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Dom Sheed
Photo: aflphotos.com
DOB
10/4/1995
Height
184cm
Weight
83 kg
Junior club
Subiaco/Mines Rovers JFC
Arrived
Pick 11 in the 2013 national draft
Number
4
Debut
Round 1 2014 vs Western Bulldogs
(216th Eagles player)
Games
165
Goals
69
Honours
Premiership medal (2018)
Rookie of the Year (2015)
B&F Top 10
2 (2019, 2021)
Best Finish
2nd (2021)
Other clubs
Subiaco (WAFL) 2012-2013
East Perth (WAFL) 2014-2018

A talented all-round midfielder from Kalgoorlie, Dom Sheed won the Larke Medal as the best player at the 2013 national under-18 carnival before being drafted to West Coast, where he became a premiership hero.

West Coast career[]

West Coast were said to be very keen on Sheed well out from the draft - the downgrade of pick 6 to pick 11 may have been done in the belief that he would still be available after the top 10. If so, the ploy worked, with Sheed joining the club he supported as a kid and given the retiring Daniel Kerr's number 4.

The Subiaco product came on slowly in his rookie season. After making his debut in the opening round Sheed spent the middle part of the season learning his trade at East Perth before winning back a senior spot, eventually finishing with 10 AFL appearances for the year (starting 5 of them as the sub).

Sheed developed in leaps and bounds in 2015, becoming a regular member of the midfield, playing 23 games and averaging just a touch under 20 disposals a game. He was a clear winner of the club's Rookie of the Year award as well as finishing third in the league-wide Rising Star award.

Expected to build on that performance in 2016, Sheed instead had a horror start to the season. After missing the pre-season with a knee injury, he injured his pectoral muscle in his first hitout for East Perth. Just as he was about to return he hurt his knee again. Sheed eventually made it back late in the season to play the last six games. After a slow start to 2017 he found form mid-season, putting together a series of strong games in the midfield as the club pushed into the finals.

Sheed had an up-and-down season during 2018. Earmarked as one of the players to fill the breach left by the retirements of Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell, Sheed's form wavered and he found himself dropped to East Perth on multiple occassions. The suspension of Andrew Gaff handed him one last opportunity which he took with both hands, putting in a number of strong performances during the finals series culminating in his clutch game-winning goal late in the Grand Final. Sheed carried that momentum into 2019, playing an integral part in the Eagles' engine room. He played every game, making his 100th appearance late in the year and smashing his previous career bests in both possessions and clearances, and was recognised with his first top-ten finish in the John Worsfold Medal.

Sheed had a solid season during the Covid-created chaos of 2020, playing almost every game and finishing third at the club in disposals behind Gaff and Tim Kelly. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the best and fairest in 2021, playing every game and leading the side in disposals.

Unfortunately Sheed's 2022 season was a write-off. After suffering an ankle injury during the pre-season, he worked his way back to full fitness through the WAFL but played just one senior game before a stress injury in his lower leg saw him shut down for the year. The following year was only marginally better, with Sheed's progress interrupted by a fractured larynx before a hotspot in his foot ended his season early.

Stats[]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2014 10 1 3 51 17 56 107 27 18 EP 11 9 7 122 52 112 234 20
2015 23 10 11 229 70 220 449 52 55 0
2016 6 1 2 51 17 43 94 11 9 5 2 0 50 12 29 79 9
2017 21 11 13 272 104 196 468 53 76 3 2 1 51 10 33 84 13
2018 18 8 7 231 72 182 413 33 79 4 3 3 74 16 56 130 15
2019 24 16 15 344 128 291 635 39 119 WCE 0
2020 17 8 3 172 55 164 336 40 84 N/A
2021 22 9 6 320 108 259 579 51 116 WCE 0
2022 1 0 0 11 2 9 20 4 2 3 0 0 38 13 41 79 6
2023 15 5 4 184 84 182 366 47 63 0
Tot 157 69 64 1865 657 1602 3467 357 621
Avg 0.4 11.9 4.2 10.2 22.1 2.3 4.0

Tribunal record[]

Year Rd Charge Outcome
2017 18 Making careless contact with umpire Accepted $1,000 fine
2020 8 Striking T.Adams (Col) Accepted $1,000 fine
2021 22 Striking B.Banfield (Fre) Accepted $3,000 fine

References[]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/D/Dom_Sheed.html

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

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/4517

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