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2020
2020
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Position
7th
H&A record
12-5 (5th)
Finals
Lost EF
Captain
Coach
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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In a season wrecked by the worldwide coronavirus crisis, with teams basing themselves in Queensland for long stretches and games played in front of empty stadiums, West Coast ultimately disappointed, scrapping for a top-four berth throughout the year and narrowly missing out, only to be bundled out in the first week of the finals in a heartbreaking one-point elimination final loss. The Eagles were left to rue a disastrous start to their first stay on the Gold Coast, losing the first three games heavily before getting their season back on track with an extended run of home games in which they remained unbeaten. They returned to Queensland with confidence but a mounting injury list, and were unable to scrape together enough wins to earn a finals double chance.

Individually, Nic Naitanui was a standout performer, taking advantage of finally being fully fit to return to the All-Australian side and win his maiden John Worsfold Medal. He was joined in the All-Australian side by ultra-consistent defender Brad Sheppard and electrifying forward Liam Ryan, while midfielder Andrew Gaff made the extended squad and finished runner-up to Naitanui in the club champion count. West Coast also got good service from a young trio of small defenders in Liam Duggan, Tom Cole and Jackson Nelson, and blooded a number of young players including Xavier O'Neill and Bailey Williams.

Diary

Honour board[]

Coach: Adam Simpson (coaching panel)

Captain: Luke Shuey

Leadership group: Josh Kennedy (vc), Jeremy McGovern (vc), Jack Darling, Andrew Gaff, Nic Naitanui, Elliot Yeo

Club Champion: Nic Naitanui

Emerging Talent: Josh Rotham

Best Clubman: Brad Sheppard

Leading Goalscorer: Josh Kennedy (34)

All-Australians: Nic Naitanui, Liam Ryan, Brad Sheppard

Rising Star nominees: Nil

Milestones:200 games: Andrew Gaff (round 3), Jack Darling (round 4)
150 games: Jamie Cripps (round 3)

Squad[]

Offseason player movements

Senior list Head coach
33 Brayden Ainsworth 3 Andrew Gaff 9 Nic Naitanui 5 Brad Sheppard Adam Simpson
12 Oscar Allen 16 Tom Hickey 30 Jackson Nelson 13 Luke Shuey Assistants
37 Tom Barrass 25 Shannon Hurn 24 Xavier O'Neill 19 Nathan Vardy Jaymie Graham (back)
10 Jarrod Brander 34 Mark Hutchings 21 Jack Petruccelle 18 Daniel Venables Luke Webster (fwd)
39 Jarrod Cameron 40 Callum Jamieson* 8 Jack Redden 2 Jake Waterman Nathan Van Berlo (mid)
28 Tom Cole 23 Lewis Jetta 44 Willie Rioli 26 Francis Watson Adrian Hickmott (res)
15 Jamie Cripps 38 Ben Johnson* 35 Josh Rotham 32 Bailey Williams Daniel Pratt (stopp.)
27 Jack Darling 11 Tim Kelly* 1 Liam Ryan 6 Elliot Yeo Development
14 Liam Duggan 17 Josh Kennedy 31 Will Schofield Gavin Bell (head)
29 Luke Foley 20 Jeremy McGovern 4 Dom Sheed Mark Nicoski (def)
Rookie list Matt Rosa (mid)
41 Brendon Ah Chee 42 Harry Edwards 45 Mitch O'Neill* 43 Anthony Treacy* Chance Bateman (fwd)
22 Hamish Brayshaw 47 Jamaine Jones* 46 Nic Reid*

Player Reviews 2020

# Player Games Goals
1 Ryan 18 26
2 Waterman 10 9
3 Gaff 18 5
4 Sheed 17 8
5 Sheppard 18 2
6 Yeo 10 0
8 Redden 13 1
9 Naitanui 17 5
10 Brander 8 0
11 Kelly 18 5
12 O.Allen 15 18
13 Shuey 13 1
14 Duggan 17 0
15 Cripps 14 9
16 Hickey 3 0
17 Kennedy 17 34
20 McGovern 12 0
21 Petruccelle 6 2
22 Brayshaw 1 0
23 Jetta 6 1
24 O'Neill 5 1
25 Hurn 17 0
27 Darling 18 30
28 Cole 15 3
29 Foley 1 0
30 Nelson 15 0
31 Schofield 4 0
32 Williams 3 1
33 Ainsworth 9 3
34 Hutchings 3 0
35 Rotham 10 0
37 Barrass 18 0
39 Cameron 5 2
41 Ah Chee 16 6
42 H.Edwards 1 0
46 Reid 3 1
47 Jones 2 0

Fixture[]

Rd Date Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
Pre-season
1 Fri 28 Feb Essendon Lathlain Park L 87-95
2 Sat 7 March Fremantle Arena Joondalup L 54-55
Home & away
1 Sun 22 March Melbourne Perth Stadium W 78-51 3rd
(Season postponed)
2 Sat 13 June Gold Coast Carrara L 46-90 12th
3 Sat 20 June Brisbane Gabba L 44-74 15th
4 Sat 27 June Port Adelaide Carrara L 41-89 16th
5 Sat 4 July Sydney Carrara W 77-43 15th
6 Sat 11 July Adelaide Gabba W 67-34 11th
7 Sun 19 July Fremantle Perth Stadium W 62-32 8th
8 Sun 26 July Collingwood Perth Stadium W 111-45 5th
9 Sat 1 August Geelong Perth Stadium W 73-64 4th
10 3-7 August Bye 6th
11 Sun 9 August Carlton Perth Stadium W 72-50 4th
12 Sun 16 August Hawthorn Perth Stadium W 81-49 4th
13 Sun 23 August GWS Giants Perth Stadium W 61-49 4th
14 Thur 27 August Richmond Carrara L 61-88 5th
15 Tue 1 September Essendon Gabba W 60-45 5th
16 Sun 6 September Western Bulldogs Carrara L 47-49 5th
17 Thur 10 September St Kilda Gabba W 65-50 5th
18 Thur 17 September North Melbourne Carrara W 49-34 5th
Finals
EF Sat 3 Oct Collingwood Perth Stadium L 75-76

Final ladder[]

Team P W L D % Pts
1 Port Adelaide 17 14 3 0 136.4 56
2 Brisbane 17 14 3 0 124.9 56
3 Richmond 17 12 4 1 129.9 50
4 Geelong 17 12 5 0 136.8 48
5 West Coast 17 12 5 0 117.0 48
6 St Kilda 17 10 7 0 116.2 40
7 Western Bulldogs 17 10 7 0 106.7 40
8 Collingwood 17 9 7 1 109.5 38
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9 Melbourne 17 9 8 0 107.8 36
10 GWS Giants 17 8 9 0 95.6 32
11 Carlton 17 7 10 0 94.3 28
12 Fremantle 17 7 10 0 93.7 28
13 Essendon 17 6 10 1 79.2 26
14 Gold Coast 17 5 11 1 90.6 22
15 Hawthorn 17 5 12 0 84.1 20
16 Sydney 17 5 11 0 82.6 20
17 North Melbourne 17 3 14 0 71.2 12
18 Adelaide 17 3 14 0 64.4 12

Qualifying finals: Port Adelaide def. Geelong, Brisbane def. Richmond

Elimination finals: Collingwood def. West Coast, St Kilda def. Western Bulldogs

Semi finals: Geelong def. Collingwood; Richmond def. St Kilda

Preliminary finals: Richmond def. Port Adelaide; Geelong def. Brisbane

Jumpers[]

(footyjumpers.com)

Club Champion leaderboard[]

# Player Votes Games # Player Votes Games
1st Naitanui 194 17 11th Sheed 116 17
2nd Gaff 192 18 12th Shuey 112 13
3rd Sheppard 163 18 13th Cole 111 15
4th Barrass 154 18 14th Cripps 104 14
5th Duggan 152 17 15th McGovern 101 12
6th Ryan 150 18 16th Nelson 98 15
7th Kelly 148 18 17th Allen 96 15
8th Darling 145 18 18th Yeo 84 10
9th Kennedy 131 17 19th Redden 84 13
10th Hurn 127 17 20th Waterman 62 10

Stats leaders[]

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Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Kennedy 34 . Gaff 437 . Gaff 24.28 . Sheppard 112
2nd Darling 30 Kelly 361 Kelly 20.26 Duggan 98
3rd Ryan 26 Sheed 336 Sheed 19.76 Barrass 94
4th Allen 18 Sheppard 286 Yeo 19.20 Hurn 87
5th Waterman 9 Duggan 281 Shuey 18.92 Gaff 81
6th Cripps 9 Hurn 271 Duggan 16.53 McGovern 72
7th Sheed 8 Shuey 246 Hurn 15.94 Kennedy 69
8th Ah Chee 6 Redden 204 Sheppard 15.89 Ryan 66
9th Naitanui 5 Nelson 204 Redden 15.69 Darling 64
10th Gaff/Kelly 5 Ryan 194 Jetta 14.33 Nelson 61
Kicks Handballs Clearances Tackles
1st Gaff 251 . Gaff 186 . Naitanui 96 . Kelly 75
2nd Duggan 211 Sheed 164 Sheed 84 Yeo 56
3rd Kelly 208 Kelly 153 Kelly 73 Cripps 45
4th Hurn 205 Redden 106 Shuey 63 Shuey 45
5th Sheppard 194 Shuey 102 Yeo 61 Gaff 42
6th Sheed 172 Sheppard 92 Gaff 41 Allen 41
7th Nelson 150 Yeo 85 Redden 29 Naitanui 40
8th Shuey 144 Naitanui 83 Allen 15 Sheed 40
9th Barrass 144 Ah Chee 78 Duggan 14 Darling 35
10th Ryan 140 Cripps 73 Cripps 13 Sheppard 34

Reserves[]

Due to the coronavirus pandemic that wreaked havoc on 2020, AFL-listed players were prohibited from playing in state leagues. As a result, West Coast did not field a reserves side in the WAFL. Non-selected players participated in a series of informal scratch matches against non-selected players from other clubs when games could be organised.

Tribunal record[]

Rd Player Charge Outcome
2 McGovern Striking A.Sexton (GC) Tribunal upheld 1-match suspension
2 McGovern Rough conduct against A.Sexton (GC) Accepted $1,000 fine
4 Schofield Headbutting Z.Butters (PA) Accepted 1-match suspension
4 Jones Striking J.Westhoff (PA) Accepted $1,000 fine
5 Redden Striking J.Kennedy (Syd) Accepted $750 fine
7 Allen Striking B.Acres (Fre) Accepted $1,000 fine
8 Yeo Striking R.Wills (Col) Tribunal overturned 1-match suspension
8 Sheed Striking T.Adams (Col) Accepted $1,000 fine
11 Shuey Tripping E.Curnow (Car) Accepted $1,000 fine
13 Kelly Rough conduct against A.Kennedy (GWS) Accepted $1,000 fine
15 Naitanui Wrestling S.Draper (Ess) Accepted $500 fine
16 Redden Negligent contact with umpire Accepted $500 fine
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