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Jack Petruccelle
Photo: aflphotos.com
DOB
12/4/99
Height
185cm
Weight
78 kg
Junior club
Northern Knights/Epping JFC
Arrived
Pick 38 in the 2017 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 6 2018 vs Fremantle
(239th Eagles player)
Games
84
Goals
68
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
20th (2019, 2021, 2023)
Other clubs
Nthn Knights (TAC Cup) 2017
East Perth (WAFL) 2018

Victorian speedster Jack Petruccelle was West Coast's fifth selection in the 2017 draft.

West Coast career[]

A former basketballer,[1] Petruccelle represented Vic Metro in the national Under-18 competition before setting the fastest 20-metre sprint time at the draft combine, recording just 2.87 seconds. On being drafted, Petruccelle was described as a versatile player with elite speed and vertical leap.

After a four-goal haul for East Perth, Petruccelle was called up to make his debut in the first Derby to be played at Perth Stadium. Playing as a defensive forward, he had a quiet game but kicked two goals against Port Adelaide the following week to showcase his potential, before being forced out of the side with an ankle injury. He made one further senior appearance later in the year, but his WAFL form dropped away at the tail end of the season.

After a strong pre-season and the offseason retirement of Mark LeCras, Petruccelle was tapped for a spot in the forward line in round 1 and held his spot for most of the year, earning a Rising Star nomination with a five-goal haul in a heavy loss to Port Adelaide. Dropped for the first final, the speedster was recalled the following week in place of a suspended Willie Rioli, kicking one goal as the Eagles' flag defence ended at the hands of Geelong.

Petruccelle struggled during the pandemic-affected 2020 season, losing his spot early in the year and then suffering a serious hamstring injury. He returned in time for the finals but had limited effectiveness. Those hamstring issues continued throughout 2021 and 2022, with repeated recurrences limiting him to just eight games in 2022. Petruccelle stayed relatively healthy through 2023 and played 18 games, occasionally playing off half-back or through the midfield. He signed a new two-year deal at the end of the year.

Stats[]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2018 3 2 0 7 3 9 16 3 0 EP 14 15 15 101 55 68 169 31
2019 20 21 15 143 70 60 203 38 12 WCE 2 6 1 20 7 4 24 5
2020 6 2 5 22 9 20 42 7 5 N/A
2021 17 16 8 108 59 69 177 27 7 WCE 0
2022 8 8 8 61 30 20 81 18 8 4 3 3 39 14 18 57 11
2023 18 10 7 114 46 108 222 55 36 1 0 2 8 2 9 17 0
Tot 72 59 52 455 217 286 741 148 68
Avg 0.8 6.3 3.0 4.0 10.3 2.1 0.9

References[]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Petruccelle

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/J/Jack_Petruccelle.html

http://www.wafl.com.au/player/jack-petruccelle

  1. Rhys Dickinson, westcoasteagles.com.au (29 November 2017), "Petruccelle keen to join Eagles' forwards": http://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/2017-11-29/athletic-petruccelle-raring-to-go
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