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Brad Sheppard
Sheppard
DOB
23/5/1991
Height
186cm
Weight
80 kg
Junior club
East Fremantle/Attadale JFC
Arrived
Pick 7 in the 2009 national draft
Number
12 (2010 - 2011)
5 (2012 - )
Debut
Round 7 2010 vs Hawthorn
(193rd Eagles player)
Games
179
Goals
17
B&F Top 10
5 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Best Finish
3rd (2019)
Other clubs
East Fremantle (WAFL) 2009-2013
East Perth (WAFL) 2014-2018

A clever utility, Brad Sheppard struggled for several seasons to cement a regular place in the senior side and live up to his status as a high draft pick, before finding a permanent home in defence.

West Coast careerEdit

Sheppard, the cousin of Australian cricketers Shaun and Mitch Marsh, won selection in a back-pocket in the All-Australian under-18 side in 2009 before being selected by West Coast with their prized top-10 pick.

He overcame a knee injury to make his debut early in 2010 and showed great promise. Playing primarily as a defender, he played 14 games for the year before an AC joint injury brought an early end to his season.

In 2011 Sheppard struggled to break into a settled Eagles' outfit, playing just six games for the year as West Coast made a surprising charge late into September.

He bounced back in 2012, after starting late and coming through East Fremantle Sheppard broke into the side in round 6. Playing further up the ground than he had earlier in his career, Sheppard played 12 games before succumbing to an ankle injury that, once again, saw his season over too soon.

He again struggled in 2013, with injuries (including shoulder and hamstring troubles) and indifferent form leading to Sheppard bouncing from the senior side to the WAFL.

He started the 2014 season at a new WAFL club, East Perth, but once given an opportunity in the ones he quickly cemented his spot to record probably his best season to date. Used almost exclusively in defence after being tried all over the field earlier in his career, Sheppard turned in some strong performances but once again he unfortunately failed to finish the season, with an ankle injury cutting his year short.

Sheppard turned in the best season of his career in 2015 after settling in the backline and playing every game. Regularly forced to punch above his weight against key forwards thanks to injuries to Eric MacKenzie and Mitch Brown, he did so with aplomb, finishing sixth in the best and fairest and being named Player of the Finals.

He consolidated his position in the backline with another strong season in 2016, playing every game and finishing in the top 10 in the best and fairest for the second straight year. Sheppard again played every game in 2017 and was a solid contributor in defence, his best game coming in Adelaide where he shut down Port's Robbie Gray and kicked a crucial goal. His good form continued throughout 2018, with Sheppard being spoken of as a potential All-Australian candidate, until misfortune struck in the opening final when he damaged a hamstring, ending a run of 95 consecutive games and knocking him out of the club's premiership push.

Looking to join his teammates as a premiership player, Sheppard was in career-best form during 2019 season, playing every game, leading the league in marks and earning selection in the extended All-Australian squad, although he unluckily missed out on the final side. He was rewarded with a personal-best third-place finish in the best and fairest.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2010 14 2 6 118 42 90 208 31 13 EF 5 5 4 63 29 35 98 4
2011 6 1 0 48 17 26 74 22 2 14 6 4 156 53 94 250 56
2012 12 6 3 98 47 58 156 24 8 5 1 6 55 23 29 84 5
2013 13 3 4 97 37 57 154 31 13 6 5 3 70 21 50 120 9
2014 14 0 1 162 57 72 234 34 13 EP 1 0 1 16 12 12 28 2
2015 25 3 4 264 141 163 427 39 11 0
2016 23 1 2 207 110 167 374 48 3 0
2017 24 1 0 188 99 169 357 71 14 0
2018 23 0 1 253 148 120 373 53 1 0
2019 24 0 2 324 188 139 463 37 7 WCE 0
Tot 178 17 23 1759 886 1061 2820 390 85
Avg 0.1 9.9 5.0 6.0 15.8 2.2 0.5

ReferencesEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/B/Brad_Sheppard.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Sheppard

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/2033

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