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2005
2005
Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Position
2nd
H&A record
17-5 (2nd)
Finals
Lost Grand Final
Captain
Best & Fairest
Most goals
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After three successive first-round finals exits, West Coast were looking to go deep into the postseason for the first time since the Mick Malthouse days. They could not have started any better, winning their first eight games and 15 of the first 16 to sit four games clear at the top of the ladder. The side went astray in the final few weeks, losing four of the next six and losing top spot to the Crows in the final round.

After winning a thrilling qualifying final against the Swans, West Coast got redemption against Adelaide in a home prelim to book their place at the MCG on the final Saturday in September for the first time since the 1994 premiership. In one of the most exciting Grand Finals in memory, the Eagles hit the front early in the last quarter but couldn't hang on to the lead. With a last roll of the dice, Dean Cox pumped the ball inside the forward 50 where Sydney fullback Leo Barry etched his name into history with a memorable pack mark just before the siren sounded, ending a 72 year premiership drought for the Swans. Little consolation for West Coast was Chris Judd's Norm Smith medal.

The Eagles' engine room was again spectacular, with captain Ben Cousins awarded the Brownlow Medal and winning his fourth Club Champion award. Judd dropped off only microscopically from his 2004 Brownlow-winning season, and the mercurial Daniel Kerr continued to benefit from the extra attention given to the star duo. Supporting midfield cast Chad Fletcher, Andrew Embley and former Crow Tyson Stenglein played their parts to perfection, and Cox stamped himself as the best ruckman in the league.


Honour boardEdit

Coach: John Worsfold

Captain: Ben Cousins

Club Champion: Ben Cousins

Rookie of the Year: Ashley Hansen

Best Clubman: Andrew Embley

Leading Goalscorer: Phil Matera (38)

All-Australians: Ben Cousins, Dean Cox, David Wirrpanda

Rising Star nominees: Adam Selwood (round 16)

Milestones:

250 games: Drew Banfield

200 games: Ben Cousins

150 games: Michael Braun

100 games: Chad Fletcher, Andrew Embley, Daniel Kerr, Dean Cox

SquadEdit

Offseason player movements

Player reviews

Senior list
16 Damien Adkins 1 Michael Gardiner 4 Daniel Kerr 14 Mark Seaby
6 Drew Banfield v 11 Travis Gaspar 19 Mark LeCras* 37 Adam Selwood
43 Zach Beeck 23 Darren Glass 21 Quinten Lynch 15 Brad Smith*
10 Michael Braun 35 Kasey Green 33 Phil Matera 41 Brent Staker
26 Sam Butler 29 Ashley Hansen 25 Daniel McConnell 5 Tyson Stenglein*
17 Daniel Chick 8 Jeremy Humm 2 Andrew McDougall 22 Beau Waters
9 Ben Cousins 39 Adam Hunter 12 Mitch Morton* 44 David Wirrpanda
20 Dean Cox 38 Brett Jones 31 Mark Nicoski 13 Josh Wooden
32 Andrew Embley 18 Rowan Jones 24 Matt Rosa*
7 Chad Fletcher 3 Chris Judd 28 Ashley Sampi
Rookie list
45 Aaron Edwards 48 Jaymie Graham 36 Ashley Thornton*
40 Michael Embley 34 Ben Sharp* 42 Beau Wilkes*

(* New addition to playing list | v Veteran)

# Player Games Goals
1 Gardiner 12 16
2 McDougall 4 3
3 Judd 24 15
4 Kerr 22 8
5 Stenglein 22 9
6 Banfield 25 3
7 Fletcher 25 17
9 Cousins 24 24
10 Braun 24 7
11 Gaspar 2 0
12 Morton 3 1
13 Wooden 1 0
14 Seaby 19 13
16 Adkins 7 4
17 Chick 25 14
18 R.Jones 4 2
19 LeCras 2 2
20 Cox 25 22
21 Lynch 23 31
23 Glass 25 2
24 Rosa 3 0
25 McConnell 2 0
26 Butler 14 3
28 Sampi 19 20
29 Hansen 20 24
31 Nicoski 21 12
32 Embley 18 24
33 Matera 19 38
35 Green 3 2
37 A.Selwood 20 6
38 B.Jones 22 3
39 Hunter 23 14
41 Staker 22 13
44 Wirrpanda 20 2
45 Edwards 4 2
48 Graham 2 3

ResultsEdit

Rd Opponent Venue Res Score Posn
Pre-season
Rd 1 Fremantle Subiaco W 80-73
SF Collingwood Marrara W 106-55
SF North Melbourne Subiaco W 120-40
GF Carlton Docklands L 84-111
Home & away
1 Adelaide Football Park W 64-53 8th
2 Geelong Subiaco W 84-62 3rd
3 Fremantle Subiaco W 88-80 3rd
4 Western Bulldogs Subiaco W 143-107 1st
5 Brisbane Gabba W 157-84 1st
6 Sydney Subiaco W 104-59 1st
7 Hawthorn York Park W 96-77 1st
8 St Kilda Subiaco W 88-52 1st
9 Collingwood MCG L 95-118 1st
10 Port Adelaide Subiaco W 179-62 1st
11 Richmond MCG W 105-103 1st
12 Essendon Subiaco W 106-82 1st
13 Melbourne MCG W 105-90 1st
14 Carlton Subiaco W 139-62 1st
15 North Melbourne Docklands W 101-97 1st
16 Brisbane Subiaco W 111-88 1st
17 Sydney SCG L 67-88 1st
18 Hawthorn Subiaco W 97-49 1st
19 Western Bulldogs MCG L 97-140 1st
20 Fremantle Subiaco W 128-80 1st
21 Geelong Kardinia Park L 33-109 1st
22 Adelaide Subiaco L 74-82 2nd
QF Sydney Subiaco W 69-65
SF Bye
PF Adelaide Subiaco W 93-77
GF Sydney MCG L 54-58

JumpersEdit

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Club Champion leaderboardEdit

# Player Votes Games
1st Cousins 477 24
2nd Judd 416 24
3rd Cox 411 25
4th Fletcher 382 25
5th Glass 367 25
6th Stenglein 364 22
7th Chick 363 25
8th Kerr 340 22
9th Hunter 340 23
10th Wirrpanda 337 20

Stats leadersEdit

# Goals Disposals Disp/game Marks
1st Matera 38 . Cousins 612 . Cousins 25.50 . Cox 163
2nd Lynch 31 Fletcher 589 Fletcher 23.56 Cousins 146
3rd Embley 24 Judd 536 Judd 22.33 Hunter 135
4th Hansen 24 Braun 496 Kerr 20.91 Fletcher 133
5th Cousins 24 Kerr 460 Embley 20.83 Braun 127


# Kicks Handballs Clearances Tackles
1st Cousins 391 . Fletcher 234 . Judd 126 . Chick 84
2nd Fletcher 355 Braun 222 Kerr 101 Stenglein 79
3rd Judd 336 Cousins 221 Cousins 98 Judd 79
4th Wirrpanda 297 Judd 200 Fletcher 92 Kerr 59
5th Braun 274 Kerr 196 Cox 74 Sampi 52

TribunalEdit

Rd Player Charge Outcome
3 Kerr Wrestling D.Headland Accepted $900 fine
7 Hunter Striking M.Williams Reduced to reprimand by Tribunal
7 Lynch Striking C.Brown Accepted reprimand
7 Matera Striking M.Osborne Accepted 1-match suspension
8 Judd Striking S.Baker Accepted 1-match suspension
10 Stenglein Rough conduct against B.Eckermann Reduced to 1-match suspension by Tribunal
12 Hansen Wrestling K.Bradley Accepted $900 fine
12 Edwards Charging M.Lloyd Withdrawn by MRP
14 Nicoski Wrestling H.Scotland Accepted $900 fine
16 Cox Striking J.Charman Accepted reprimand
16 Gardiner Striking C.Johnson Accepted 2-match suspension
17 (WAFL) Adkins Rough conduct and striking Handed 3-game suspension
18 Sampi Rough conduct against J.Lewis Accepted reprimand
19 Chick Rough conduct against C.Grant Accepted reprimand
PF Gaspar Striking K.McGregor Dismissed by Tribunal