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1996
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Position
5th
H&A record
15-7 (4th)
Finals
Lost Semi Final
Captain
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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After their premiership defence fizzled out in 1995, West Coast looked to reassert themselves as a premiership threat in 1996. That task started poorly with the side losing four of its first five games, before finding their rhythm with a 106-point demolition of the Demons which sparked an eleven-game winning streak. Overcoming the loss of several key personnel, including captain John Worsfold and champion defender Glen Jakovich to serious knee injuries, the Eagles qualified for the finals in fourth spot. After easily accounting for Carlton at home, controversy reigned when West Coast was forced to play a "home" semi-final against Essendon in Victoria despite the sixth-placed Bombers having lost their qualifying final - the AFL's contractual arrangements required a final to be played at the MCG every week, but West Coast and the Brisbane Bears had qualified to host the semi-finals. The Bombers smashed the Eagles in front of a fanatical pro-Victorian crowd to end the side's season.

Defensive midfielder Drew Banfield was a surprise winner of the Club Champion award, just pipping veteran wingman Chris Mainwaring and defender Guy McKenna in a close finish. Mainwaring was named on a wing in the All-Australian side, and was joined by Peter Matera (who had reinvented himself as a running half-back) and Mitchell White who also won the club's goalkicking for the first time. With veterans such as Worsfold, Jakovich, Brett Heady and Chris Lewis missing for lengthy periods, opportunities arose for youngsters and a handful stood out, notably Ben Cousins who won the league's Rising Star award playing as a small forward, Chad Morrison and Andrew Donnelly.


Honour boardEdit

Coach: Mick Malthouse

Captain: John Worsfold

Vice-captain: Guy McKenna

Club Champion: Drew Banfield

Rookie of the Year: Andrew Donnelly

Best Clubman: Tony Evans

Leading Goalscorer: Mitchell White (37)

All-Australians: Chris Mainwaring, Peter Matera, Mitchell White

Rising Star nominees: Jarrad Schofield (round 9), Ben Cousins (round 12), Chad Morrison (round 16)

Milestones:

150 games: Dean Kemp (round 19)

100 games: Ashley McIntosh (round 13)


SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Senior list
26 Jason Ball 23 Brendon Fewster* 3 Chris Mainwaring 34 Shane Sikora 44 David Wirrpanda*
6 Drew Banfield 7 Fraser Gehrig 43 Neil Marshall* 37 Craig Smoker* 24 John Worsfold
32 Ashley Blurton 36 David Hart 30 Peter Matera 25 Brett Spinks
20 Shane Bond 1 Brett Heady 33 Phil Matera* 4 Peter Sumich
41 Jonson Clifton* 31 Jason Heatley 11 Ashley McIntosh 16 Paul Symmons
35 Ben Cousins* 27 Glen Jakovich 17 Guy McKenna 38 Luke Trew*
29 Andrew Donnelly* 2 Dean Kemp 8 Daniel Metropolis 50 Ryan Turnbull
22 Ian Downsborough 28 Chris Lewis 42 Chad Morrison 39 Chris Waterman
15 Michael Dunstan 5 Andy Lovell* 10 Don Pyke 12 Mitchell White
18 Tony Evans 9 Brayden Lyle 21 Jarrad Schofield 40 Paul Whitelaw*

(*new addition to playing squad)

# Player Games Goals
1 Heady 7 4
2 Kemp 21 12
3 Mainwaring 22 12
4 Sumich 7 21
5 Lovell 23 13
6 Banfield 24 9
7 Gehrig 24 12
8 Metropolis 22 9
9 Lyle 11 1
10 Pyke 8 0
11 McIntosh 24 1
12 White 23 37
16 Symmons 12 1
17 McKenna 22 5
18 Evans 22 17
20 Bond 3 0
21 Schofield 22 22
22 Downsborough 19 5
23 Fewster 3 0
24 Worsfold 2 0
25 Spinks 3 3
26 Ball 13 25
27 Jakovich 12 1
28 Lewis 8 6
29 Donnelly 20 28
30 Pe.Matera 24 9
31 Heatley 2 6
32 Blurton 4 2
33 Ph.Matera 5 8
34 Sikora 2 0
35 Cousins 20 35
36 Hart 21 6
39 Waterman 12 7
42 Morrison 18 24
44 Wirrpanda 5 4
50 Turnbull 14 5

ResultsEdit

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
Ansett Cup
Fremantle Marrara W 71-57
QF Footscray Waverley W 72-58
SF St Kilda Waverley L 73-57
Home & Away
1 Fremantle Subiaco W 67-45 4th
2 Brisbane WACA L 77-103 9th
3 Essendon Waverley L 50-109 10th
4 Geelong Subiaco L 88-106 14th
5 Carlton Princes Park L 85-86 14th
6 Melbourne Princes Park W 156-50 12th
7 North Melbourne Subiaco W 125-58 11th
8 Sydney WACA W 100-64 8th
9 Hawthorn Waverley W 90-56 8th
10 Adelaide Football Park W 130-76 7th
11 Collingwood Subiaco W 115-62 7th
12 St Kilda Subiaco W 141-108 6th
13 Footscray Western Oval W 71-59 5th
14 Richmond MCG W 68-51 3rd
15 Fitzroy WACA W 131-63 2nd
16 Fremantle Subiaco W 82-48 2nd
17 Brisbane Gabba L 116-163 3rd
18 Essendon Subiaco W 99-93 3rd
19 Geelong Kardinia Park L 82-127 4th
20 Carlton Subiaco W 127-68 4th
21 Melbourne Subiaco W 151-78 3rd
22 Sydney SCG L 50-85 4th
QF Carlton Subiaco W 125-70
SF Essendon MCG L 67-144

Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Banfield 36 24
2nd Mainwaring 35 22
3rd McKenna 34 22
4th Pe.Matera 33 24
5th White 32 23
6th Kemp 31 21
7th McIntosh 31 24
8th Donnelly 29 20
9th Evans 28 22
10th Lovell 28 23

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st White 37 . Mainwaring 465 . Mainwaring 21.14 . White 143
2nd Cousins 34 Banfield 460 Kemp 21.05 Donnelly 118
3rd Donnelly 28 Pe.Matera 458 Jakovich 19.42 McKenna 118
4th Ball 25 Kemp 442 Banfield 19.17 Gehrig 99
5th Morrison 24 Lovell 429 Pe.Matera 19.08 Pe.Matera 98


# Kicks Handballs Tackles Hit-outs
1st Mainwaring 351 . Banfield 220 . Pe.Matera 71 . Downsborough 151
2nd Pe.Matera 339 McKenna 175 Kemp 70 Turnbull 145
3rd Lovell 293 Kemp 168 McKenna 58 Jakovich 40
4th Kemp 274 Evans 152 Evans 52 Ball 35
5th White 262 Schofield 141 Banfield 48 Donnelly 29