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Beginnings: The West Coast Eagles Football Club is one of the 16 Australian rules football clubs competing in the Australian Football League. The club, based at Subiaco Oval in Perth, Western Australia, was formed in August 1986.

  • * Record Attendance: 43,027 at Subiaco Oval in round 22, 30 August 2003
  • * Most Games: 276 by Glen Jakovich
  • * Largest Finals Crowd: 97,431 for the 2006 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
6 West Coast 22 16 6 0 2181 1678 130.0 64

Round 5: Talking points

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Matt Priddis secured the AFL's all-time tackles record in the first half against Hawthorn yesterday

1. The tag the Eagles can't lose
The 'flat-track bully' line does not sit well with West Coast coach Adam Simpson, who defends his players whenever it is levelled at them. But the club's recent record at the MCG cannot be ignored and Sunday's loss made it five losses in six matches at the venue, stretching back to the 2015 Grand Final. That loss, also against the Hawks, was fresh in the mind on Sunday as Hawthorn played with a swagger and aggression not seen this season. AFL great Wayne Carey declared this week it was time for the Eagles to acknowledge their shortcomings away from home and particularly at the MCG. Sunday's result, against the winless Hawks, should bring the issue to the fore internally, if it isn't already there. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it was their last chance...

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Back to basics

Hurn post-match v Hawks The Eagles skipper speaks with Eagle Eye TV following his side's disappointing loss to the Hawks on the MCG

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Jackson Nelson stood up when the going got tough against the Hawks

West Coast skipper Shannon Hurn says inconsistent application and tardy ball skills cost the Eagles a shot at knocking over the Hawks.

Hurn said the Eagles were their own worst enemy during the club’s 50-point loss to Hawthorn at the home of football.  

“It’s a challenging game, AFL, but something you have to do every week is make sure your attitude and your behaviours are right,” he said.

“Just because you did alright last week doesn’t mean it rolls into this week. Every week you’ve got to readjust and re-go.

“It was a little bit of ball use, a little bit of defending behind the ball; I think they were the main two ones. It’s just the basics of footy that you have to do well and we...

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Five things we learned

Rd 5 highlights v Hawks The Hawks and Eagles clash in round five

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Tom Barrass was one of West Coast's best yesterday

1. There is no magic formula to replicate the form from one week to the next. After winning a terrific contested game against Sydney at Domain Stadium a week ago, the Eagles could not mirror that performance against Hawthorn. The stats in the contested ball area, usually a key indicator, were not dramatically different, but the Hawks clearly had the ascendancy in play.

2. Positives in the Eagles were performance were tough to find, but three of the team’s younger players produced solid displays and will benefit from the experience. Defenders Tom Barrass and Jackson Nelson and midfielder Liam Duggan were among the better contributors on a tough day.

3. The players and coaching staff were not buying the hype generated in the media – either mainstream or social –...

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Shuey fights on

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Luke Shuey accumulated 20 kicks and 13 handballs against the Hawks

In relative terms, West Coast's season has barely gotten under way. The team has merely jumped out of the starting gates for what is a marathon test of endurance, durability and persistence.

But if the club was to count its John Worsfold Medal votes right now, it is likely classy midfielder Luke Shuey would be leading the way – probably with the versatile Elliot Yeo on his shoulder.

Shuey produced another quality performance against the Hawks and while he would not be expecting Brownlow votes from this game, he was clearly the team's best afield.

He had 20 kicks, 13 handballs, five effective tackles and capped off his game with a couple of quality goals – the second of them from long range following a free kick beyond the 50m arc. He struck it so sweetly that it hit the fence behind the goals on the full.

Shuey has...

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"We’re going to have to fight to the death"

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Andrew Gaff says West Coast is preparing for a hard-fought contest against Fremantle on Saturday night

West Coast is preparing for a “fight to the death” against Fremantle on Saturday night, according to midfielder Andrew Gaff.

The Eagles will be seeking redemption during the 45th instalment of the Carlton Draught Derby following its heavy 50-point defeat to Hawthorn at the home of football, while Fremantle will be hoping to continue its hot run of form after bettering defending premiers the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne the past fortnight.

Gaff said he had been keeping one eye on Fremantle in the lead up to the crosstown clash and was impressed with their ability to bounce back from two big losses at the beginning of the year.

“They are playing well, all credit to them after the first couple of weeks,” he said.

“We’re coming off a bad loss and they are coming off a pretty...

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Royals stave off Demons

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Kurt Mutimer collected 30 disposals, created nine inside 50s, laid 10 effective tackles and kicked a goal against the Demons

East Perth edged out a persistent Perth outfit to record its first win of the 2017 WAFL season at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

In spite of the visiting Demons dominating the early stages of the game, the Royals steadied and eventually ran out 17.13 (115) to 14.11 (95) winners.

East Perth fans could be excused for feeling a little nervous ahead of the half-time siren when Perth booted four unanswered goals to hit the front late in the second quarter, but the home side saw off the challenge and effectively killed the contest with a superb six-goal-to-one third term.

Big man Fraser McInnes was the Royals’ best afield with 25 disposals and 12 marks. He was dominants in the air and finished off his good work with three goals.

Burgeoning midfield talent Kurt...

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Eagles recruit new fans

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West Coast staff taught children a range of fundamental skills, including how to handball, kick and mark a football

The West Coast Eagles recruited some new fans by participating in the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors’ Children in Cultural Transition program recently.

Community engagement coordinator James Grabski and schools and community development officer Joe Wear delivered an interactive sports clinic at Ferrara Park, Girrawheen as part of the CICT program.

The CICT program is a free, fun and shared educational program designed to support primary-aged children from refugee backgrounds transition into mainstream schooling.

Grabski and Wear taught the children a range of fundamental skills, including how to handball, kick and mark a football.

Grabski said it was rewarding to work with the ever-grateful ASeTTS children.

“The objective of these sessions is...

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Eagles ready for fierce contest

AFL 2017 Round 04 - West Coast v Sydney

Matt Priddis says West Coast needs to bring the same ferocity to the contest that helped it defeat the Swans this afternoon

Hawthorn’s 0-4 start to season 2017 will have no bearing on West Coast’s preparations for this afternoon’s clash at the MCG, according to Matt Priddis.

The Eagles midfield star said the squad was readying itself for a bruising contest at the home of football.

“You’ve got to prepare for them to be at their best,” Priddis said.

“They are a very proud footy club and they’ve been so good for so long. The experience they’ve got in that footy club, they’ll know how to handle these sorts of periods.

“There are teams that haven’t won a game yet that could easily play finals. It is round five, it’s so early in the season and everyone is just finding their feet at the moment.”

West Coast will be seeking to rectify its less than favourable record against Hawthorn at the...

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Final teams

AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - GWS Giants v West Coast

West Coast has elected to add more run to its side, with Dom Sheed brought in to replace ruckman Jonathan Giles

West Coast midfielder Dom Sheed has been brought in to replace ruckman Jonathan Giles 90 minutes ahead of the first bounce at the MCG.

Eagles senior coach Adam Simpson discretely flagged the change earlier in the week when he said match committee was open to playing just one ruck and adding another runner at some point this year. 

Sheed, who featured in the club's round two win over St Kilda but suffered a minor injury during the game, has been East Perth's major ball winner the past three WAFL games.

He collected 37 disposals against Claremont a fortnight ago and backed it up with a 24-disposal, one-goal effort against 2016 grand finallists Subiaco last week.

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Hawthorn v West Coast at the MCG, 2.40pm AWST


Hawthorn: Nil
West Coast: Jonathan...

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Late change due to balance: Hickmott

AFL 2017 Round 03 - Richmond v West Coast

Nathan Vardy will shoulder most of West Coast's rucking responsibilities today

West Coast Eagles midfield coach Adrian Hickmott has cited team balance as the reason behind the late change before today’s game with Hawthorn.

Midfielder Dom Sheed has entered the team for ruckman Jonathan Giles, as the Eagles aim to better utilise their pace on the MCG’s large dimensions.

“The move was made for team balance and more for a bit of run,” Hickmott told 6PR radio pregame.

“We are searching for a bit more run on a bigger ground. We will see how that unfolds.”

With Giles out of the squad, a bigger ruck responsibility falls on the shoulders of Nathan Vardy - and Hickmott believes the former Cat will relish the challenge. 

“Our expectation is for him to carry the load well and hold up his end of the bargain in the ruck,” Hickmott said.

However, Hickmott suggested Vardy would not go it alone this...

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Last glance: Eagles v Hawks

AFL 2016 Rd 02 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Jack Darling has kicked three goals in each of his past two encounters with the Hawks


West Coast:

IN - Jack Darling

OUT - Sam Mitchell


IN - Daniel Howe

OUT - Ricky Henderson (Omitted)


West Coast registered its third win of season 2017 with a bruising 26-point win over Sydney at Domain Stadium last Thursday. Eagles skipper Shannon Hurn set the tone for the evening in the opening minutes when he collected Swans superstar Lance Franklin with a big hip and shoulder. The two teams were tied at 14 points apiece after the first quarter, but West Coast’s forwards seized control of the game in the second term and the home side was never headed. Luke Shuey dictated play in the middle of the ground with 30 possessions – 12 of which were contested – and Elliot Yeo had another blinder from half-back. Jamie Cripps kicked a game-high three goals, swingman Jeremy McGovern...

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Round 5: Key moments

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Sam Butler attempts to reel in a contested grab

First quarter:

3.41: Luke Breust finds some space and kicks the game's first goal with a set shot from 45m.

Extra info: Hawthorn get the first goal of the game through Luke Breust. That goal was launched from the kick-in following West Coast's behind score. Hawthorn average six points per game from kick-in chains, ranked fourth in the AFL from this source.

15.41: West Coast pounces on a poor Luke Hodge kick, work their way up the field and Jack Darling converts the move into six points.

Extra info: Tom Mitchell averages more disposals per game than any other player in the competition through the first four rounds, and he is continuing that form in this match by winning a game-high 10 disposals already this quarter.

26.04: Josh Hill bags a goal with a minute left on the clock in his 100th outing for the West Coast Eagles.


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Duggan laments missed opportunities

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Liam Duggan amassed 18 disposals and applied 32 pressure acts against the Hawks

Liam Duggan says West Coast squandered too many opportunities in their 50-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

The Eagles had 19 inside 50s in the third term compared the to Hawks 11, but the away side managed just two goals from those entries.

Duggan believes West Coast has to take more advantage of their supply dominance. 

We thought we missed a few chances in the third,” Duggan said.

We had the opportunities, but just couldn’t take them.

“It was a disappointing result. We wanted to come over and make a statement, but we weren’t able to do that.

“We had our moments but they were too inconsistent.”

Despite the heavy defeat, the Eagles laid seven more tackles than their opponent, a positive that Adam Simpson can take into next week’s Carlton Draught derby.

As West Coast commences their review, Duggan...

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Hawks ambush Eagles

AFL 2017 Round 05 - Hawthorn v West Coast

Luke Shuey attempts to smother a clearing kick from Hawthorn's Tom Mitchell

Reports of Hawthorn's football death were greatly exaggerated.

Alastair Clarkson's under-siege side – facing its first 0-5 start since 1970 – finally saluted on Sunday night at the MCG to get some footing in the 2017 season after a nightmare start.

The 19.11 (125) to 11.8 (74) win over West Coast was set up in a throwback, first-half effort, where a host of premiership stars combined with the young players tasked with taking the club forward.

The Eagles (3-2) have now lost five of their past six matches at the home of football and six of seven overall there against the Hawks.

They won't have another chance to improve that dismal record before a potential finals appearance this year.

Cyril Rioli, Shaun Burgoyne, Ben McEvoy, Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Josh Gibson and Liam Shiels turned back the clock, while...

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Mindset the bigger issue

Simpson post-match v Hawks Watch Adam Simpson's press conference following West Coast's 51-point loss to Hawthorn

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Will Schofield looks on after the loss to the Hawks

West Coast has bigger problems than its inability to win at the MCG, according to coach Adam Simpson, as it prepares for a blockbuster Western Derby against Fremantle in six days.

The Eagles lost their fifth game in six attempts at the MCG on Sunday, extending a run dating back to the 2015 Grand Final that has earned them a "flat-track bullies" tag from critics.

After losing every quarter against the previously winless Hawks and conceding seven goals in a poor final term, Simpson said the Eagles needed to get better at handling adversity regardless of the venue.

"Was it the MCG (that caused the defeat)? I've got no defence on that, but I'm not worried about the ground," Simpson said.

"I'm more worried about our...

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Happy Eagles hone skills

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Jeremy McGovern was all smiles at today's captain's run in Melbourne

The West Coast Eagles went through their final preparations before tomorrow’s contest with Hawthorn in front of a large crowd at today’s captain’s run.

With the Victorian-based Eagles faithful and a number of dedicated travelling supporters watching on, West Coast warmed their legs ahead of their final home and away outing at the MCG for season 2017.

After completing some basic running and stretching drills, it was clear execution and conversion under pressure was at the forefront of the players' minds.

The group practiced their finishing in front of goal from stoppages and honed its end-to-end ball movement under pressure in anticipation of a bruising encounter with aboisterous Hawthorn outfit.

The players still found time for some lighter moments to entertain the onlookers, with Josh Kennedy and Mark LeCras...

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Jack loving the Gov up forward

AFL 2014 Rd 14 - St Kilda v West Coast

Jeremy McGovern's presence in the forward line could free Jack Darling up to use his pace and stamina up the ground

Returning West Coast Eagles forward Jack Darling loves the idea of intercept-marking specialist Jeremy McGovern spending more time in attack.

An ankle injury forced Darling out of the Eagles’ round four win over Sydney, which prompted Adam Simpson to send his All Australian defender into the forward line, with McGovern booting two goals from 19 possessions.

Darling, who has overcome his injury and is back in the side to face the Hawks on Sunday, says McGovern presence up front could release him to use his other strengths.

“In the past we have played with three talls,"Darling told The West Australian.

"If Jezza (Jeremy McGovern) comes down and stays down, that might free me up to play a bit higher and use my pace to get back to goal. It’s pretty exciting and hopefully...

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We must improve on the road

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West Coast has lost four of its past five matches at the MCG

Adam Simpson admits West Coast's interstate form needs to improve, amid calls from Wayne Carey for the Eagles to "put up or shut up" against Hawthorn at the MCG this Sunday.

West Coast is in the unfamiliar situation of starting heavy favourites against the under-siege and winless Hawks, despite the Eagles losing four of their past five games at the Grand Final venue.

Carey told Triple M this week that the Eagles' time for excuses would be over and their away form would be "crap" if they can't knock off Hawthorn.

"He's paid to make comments," Simpson said in response to his former North Melbourne premiership teammate.

"I'm not going to get involved with 'Duck's' commentary, but look, we haven't got a leg to stand on when we lose.
"So all we can do is play at our best.

"I don't think winning and losing is the issue for us...

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One change for Hawks clash

AFL 2016 Rd 22 - West Coast v Hawthorn

Jack Darling booted three goals from 12 disposals against the Hawks in round 22 last year

After much deliberation, West Coast has opted to make just one change ahead of its round five fixture against Hawthorn at the MCG.

It was a case of a good ankle in and a bad ankle out this week when West Coast’s match committee recalled Jack Darling to replace Sam Mitchell.

Darling rolled his ankle during the Eagles’ round three defeat to Richmond and medical staff elected to err on the side of caution and rest him for the club’s clash with Sydney.

The 24-year-old’s return will be well received given he has performed well against the Hawks in recent battles.

Darling booted three goals the last time the teams met and helped West Coast secure the second of its three-straight wins at the back end of the 2016 home-and-away season.

Senior coach Adam Simpson said he will wait and see how Darling...

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Eagles lining up for East Perth


Lewis Jetta will be looking to back up last week's 36 disposal effort

East Perth will have 15 West Coast-listed players at its disposal on Saturday afternoon against Perth.

Eric Mackenzie, Mark Hutchings and Lewis Jetta, who were among the Royals’ best in a big loss to Subiaco last week, will again push for senior selection ahead of next week’s Carlton Draught Derby against Fremantle.

Category B rookie Tarir Bayok will return to the field after a hamstring battle, while fellow-rookie Tom Gorter will look to continue his good form down back.

It is yet to be determined which of the following players will play league or reserves football.

Full list of West Coast Eagles players available for East Perth selection:

Paddy Brophy

Tom Gorter

Tom Lamb

Eric Mackenzie

Fraser McInnes

Kurt Mutimer     

Luke Partington 

Jordan Snadden

Daniel Venables

Lewis Jetta

Mark Hutchings

Josh Rotham


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