Western Australia – home of the free to do whatever we want. A place where you can have 30,000 people attend the football or watch it at the pub. You can even and have casual sex with a security guard without the fear of dying. It’s also home of the Derby (pronounced durr-bee here, shut up), a fierce battle between the two WA teams, and basically the pinnacle of Perth’s sporting and social events, here is how it went down.
Are the Eagles still shit?
No, but still rusty.
Coming into the game the Eages (Eagles is too long to scream) had won the previous eight encounters, with this weeks contest a chance to equal the previous best winning streak against the boys in purple.
Both coming off of a win, the Dockers having broke my heart (and in turn a small window in my loungeroom) in their come-from-behind win against the Saints, and the Eagles securing a win against the worst team to take the field in a long time in the Adelaide Crows.
Early in the third quarter the Eagles assumed the ascendancy and never really looked back.
Fremantle tried to mimic last week’s win with a brief resurgence midway through the last but consecutive misses on goal from Lobb and Taberner proved costly.
How The Game Was Won
Basically, the Eagles stopped mucking around with the footy and got it in long, putting faith in a tall forward line who was always going to worry the undersized Fremantle defence. When the tall timber didn’t clunk it The Eagles had numbers at ground level and quality around the ball with the likes of Liam Ryan and Jarrod Cameron (Charlie’s brother) proving an offensive threat also.
It seemed like it took the Eagles a while to realise this though, having mucked about with the ball playing cutesy for the first quarter and a bit, before using the height and firepower in their 50m arc to advantage.
What the Coaches Said
Given the disparity in experience, Justin Longmuir’s focus was his team’s performance rather than the result post match. “They (West Coast) are a lot more experienced than us. They’ve been playing their system for a lot of years now and they returned to some really good form,” he said.
“We just need to improve. I’m not worried about the next derby, I’m worried about the next week. I just spoke to the players about making sure we learn from these experiences. We’ve got a challenge against Geelong here next week and we need to improve on what we dished up tonight.”
Adam Simpson was cautiously optimistic about his teams improvement after their third successive victory. “Our side looks like it’s establishing a good brand and identity of who we are and how we play,” he said. Whether we’re back on track or in a space where we’re going to compete with teams like Collingwood and Geelong in the few weeks, we’ll find out. But the next two or three weeks is really going to define everyone’s season. We’ll have to step up another level to knock off the Pies next week.”
FREMANTLE 2.0 4.1 4.1 5.2 (32)
WEST COAST 2.2 6.4 8.7 9.8 (62)
Fremantle: Taberner 2, Lobb 2, Frederick
West Coast: Kennedy 4, Darling 2, Waterman 2, Cameron
Fremantle: Brayshaw, Walters, Taberner, Lobb, Ryan, Acres
West Coast: Kennedy, Sheppard, Nelson, Kelly, Yeo, Waterman
West Coast: Shuey (hamstring) replaced in selected side by Ainsworth