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1988
1988
Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Position
5th
H&A record
13-9 (4th)
Finals
Lost Elimination Final
Coach
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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After their history-making inaugural season, West Coast (with new coach John Todd at the helm) started 1988 strongly, winning their first three games to hit the top of the ladder. After a mid-season slump during which they lost five games in a row, the Eagles fought their way back into the top five, finishing fourth at the end of the home-and-away season and earning a place in their first-ever finals series. The elimination final ended in heartbreak as Melbourne won by just 2 points, but it marked a successful year for the young side.

Youngsters were chiefly responsible for the side's strong season, with tough midfielderJohn Worsfold having a breakout year to win the Club Champion award, ably assisted by Chris Mainwaring and rookie defender Guy McKenna. Some experienced VFL players lent solid support including former Footscray key position player Murray Rance who spent most of the year in defence, and skipper Ross Glendinning who spent the season at full-forward and finished with 73 goals before announcing his retirement at the end of the year.

Honour boardEdit

Coach: John Todd

Captain: Ross Glendinning

Vice-captain: John Annear

Club Champion: John Worsfold

Rookie of the Year: Guy McKenna

Best Clubman: Phil Scott

Leading Goalscorer: Ross Glendinning (73)

All-Australians: Steve Malaxos

VFL Team of the Year: John Worsfold

SquadEdit

Off-season player moves

16 John Annear 26 Alex Ishchenko 1 Wally Matera 35 Troy Ugle
38 Adrian Barich 25 Laurie Keene 17 Guy McKenna 31 Chris Waterman
14 Michael Brennan 15 Dean Laidley 6 Geoff Miles 24 John Worsfold
11 Kevin Caton 5 Dwayne Lamb 7 Phil Narkle 32 Murray Wrensted
16 Joe Cormack 19 Karl Langdon 21 David O'Connell 27 Mark Zanotti
30 John Gastev 28 Chris Lewis 22 Michael O'Connell
4 Ross Glendinning 45 Andrew Lockyer 20 Paul Peos
36 David Hart 18 Andrew MacNish 23 Murray Rance
33 Don Holmes 3 Chris Mainwaring 12 Phil Scott
9 Brent Hutton 8 Steve Malaxos 10 Dean Turner
# Player Games Goals
1 Matera 13 11
2 Annear 19 12
3 Mainwaring 20 11
4 Glendinning 19 73
5 Lamb 23 9
6 Miles 23 15
8 Malaxos 11 4
9 Hutton 8 9
10 Turner 15 12
11 Caton 1 1
12 Scott 18 18
14 Brennan 18 1
15 Laidley 11 6
16 Cormack 7 7
17 McKenna 18 0
19 Langdon 14 15
20 Peos 11 6
21 D.O'Connell 7 4
22 M.O'Connell 10 8
23 Rance 22 5
24 Worsfold 21 4
25 Keene 12 7
26 Ishchenko 12 1
27 Zanotti 15 3
28 Lewis 12 15
30 Gastev 17 15
31 Waterman 7 2
32 Wrensted 13 7
33 Holmes 6 6
35 Ugle 8 1
36 Hart 20 17
38 Barich 11 6
45 Lockyer 18 14

ResultsEdit

Panasonic Cup

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
1 Geelong Kardinia Park W 104-83 4th
2 Essendon WACA W 175-76 1st
3 Brisbane WACA W 192-74 1st
4 Collingwood Victoria Park L 55-94 4th
5 Footscray WACA W 100-93 4th
6 North Melbourne MCG L 110-123 5th
7 St Kilda WACA W 112-36 2nd
8 Hawthorn Subiaco L 63-116 5th
9 Carlton Subiaco L 87-100 6th
10 Richmond MCG L 75-116 7th
11 Melbourne MCG L 73-93 7th
12 Sydney SCG L 61-104 8th
13 Fitzroy Subiaco W 121-87 5th
14 Essendon Windy Hill L 85-112 6th
15 Geelong Subiaco W 126-106 6th
16 Brisbane WACA W 98-89 6th
17 Fitzroy MCG L 64-134 7th
18 Melbourne Subiaco W 122-78 6th
19 North Melbourne Subiaco W 115-84 5th
20 St Kilda Moorabbin W 97-88 5th
21 Collingwood Subiaco W 111-51 4th
22 Footscray Western Oval W 53-29 4th
EF Melbourne Waverley Park L 71-73

Final ladderEdit

Pos. Team W D L  %
1 Hawthorn 19 0 3 142.0
2 Collingwood 15 1 6 112.7
3 Carlton 15 0 7 119.4
4 West Coast 13 0 9 111.9
5 Melbourne 13 0 9 102.1
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6 Essendon 12 0 10 108.4
7 Sydney 12 0 10 99.7
8 Footscray 11 0 11 104.3
9 Geelong 10 0 12 104.9
10 Richmond 8 0 14 85.1
11 North Melbourne 7 1 14 89.5
12 Fitzroy 7 0 15 83.8
13 Brisbane 7 0 15 74.6
14 St Kilda 4 0 18 82.1


Qualifying Final: Carlton def. Collingwood

Elimination Final: Melbourne def. West Coast

Semi Finals: Hawthorn def. Carlton; Melbourne def. Collingwood

Prelim Final: Melbourne def. Carlton

Grand Final: Hawthorn 22.20.152 def. Melbourne 6.20.56


Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Worsfold 111 21
2nd McKenna 101 18
3rd Mainwaring 174 20
4th Rance 70 22
5th Scott 65 18
6th Glendinning 59 19
7th Annear 55 19
8th Keene 53 12
9th Ishchenko 43 12
10th Malaxos 38 11

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Glendinning 73 . Worsfold 466 . Malaxos 22.82 . Worsfold 120
2nd Scott 18 Mainwaring 455 Mainwaring 22.75 Glendinning 112
3rd Hart 17 Lamb 450 Annear 22.71 Rance 98
4th Lewis 15 Annear 422 Worsfold 22.19 Mainwaring 97
5th Langdon 15 Rance 349 Lamb 19.57 Gastev 74
6th Gastev 15 Gastev 328 Gastev 19.29 Miles 74
7th Miles 15 McKenna 325 McKenna 18.06 McKenna 73
8th Lockyer 14 Hart 317 Wrensted 17.77 Annear 65
9th Turner 12 Matera 266 Turner 17.07 Lockyer 62
10th Annear 12 Miles 257 Rance 15.86 Lamb 61
Kicks Handballs Tackles Hit-outs
1st Mainwaring 331 . Annear 160 . Worsfold 40 . Keene 211
2nd Worsfold 331 McKenna 156 Mainwaring 30 Scott 170
3rd Lamb 307 Lamb 143 Gastev 29 Ishchenko 151
4th Annear 262 Worsfold 135 Matera 27 D.O'Connell 35
5th Hart 255 Mainwaring 124 Miles 25 Glendinning 9
6th Rance 242 Rance 107 Lamb 24
7th Gastev 230 Malaxos 100 Turner 23
8th Miles 182 Gastev 98 Brennan 18
9th Matera 176 Matera 90 Annear 18
10th McKenna/Glendinning 169 Turner 90 4 players 17
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