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West Coast vs Western Bulldogs

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Round: 8   Venue: Subiaco Oval   Date: Fri, 12-05-2017 6:10 pm   Crowd: 38,934  
West Coast 4.2.268.6.549.10.649.15.69 C:  Adam Simpson
Western Bulldogs 1.4.105.7.376.11.478.13.61 C:  Luke Beveridge
  WCE by 16WCE by 17WCE by 17WCE by 8  
Weather
min temp  8.6°C      max temp  22.5°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  58%    air pressure  1019.1mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  SW
Brownlow Medal 3 Andrew Gaff (WCE)2 Shannon Hurn (WCE)1 Sam Mitchell (WCE)

Match Report

The West Coast Eagles have moved into the top four and at least partially exorcised the demons of last September, defeating the Western Bulldogs by eight points at Subiaco on Friday night. The Eagles were the better side until midway through the third term but had to withstand a strong finish from the Dogs to survive. West Coast managed only 1.9 in the second half, with Josh Kennedy suffering the 'yips' and missing easy shots that could have killed off the Bulldogs' challenge. But the Dogs, too, missed many gettable shots, and ultimately fell just short.

As was to be expected from two potential top four sides, the opening was a tight and tough affair, the only goal of the first 12 minutes going to Bulldog Jack Redpath, returning from a knee reconstruction and playing his first AFL match of 2017. Dom Sheed got West Coast on the board after that with his first goal, and that sparked the Eagles to greater heights, with Jack Darling, Josh Kennedy and Liam Duggan all adding majors before the quarter-time siren to give the home side a 16-point buffer at the first end-change.

Lukas Webb, like Redpath also playing his first AFL match of 2017, cut the margin back to 10 points with the first goal of the second term, but Darling's second had the Eagles' lead back out to 15 at the six-minute mark. Marcus Adams, playing a forward role in this match, again reduced the difference to 10 with his first at the 10-minute mark, but the next 10 minutes saw the two sides trade in behinds only as both sides struggled to gain an advantage. In contrast, the goals flowed during the time-on period, majors to Andrew Gaff and Sheed seeing West Coast out to a 23-point lead, but two in a row from Redpath cutting the margin back to 11 before a crucial goal just before the half-time siren from Kennedy saw the Eagles go to the long break with a 17-point lead.

West Coast scored the vital first goal of the third term at the four-minute mark through Kennedy, taking the margin out to a match-high 24 points, and the Bulldogs once again faced the challenge of reining in a significant deficit, as they have done in most games this year. But the next 20 minutes saw both sides squander opportunities in front of goal before Toby McLean finally kicked truly for the Dogs to cut the margin to 17 points at three-quarter time.

Incredibly, Josh Kennedy's goal early in the third quarter proved to be the Eagles' last of the match. Kennedy had three chances to 'ice' the game in the early part of the last term but he missed them all. From that moment on, the Dogs controlled much of the general play. Easton Wood drifted forward to goal and cut the margin to 14 points, and win Webb kicked his second midway through the quarter, the odds seemed to be with the visitors. But West Coast's defence stood firm and the Bulldogs could manage only two further behinds, the Eagles also adding one, and the final siren sounded with the home side eight points to the good.

Ex-Hawk Sam Mitchell was a standout for the victors, collecting 33 touches and taking six marks, while Caleb Daniel (30 possessions, four tackles) played a fine game for the Bulldogs, particularly in the final quarter.

The Eagles are in third place on the ladder, the top three sides all having 6-2 records, while the Bulldogs have slipped to eighth, part of a group of six teams to have a 5-3 record. The Dogs will have another Friday-night encounter this week, taking on Geelong (fifth, 5-3) at Kardinia Park, while the Eagles will travel to Melbourne to take on Essendon (11th, 4-4) at Docklands on Sunday. 

GOALS
West Coast: Kennedy 3; Darling, Sheed 2; Duggan, Gaff
Western Bulldogs: Redpath 3; Webb 2; Adams, McLean, Wood

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
West Coast: Mitchell, Hurn, Gaff, Sheed, Kennedy, Masten
Western Bulldogs: Daniel, Macrae, Jong, Bontempelli, Dahlhaus, Redpath

BEST - THE AGE
West Coast: Mitchell, Gaff, Sheed, Hurn, Priddis, Yeo
Western Bulldogs: Macrae, Daniel, Bontempelli, Hunter, Johannisen, Jong

INJURIES
West Coast: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil

UMPIRES: Dalgleish, Stevic, Findlay

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

West Coast Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
37 Barrass, Tom 7 6 7 14 0 0 0 0 1 0 21y 216d 20 0
26 Butler, Sam 4 3 5 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 31y 118d 162 16
27 Darling, Jack 9 5 2 11 2 0 0 2 0 3 24y 333d 135 243
14 Duggan, Liam 8 1 6 14 1 0 0 1 0 1 20y 152d 30 5
3 Gaff, Andrew 22 15 13 35 1 1 0 1 1 1 24y 330d 140 52
33 Hill, Josh 4 4 6 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 28y 113d 169 222
25 Hurn, Shannon 18 6 10 28 0 1 0 1 0 0 29y 250d 208 49
17 Kennedy, Josh 13 9 1 14 3 6 0 3 3 0 29y 260d 196 477
2 LeCras, Mark 15 6 3 18 0 3 0 0 0 1 30y 255d 185 394
7 Masten, Chris 8 3 19 27 0 0 0 2 0 0 28y 10d 169 60
20 McGovern, Jeremy 9 5 9 18 0 0 0 3 1 1 25y 27d 63 21
36 McInnes, Fraser 5 4 6 11 0 0 15 5 0 0 23y 297d 10 6
1 Mitchell, Sam 15 6 18 33 0 0 0 2 0 1 34y 212d 314 67
38 Mutimer, Kurt 8 6 7 15 0 2 0 1 0 1 20y 62d 3 1
11 Priddis, Matt 7 2 17 24 0 0 0 11 1 1 32y 52d 227 69
8 Redden, Jack 6 8 12 18 0 0 0 2 1 1 26y 154d 152 58
4 Sheed, Dom 16 7 7 23 2 1 0 2 2 1 22y 32d 44 15
5 Sheppard, Brad 10 5 4 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 25y 354d 115 17
13 Shuey, Luke 6 5 14 20 0 0 0 10 0 0 26y 344d 142 116
19 Vardy, Nathan 8 5 4 12 0 1 21 4 1 0 25y 321d 33 26
12 Wellingham, Sharrod 10 4 6 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 28y 309d 166 73
6 Yeo, Elliot 18 8 11 29 0 0 0 3 1 1 23y 223d 92 40
  Totals 226 123 187 413 9 15 36 58 12 15 26y 218d 2775 2027
Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
25 Adams, Marcus 9 6 5 14 1 4 0 3 1 0 23y 316d 18 4
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 12 4 13 25 0 0 0 10 1 1 21y 169d 71 69
5 Boyd, Matthew 10 3 10 20 0 0 0 2 2 1 34y 258d 289 85
17 Boyd, Tom 4 0 5 9 0 0 34 2 0 0 21y 263d 46 40
12 Cordy, Zaine 7 4 7 14 0 0 3 5 0 0 20y 197d 19 8
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 8 5 17 25 0 0 0 0 0 1 24y 264d 123 98
31 Dale, Bailey 6 2 7 13 0 1 0 3 0 1 20y 294d 16 9
35 Daniel, Caleb 13 3 17 30 0 1 0 4 2 0 20y 309d 40 19
7 Hunter, Lachie 12 3 14 26 0 0 0 4 1 0 22y 150d 70 34
39 Johannisen, Jason 22 5 4 26 0 1 0 0 1 0 24y 185d 72 22
46 Jong, Lin 9 2 16 25 0 0 0 1 1 0 23y 342d 47 26
21 Liberatore, Tom 1 1 7 8 0 0 0 4 1 2 24y 361d 106 34
11 Macrae, Jack 8 4 24 32 0 1 0 4 1 0 22y 282d 85 21
16 McLean, Toby 4 3 14 18 1 0 0 5 2 1 21y 101d 26 22
42 Picken, Liam 12 2 13 25 0 0 0 3 0 1 30y 284d 184 69
43 Redpath, Jack 12 10 1 13 3 1 0 1 0 1 26y 150d 26 44
18 Roberts, Fletcher 3 2 7 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 23y 343d 45 0
14 Smith, Clay 4 2 7 11 0 1 0 5 0 1 24y 1d 52 40
1 Suckling, Matt 12 2 9 21 0 1 0 2 1 0 28y 291d 127 62
19 Webb, Lukas 8 4 4 12 2 1 0 7 1 0 21y 69d 16 3
34 Williams, Bailey 8 3 6 14 0 0 0 3 0 0 19y 214d 9 0
10 Wood, Easton 7 5 8 15 1 0 0 1 0 1 27y 250d 115 16
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 191 75 215 406 8 13 37 70 15 12 24y 49d 1602 725

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.