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1997
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Position
6th
H&A record
13-9 (5th)
Finals
Lost Semi Final
Captain
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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West Coast started the season strongly and after winning five of their first seven games sat at the top of the table. A poor run saw them win just two of the next seven, and a loss in Sydney in mid-July saw the Eagles fall out of the eight altogether. They recovered, winning five of the last six to finish the regular season in 5th spot and earn a potential double chance, which came in handy as they fell to eventual premiers Adelaide in the qualifying final. The second chance sent the Eagles to Melbourne to play defending champions North Melbourne, where they pushed the Roos all the way before falling in the final quarter to mark the end of another season. Injury hurt the Eagles' chances with Chris Mainwaring, Mitchell White and Daniel Metropolis among those who missed the majority of the season.

Peter Matera had possibly the best season of an already decorated career, excelling in his new role as a half-back and winning his first Club Champion award as well as selection in the All-Australian side. Of his fellow veterans, Dean Kemp continued to lead the midfield brigade and Guy McKenna and Brett Heady also had solid seasons. In just his third full season Fraser Gehrig stamped himself on the competition, earning All-Australian selection alongside Matera. Chad Morrison and Paul Symmons were other youngsters to impress, while Josh Wooden beat top draft pick Michael Gardiner to win the club's Rookie of the Year award. A fading Peter Sumich narrowly won the club's goalkicking for the seventh time in his final season, but with the lowest tally of any winner in the club's history.

Honour boardEdit

Coach: Mick Malthouse

Captain: John Worsfold

Deputies: Guy McKenna (vc), Glen Jakovich, Chris Mainwaring, Peter Matera

Club Champion: Peter Matera

Rookie of the Year: Josh Wooden

Best Clubman: Chris Mainwaring

Leading Goalscorer: Peter Sumich (33)

All-Australians: Fraser Gehrig, Peter Matera

Rising Star nominees: Michael Braun (round 14), Michael Gardiner (round 19)

Milestones: 200 games: Guy McKenna (round 8),

150 games: Peter Matera (round 9), Chris Waterman (round 19), Peter Sumich (qual. final)

100 games: Mitchell White (round 4), Tony Evans (round 19)

SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Senior list
26 Jason Ball 23 Brendon Fewster 3 Chris Mainwaring 37 Craig Smoker 13 Josh Wooden*
6 Drew Banfield 19 Michael Gardiner* 43 Neil Marshall 25 Brett Spinks 24 John Worsfold
32 Ashley Blurton 7 Fraser Gehrig 30 Peter Matera 22 Nick Stone*
38 Michael Braun* 14 Ilija Grgic* 33 Phil Matera 4 Peter Sumich
41 Jonson Clifton 36 David Hart 11 Ashley McIntosh 16 Paul Symmons
35 Ben Cousins 1 Brett Heady 17 Guy McKenna 50 Ryan Turnbull
20 Trent Cummings* 27 Glen Jakovich 8 Daniel Metropolis 39 Chris Waterman
29 Andrew Donnelly 2 Dean Kemp 42 Chad Morrison 12 Mitchell White
15 Michael Dunstan 28 Chris Lewis 21 Jarrad Schofield 40 Paul Whitelaw
18 Tony Evans 5 Andy Lovell* 34 Shane Sikora 44 David Wirrpanda
Rookie list
48 Paul Blair* 46 Todd Nener* 47 Trent Simpson* 45 Ryan Webb*
# Player Games Goals
1 Heady 21 23
2 Kemp 22 13
3 Mainwaring 1 0
4 Sumich 13 33
5 Lovell 16 6
6 Banfield 21 14
7 Gehrig 22 31
8 Metropolis 3 0
11 McIntosh 19 5
12 White 5 4
13 Wooden 18 3
14 Grgic 22 15
16 Symmons 24 15
17 McKenna 20 1
18 Evans 14 7
19 Gardiner 10 9
20 Cummings 2 1
21 Schofield 20 5
22 Stone 14 4
23 Fewster 3 6
24 Worsfold 14 0
25 Spinks 2 0
26 Ball 14 7
27 Jakovich 16 3
28 Lewis 15 23
29 Donnelly 10 8
30 Pe.Matera 21 7
32 Blurton 3 0
33 Ph.Matera 19 30
35 Cousins 18 22
36 Hart 7 1
38 Braun 7 1
39 Waterman 12 0
42 Morrison 24 9
43 Marshall 2 0
44 Wirrpanda 6 2
50 Turnbull 24 67

ResultsEdit

Ansett Cup

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
1 Sydney Subiaco W 78-37 1st
2 Geelong Kardinia Park L 72-78 6th
3 Fremantle Subiaco W 111-71 3rd
4 Hawthorn Subiaco W 112-88 1st
5 Melbourne MCG W 126-78 1st
6 Western Bulldogs WACA L 99-113 2nd
7 Brisbane Gabba W 139-60 1st
8 Richmond MCG L 67-119 3rd
9 Essendon Subiaco W 110-85 2nd
10 North Melbourne Princes Park L 58-103 5th
11 St Kilda Subiaco L 73-89 5th
12 Collingwood Victoria Park W 71-55 3rd
13 Carlton Subiaco L 79-86 5th
14 Adelaide Football Park L 31-106 8th
15 Port Adelaide Subiaco W 85-67 6th
16 Sydney SCG L 75-112 9th
17 Geelong Subiaco W 129-82 9th
18 Fremantle Subiaco W 82-49 7th
19 Hawthorn Waverley W 87-66 6th
20 Melbourne WACA W 97-59 5th
21 Western Bulldogs Western Oval L 68-86 7th
22 Brisbane WACA W 120-81 5th
QF Adelaide Football Park L 66-88
SF North Melbourne MCG L 85-98

Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Pe.Matera 37 21
2nd Kemp 35 22
3rd (tie) Morrison 33 24
3rd (tie) Symmons 33 24
5th Heady 31 21
6th Banfield 30 21
7th McKenna 29 20
8th Gehrig 29 22
9th Grgic 28 22
10th Turnbull 27 24

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Sumich 33 . Kemp 488 . Pe.Matera 22.29 . Gehrig 115
2nd Gehrig 31 Pe.Matera 468 Kemp 22.18 Heady 104
3rd Ph.Matera 30 Symmons 423 Lewis 21.13 Morrison 103
4th Lewis 23 Morrison 408 Banfield 19.29 Pe.Matera 93
5th Heady 23 Banfield 405 Symmons 17.63 Symmons 92


# Kicks Handballs Tackles Hit-outs
1st Pe.Matera 336 . Kemp 192 . Kemp 63 . Grgic 150
2nd Kemp 296 Banfield 176 McKenna 58 Turnbull 123
3rd Morrison 282 Symmons 168 Banfield 53 Gardiner 85
4th Heady 258 McKenna 145 Symmons 41 Ball 55
5th Symmons 255 Pe.Matera 132 Pe.Matera 39 Jakovich 24