West Coast v Melbourne
Round 6, 2011
LeCras made a surprise early return from injury. Photo:
Thurs, 28 April 2011 (6:40 PM WST)
Won by 54
WCE 15.16.106 - 6.16.52 MEL
3 D.Cox (WCE)
2 M.Priddis (WCE)
1 J.Darling (WCE)

West Coast shot out of the blocks with a five goals to nil first quarter and ended up with a comfortable nine goal win over a hapless Melbourne outfit. West Coast's dominance began in the middle, with strong efforts by Matt Priddis, Brad Ebert and Daniel Kerr.


1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 5.3.33 7.8.50 10.12.72 15.16.106
Melbourne 0.2.2 3.6.24 4.8.32 6.16.52

Goals: Darling, Embley, Lynch 3, Kennedy, Nicoski 2, LeCras, Rosa

Best: Priddis, Kerr, Cox, Ebert, S.Selwood, A.Selwood, Nicoski

Injuries: Nil

Sub: Gaff for LeCras in the 3rd quarter

Milestones: Kennedy 50th WCE game

Named sidesEdit

West Coast Melbourne
B: Smith Glass Hurn B: Bartram Rivers Frawley
HB: Butler MacKenzie S.Selwood HB: Grimes Garland Tapscott
C: Rosa Priddis Embley C: Green Jones Bail
HF: Nicoski Kennedy Shuey HF: Gysberts Sylvia Davey
F: LeCras Lynch Darling F: Wonaeamirri Jurrah Watts
R: Cox Kerr A.Selwood R: Jamar Moloney Trengove
I: Ebert Naitanui McGinnity I: Bennell Dunn Morton
Gaff Martin
E: Swift Schofield Weedon E: Petterd Maric Warnock

In: LeCras, McGinnity, Smith

Out: Brown (thumb), Dalziell, Schofield

Club Champion votesEdit

Priddis 22 Kennedy 15
Cox 21 Kerr 15
Darling 19 Lynch 15
Nicoski 19 Smith 15
Rosa 19 Hurn 14
Ebert 18 LeCras 14
A.Selwood 18 MacKenzie 14
S.Selwood 17 McGinnity 14
Embley 16 Shuey 14
Glass 16 Naitanui 11
Butler 15 Gaff 6

From the papersEdit

The West AustralianEdit

"The game started with a frenetic Nic Naitanui dash from the very first centre bounce. He shanked the kick on goal straight to a Melbourne opponent, but that was one of very few things that went right for the Demons in that opening term - or the entire match for that matter.

A minute-and-a-half later Darling had the game's first goal, easily nudging a Demon opponent under the ball for a mark. It signalled the start of the first-quarter procession.

Embley swooped on a loose ball after a goal-front stoppage six minutes later for the second. Mark Nicoski hung on to a high-pressure mark on the lead 40m out for the third, Josh Kennedy nailed the fourth from a free kick and Embley booted a wonderful banana goal under extreme pressure for the fifth."[2]

The AgeEdit

"At times during the first term the Eagles looked like they were in a training drill.

Certainly the Demons resembled tackling dummies as the Eagles harassed, intimidated and - in Andrew Embley's case - freakishly snapped their way into a 31-point lead.

Embley's brilliant banana goal was the one piece of first-term play assured of making a highlight reel.

But the Eagles' pressure, especially in the forward 50, was equally as impressive if somewhat less spectacular in the traditional sense." [3]


"West Coast extended its lead to an alarming 38 points midway through the second stanza after hitting back with majors to Lynch and impressive youngster Jack Darling, who was again a consistent four-quarter performer in just his fifth AFL game.

But the Demons were rewarded late in the quarter when goals to Colin Sylvia and Aaron Davy gave the visitors some semblance of hope at the main break.

Melbourne continued to sabotage its efforts to get back into the contest in the third term with some terrible bloopers, and struggled to contain a rampant group of West Coast on-ballers that ran in waves through the midfield in transition.

Lynch's second extended the Eagles' break to 40 points at three-quarter time and evergreen Embley's third goal to open the final term ended any hopes of a miraculous Melbourne revival."[4]


Round 7 (30 April)

Peel (Schofield, J.Jones, Lycett, B.Wilson) vs Swan Districts

East Perth vs East Fremantle (Dalziell, Sheppard, Stevens, Brennan, Houlihan)

Claremont (Swift, Stevenson, Weedon, Broome) vs West Perth (Strijk). Hamp and McGovern played reserves

South Fremantle (Hams, C.Wilson) vs Subiaco

Bye: Perth

Injury listEdit

In the lead-up to the round the following players were listed as injured:

Player Injury Expected duration
Waters Elbow 10 weeks
Brown Thumb 7-8 weeks
B.Jones Arm 3-4 weeks
Neates Groin 3 weeks (placed on LTI 22/3/11, replaced by Hams)
Masten Knee 1 week
LeCras Groin 1 week


  1. West Coast Eagles Year Book 2011, p.36
  2. Mark Duffield, The West Australian (29 April 2011, p.58), "Dire Demons rocked, Eagles on a roll"
  3. Simon White, The Age (29 April 2011), "Demons thumped by 54 points":
  4. Braden Quartermaine, Herald-Sun (28 April 2011), "Eagles maul Demons by 54 points":