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1991
1991
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Position
2nd
H&A record
19-3 (1st)
Finals
Lost Grand Final
Captain
Best & Fairest
Most goals
<--1990
1992-->

Fresh off their impressive finals run in 1990, West Coast set all sorts of records during the regular season, winning the first twelve matches and spending the entire season on top of the ladder. The Eagles lost just three home-and-away matches - a pair of 3-point losses in Melbourne and then a surprise final-round loss to lowly Fitzroy. West Coast earned the right to host the first-ever final played outside of Melbourne, but were beaten by a much more experiences Hawks side. After that hiccup, the Eagles were forced onto the road for the rest of the finals series, defeating Melbourne easily and then Geelong in a tight tussle to book an historic first Grand Final appearance. Unfortunately, once again Hawthorn proved too experienced and too strong, winning by 9 goals to end West Coast's dream of a fairytale.

Craig Turley had a stunning year, the fan favourite winning the Club Champion award and finishing second in the Brownlow Medal. He earned selection in the All-Australian team, and was joined by three teammates - Peter Matera and Chris Mainwaring picked on the wings and Guy McKenna in the backline. Up forward, Peter Sumich kicked a club record 111 goals, the most-ever by a left footer and still the most goals ever kicked by an Eagle in a single season, although he was beaten to the Coleman Medal by giant Saint Tony Lockett. Some highly talented youngsters emerged onto the scene, in particular key defenders Glen Jakovich and Ashley McIntosh who both played big parts in their first seasons.


Honour boardEdit

Coach: Mick Malthouse

Captain: John Worsfold

Vice-captain: Michael Brennan

Club Champion: Craig Turley

Rookie of the Year: Glen Jakovich

Best Clubman: Chris Waterman

Leading Goalscorer: Peter Sumich (111)

All-Australians: Chris Mainwaring, Peter Matera, Guy McKenna, Craig Turley

Milestones:

100 games: Dwayne Lamb (round 19), Chris Mainwaring (round 22), Michael Brennan (round 24)

SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

38 Adrian Barich 49 Derek Hall* 33 Dale Kickett* 17 Guy McKenna 35 Troy Ugle
44 Tony Begovich 36 David Hart 15 Dean Laidley 55 Craig McNaughton 39 Chris Waterman
11 Todd Breman 36 David Hart 5 Dwayne Lamb 6 Geoff Miles 13 Scott Watters
14 Michael Brennan 16 Mark Hepburn* 19 Karl Langdon 41 Phil Narkle 37 Robert West*
60 Matthew Burton* 29 Peter Higgins 28 Chris Lewis 20 Paul Peos 47 Mitchell White*
32 Matt Clape* 22 David Hynes 45 Andrew Lockyer 10 Don Pyke 9 Peter Wilson
58 Gavin Cooney* 34 Dean Irving 18 Andrew MacNish 23 Murray Rance 24 John Worsfold
31 Ian Dargie* 27 Stevan Jackson 3 Chris Mainwaring 12 Phil Scott 42 Cory Young*
51 Brad Edwards* 48 Glen Jakovich* 8 Steve Malaxos 4 Peter Sumich
40 Tony Evans 25 Laurie Keene 30 Peter Matera 7 Craig Turley
43 Brad Gwilliam 2 Dean Kemp 21 Craig McGrath 50 Ryan Turnbull
Under 19s
53 Ashley McIntosh 46 Shane Porter* 54 Mark Williams*

(* indicated new addition to playing list)

# Player Games Goals
1 Heady 26 47
2 Kemp 23 12
3 Mainwaring 21 16
4 Sumich 25 111
5 Lamb 23 8
7 Turley 26 25
9 Wilson 22 23
10 Pyke 24 4
13 Watters 15 4
14 Brennan 24 3
16 Hepburn 5 0
17 McKenna 26 2
19 Langdon 18 17
20 Peos 7 6
21 McGrath 4 2
22 Hynes 9 4
24 Worsfold 21 1
27 Jackson 7 10
28 Lewis 21 31
30 Matera 26 32
31 Dargie 1 0
33 Kickett 2 0
34 Irving 25 6
35 Ugle 1 1
36 Hart 21 12
37 West 1 1
38 Barich 7 8
39 Waterman 26 6
40 Evans 2 1
42 Young 1 1
45 Lockyer 20 0
47 White 2 0
48 Jakovich 16 8
50 Turnbull 5 1
53 McIntosh 17 11

ResultsEdit

Pre-season 1991

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
1 Melbourne Subiaco W 99-20 1st
2 Collingwood Waverley W 85-58 1st
3 Bye 1st
4 North Melbourne WACA W 127-55 1st
5 Adelaide Subiaco W 130-65 1st
6 Geelong Waverley W 134-89 1st
7 Hawthorn Princes Park W 144-62 1st
8 Essendon Windy Hill W 94-87 1st
9 Fitzroy Subiaco W 125-26 1st
10 Sydney Subiaco W 106-72 1st
11 Richmond Waverley W 117-80 1st
12 Brisbane Carrara W 145-93 1st
13 Footscray WACA W 165-47 1st
14 Carlton Princes Park L 80-83 1st
15 St Kilda Subiaco W 137-93 1st
16 Melbourne MCG W 100-76 1st
17 Collingwood WACA W 135-54 1st
18 Bye 1st
19 North Melbourne MCG L 82-85 1st
20 Adelaide Football Park W 95-80 1st
21 Geelong WACA W 82-81 1st
22 Hawthorn Subiaco W 99-75 1st
23 Essendon Subiaco W 115-52 1st
24 Fitzroy Princes Park L 89-99 1st
QF Hawthorn Subiaco L 101-124
SF Melbourne Waverley W 117-79
PF Geelong Waverley W 79-64
GF Hawthorn Waverley L 86-139

Final ladderEdit

Pos. Team W D L  %
1 West Coast 19 0 3 162.2
2 Hawthorn 16 0 6 135.9
3 Geelong 16 0 6 131.6
4 St Kilda 14 1 7 120.4
5 Melbourne 13 0 9 110.9
6 Essendon 13 0 9 109.2
____ _ ______________ _ ___ _ ___ _ ___ _ _______
7 Collingwood 12 1 9 115.5
8 North Melbourne 12 0 10 91.2
9 Adelaide 10 0 12 89.4
10 Footscray 9 1 12 87.9
11 Carlton 8 0 14 88.9
12 Sydney 7 1 14 85.0
13 Richmond 7 0 15 87.4
14 Fitzroy 4 0 18 66.3
15 Brisbane 3 0 19 69.5


Qualifying Final: Hawthorn def. West Coast

Elimination Finals: Geelong def. St Kilda; Melbourne def. Essendon

Semi Finals: Hawthorn def. Geelong; West Coast def. Melbourne

Prelim Final: West Coast def. Geelong

Grand Final: Hawthorn 20.19.139 def. West Coast 13.8.86


Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Turley 43 26
2nd McKenna 42 26
3rd Matera 41 26
4th Sumich 39 25
5th Waterman 39 26
6th Heady 37 26
7th Brennan 36 24
8th Mainwaring 34 21
9th Lamb 34 23
10th Kemp 33 23

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Sumich 111 . Turley 577 . Mainwaring 24.19 . Sumich 171
2nd Heady 47 Matera 535 Turley 22.19 Heady 149
3rd Matera 32 Mainwaring 508 Matera 20.58 Mainwaring 114
4th Lewis 31 McKenna 469 Watters 19.60 Matera 87
5th Turley 25 Heady 450 Kemp 18.65 Wilson 83
# Kicks Handballs Tackles Hit-outs
1st Matera 401 . Turley 247 . Matera 56 . Irving 284
2nd Mainwaring 369 McKenna 210 Lewis 54 Jakovich 83
3rd Heady 350 Kemp 170 Kemp 46 Hynes 38
4th Turley 330 Lamb 154 McKenna 41 Hepburn 29
5th Waterman 308 Mainwaring 139 Pyke 39 Langdon 24
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