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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 10:59 am
Ray Kennedy’s remarkable photograph shows just how close the West Coast Eagles may have come to winning this year’s AFL Grand Final:
Television replays don’t show this very clearly, but prior to Leo Barry cutting across in front of the pack at least one West Coast player (Judd?) seems to have been perfectly positioned to mark. He would have taken a kick for goal (after the siren, to win the game) from only 20 metres or so. My, my. Incidentally, Sydney’s total was the lowest winning score since Carlton defeated Essendon in 1968, and the fifth-lowest winning score since the end of WWI. Yet the match was still enthralling. Additional Grand Final images here, here, here, and here.
UPDATE. Jeremy Cooper and Tony the Teacher point out that the Eagle in question is youngster Mark Seaby, who didn’t have a great game. At least he’s got a great “what if” story to tell in twenty years.
UPDATE II. Simon reports: “At the time most the crowd struggled to see what had happened. I was in the Great Southern Stand and there was literally two or three seconds where most of the ground was silent, waiting to see who ended up with it.”
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