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2006
2006
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Position
Premiers
H&A record
17-5 (1st)
Finals
Won Grand Final
Captain
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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Looking to go one better after the previous year's heartbreaking grand final loss, the 2006 season got off to a horrible start when Ben Cousins was stripped of the captaincy following a bizarre 'booze-bus' incident in the pre-season. With fellow Brownlow Medalist Chris Judd installed as captain, albeit a little reluctantly, West Coast burst out of the blocks, winning their first five games. After making a habit of reeling in big deficits (none more so than the classic match in Geelong where West Coast came back from 57 points down to win by 3), the Eagles finished the home and away season as minor premiers.

Earning a home final against arch-rivals Sydney, West Coast went down by a single point in a memorable encounter. Facing sudden death, the Eagles easily dispatched Western Bulldogs in a home semi-final before travelling to Adelaide for a prelim against the Crows. West Coast once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, earning a rematch against the Swans. In one of the classic grand finals of the modern era, West Coast got out to a handy lead and were able to hold off a fast-finishing Sydney to win their third flag. Midfielder Andrew Embley won the Norm Smith Medal for his efforts, often running into the defensive 50 in the final stanza to take a saving mark.

As usual West Coast's success was driven by its dominant midfield, led by new captain Judd, his predecessor Cousins, Daniel Kerr, Chad Fletcher, Embley and ruckman Dean Cox. Full forward Quinten Lynch kicked more goals in a season than any Eagle since Scott Cummings' Coleman Medal year, and full back Darren Glass held sway in the back half.


Honour boardEdit

Coach: John Worsfold

Coaching panel: Rob Wiley, Tony Micale, Peter Sumich, Neil Ross, Darren Harris

Captain: Chris Judd

Vice-captain: Andrew Embley

Club Champion: Chris Judd

Rookie of the Year: Jaymie Graham

Best Clubman: Dean Cox

Leading Goalscorer: Quinten Lynch (65)

All-Australians: Ben Cousins, Dean Cox, Darren Glass, Chris Judd.

Rising Star nominees: Matt Rosa (round 10), Mark LeCras (round 22)

Milestones:

150 games: David Wirrpanda

100 games: Darren Glass, Chris Judd, Adam Hunter

SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Player reviews

Senior list
16 Damien Adkins 11 Travis Gaspar 19 Mark LeCras 37 Adam Selwood
6 Drew Banfield v 23 Darren Glass 21 Quinten Lynch 15 Brad Smith
10 Michael Braun 22 Jaymie Graham 33 Phil Matera 30 Matt Spangher*
26 Sam Butler 29 Ashley Hansen 2 Andrew McDougall 41 Brent Staker
17 Daniel Chick 39 Adam Hunter 27 Ben McKinley* 5 Tyson Stenglein
9 Ben Cousins 25 Shannon Hurn* 12 Mitch Morton 8 Beau Waters
20 Dean Cox 38 Brett Jones 31 Mark Nicoski 44 David Wirrpanda
32 Andrew Embley 18 Rowan Jones 24 Matt Rosa 13 Josh Wooden
7 Chad Fletcher 3 Chris Judd 28 Ashley Sampi
1 Michael Gardiner 4 Daniel Kerr 14 Mark Seaby
Rookie list
35 Steve Armstrong* 45 Matt Priddis* 36 Ashley Thornton
40 Michael Embley 34 Ben Sharp 42 Beau Wilkes

(* new addition to playing list | v Veteran)

# Player Games Goals
1 Gardiner 3 1
2 McDougall 1 1
3 Judd 23 29
4 Kerr 21 11
5 Stenglein 26 10
6 Banfield 14 2
7 Fletcher 24 5
8 Waters 23 8
9 Cousins 22 20
10 Braun 25 4
12 Morton 1 1
13 Wooden 2 1
14 Seaby 23 11
17 Chick 23 14
18 R.Jones 23 9
19 LeCras 4 5
20 Cox 21 14
21 Lynch 26 65
22 Graham 24 9
23 Glass 25 1
24 Rosa 15 3
25 Hurn 6 1
26 Butler 14 6
28 Sampi 12 12
29 Hansen 14 17
31 Nicoski 12 5
32 Embley 23 31
35 Armstrong 10 10
37 A.Selwood 26 8
38 B.Jones 15 0
39 Hunter 22 29
41 Staker 23 24
44 Wirrpanda 24 8
45 Priddis 2 0

ResultsEdit

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
Pre-season
Rd 1 Fremantle Subiaco L 65-127
St Kilda Rushton Park W 84-76
Carlton Traeger Park L 61-87
Hawthorn Leederville L 55-88
Home & away
1 St Kilda Subiaco W 84-66 7th
2 Adelaide Football Park W 90-88 3rd
3 Richmond Subiaco W 136-90 2nd
4 North Melbourne Manuka W 95-71 2nd
5 Brisbane Subiaco W 122-63 1st
6 Fremantle Subiaco L 83-88 3rd
7 Collingwood Subiaco W 112-98 2nd
8 Essendon Docklands W 113-92 1st
9 Melbourne Subiaco W 97-75 1st
10 Geelong Kardinia Park W 101-98 1st
11 Carlton Subiaco W 111-101 1st
12 Port Adelaide Football Park L 60-97 2nd
13 Western Bulldogs Subiaco L 64-73 2nd
14 Hawthorn MCG W 114-104 2nd
15 Sydney Subiaco W 67-65 2nd
16 Collingwood Docklands L 90-127 2nd
17 Adelaide Subiaco W 165-83 2nd
18 St Kilda Docklands W 98-59 2nd
19 North Melbourne Subiaco W 107-81 2nd
20 Brisbane Gabba W 114-52 1st
21 Fremantle Subiaco L 61-118 1st
22 Richmond MCG W 173-85 1st
QF Sydney Subiaco L 84-85
SF Western Bulldogs Subiaco W 113-39
PF Adelaide Football Park W 85-75
GF Sydney MCG W 85-84

JumpersEdit

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Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Judd 452 23
2nd Glass 440 25
3rd Cousins 429 22
4th Stenglein 419 26
5th Selwood 410 26
6th Kerr 370 21
7th Lynch 368 26
8th Cox 359 21
9th Braun 340 25
10th Hunter 332 22

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Lynch 65 . Judd 595 . Judd 25.87 . Selwood 147
2nd Embley 31 Cousins 553 Cousins 25.14 Lynch 143
3rd Judd 29 Fletcher 543 Kerr 22.95 Cox 141
4th Hunter 29 Selwood 506 Fletcher 22.63 Embley 138
5th Staker 24 Braun 504 Braun 20.16 Stenglein 133
6th Cousins 20 Braun 482 Butler 19.93 Graham 130
7th Hansen 17 Stenglein 478 R.Jones 19.65 Hunter 122
8th Cox 14 R.Jones 452 Selwood 19.46 Waters 120
9th Chick 14 Embley 443 Embley 19.26 R.Jones 117
10th Sampi 12 Wirrpanda 412 Nicoski 18.50 Fletcher 116
# Kicks Handballs Clearances Tackles
1st Judd 332 . R.Jones 274 . Judd 142 . Stenglein 126
2nd Embley 313 Judd 263 Kerr 100 Judd 112
3rd Cousins 312 Braun 256 Cousins 92 Braun 73
4th Fletcher 308 Kerr 249 Stenglein 66 Selwood 72
5th Wirrpanda 297 Cousins 241 Fletcher 65 Chick 71
6th Stenglein 275 Selwood 239 Cox 59 Kerr 67
7th Selwood 267 Fletcher 235 Seaby 39 Butler 59
8th Lynch 253 Stenglein 203 Butler 37 Fletcher 59
9th Braun 248 Waters 177 R.Jones 34 Waters 58
10th Cox/Kerr 233 Glass 171 Selwood 33 R.Jones 57

TribunalEdit

Rd Player Charge Outcome
NAB Chal Waters Tripping R.Houlihan Accepted reprimand
1 Kerr Striking R.Harvey Accepted reprimand
5 Waters Rough conduct against R.Copeland Accepted 2-match suspension
14 Kerr Striking S.Mitchell Downgraded to 1-week suspension at Tribunal
19 Chick Striking J.Sinclair Accepted 1-match suspension
QF Chick Rough conduct against N.Malceski Charge withdrawn by MRP
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