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2015
S15r09
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Position
2nd
H&A record
16-5-1 (2nd)
Finals
Lost GF
Captain
Coach
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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West Coast's hopes of a first finals appearance since 2012 took a heavy hit during the pre-season when reigning club champion Eric MacKenzie suffered a serious knee injury, and looked extremely remote when his replacement Mitch Brown suffered the same fate during the opening quarter of Round 1. However, following those early setbacks and a poor start to the year, Adam Simpson's Eagles clicked into gear, winning 11 of 12 games through the middle of the season to raise the side's hopes of not only participating in the finals, but going deep into September. Despite a couple of hiccups late in the season, West Coast held on to second spot on the ladder to earn a home qualifying final, then beat reigning premiers Hawthorn to book a home preliminary final for the first time in a decade. After overcoming a plucky North Melbourne the Eagles progressed to a Grand Final berth that had seemed almost impossible at the start of the year, but that was the end of the fairytale as the inexperienced side was overwhelmed by Hawthorn on the big day.

The Eagles' massive improvement from 2014 was built on career-best seasons by a number of players, most significantly spearhead Josh Kennedy who won the Coleman Medal with 80 goals. Kennedy was joined in the All-Australian side by midfielders Andrew Gaff and Matt Priddis, with Gaff winning the John Worsfold Medal and Priddis following on from his 2014 Brownlow Medal with a second-placed finish in the 2015 count and running second to Gaff in the club's best and fairest. Will Schofield and Jeremy McGovern were tremendous in key defensive posts in the absence of MacKenzie and Brown, and Brad Sheppard and Sharrod Wellingham also became unlikely heroes down back after previously inconsistent West Coast careers. A couple of young midfielders in Dom Sheed and Liam Duggan also showed great promise, with Sheed finishing third in the Rising Star award and Duggan playing 12 impressive games in his rookie season.

Diary

Honour boardEdit

Coach: Adam Simpson (coaching panel)

Captain: Shannon Hurn

Leadership group: Josh Kennedy (vc), Scott Selwood (vc), Eric MacKenzie, Matt Priddis, Beau Waters

Club Champion: Andrew Gaff

Rookie of the Year: Dom Sheed

Best Clubman: Josh Kennedy

Leading Goalscorer: Josh Kennedy (80)

All-Australians: Andrew Gaff, Josh Kennedy, Matt Priddis

Rising Star nominees: Dom Sheed (round 15)

Milestones: 150 games: Mark LeCras (round 22)
100 games: Luke Shuey (round 15), Andrew Gaff (round 16), Jack Darling (round 21)

SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Playing squad

Senior list
37 Tom Barrass 3 Andrew Gaff 40 Dylan Main 10 Scott Selwood
44 Jamie Bennell 33 Josh Hill 7 Chris Masten 4 Dom Sheed
1 Mitch Brown 25 Shannon Hurn 35 Patrick McGinnity 5 Brad Sheppard
26 Sam Butler 34 Mark Hutchings 20 Jeremy McGovern 13 Luke Shuey
19 Damien Cavka* 39 Malcolm Karpany 36 Fraser McInnes 22 Callum Sinclair
21 Brant Colledge 17 Josh Kennedy 9 Nic Naitanui 32 Simon Tunbridge
15 Jamie Cripps 28 Tom Lamb* 30 Jackson Nelson* 42 Alec Waterman*
27 Jack Darling 2 Mark LeCras 11 Matt Priddis 8 Beau Waters
14 Liam Duggan* 29 Scott Lycett 24 Matt Rosa 12 Sharrod Wellingham
18 Xavier Ellis 16 Eric MacKenzie 31 Will Schofield 6 Elliot Yeo
Rookie list
45 Corey Adamson* 47 Kane Lucas* 38 Murray Newman
46 Paddy Brophy* 41 Will Maginness 43 Rowen Powell

(* indicates new addition to playing list)

Player Reviews 2015

# Player Games Goals
1 Brown 1 0
2 LeCras 24 45
3 Gaff 25 11
4 Sheed 23 10
5 Sheppard 25 3
6 Yeo 24 18
7 Masten 22 2
9 Naitanui 23 17
10 Selwood 13 2
11 Priddis 24 7
12 Wellingham 24 4
13 Shuey 25 24
14 Duggan 12 1
15 Cripps 25 34
17 Kennedy 25 80
18 Ellis 15 1
20 McGovern 20 3
21 Colledge 1 0
22 Sinclair 20 13
24 Rosa 17 3
25 Hurn 25 3
26 Butler 17 2
27 Darling 15 26
28 Lamb 1 1
29 Lycett 6 3
30 Nelson 11 1
31 Schofield 21 0
32 Tunbridge 1 0
33 Hill 22 40
34 Hutchings 13 7
35 McGinnity 9 4
36 McInnes 7 6
37 Barrass 3 0
38 Newman 2 1
44 Bennell 9 0

ResultsEdit

Rd Date Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
Pre-season
1 Fri 27 Feb Carlton Rushton Park W 78-47
2 Sun 8 March Port Adelaide Norwood Oval L 49-89
3 Sun 22 March Fremantle Subiaco L 85-104
Home & away
1 Sat 4 April Bulldogs Docklands L 87-97 11th
2 Fri 10 April Carlton Subiaco W 131-62 7th
3 Sun 19 April Fremantle Subiaco L 81-111 10th
4 Sun 26 April Brisbane Gabba W 118-65 8th
5 Sat 2 May GWS Giants Subiaco W 120-33 5th
6 Sun 10 May Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval W 78-68 2nd
7 Sat 16 May Gold Coast Subiaco W 135-43 2nd
8 Sat 23 May St Kilda Docklands W 131-78 2nd
9 Sun 31 May Geelong Subiaco W 120-64 2nd
10 Sun 7 June North Melbourne Bellerive L 75-85 3rd
11 Sat 13 June Essendon Subiaco W 96-46 3rd
12 Fri 19 June Richmond MCG W 90-70 2nd
13 Bye 2nd
14 Sat 4 July Melbourne Marrara Oval W 114-60 2nd
15 Sat 11 July Adelaide Subiaco W 147-91 2nd
16 Sat 18 July Collingwood Docklands W 87-56 2nd
17 Sun 26 July Sydney Subiaco W 103-51 2nd
18 Sat 1 August Gold Coast Carrara D 83-83 2nd
19 Sat 8 August Hawthorn Subiaco L 74-88 2nd
20 Sun 16 August Fremantle Subiaco W 104-80 2nd
21 Sun 23 August Bulldogs Subiaco W 162-85 2nd
22 Sun 30 August Adelaide Adelaide Oval L 69-126 2nd
23 Sat 5 September St Kilda Subiaco W 125-30 2nd
QF Fri 11 September Hawthorn Subiaco W 96-64
SF 18-19 September Bye
PF Sat 26 September North Melbourne Subiaco W 80-55
GF Sat 3 October Hawthorn MCG L 61-107

Final ladderEdit

Team P W L D/NR  % Pts
1 Fremantle 22 17 5 0 118.7 68
2 West Coast 22 16 5 1 148.2 66
3 Hawthorn 22 16 6 0 158.4 64
4 Sydney 22 16 6 0 127.1 64
5 Richmond 22 15 7 0 123.1 60
6 Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 115.1 56
7 Adelaide 22 13 8 1* 115.7 54
8 North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 106.5 52
_ ____________________ _ _ _ _____ ___ ___
9 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 106.8 48
10 Geelong 22 11 9 2* 101.1 48
11 GWS Giants 22 11 11 0 99.0 44
12 Collingwood 22 10 12 0 106.3 40
13 Melbourne 22 7 15 0 77.0 28
14 St Kilda 22 6 15 1 78.4 26
15 Essendon 22 6 16 0 74.0 24
16 Gold Coast 22 4 16 1 72.9 18
17 Brisbane 22 4 18 0 67.5 16
18 Carlton 22 4 18 0 64.8 16

(*Adelaide and Geelong each received 2 points after Round 14 match called off)

Qualifying finals: Fremantle def. Sydney, West Coast def. Hawthorn

Elimination finals: North Melbourne def. Richmond, Adelaide def. Western Bulldogs

Semi finals: Hawthorn def. Adelaide, North Melbourne def. Sydney

Preliminary finals: Hawthorn def. Fremantle, West Coast def. North Melbourne

Grand Final: Hawthorn 16.11.107 def. West Coast 8.13.61

JumpersEdit

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Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games # Player Votes Games
1st Gaff 210 25 11th Hurn 126 25
2nd Priddis 206 24 12th Masten 116 22
3rd Kennedy 183 25 13th Schofield 105 21
4th Shuey 174 25 14th Hill 105 22
5th LeCras 163 25 15th McGovern 102 20
6th Sheppard 161 25 16th Sheed 102 23
7th Cripps 158 25 17th Butler 91 17
8th Naitanui 156 23 18th Sinclair 67 20
9th Wellingham 133 24 19th Rosa 66 17
10th Yeo 129 24 20th Darling 59 15

Stats leadersEdit

Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Kennedy 80 . Gaff 738 . Priddis 29.63 . Kennedy 168
2nd LeCras 45 Priddis 711 Gaff 29.52 Sheppard 141
3rd Hill 40 Shuey 593 Masten 24.91 LeCras 122
4th Cripps 34 Masten 548 Shuey 23.72 Yeo 120
5th Darling 26 Sheed 449 Sheed 19.52 Wellingham 115
# Kicks Handballs Clearances Tackles
1st Gaff 415 . Priddis 472 . Priddis 183 . Priddis 176
2nd Hurn 297 Gaff 323 Shuey 152 Cripps 139
3rd LeCras 284 Shuey 320 Naitanui 93 Shuey 123
4th Shuey 273 Masten 296 Gaff 70 Naitanui 82
5th Sheppard 264 Sheed 220 LeCras/Sheed 55 Yeo 82

TribunalEdit

Rd Player Charge Outcome
4 Naitanui Tripping J.Redden Accepted $1,000 fine
8 Yeo Striking J.Webster Accepted 1-week suspension
11 Ellis Rough conduct against J.Daniher Accepted $1,000 fine
14 LeCras Striking N.Jetta Accepted $1,000 fine
18 LeCras Rough conduct against M.Shaw Accepted $1,500 fine
19 LeCras Rough conduct against J.Frawley Accepted 1-week suspension
20 Masten Biting N.Suban Suspended for 2 weeks by Tribunal
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