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West Coast vs Geelong

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Round: 13   Venue: Subiaco Oval   Date: Thu, 15-06-2017 6:10 pm   Crowd: 35,719  
West Coast 4.3.277.9.518.14.6211.17.83 C:  Adam Simpson
Geelong 1.2.82.3.155.6.3610.10.70 C:  Chris Scott
  WCE by 19WCE by 36WCE by 26WCE by 13  
Weather
min temp  10.9°C      max temp  19.6°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  80%    air pressure  1025.0mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  E
Brownlow Medal 3 Sam Mitchell (WCE)2 Patrick Dangerfield (GEEL)1 Luke Shuey (WCE)

Match Report

It is an indication of just how even and topsy turvy this season is that this match saw the West Coast Eagles start as favourites with some betting agencies against Geelong, despite the fact that the Eagles had lost three matches in a row, and the Cats had won their last three. And that favouritism proved to be well placed, with the home side winning on the back of a very strong first half. The margin was only 13 points at the finish, but it flattered Geelong, who at one point trailed by six goals and never really looked like winning. The win lifted the Eagles back into the top eight, and they are only one game shy of the team they vanquished, the third-placed Cats.

Geelong got away to a fast start, with Nakia Cockatoo marking and goaling after just one minute, but things were to turn sour very quickly, first for Cockatoo, and then the rest of the Cats, not long after. Cockatoo sustained a hamstring injury not long after kicking the goal and was forced to sit out the match. As he watched on from the bench for the rest of the first quarter, West Coast booted four goals to nil - the goals going Will Schofield, Jack Darling, Drew Petrie and Lewis Jetta - to set up a 19--point lead at the first break. 

It didn't take long for the Eagles to extend their lead in the second term, with Liam Duggan receiving a handball from ex-Cat Nathan Vardy and kicking an easy goal after just one minute. Geelong responded with a mark and goal to Dan Menzel soon after, but that was to be the Cats last major of the quarter, West Coast kicking the only other two prior to the long break, one each to Jamie Cripps and Dom Sheed as it went to the half with a commanding 36-point lead. 

Needing the first goal of the second half to get back into the match, the Cats got it through Harry Taylor when he kicked truly at the three-minute mark. The visitors held all the momentum for the next 15 minutes, but struggled to translate that into scoreboard pressure, with Taylor, James Parsons and Jordan Murdoch all missing before Rhys Stanley took a strong goal-square mark and converted to cut the margin to 23 points. West Coast settled from their, though, and a mark and goal to Sheed had the lead back out to 31 points before a late goal to Steven Motlop took the Cats into the last change with some hope, the margin 26 points in favour of the home side.

The Cats came hard early in the final term, again sparked by Taylor who goaled after a strong mark inside the first two minutes. Patrick Dangerfield followed up with a mark and goal soon after and the visitors were with 14 points with plenty of time remaining. They had a big chance to cut that to eight points at the eight-minute mark but Sam Menegola chose to have a shot rather than handball to Taylor who was free. He missed and from there the Eagles settled, a goal to Jack Darling at the 14-minute mark giving them breathing space.

Geelong tried to keep coming but missed again through Taylor and Zach Tuohy before Stanley goaled after a free kick to reduce the margin to 12 points on the cusp of time on. The Cats couldn't get any closer, though, and majors to Andrew Gaff and Jetta 'sealed the deal' before late goals to Cats Stanley and Menzel cut the final margin to a slightly deceiving 13 points.

Best for the winners included Sam Mitchell (29 disposals, eight tackles) and Luke Shuey (32 possessions, seven tackles) while Dangerfield played yet another standout game for Geelong, collecting 34 touches and laying four tackles.

The Eagles will now face sixth-placed Melbourne in a crucial game at Subiaco on Saturday night. Both teams have seven wins but the Demons have a significant percentage advantage. The Cats will return to Kardinia Park on Sunday and will start strong favourites in their match against the 11th-placed Fremantle Dockers.

GOALS
West Coast: Sheed, Darling, Jetta 2; Schofield, Petrie, Duggan, Cripps, Gaff
Geelong: Stanley 3; Taylor, Menzel 2; Cockatoo, Motlop, Dangerfield

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
West Coast: Mitchell, Sheed, Vardy, Jetta, Shuey, Hutchings
Geelong: Dangerfield, Duncan, Tuohy, Taylor, Menzel, Guthrie

BEST - WATODAY.COM.AU
West Coast: Shuey, Mitchell, Sheed, Jetta, Vardy, Yeo
Geelong: Dangerfield, Duncan, Guthrie, Tuohy, J Selwood, Taylor.

INJURIES
West Coast: Nelson (hamstring)
Geelong: Cockatoo (hamstring), S.Selwood (hamstring)

REPORTS: Sam Mitchell (West Coast) for striking Joel Selwood (Geelong) in the first quarter.

UMPIRES: Donlon, Dalgleish, Stevic, Hosking

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Basil Zempilas, Cameron Ling, Nic Naitanui

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 8 4 1 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 250d 22 0
28 Cole, Tom 8 2 0 8 0 0 0 5 2 2 20y 18d 3 0
15 Cripps, Jamie 6 2 3 9 1 3 0 2 1 0 25y 53d 107 129
27 Darling, Jack 9 7 5 14 2 1 0 4 0 0 25y 2d 139 249
14 Duggan, Liam 13 3 5 18 1 0 0 5 0 0 20y 186d 34 6
3 Gaff, Andrew 13 5 19 32 1 0 0 2 0 0 24y 364d 144 53
25 Hurn, Shannon 11 5 6 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 29y 284d 212 49
34 Hutchings, Mark 2 0 3 5 0 1 0 4 1 2 26y 21d 63 31
23 Jetta, Lewis 10 4 10 20 2 0 0 2 0 2 28y 42d 144 111
2 LeCras, Mark 5 5 5 10 0 2 0 5 0 0 30y 289d 188 394
16 Mackenzie, Eric 7 5 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 29y 27d 137 7
20 McGovern, Jeremy 9 4 5 14 0 2 9 6 0 0 25y 61d 67 22
1 Mitchell, Sam 14 4 15 29 0 1 0 8 3 1 34y 246d 318 68
30 Nelson, Jackson 2 0 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 21y 92d 27 1
21 Petrie, Drew 8 3 3 11 1 0 0 1 1 0 34y 243d 320 432
11 Priddis, Matt 10 1 14 24 0 2 0 12 0 1 32y 86d 231 69
31 Schofield, Will 3 2 3 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 28y 142d 159 22
4 Sheed, Dom 13 6 9 22 2 0 0 6 1 0 22y 66d 48 17
5 Sheppard, Brad 6 2 9 15 0 0 0 4 1 1 26y 23d 119 17
13 Shuey, Luke 16 3 16 32 0 0 0 7 2 3 27y 13d 145 117
19 Vardy, Nathan 5 1 10 15 0 1 31 7 2 0 25y 355d 37 30
6 Yeo, Elliot 15 4 7 22 0 2 0 7 0 1 23y 257d 96 43
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 193 72 154 347 11 17 40 93 16 13 26y 175d 2760 1867
Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
24 Bews, Jed 2 0 4 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 23y 183d 37 2
5 Cockatoo, Nakia 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 20y 235d 30 21
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 12 4 22 34 1 1 0 4 1 0 27y 71d 190 210
22 Duncan, Mitch 13 2 19 32 0 0 0 4 1 0 26y 5d 147 111
29 Guthrie, Cameron 8 3 17 25 0 0 0 11 0 0 24y 300d 117 36
25 Henderson, Lachie 8 4 4 12 0 0 0 3 0 1 27y 183d 146 110
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 8 3 4 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 310d 34 0
11 Lang, Darcy 4 1 10 14 0 0 0 5 1 1 21y 206d 41 30
13 Lonergan, Tom 7 5 6 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 33y 29d 197 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 9 1 10 19 0 0 0 1 1 0 32y 312d 269 99
27 Menegola, Sam 5 3 8 13 0 1 0 6 0 0 25y 100d 17 11
10 Menzel, Daniel 11 8 4 15 2 0 0 1 0 0 25y 275d 52 96
32 Motlop, Steven 9 2 7 16 1 0 0 4 0 1 26y 95d 124 167
21 Murdoch, Jordan 6 4 9 15 0 1 0 6 1 0 25y 84d 81 54
34 Parsons, James 5 4 2 7 0 1 0 3 1 0 20y 64d 8 5
14 Selwood, Joel 11 0 8 19 0 0 0 2 3 4 29y 20d 240 143
16 Selwood, Scott 4 3 6 10 0 0 0 8 1 2 27y 80d 144 39
9 Smith, Zac 3 2 11 14 0 1 33 4 1 0 27y 113d 97 45
1 Stanley, Rhys 6 4 7 13 3 0 19 1 1 2 26y 196d 92 66
44 Stewart, Tom 9 6 8 17 0 0 0 4 1 0 24y 92d 11 2
7 Taylor, Harry 6 4 6 12 2 2 0 2 0 1 31y 3d 216 56
2 Tuohy, Zach 14 3 11 25 0 2 0 0 0 1 27y 187d 132 43
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 161 67 184 345 10 10 52 74 13 16 26y 43d 2422 1401

Footnotes

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