|Brownlow Medal||3 Marc Murphy (CARL)||2 Josh Kennedy (WCE)||1 Matthew Kreuzer (CARL)|
A narrow escape against Carlton at Subiaco on Saturday night has seen the West Coast Eagles move back into the top eight and keep their finals hopes well and truly alive. The Eagles looked to have the match well under control at half time, leading by more than five goals, but a six-goal third term with the wind by Carlton had scores level at the last change. West Coast had the wind advantage in the final quarter, but it wasn't very late in the match that it finally shook the Blues off, eventually eking out a 17-point win.
Carlton had first use of what was a reasonably strong breeze and made good use of it early, with goals to Marc Murphy and Jed Lamb giving the visitors a 12-point lead after five minutes. But the Eagles wrested control of the game from the Blues over the next 15 minutes, and majors to Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling and Cripps again saw the Eagles five points ahead going into time on. Bryce Gibbs goaled at the 23-minute mark to put the Blues back in front but a third goal to Cripps gave West Coast a four-point lead at the first break. Ultimately, the Eagles' first-quarter effort against the wind would prove decisive to the result.
Eagle spearhead Josh Kennedy had no impact in the first quarter, but in the early minutes of the second he gave notice of the dominance he would have over the rest of the match. He kicked a behind at the five-minute mark and less than a minute later had a goal after an errant Carlton kick in. At the 13-minute mark he kicked his second major after Liam Jones held him in a marking contest, and West Coast's lead was out to 16 points.
The Eagles got onto a roll after that, with further majors to Mark Hutchings and Jack Redden before Kennedy chimed in for his third as the Eagles' lead blew out to 35 points on the cusp of time on. Against the run of play, Carlton took control in the last 10 minutes but wasted opportunities, with Matthew Kreuzer, Lamb, Dale Thomas and Gibbs all missing shots, and the home side was 31 points to the good at the half.
Kennedy kicked an early third-quarter behind but, with the breeze at their backs, the Blues dominated the rest of the term. Zac Fisher got them going with a goal at the three-minute mark, and Mark Murphy, Jack Silvagni, Jarrod Pickett, Silvagni again and Blaine Boekhorst all came to the party with majors and Carlton was six points ahead after 28 minutes. Just before three-quarter time, Kennedy bobbed up to kick a crucial goal - his fourth, and the last change saw scores level, West Coast 10.4 to the Blues 9.10.
Carlton did its best to restrict the Eagles' scoring with the wind in the early stages of the final quarter, succeeding to some extent, with Kennedy scoring the only goal in the first 10 minutes. His major and a couple of behinds gave West Coast an eight-point lead, but a mark and goal to Levi Casboult at the 13-minute mark cut the margin to two and gave the Blues hope. The visitors could not find a follow-up goal, though, and majors to Luke Partington and Jack Darling saw West Coast head into time on with a 16-point lead and the match looked safe.
Charlie Curnow reignited the Blues' hopes with a mark and goal to cut the margin to nine, but Kennedy put the result beyond doubt, kicking his sixth goal after a mark two minutes later. Casboult's second goal pulled the deficit back to nine but time ran out for Carlton, with a last-minute goal to Redden putting a full stop on an important win for the Eagles.
Kennedy's six goals were a major factor in the Eagles' win, while Jeremy McGovern (11 marks, 20 disposals) repelled many a Carlton attack. For the Blues, skipper Marc Murphy (29 possessions, two goals) and Kreuzer (33 hitouts, seven tackles) played great games.
Back in the eight, West Coast's destiny is back in its own hands but the Eagles face two monumental challenges in their last two home-and-away matches: second-placed GWS at the Sydney Showground and top-of-the-ladder Adelaide at Subiaco. The Blues continue to be competitive but don't seem to be able to find a win. They will be hoping to do so against Hawthorn on Saturday night before they meet Sydney in Sydney in round 23.
West Coast: Kennedy 6; Cripps 3; Darling, Redden 2; Hutchings, Partington
Carlton: Murphy, Silvagni, Casboult 2; Lamb, Gibbs, Fisher, Pickett, Boekhorst, Curnow
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West Coast: Kennedy, Mitchell, Yeo, McGovern, Redden
Carlton: Murphy, Kruezer, Gibbs, Kerridge, Curnow
West Coast: Nil
UMPIRES: H.Gavine, S.Jeffery, S.McInerney
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
COMMENTATORS: Adam Papalia, Dermott Brereton, Matthew Pavlich, Ben Dixon
|West Coast||Match Stats||Career|
|15||Cripps, Jamie||12||3||6||18||3||1||0||2||0||1||25y 111d||115||138|
|27||Darling, Jack||9||4||3||12||2||2||0||3||3||1||25y 60d||147||266|
|14||Duggan, Liam||9||5||7||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||20y 244d||42||7|
|3||Gaff, Andrew||12||4||12||24||0||0||0||2||0||1||25y 57d||152||54|
|25||Hurn, Shannon||8||1||9||17||0||0||0||3||2||0||29y 342d||219||49|
|34||Hutchings, Mark||3||0||5||8||1||0||0||2||0||1||26y 79d||71||34|
|23||Jetta, Lewis||11||3||4||15||0||0||0||2||1||0||28y 100d||150||113|
|17||Kennedy, Josh||10||5||2||12||6||3||0||1||2||2||29y 352d||203||510|
|16||Mackenzie, Eric||6||3||7||13||0||0||0||2||4||2||29y 85d||143||7|
|20||McGovern, Jeremy||14||11||6||20||0||1||0||0||0||0||25y 119d||75||29|
|1||Mitchell, Sam||15||5||9||24||0||0||0||1||0||1||34y 304d||325||69|
|30||Nelson, Jackson||5||3||3||8||0||0||0||1||0||2||21y 150d||32||1|
|24||Partington, Luke||4||2||3||7||1||1||0||1||1||0||20y 160d||3||2|
|21||Petrie, Drew||6||3||2||8||0||0||9||2||3||3||34y 301d||328||439|
|11||Priddis, Matt||5||1||12||17||0||0||0||10||0||4||32y 144d||236||70|
|8||Redden, Jack||12||2||9||21||2||0||0||6||2||4||26y 246d||159||60|
|4||Sheed, Dom||9||4||7||16||0||0||0||1||0||0||22y 124d||56||23|
|5||Sheppard, Brad||8||5||9||17||0||0||0||1||1||0||26y 81d||127||17|
|13||Shuey, Luke||13||1||10||23||0||0||0||2||1||1||27y 71d||153||118|
|19||Vardy, Nathan||5||4||7||12||0||0||35||1||1||1||26y 48d||43||33|
|12||Wellingham, Sharrod||7||3||4||11||0||1||0||1||0||3||29y 36d||170||73|
|6||Yeo, Elliot||13||6||9||22||0||0||0||1||2||0||23y 315d||103||45|
|27||Armfield, Dennis||5||3||4||9||0||0||0||3||0||0||30y 233d||144||75|
|12||Boekhorst, Blaine||10||4||4||14||1||0||0||2||0||1||23y 344d||23||12|
|41||Casboult, Levi||3||6||4||7||2||0||5||3||0||3||27y 150d||92||102|
|30||Curnow, Charlie||15||8||4||19||1||1||0||5||3||1||20y 190d||25||22|
|15||Docherty, Sam||14||6||9||23||0||0||0||0||0||0||23y 299d||90||14|
|25||Fisher, Zac||3||4||12||15||1||0||0||2||0||0||19y 58d||15||3|
|4||Gibbs, Bryce||13||5||13||26||1||1||0||3||2||0||28y 150d||229||136|
|14||Jones, Liam||9||2||4||13||0||0||0||4||3||1||26y 169d||93||84|
|11||Kerridge, Sam||9||7||15||24||0||0||0||6||3||2||24y 108d||57||31|
|8||Kreuzer, Matthew||9||3||8||17||0||1||33||7||3||2||28y 91d||159||82|
|13||Lamb, Jed||12||6||2||14||1||2||0||5||1||1||24y 297d||46||34|
|3||Murphy, Marc||21||5||8||29||2||2||0||3||3||2||30y 24d||234||168|
|5||Petrevski-Seton, Sam||10||3||9||19||0||0||0||6||3||2||19y 174d||18||10|
|33||Pickett, Jarrod||6||1||4||10||1||0||0||1||0||1||20y 359d||8||3|
|20||Plowman, Lachie||10||6||5||15||0||0||0||1||0||0||22y 335d||59||1|
|1||Silvagni, Jack||9||3||4||13||2||1||0||2||1||0||19y 238d||27||26|
|6||Simpson, Kade||15||7||7||22||0||0||0||1||1||2||33y 99d||284||131|
|16||Smedts, Billie||7||5||4||11||0||0||0||4||1||1||25y 65d||45||20|
|39||Thomas, Dale||15||3||9||24||0||1||0||2||3||0||30y 52d||216||148|
|23||Weitering, Jacob||9||7||7||16||0||0||0||1||0||4||19y 262d||40||9|
|31||Williamson, Tom||9||4||3||12||0||0||0||2||0||0||18y 243d||13||1|
|46||Wright, Matthew||10||1||7||17||0||0||0||2||0||0||27y 241d||136||114|