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1998
S98r09
Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Position
7th
H&A record
12-10 (7th)
Finals
Lost Qualifying Final
Captain
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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After three successive early finals exits following the 1994 flag, West Coast entered 1998 looking to once again stamp their authority on the AFL. The season started poorly with the Eagles losing five of the first seven games to drop as low as 12th, before a six-game winning streak saw them climb into the top 3. They sealed their finals spot with a few weeks to go, but lost their final two games to finish 7th and book a sudden-death final at the MCG against premiership hopefuls Western Bulldogs. In a controversial decision, inspirational captain John Worsfold was left out of the side on advice from the medical team. The Bulldogs demolished West Coast and Worsfold never played again.

West Coast were well served throughout the season by a combination of premiership veterans and young guns. One of the former, full-back Ashley McIntosh, won his first Club Champion award in a stellar season in which he also earned All-Australian selection. Guy McKenna and Chris Waterman were other senior players to star during the season, while at the other end of the spectrum Ben Cousins made the All-Australian side (for the first of many times) in just his third season and Michael Braun, Chad Morrison and Phil Read also showed plenty of promise. Fraser Gehrig established himself at full-forward following the retirement of Peter Sumich, leading the club with 42 goals.

Honour boardEdit

Coach: Mick Malthouse

Captain: John Worsfold

Vice-captain: Guy McKenna

Club Champion: Ashley McIntosh

Rookie of the Year: Phil Read

Best Clubman: John Worsfold

Leading Goalscorer: Fraser Gehrig (42)

All-Australians: Ben Cousins, Ashley McIntosh

Rising Star nominees: Michael Braun (round 1)

Milestones: 200 games: Chris Lewis (round 3), John Worsfold (round 9)

150 games: Glen Jakovich (round 13), Brett Heady (round 17), Ashley McIntosh (round 20)

100 games: Drew Banfield (round 1), Ryan Turnbull (round 4)


SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Senior list
4 David Antonowicz 23 Brendon Fewster 5 Andy Lovell 21 Jarrad Schofield 24 John Worsfold
26 Jason Ball 19 Michael Gardiner 3 Chris Mainwaring 34 Shane Sikora
6 Drew Banfield 7 Fraser Gehrig 43 Neil Marshall 22 Nick Stone
10 Michael Braun 14 Ilija Grgic 30 Peter Matera 16 Paul Symmons
15 Callum Chambers 1 Brett Heady 33 Phil Matera 50 Ryan Turnbull
9 Ben Cousins 25 Todd Holmes 11 Ashley McIntosh 39 Chris Waterman
35 Jaxon Crabb 27 Glen Jakovich 17 Guy McKenna 12 Mitchell White
20 Trent Cummings 31 Rowan Jones 8 Daniel Metropolis 37 Andrew Williams
29 Andrew Donnelly 2 Dean Kemp 42 Chad Morrison 44 David Wirrpanda
18 Tony Evans 28 Chris Lewis 36 Phil Read 13 Josh Wooden
Rookie list
45 Laurie Bellotti 41 Chad Fletcher 47 Trent Simpson
40 Conrad Chambers 46 Todd Nener 38 Heath Younie
# Player Games Goals
1 Heady 15 21
2 Kemp 17 6
3 Mainwaring 3 0
5 Lovell 4 1
6 Banfield 22 11
7 Gehrig 23 42
8 Metropolis 15 1
9 Cousins 23 20
10 Braun 20 14
11 McIntosh 23 2
12 White 14 11
13 Wooden 13 0
14 Grgic 1 0
16 Symmons 19 12
17 McKenna 22 1
18 Evans 5 0
19 Gardiner 15 4
21 Schofield 14 5
22 Stone 14 0
23 Fewster 14 13
24 Worsfold 17 2
25 Holmes 3 0
26 Ball 20 20
27 Jakovich 21 1
28 Lewis 15 14
29 Donnelly 13 12
30 Pe.Matera 21 17
31 Jones 2 1
33 Ph.Matera 14 13
34 Sikora 1 0
35 Crabb 2 0
36 Read 21 12
37 Williams 5 1
39 Waterman 22 5
42 Morrison 22 21
43 Marshall 2 0
44 Wirrpanda 1 1
50 Turnbull 8 1

ResultsEdit

Ansett Cup

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
1 North Melbourne MCG L 101-103 9th
2 Collingwood Subiaco W 116-56 5th
3 Fremantle Subiaco W 94-67 3rd
4 Sydney WACA L 99-118 6th
5 Richmond MCG L 71-86 10th
6 St Kilda Subiaco L 119-121 11th
7 Adelaide Football Park L 71-79 12th
8 Carlton Subiaco W 92-84 11th
9 Geelong Kardinia Park W 65-44 9th
10 Western Bulldogs WACA W 113-100 8th
11 Port Adelaide Football Park L 57-55 7th
12 Hawthorn WACA W 123-108 3rd
13 Essendon MCG W 83-72 3rd
14 Melbourne Subiaco L 79-96 4th
15 Brisbane Gabba W 76-49 5th
16 North Melbourne Subiaco L 80-94 7th
17 Collingwood Victoria Park W 86-65 6th
18 Fremantle Subiaco W 99-60 5th
19 Sydney SCG L 68-74 7th
20 Richmond Subiaco W 112-73 5th
21 St Kilda Waverley L 55-63 7th
22 Adelaide Subiaco L 81-106 7th
QF Western Bulldogs MCG L 51-121

Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st McIntosh 39 23
2nd Cousins 37 23
3rd Waterman 30 22
4th Gehrig 30 23
5th Ball 29 20
6th McKenna 29 22
7th Braun 28 20
8th Banfield 28 22
9th Read 26 21
10th Morrison 25 22

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Gehrig 42 . Cousins 489 . Cousins 21.26 . Gehrig 144
2nd Heady 21 Waterman 411 Kemp 20.12 Waterman 112
3rd Morrison 21 Pe.Matera 375 Waterman 18.68 Morrison 104
4th Ball 20 McKenna 370 Pe.Matera 17.86 McIntosh 90
5th Cousins 20 Banfield 365 McKenna 16.82 Ball 89


# Kicks Handballs Clearances Tackles
1st Pe.Matera 294 . Cousins 195 . Cousins 77 . McKenna 64
2nd Cousins 294 McKenna 161 Banfield 71 Pe.Matera 55
3rd Waterman 265 Banfield 148 Ball 62 Banfield 51
4th Morrison 260 Waterman 146 Kemp 60 Braun 41
5th Jakovich 222 Kemp 142 Braun 41 Kemp 40