Round 8 – West Coast v Western Bulldogs: The Big R

 

Friday night’s game at Domain Stadium (nee Subiaco Oval) was one I’m sure Eagles’ fans would have circled at the start of the season with a big R – re-live, revenge, redemption, relief. That would have been perfectly understandable for we dished up the surprise of the year after being humbled by Freo the week before in the final game of the home and away season. It is history now that after that amazing win we went on to wipe out 62 years of disappointment.

 

I wasn’t confident of our chances, given the Big R factor and with Stringer, Dunkley and Murphy out. However, Redpath coming in was interesting and when he scored the first goal I was just as excited for him as were his 17 teammates on the field. He hadn’t played for 10 months after a knee reconstruction (his third). He finished with 3 goals for the game. Unfortunately, our good start quickly changed to the normal pattern-plenty of inside 50’s for no goals and the odd mistake letting the opposition out the back for easy goals to Sheed, Darling, Kennedy and Duggan.

 

We played catch-up for the rest of the game. Down by 16 points at quarter time, we were 17 points down at half time and still 17 points down at ¾ time. It was  a cracking, high –pressure game with some wonderful individual efforts at times – a brilliant goal by Adams, a goal that should have been by Dale, a couple by Lucas Webb in his first game for the season and Mitchell and Kennedy were on fire. We were leading the tackles 42 to 29 and inside 50’s but they meant nothing except to the commentators.

 

We nearly stole it thanks to shocking kicking by Kennedy who kicked 4 straight points in a row (he should have put us away), a brilliant last quarter by Caleb Daniel who had quietened Mitchell’s influence and struck out defiantly on his own and goals to McLean and Wood. However, Yeo and Hurn were brilliant stumbling blocks in defence.  As it turned out, the Eagles too kicked very inaccurately in the end – 9.15 to 8.13.

 

Despite the inaccurate kicking, it was an exciting game to watch. The Eagles have temporarily consigned the R back to the alphabet. I expect both teams to be T thereabouts) again come finals time. The Eagles need to get the ball in their court more often, the Dogs have the reverse problem- they get it in but don’t use the ball well enough in the front half. Both teams don’t have a good away record at the moment but over the course of the season, I’m sure both teams will correct all of those faults.

 

 

West Coast Eagles           4.2         8.6         9.10       9.15.69

Western Bulldogs             1.4         5.7         6.11       8.13.61

 

Goals:

West Coast Eagles: Kennedy 3, Sheed 2, Darling 2, Gaff, Duggan

Western Bulldogs: Redpath 3, Webb 2, Adams, McLean, Wood

 

Best:

 

West Coast Eagles: Mitchell, Sheed, Gaff, Yeo, Hurn, Kennedy

Western Bulldogs: Daniel, Macrae, Bontempelli, Mclean, Redpath

 

Our votes: Yeo, Daniel, Gaff

Umpires: Stevic, Dalgleish, Findlay

 

Attendance at Subiaco Oval: 38,934

 

About Les Currie

I'm a passionate lifelong Bulldog supporter born and raised in Melbourne, After stints in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne I have now been in Sydney for the last 30 years. I have been involved in the arts all my life predominantly as a Theatre Producer and Manager with early stints in film and television. I am now getting back into writing and enjoying developing the character of Zuka the Flying Wonder Dog and working on a novel set in post '54 Footscray. When not working, writing, watching plays or movies or watching footy I'm at the beach or in the bush avoiding traffic.

Comments

  1. Peter_B says:

    Good summation Les. I enjoyed the first half of the match, but it descended into scrappy trench warfare played between the half forward lines in the second half. Subiaco on the Somme.
    I really liked your speed and spread but there was nothing to kick to up forward. You are definitely Top 4 if you can get all your long term injuries on the paddock at the same time.
    My Eagles are gutsy and tackle ferociously. Lots of forcing stoppages to negate your speed and spread. We are getting value for money, though I suspect our lack of leg speed and good small forwards will catch up with us in Week 2 or 3 of the finals.
    Hope we meet you at Etihad or Subi in a final – anywhere but the MCG.

  2. Daniel Flesch says:

    Warning warning ! Trivia / Hawkporn alert :
    The respective no. 1 jumpers in both teams were worn by ex- Hawthorn multiple P{remiership players Sam Mitchell and Matt Suckling . No need to thank me for this info. :-)

  3. The Bulldogs definitely could have won that game.
    I am surprised that they didn’t since they are good at close games.
    Nice Report Les!

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