West Coast Eagles report cardPosted: September 25, 2011
Won 17, Draw 0, Lost 5: Finished 4th
FINDS OF 2011
Luke Shuey, Scott Selwood, Jack Darling, Andrew Gaff
Matt Rosa, Brad Ebert, Brad Sheppard
Ashley Smith, Brett Jones, Bradd Dalziell
WHAT THEY NEED
An outside pacy midfielder would add some polish to the Eagles’ on-ball brigade while a tall key position defender could assist the development of Eric Mackenzie and the injury-prone Mitch Brown.
The revival in the past 12 months has been extraordinary by the West Coast Eagles. Wooden spooners last year and a top four finish in 2011 that no one saw coming. The development of Nic Naitanui has been rapid while the sudden improvement in Scott Selwood and Luke Shuey has resulted in stellar seasons. First-year sensations Jack Darling and Andrew Gaff have been terrific, while Josh Kennedy continues to impress with 59 goals as a key forward. The catalysts to the Eagles’ season has also included veterans Darren Glass, Andrew Embley, Dean Cox, Daniel Kerr and Beau Waters. A feature of their improvement in 2011 has been the innovation of the forward press and their tackling pressure. The Eagles have plenty to like about their successes this season and have enough to build on for 2012.