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West Coast vs Adelaide

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Round: 23   Venue: Subiaco Oval   Date: Sun, 27-08-2017 2:40 pm   Crowd: 39,367  
West Coast 4.1.258.4.5213.5.8315.10.100 C:  Adam Simpson
Adelaide 1.1.75.5.357.10.5210.11.71 C:  Don Pyke
  WCE by 18WCE by 17WCE by 31WCE by 29  
Weather
min temp  12.2°C      max temp  24.1°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  40%    air pressure  1018.9mb
wind speed 13km/h      wind direction  ESE
Brownlow Medal 3 Luke Shuey (WCE)2 Matt Crouch (ADEL)1 Sam Mitchell (WCE)

Match Report

It's hard to imagine a match decided by 29 points being nerve-wracking but that was the scenario at the very last AFL match to be played at Subiaco on Sunday. The season's final match saw West Coast needing to beat top side Adelaide in order to make the eight, and for the margin to be no fewer than 21 points (give or take a point depending on the scores) for the Eagles to sneak into the eight.

The Eagles led for most of the match, but the margin bounced above and below the required figure at various points in the match, causing the heart rates of not just West Coast fans to quicken, but also supporters of Melbourne, with the Demons the team that would miss out if the Eagles got through. In the end, West Coast did indeed win by enough to propel it into the eight, but it was no certainty until the last couple of minutes of the match. 

A mark and goal to Eddie Betts gave the Crows the lead after just two minutes, but errors and strong defence from both sides saw another 10 minutes pass before either side scored. Nathan Vardy broke the drought, kicking the Eagles' first goal and a follow-up major from Jack Redden saw the home side in front midway through the term. A behind and then a goal to Jamie Cripps extended the lead to 13 points early in time on, and a second major to Cripps had the Eagles ahead by an even three goals at quarter time.

It was dour again at the start of the second term, a behind to Crow Richard Douglas the only score in the first 10 minutes, but a goal to Mitch McGovern broke the stalemate. Cripps answered for the Eagles but then two goals in a row from the Crows had them back within two points early in time on. But the home side surged late, kicking three of the last four goals of the quarter and the margin was back out to 17 points at the half.

Honours were even in the early stages of the third quarter but four goals in a row to the home side - two to Mark LeCras and one each to Josh Kennedy and Drew Petrie - saw the margin blow out to six goals and the Eagles looked not only like winning, but also winning by enough to ensure a place in the eight. But a late goal to Betts saw the margin back to 31 points at the final change and had Eagles' fans squirming in their Subiaco seats.

The final term started with another long goalless period, the drought broken by a goal to Crow Mitch McGovern, cutting the margin to 25 points, simultaneously raising Demon hopes and sending West Coast fans into heart attack territory. Kennedy then fluffed two chances to settle the nerves, and a long running goal to Paul Seedsman midway through the term had the margin at exactly 21 points, the Eagles' and Demons' finals hopes on a knife's edge.

West Coast wasted more chances, with Tom Barrass and Kennedy again missing, and when Charlie Cameron swooped on the ball and goaled on the cusp of time on, Melbourne replaced the Eagles on the 'live ladder'. But Lewis Jetta, playing his best game since joining the Eagles from Sydney, put his team back in the eight with a goal at the 22-minute mark and his teammate Jack Darling made sure of a place on the finals with a courageous goal-square mark and major two minutes later.

The Eagles finished 29 points clear a result which gave them 12 wins and a percentage of 105.71, just ahead of Melbourne's 105.22, the 0.49% gap the narrowest in V/AFL history between two sides looking to qualify for finals. 

Ex-Hawk Sam Mitchell was outstanding for the Eagles, with 34 possessions and seven marks, and the retiring champion's career will continue for at least one more match. For the Crows, the Crouch brothers Matt (45 touches, seven tackles) and Brad (38 disposals, nine tackles) continued their fine form.

A place in the eight assured, West Coast will take on Port Adelaide in an Elimination Final at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday week, a ground where the Eagles have had recent success. The Crows will also play at the Adelaide Oval, a day earlier, in a Qualifying Final against GWS. Adelaide will start favourites, playing at home and having finished on top, but it heads into the match having lost two in a row, not an ideal lead-in.

GOALS
West Coast: Cripps 3; Hutchings, LeCras 2; Vardy, Redden, Gaff, Shuey, Kennedy, Petrie, Jetta, Darling
Adelaide: Betts, McGovern 2; Milera, Smith, Jenkins, M.Crouch, Seedsman, Cameron

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
West Coast: Mitchell, Gaff, Hurn, Shuey, Priddis, Cripps
Adelaide: M. Crouch, B. Crouch, Sloane, Laird, Jacobs, Hartigan

BEST - WATODAY.COM.AU
West Coast: Mitchell, Yeo, McGovern, Gaff, Shuey, Cripps
Adelaide: Crouch B, Crouch M, Sloane, Jacobs, Hartigan, Seedsman

INJURIES
West Coast: Nil
Adelaide: Nil

UMPIRES: D.Margetts, N.Williamson, S.Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Gerard Healy, Matthew Pavlich, David King

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 1 0 1 0 0 21y 323d 30 0
15 Cripps, Jamie 11 2 4 15 3 2 0 3 1 0 25y 126d 117 142
27 Darling, Jack 9 7 4 13 1 0 1 2 0 1 25y 75d 149 267
14 Duggan, Liam 11 7 7 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 20y 259d 44 7
3 Gaff, Andrew 18 5 14 32 1 0 0 3 3 2 25y 72d 154 55
25 Hurn, Shannon 17 11 7 24 0 0 0 0 0 1 29y 357d 221 49
34 Hutchings, Mark 7 1 6 13 2 0 0 1 0 2 26y 94d 73 36
23 Jetta, Lewis 15 6 1 16 1 0 0 2 2 1 28y 115d 152 114
17 Kennedy, Josh 9 4 3 12 1 4 0 1 1 1 30y 2d 205 515
2 LeCras, Mark 8 5 7 15 2 0 0 3 1 0 30y 362d 194 407
16 Mackenzie, Eric 7 3 2 9 0 0 0 3 1 0 29y 100d 145 7
20 McGovern, Jeremy 10 10 7 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 25y 134d 77 29
1 Mitchell, Sam 14 7 20 34 0 0 0 4 1 1 34y 319d 327 69
24 Partington, Luke 3 4 5 8 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 175d 5 3
21 Petrie, Drew 7 2 3 10 1 0 10 6 5 0 34y 316d 330 441
11 Priddis, Matt 9 1 11 20 0 0 0 8 0 0 32y 159d 238 72
8 Redden, Jack 13 5 8 21 1 0 0 3 1 0 26y 261d 161 61
4 Sheed, Dom 12 5 13 25 0 1 0 1 2 0 22y 139d 58 23
5 Sheppard, Brad 7 3 10 17 0 0 0 5 1 0 26y 96d 129 17
13 Shuey, Luke 17 5 11 28 1 0 0 5 1 1 27y 86d 155 119
19 Vardy, Nathan 5 3 2 7 1 0 31 3 2 0 26y 63d 45 34
6 Yeo, Elliot 15 6 9 24 0 1 0 1 1 1 23y 330d 105 45
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 231 108 161 392 15 10 42 59 23 12 26y 363d 3114 2512
Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
21 Atkins, Rory 6 5 15 21 0 0 0 1 0 2 23y 46d 54 26
18 Betts, Eddie 8 4 4 12 2 2 0 4 1 1 30y 274d 274 528
16 Brown, Luke 5 3 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 24y 339d 112 11
23 Cameron, Charlie 5 1 5 10 1 0 0 4 2 2 23y 53d 70 81
2 Crouch, Brad 13 5 29 42 0 0 0 6 0 1 23y 225d 58 19
44 Crouch, Matt 19 2 26 45 1 1 0 7 0 0 22y 128d 69 16
26 Douglas, Richard 8 3 14 22 0 1 0 2 1 2 30y 202d 217 146
15 Hartigan, Kyle 7 5 5 12 0 0 0 1 1 2 25y 293d 66 1
24 Jacobs, Sam 10 3 7 17 0 0 51 2 0 2 29y 139d 171 44
4 Jenkins, Josh 4 4 7 11 1 0 3 1 0 1 28y 200d 111 223
42 Keath, Alex 5 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 3 25y 219d 6 0
8 Kelly, Jake 10 5 6 16 0 0 0 3 1 0 22y 218d 31 0
3 Knight, Riley 4 4 7 11 0 1 0 4 0 0 22y 153d 28 20
29 Laird, Rory 13 4 13 26 0 0 0 4 0 0 23y 241d 98 9
6 Lever, Jake 8 7 9 17 0 0 0 1 1 1 21y 175d 53 3
27 Lynch, Tom 8 4 4 12 0 1 0 1 0 1 26y 346d 103 153
14 Mackay, David 8 1 9 17 0 1 0 2 0 3 29y 33d 182 55
41 McGovern, Mitch 5 5 1 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 22y 320d 35 51
30 Milera, Wayne 12 5 4 16 1 0 0 2 0 1 19y 347d 24 13
11 Seedsman, Paul 12 3 13 25 1 2 0 3 1 0 25y 217d 66 28
9 Sloane, Rory 18 6 20 38 0 0 0 9 4 1 27y 163d 163 104
33 Smith, Brodie 14 4 9 23 1 0 0 1 0 0 25y 225d 142 46
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 202 87 213 415 10 11 54 62 12 23 25y 91d 2133 1577

Footnotes

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