Blog log from R21 of 2015: West Coast vs Western Bulldogs

LeCras marks at 25m on the flank and is made to earn it by Hamling, no 50m penalty though. The Frenchman goals anyway. (Q1 1:18)
Sheppard fumbles on the rebound near the Dog hotspot, Wallis mops up and gives to Crameri who snaps on the turn… it’s good! (Q1 3:07)
Gaff snaps wide from heavy traffic in the pocket 20m out. (Q1 4:48)
Hill marks at 40m on the flank, but doesn’t score. (Q1 6:49)
Sinclair gets a rather soft ruck free on Campbell at 45m on the flank. Again the set shot doesn’t score, marked on the line by Hamling. (Q1 8:19)
Wallis just snicks the post on the way through with a quick snap from 45m in front. (Q1 9:49)
LeCras roves a throw-in in the pocket and tries an unlikely snap from near the behind post… narrow. (Q1 15:15)
The Eagles try to rebound by hand, Morris wins a ground ball on the wing and starts a counter attack which ends with Wallis hitting Redpath 20m out in front for a goal. (Q1 16:20)
In what was always going to be a highly zonal, chess-like game, there is lots of ball movement and plenty of interest despite the lack of scoring action. (Q1 17:00)
Kennedy marks near the boundary in front of Morris at 30m in the vortex pocket. JJK threads the needle with a typically high quality finish! (Q1 18:19)
Murphy dithers on the HBF and inexplicably handballs straight to Sinclair, who makes him pay with a goal from 35m. (Q1 19:58)
Stringer leaps over Bennell and clunks a high Dahlhaus ball at 30m on the flank. He goals. (Q1 21:45)
Kennedy dives and marks a Sinclair ball on the boundary 25m out, but can’t perform another miracle, just a miss. (Q1 24:30)
Kennedy flies over Wood and marks a Shuey ball at much the same spot as his last shot, but misses again. (Q1 25:19)
Hutchings passes to Kennedy at 40m on the flank. JJK goals this time. (Q1 27:21)
Darling marks the next centre clearance at CHF in front of Talia and gives to Shuey running past for another one. (Q1 28:21)
Despite not having any recognised tall defenders, the Eagle zone is working two defenders on a lone Dog forward on the last line, and the Dogs are falling for it too often. (Q1 28:46)
Luke Beveridge has a lot of work to do at QT, as the Dogs were outplayed at their own zonal game that quarter, particularly towards the end. (Qtr Time)
Murphy passes to Wallis who runs to CHF and snaps to an empty square… just wide. (Q2 0:44)
Kennedy leaps in front of a pack and marks a high Ellis ball at 30m on the flank. JJK goals again. (Q2 3:20)
Wallis forces a turnover at the hotspot, the ball to the square bounces off Redpath and is volleyed by Stringer for a goal from 10m! (Q2 5:32)
Dahlhaus passes to Dickson at 30m in the vortex pocket, near the boundary. Kennedy managed to make this same shot work… Dickson replicates that quality with a goal! (Q2 6:46)
Hurn roves a Redpath drop at 40m in front after the Dogs win a centre clearance, but his handball is sharked by Crameri who goals off the left boot! Dogs within a point. (Q2 8:22)
Clearances have turned the Doggies’ way in the past few minutes with Naitanui resting on the bench. (Q2 8:52)
The Eagles bust through the Dog wall across half forward, Bennell has Kennedy over the back on the HFF, he gives to Cripps who snaps truly from near the hotspot. (Q2 11:01)
Bennell is tackled and his handball skews to some Dogs on the wing, Redpath baulks Naitanui and shoots from 45m on a slight angle… wide. (Q2 13:01)
Another fast break by the Eagles down member’s wing, McGinnity passes to Cripps just inside 50m on the flank. Cripps misses. (Q2 13:39)
This time it’s the Dogs who have a fast break from halfback started by Murphy, Crameri roves a Redpath contest at CHF and gives to Stringer to run into the open goal! (Q2 16:38)
Sheed roves a spoil outside CHF and has Sinclair on his own over the back of Hamling to mark 15m out. Sinclair marks and goals. (Q2 17:58)
Naitanui to Hutchings at the next centre bounce, the pass goes to Darling at 50m on a slight angle. Darling looks but has to take the set shot… and sprays it OOTF. (Q2 19:18)
Darling marks a quick SHuey stoppage clearance on the HFF and has Hill over the back of Wood at the hotspot. Hill marks and goals. (Q2 20:43)
Stringer marks a Johannisen ball on the boundary 25m out, clutching the ball to his shin. He doesn’t score. (Q2 21:59)
Crameri rises over a big pack at the hotspot and clasps a big grab and kicks a much-needed goal for the Bulldogs. (Q2 23:26)
Hill passes to Kennedy on the lead at 30m on the flank, yet another mark where he is untouched by Dog defenders. JJK misses this one, though. (Q2 24:56)
Biggs commits a clanger with a kick in the BP straight to LeCras 35m out near the boundary. LeCras splits the middle. (Q2 25:29)
Naitanui gets a ruck free on Redpath for a push at the top of the square for the easiest of goals. The Eagles crowd around him to show their support. (Q2 28:39)
Stringer flies over two Eagles running back with the flight for a long Crameri ball from the HFF, he falls to ground but juggles the mark. He goals in the last minute before 3QT. (Q2 31:51)
Naitanui gives to Cripps for a flying snap from near the hotspot after the first centre bounce of Q3, but Cripps hears footsteps of the cavalry and sprays it wide. (Q3 0:23)
Stringer gets corralled on the HFF but manages to hit Dahlhaus with a poked kick to 35m on the flank. Dahlhaus shanks it, Redpath marks near the behind post and goals! (Q3 5:58)
Hutchings spoils a dangerous Bontempelli kick across halfback, runs through CHF and goals from 45m. (Q3 9:22)
Kennedy marks at 50m on the flank but sprays OOTF. (Q3 10:03)
Kennedy juggles and marks in front of a pack at 45m on the flank. His set shot starts left but swings right and through. (Q3 12:07)
Kennedy marks again in the vortex pocket at 50m near the boundary. He sails through another beautiful set shot for his fifth major! (Q3 14:07)
Dickson catches Yeo HTB near the hotspot and boots his second goal, to the hoots of the Eagle crowd who evidently don’t understand the rules of the game. (Q3 16:18)
Redpath gathers a long Johannisen ball in the pocket and gives to Stringer who baulks around Hurn and snaps truly from 25m! (Q3 20:23)
Hill marks a long Sheed ball to the hotspot behind Smith. He goals, just. (Q3 22:59)
Jong flies against three Eagles including Naitanui and grabs a Wood ball to 40m on a slight angle. He misses. (Q3 26:51)
Priddis releases Hill for a snap on the lope from 40m on the flank in the vortex pocket… it’s good, and that’s most likely the sealer. (Q3 29:11)
Talia kicks OOTF on the HFF, Gaff hits the top of the square where Hill flies and marks over a big pack for the first goal of Q4 junk time. (Q4 3:43)
Sheed intercepts a Biggs rebound kick from the BP at 45m on the flank. He goals. (Q4 6:45)
Wallis chases back for a Stringer grubber to the square, gathers near the behind post, rides a tackle and snaps a goal. (Q4 9:30)
Shuey drops the knees to draw a high contact free on Smith at 20m on the flank. He gives to Newman who screws through a goal. (Q4 10:45)
Darling roves his own crumb and goals from the hotspot despite a lunge from Smith. (Q4 14:01)
McGinnity is favoured by a chaos ball by Kennedy as it bounces past a few contests to him cheating over the back, he goals from 15m. (Q4 19:19)
Sinclair roves yet another perfect Naitanui ruck tap on the HFF and passes to LeCras at 35m near the boundary. LeCras, a noted junk time specialist, splits the middle. (Q4 21:01)
Darling has LeCras next to the square for a long ball from CHF, but he gets put on a severe angle and misses. (Q4 22:56)
Naitanui fights for a ground ball at half forward after a Daniel fumble, Rosa passes to Kennedy at 40m on a slight angle who boots his sixth goal. (Q4 24:31)
14 marks to JJK, next best from either side is 6. (Q4 25:01)
Hutchings is the next Eagle to join the party by getting behind the Dog defence on a fast break, marking in the square and playing on into the open goal. (Q4 27:27)
Kennedy marks over Talia at the hotspot and boots his seventh goal in the last minute. (Q4 31:15)

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