Essendon – 14.16 (100)
West Coast – 20.12 (132)
West Coast has been led to its first win in 8 weeks thanks to a spectacular 12 goal haul from forward Mark LeCras. The first quarter was fairly close, with LeCras kicking all of West Coast’s four goals, as the Eagles took a three point lead at the first change. They simply kept stretching the lead at each break, as LeCras continued to add goals to his tally, eventually running out to a 32 point victory.
LeCras now has 50 goals for the year and sits third in the hunt for the Coleman Medal. Meanwhile the Bombers seem to be looking strong for the wooden spoon, especially from the bookies viewpoint with Essendon sitting at $3.80 behind West Coast who sit at $2.80 favourites.
Key Players for Essendon
Travis Colyer – 27 disposals, with 9 contested possessions and 2.1. One of the few Bombers to have any kind of impact.
Brent Stanton – 21 disposals for the night, with an efficiency of 81%. Also contributed 3 goals and had 8 inside 50s.
Key Players for West Coast
Mark LeCras – Just spectacular. 12.2. for the night and he churned through 5 opponents for he night. The rest has been said.
Matthew Priddis – Dominated in the midfield to collect 33 disposals, with 12 contested possessions, 6 tackles, and 9 clearances.
Musings from the match
- The Bombers keep saying there isn’t any internal problems at the club, but surely that has to be a lie?
- Mark LeCras had a cracker, obviously.
- Essendon only had 4 less inside 50s, but West Coast had 9 more assists.
- Essendon are getting too many goals from midfielders and not enough from forwards.
- Matt Priddis continues his maturing as a good midfielder and often doesn’t get the praise he deserves in my opinion.
- Jay Neagle had enough shots with 1.4. to his name.
SuperCoach Points – Highs and Lows
Mark LeCras (226) leads this pack unsurprisingly. He was joined by teammates Matt Priddis (148), Ashton Hams (128), Andrew Embley (122), and Adam Selwood (121). For the Dons it was youngster Travis Colyer (113), with Brent Stanton (109), Jason Winderlich (107), and Nathan Lovett-Murray (102) close behind.
Tom Belchambers (14) had the lowest score for the night, with Jake Melksham (28), Eric Mackenzie (31), Courtenay Demspey (34), Mark McVeigh (38), and Alwyn Davey (39) all doing poorly. Note that there is only one Eagle in that list.