An inaccurate West Coast fell to Sydney for the second time in 2018, interrupting a 10-game winning streak. In an intense contest, the Eagles held the home side goalless in the first and last quarters but were unable to consistently find an avenue to goal themselves. Elliot Yeo had a team-high 29 possessions and kicked goals either side of three-quarter time to give his side a sniff, and the returning Chris Masten recorded 23 touches and nine marks.
|1/4 time||1/2 time||3/4 time||Final|
Goals: Kennedy, Yeo 2, Lycett, Ryan, Waterman
Best: Yeo, Redden, Naitanui, Duggan, Masten
Milestones: Brander AFL debut
In: Brander, Masten, Shuey, Ryan
New: Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers/Wentworth JFC)
Quarter by quarterEdit
Both sides went in as named. The game was played in fine and clear conditions.
From the coachEdit
"Sydney were pretty good. I am not sure how the game was perceived. We probably defended for too long and we didn't use the ball very well, but I think we had 63 inside-50s. If you could tell our boys that was going to happen we would have taken it. The other numbers didn't work out in our favour. We didn't convert early, they did. Sydney didn't kick a goal in the first and last quarters, although they missed some shots themselves. They were the better side and we weren't good enough on the night, but I thought in the second half in particular the boys really had a go. They tried all day and if Josh had kicked that goal in the last quarter, we would have needed a couple of goals to steal it. We got exposed in our front half with some of our younger players. I spoke to them before the game about playing on instinct and how if that doesn't work out that is OK. We will keep coaching the same way. I thought there was some smart defence from Sydney and some of our delivery was not up to standard.
"...There was a bit of breeze, but some of the shots we missed were simple ones. Our whole front-half ball movement was a bit rushed. Our team defence was sharp. In the first half we had 21 turnovers in our front half and that is pretty good. We had over 30 for the game. Getting supply was a positive and we didn't do it with too many extra numbers. It was our mids and our backs. Those things looked OK but the inability to convert started to mount with a bit of confidence as well. We will keep working on it."
From the papersEdit
The West AustralianEdit
"Franklin wasn’t having any influence but McGovern wasn’t having much either and it appeared to suit the Swans more than the Eagles.
West Coast tried to free up McGovern more in the third term but it cost them in free kicks as Franklin got support from the whistle blowers in one-out marking contests against both Brad Sheppard and Shannon Hurn.
Franklin was wasteful, kicking 2.2 for the term, but the Swans still piled on another five goals to the Eagles’ three and went to the last change nursing a comfortable 26-point lead.
It had gotten out to 32 before a late booming goal to Yeo just before the three-quarter time siren at least gave the Eagles some hope.
Naitanui had lifted in the ruck to help bring the Eagles midfielders back into the game and Yeo was playing strongly but the Swans still looked to have the answers."
"From the outset this was a throwback to the defensive struggles these two clubs enjoyed during the mid-noughties, and it took a staggering 18 minutes and nine seconds for the only goal of the opening quarter to be kicked.
Kennedy of the Eagles was responsible, taking a pack mark 20m out from goal before going back and drilling it through.
Swans young gun Will Hayward had a shot from a similar distance, but uncharacteristically missed to the right.
Much of the opening term was played between the 50m arcs, although the Eagles were getting more inside-50s."
East Perth reportEdit
Round 11 (16 June)
In the leadup to the match the following players were listed as injured:
|Venables||Ankle||2-3 weeks||(Placed on LTI list 26/4, replaced by Bayok)|
- ↑ The West Australian (18 June 2018, p. GAM12), "Word for word"
- ↑ Mark Duffield, The West Australian (15 June 2018), "Wayward West Coast brought back to Earth in 15-point loss to Sydney at SCG": https://thewest.com.au/sport/west-coast-eagles/wayward-west-coast-brought-back-to-earth-in-15-point-loss-to-sydney-at-scg-ng-b88868416z
- ↑ James Buckley, The Age (15 June 2018), "Swans prevail in heavyweight showdown with Eagles": https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/swans-prevail-in-heavyweight-showdown-with-eagles-20180615-p4zlt1.html
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