AFL Round 16 – West Coast v Sydney: Where were you?

When the most credible of sources, ‘Wikipedia’ lists encounters between these two sides as an official rivalry, you know you’re in for a serious afternoon of football. Fierce rivals over the past decade, the Swans and the Eagles have played out some high-stakes thrillers which never failed to entertain. Whilst recent encounters have lacked the ferocity and tense finishes of previous battles, whenever these two modern-day giants meet, memories of past glories are evoked. Where were you when the Swannies won the flag for the first time in seventy-two years? I was in Dublin, cheer cheering from a mate’s lounge room sipping on a can of Guinness at the ungodly hour of 5am. Great day! Where were you when the Eagles gained revenge the next year with a one-point Grand Final victory? I was in Dublin, again in a mate’s lounge room, this time sipping Guinness cans through the night to sit up and watch the big game (slightly bleary eyed). Not such a great day! Like all supporters of these two proud clubs, those memories will last forever.

So, apparently Kurt’s hurt and Nic Nat…well out he sat. Perth is wet and the scene is set. The rivalry continues. The Great Goodesy will today break the record for the most games played by an indigenous man. A milestone that I feel hasn’t quite received the accolades that it deserves. For a young man drafted by the Swans with pick no.43 in the 1997 draft, his career has been remarkable. As a proud indigenous man, breaking the record set by the Mercurial McLeod, playing game number 341, will surely go down as one of his greatest achievements. He celebrates by crumbing a pack, snapping around his body on the trusty right boot for the Swannies’ second goal.

Where were you when Big Bad Barry lost all control and broke Staker’s jaw? I was sitting in the Southern Stand of ANZ Stadium. Like the rest of the crowd, wondering why Staker was laying down. A glance at the big screen and all questions were answered. You’re in trouble here, Baz. Cometti and Zempilas are not a Mediterranean Shipping Firm, but the providers of today’s commentary and the inclement weather is reaking havoc with the coverage. By the time the dulcet tones of Dennis return, Reidy has nailed the third for the Bloods and we looked to be handling the conditions better. Eric and Lance look to be engaging in an enthralling duel at full-forward as both teams miss gettable chances in the wet. That Priddis is a good player. His first quarter keeps The Enemy in touch. An eight-point lead at quarter time is not enhanced by the news that young Jonesy has been subbed out with the dreaded concussion.

As the slog continues, it is the younger brigade of the Swans who are impressing. Parker, Jetta, Bird, Rampe and Reid are leading the charge for the visitors as a series of opportunities are expertly created but then, expertly wasted. Teddy is safe as a bank, but the Eagles are showing some real grit, that has perhaps been lacking throughout the season. Where were you in 2008, when the Swannies came back from a 36-point half-time deficit to win at a pumping Subiaco by five points? I was discussing the rivalry with a couple of silver-haired well-lubricated lawn bowlers in a Moonee Ponds pub. “Those Swans never bloody give up”. Eric and Lance continue to wrestle. Lance wins a free. The crowd boos. Lance kicks a goal. The deluge loiters, however this good ol’ fashioned slog is providing an entertaining contest. As The Enemy goal in the dying stages of the half, the margin is reduced to thirteen.

A key combatant in this rivalry was Jude Bolton. As he sits on the sidelines in his new role in the football media, I pose a question. Have I ever seen a Swan play better in these conditions than Juuuuude? No. I have not. We could do with him today as The Enemy fight back with a vengeance in the third quarter. Two goals in a minute and the Bloods hold a shaky looking one-goal lead. The hard-working McGlynn goals and Basil roars….”The little man, with a big finish!” The final term begins with a sense that this match will be a return to those tight tussles of the past. Both sides have lifted the intensity of their efforts and the soggy Sherrin is proving problematic. Parker goals for the second time today and further enhances his standing as one of our ‘main men’. Goodesy marks and goals and the Bloods skip out to a twenty-five point lead which looks to be a match-winning one in these conditions. This proves the case and with a terrific team effort, the Swans prevail. Luke Parker claims the best-on-ground honours in a dominant display. Where were you when the Swans beat the Eagles by a slightly flattering margin of 28 points in Round 16, 2014? I was at bloody work.

Sydney 10.19 (79)

West Coast 7.9 (51)


Sydney: Parker, Bird, Richards, Reid, Jetta, McGlynn, McVeigh.

West Coast: Priddis, MacKenzie, Shuey, Darling, Lycett.


Sydney: Goodes 3, Parker 2, McGlynn 2, Rampe, Reid, Franklin.

West Coast: Kennedy 2, Priddis, Shuey, Darling, Cripps, Lycett.


25,076 at Patersons Stadium.


Farmer, Chamberlain, O’Gorman.

Malarkey Medal Votes:

3 – Luke Parker (Sydney)

2 – Sam Reid (Sydney)

1 – Matt Priddis (West Coast)







About Joe Moore

Learned the art of the drop-punt from Derek Kickett as Jamie Lawson watched on. And thus, a Swan for life. @joedmoore1979


  1. Keiran Croker says

    Good read Joe!

  2. Good to see you saw Priddis’s work.His disposal is better in the wet! Maybe it’s because no-one kicked it far so no-one was a long way off the ball.The third quarter was under-adjudicated and flattering to Sydney but wet-weather games have their own flavour and the umpires have their own recipe

  3. Eric McKenzie for All Australian key defender. Beat Buddy physically and then mentally. The blueprint for beating him – frustrate him for long enough so he beats himself after half time.
    Swans are my pick for the flag. The wet like my Eagles hang in there for 3 quarters with another gutsy effort. 10 minutes of the dry ball early in the last showed what the Swans can do. Impressive.
    Jetta was the surprise for me. Immaculate ball handling and disposal in trying conditions. He is everything Harmsy dreams Travis Varcoe should be.
    Goodes is/has always been a joy to watch. I was at the MCG in 2005 (not in 2006 damn). He turned 2005 in the second half. He is the SMARTEST footballer I have seen. Knows when and how to impose himself and does the simple things so well.
    Hitting packs at speed is the best way to break up congestion.
    He is and has always been a joy to watch even though it has always cost us enormously. Salute’.

  4. Joe Moore says

    I have to agree with you on both Goodesy and MacKenzie, Peter. I’ve always held the Eagles in the highest regard as a tough opponent and thought they played well on the weekend in conditions that I am not used to seeing when watching games in Perth!

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