FANDOM


Matt Clape
Clape
DOB
28/5/1969
Height
187cm
Weight
86 kg
Junior club
East Perth/Margaret River JFC
Arrived
Pick 9 in the 1990 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 14 1992 vs Hawthorn
(79th Eagles player)
Games
29
Goals
14
Honours
Premiership medal (1995, Car)
Rookie of the Year (1992)
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
n/a
Last app.
Round 20 1994 vs Hawthorn
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 1994 season
Other clubs
East Perth (WAFL) 1988-1994
Carlton (AFL) 1995-1998

Matt Clape was one of the many players who flew the coop in the early 90s to find success elsewhere after struggling to break into the strong West Coast side of the time.

West Coast careerEdit

Drafted from East Perth with a high pick received from North Melbourne in return for the rights to reluctant Eagle Peter Mann, Clape was forced to bide his time at the Royals during his first season as West Coast made their run into the grand final.

It wasn’t until the second half of the 1992 season that he was given his first run in the seniors, in a win against Hawthorn at Waverley. He played another 8 games in his first season but was dropped before the finals and missed out on playing in the premiership, although he did receive the club’s Rookie of the Year award.

The following year he played 14 games, generally off a half-back flank. The best of them came in a close loss to Geelong at Kardinia Park when he had 14 touches, 2 goals and received 2 Brownlow votes.

After a frustrating 1994 during which he played only 6 games, spent most of the year at East Perth and again missed out on the premiership campaign, Clape was delisted. Mick Malthouse commented later that he had hoped the decision to cut him loose wouldn’t “bite us on the bum”, which was prophetic.

Carlton careerEdit

Clape was picked up by Carlton in the 1995 pre-season draft and was an instant success at Princes Park, playing an important role in the Blues’ premiership win. He ended up playing 58 games for Carlton between 1995 and 1998 before injuries brought an early end to his AFL career.

Post-AFL careerEdit

Clape spent some time as an assistant coach at East Perth.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T WAFL Gm G
1991 0 EP 21 1
1992 9 4 2 73 25 38 111 18 7 3
1993 14 8 8 65 18 49 114 10 6 2
1994 6 2 1 24 7 11 35 3 12 5
Tot 29 14 11 162 50 98 260 31
Avg 0.5 5.6 1.7 3.4 9.0 1.1

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/M/Matt_Clape.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Clape

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/1363

http://waflfootyfacts.net/player/stats.php?PlayerID=1101