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2001
2001
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Position
14th
H&A record
5-17
Finals
N/A
Coach
Best & Fairest
Most goals
<--2000
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Following on from the club's first finals absence in a decade, West Coast gutted the playing list, bringing in a collection of recycled players as a host of premiership stars departed either through retirement or trades. With skipper Guy McKenna among the retirees, the Eagles elected to appoint co-captains for the first time, with the duties to be shared between popular veteran Dean Kemp and talented young tyro Ben Cousins.

The Eagles started the season reasonably, winning back to back games against St Kilda and Fremantle to sit just outside the eight after the first month. It went downhill badly from there though, with the club losing 12 of the next 13 to sit just above Fremantle at the foot of the ladder. A couple of late wins lifted the side to 14th, but did little to mask a horror season which ultimately cost coach Ken Judge his job. A series of ugly losses included two 100-point plus shellackings and 10 games with losing margins of more than 60 points. Injuries played their part, with a host of players suffering serious injuries during the season, including Kemp who retired after managing just eight games.

The other co-captain, Cousins, played almost a lone hand throughout the season, winning the Club Champion award in a landslide as well as earning All-Australian selection. Rookie midfielder Daniel Kerr was another rare shining light, unlucky to miss out on the league's Rising Star award. Judge's former Hawthorn charges Michael Collica and Richard Taylor were probably the best of the recruited players.

Honour boardEdit

Coach: Ken Judge

Co-captains: Dean Kemp & Ben Cousins

Vice-captains: Glen Jakovich, David Wirrpanda, Peter Matera

Club Champion: Ben Cousins

Rookie of the Year: Daniel Kerr

Best Clubman: Rowan Jones

Leading Goalscorer: Troy Wilson (40)

All-Australians: Ben Cousins

Rising Star nominees: Daniel Kerr (round 3)

Milestones:

200 games: Ashley McIntosh (round 3)

SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Senior list
4 David Antonowicz 32 Andrew Embley 27 Glen Jakovich 31 Kane Munro
6 Drew Banfield 7 Chad Fletcher 18 Rowan Jones 16 Michael Prior*
10 Michael Braun 1 Michael Gardiner 2 Dean Kemp 36 Phil Read
46 Trent Carroll* 26 Travis Gaspar 34 Daniel Kerr* 25 David Sierakowski*
15 Callum Chambers 23 Darren Glass 30 Peter Matera 8 Richard Taylor*
22 Michael Collica* 35 Kasey Green 33 Phil Matera 50 Ryan Turnbull
9 Ben Cousins 12 Greg Harding* 19 Andrew McDougall* 37 Andrew Williams
20 Dean Cox 38 David Haynes 11 Ashley McIntosh 40 Troy Wilson*
14 Scott Cummings 41 Jeremy Humm* 21 Mark Merenda* 44 David Wirrpanda
29 Andrew Donnelly 39 Adam Hunter 5 Chad Morrison 13 Josh Wooden
Rookie list
43 Zach Beeck* 45 Dean Buszan* 42 Andrew McCarrey* 47 Kris Miller*

(* indicates new addition to playing list)

# Player Games Goals
1 Gardiner 20 13
2 Kemp 8 2
5 Morrison 11 3
6 Banfield 9 4
7 Fletcher 20 8
8 Taylor 21 10
9 Cousins 22 15
10 Braun 9 3
11 McIntosh 12 6
12 Harding 9 0
13 Wooden 11 5
14 Cummings 9 16
15 Chambers 14 2
16 Prior 7 1
18 Jones 18 11
20 Cox 17 2
21 Merenda 19 21
22 Collica 22 1
23 Glass 12 0
25 Sierakowski 1 0
26 Gaspar 6 4
27 Jakovich 22 4
30 Pe.Matera 19 2
31 Munro 7 1
32 Embley 15 15
33 Ph.Matera 16 31
34 Kerr 19 7
35 Green 6 2
37 Williams 22 6
38 Haynes 7 6
39 Hunter 9 0
40 Wilson 18 40
41 Humm 4 0
44 Wirrpanda 21 5
46 Carroll 19 1
50 Turnbull 3 1

ResultsEdit

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
Pre-season
North Melbourne Subiaco L 47-96
Collingwood Subiaco L 78-80
St Kilda Docklands L 97-123
Adelaide Football Park L 46-96
Western Bulldogs Subiaco W 113-60
Home & away
1 Geelong Kardinia Park L 49-115 15th
2 Sydney Subiaco L 89-104 15th
3 St Kilda Docklands W 125-107 13th
4 Fremantle Subiaco W 112-88 10th
5 Richmond Subiaco L 70-109 12th
6 Essendon Docklands L 70-158 14th
7 Port Adelaide Subiaco L 50-121 14th
8 Hawthorn MCG L 58-138 15th
9 Western Bulldogs Subiaco L 77-125 15th
10 Carlton Princes Park L 30-149 15th
11 Brisbane Subiaco L 62-84 15th
12 Collingwood Docklands L 92-173 15th
13 Melbourne Subiaco W 95-88 15th
14 Adelaide Football Park L 51-64 15th
15 North Melbourne Subiaco L 110-154 15th
16 Geelong Subiaco L 80-150 15th
17 Sydney SCG L 48-83 15th
18 St Kilda Subiaco W 171-79 14th
19 Fremantle Subiaco W 98-64 14th
20 Richmond Docklands L 73-138 14th
21 Essendon Subiaco L 47-136 14th
22 Port Adelaide Football Park L 51-163 14th

Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Cousins 30 22
2nd Collica 17 22
3rd Jones 16 18
4th Fletcher 16 20
5th Pe.Matera 14 19
6th Kerr 10 19
7th Wilson 9 18
8th Gardiner 9 20
9th McIntosh 8 12
10th Banfield 7 9


Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Wilson 40 . Cousins 600 . Cousins 27.27 . Gardiner 122
2nd Ph.Matera 31 Taylor 380 Fletcher 18.95 Collica 91
3rd Merenda 21 Fletcher 379 Taylor 18.10 Jakovich 87
4th Cummings 16 Jakovich 323 Morrison 17.36 Wilson 86
5th Embley/Cousins 15 Pe.Matera 312 Pe.Matera 16.42 Williams 82


# Kicks Handballs Clearances Tackles
1st Cousins 335 . Cousins 265 . Cousins 131 . Collica 72
2nd Taylor 274 Kerr 149 Taylor 64 Kerr 67
3rd Fletcher 253 Jones 133 Kerr 59 Taylor 56
4th Pe.Matera 245 Fletcher 126 Jones 55 Jones 54
5th Wirrpanda 245 Collica 111 Fletcher 54 Merenda 48