital goal to the impressive Dom Sheed, his second, before half-time reduced the margin to a more manageable 16 points at the major break.

The Cats’ ascendancy had been helped by their perfect 7.0 in the first half but built on the way they were able to deny the Eagles their game with ferocious and sustained pressure."[3]

The Age[]

"West Coast surged in the second half after trailing by 21 points early in the third term when Zach Tuohy kicked his second of the night.

In response the Eagles tightened up their work at the contest - breaking from stoppages at will thanks to Nic Naitanui's deft taps and Luke Shuey's bursts - and tidied up their kicking efficiency.

They kicked three in response, including one late in the term to Brendon Ah Chee which was the spur they needed to really capitalise on their dominance in the term.

But the Cats hung around, with a goal minutes prior to Tom Hawkins and regretably, two set shot misses via Gary Rohan and Esava Ratugolea.[4]

Reserves[]

No reserves scrimmage was scheduled.

Injury list[]

In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:

Player Injury Expected return
Venables Concussion Season (placed on inactive list 4/3/20)
Watson Knee Indefinite
Rioli Suspension Indefinite
Petruccelle Hamstring 4-5 weeks
Vardy Ankle 1-2 weeks
McGovern Thumb Test
Ah Chee Back Test
M.O'Neill* Back Indefinite
Jones* Hamstring 1 week

References[]

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2020/091820200801.html

https://www.afl.com.au/matches/2828

  1. West Coast Eagles Yearbook 2020, p.34
  2. westcoasteagles.com.au (3 August 2020), "Round 9: Pressing questions": https://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/788337/round-9-pressing-questions
  3. The West Australian (1 August 2020), "West Coast hold off Geelong to claim fifth-straight win in classic at Optus Stadium": https://thewest.com.au/sport/afl/west-coast-hold-off-geelong-to-claim-fifth-straight-win-in-classic-at-optus-stadium-ng-b881626858z
  4. Anthony Colangelo, (1 August 2020), "Eagles swoop on battling Cats in a frantic contest": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/eagles-swoop-on-battling-cats-in-a-frantic-contest-20200801-p55hmn.html
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