By Damien Berry
This week, we're taking a look back at Round 15 and a record win to the Bombers from 1989.
Tackling the Eagles in front of around 11,500 at Windy Hill, Essendon was sitting fourth on the table with a 10-4 record, while West Coast had slumped badly after its 1988 finals exit, occupying last place on the VFL table with just two wins.
The match began well for the Bombers, as they opened with an eight goal to nil first term, including three majors to the lively Darren Bewick, which effectively sealed the contest after 25 minutes of footy.
It didn't get any better for the Eagles in the second term as Essendon's lead ballooned to 72 points, while their playmaker Chris Mainwaring's influence was largely blunted by Dean Bailey. The Bombers added five goals that quarter, while Chris Lewis kicked what would be the Eagles only major of the game.
In the second half, it was a matter of how much the Bombers would win by, and indeed whether the Eagles could score another major.
As it turns out they didn't, adding 0.10 after half time and West Coast's final scoreline of 1.12 (18) remains their lowest score in the clubs 30-year history. To make matters worse, the eventual losing margin of 142 points is also the Eagles' greatest losing margin to date.
For the Bombers, Tim Watson was acknowledged by the umpires as the best player on the ground collecting the three Brownlow votes. His afternoon entailed 31 disposals (24 kicks) and a goal, while Paul Van Der Haar and Bradley Plain were awarded the two and one votes respectively.
On the Eagles side of things, Chris Mainwaring was their leading disposal getter with just 22, while John Annear, Chris Lewis and Paul Peos managed to get their hands on the footy around 20 times each.
Essendon 8.2 13.2 17.8 25.10 (160)
West Coast 0.1 1.2 1.7 1.12 (18)
Essendon: Bewick 5, Madden 4, Plain 3, Van Der Haar 3, Anderson 2, Sporn 2, Werner 2, Salmon, T.Daniher, Bailey, Watson
West Coast: Lewis
Essendon: Watson, Van Der Haar, T.Daniher, Bewick, Bailey, Thompson, Long, Plain
West Coast: Mainwaring, Peos, Lewis, Langdon
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