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2022 Season Review - West Coast

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Welcome to the second 2022 season review, this time looking at the 17th team this year West Coast. It was not a pretty season but a lot of it came down to circumstances they could not control.


Overview

Ladder Position: 17th

Wins: 2

Percentage: 59.8%

Season Grade: E


The Highlights

There were not many at all I will be straight up honest. Tom Barrass was a rare shining light and will be in the All-Australian discussion. He not only was one of the best intercept players in the competition and on top of that, takes the best forward every week. He is clearly one of the best key defenders in the competition. Jamie Cripps would also be one of the most underrated players in the competition as while he is not as flashy as some others in his side, his ball-use pressure and just doing the right thing more often than not speaks to his experience. Josh Kennedy kicking 8 to finish his career was also awesome and Luke Shuey continues to play well.


The Lowlights

West Coast were doomed to fail from the start with a certain leader lagging behind the rest of the country with border restrictions in effect along with Jack Darling situation. They also had a stack of injuries to key players early on and it was always going to set the tone for the season but two wins only is extremely disappointing regardless of all this. All of the players who were once part of that formidable midfield in Nic Nat, Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed, Andrew Gaff and Tim Kelly all slowed down this season and however, most of the aforementioned players did suffer injuries. Jai Culley getting reported for a very undisciplined act right after he looked to be settling in at the level was fitting with their overall season. It also looked at times throughout the year that North and West Coast were trying to outdo each other to be the worst side in the comp. Honestly, it was just such a meh season.


The Offseason

Like North, West Coast should not do a lot. If an older player with value wanted to leave (like Gaff) I would let them but do not force anyone out. However, I would make a play at one player in Luke Jackson. To me, from both West Coast's perspective and Jacksons and even Fremantle's perspective, it makes more sense for West Coast to go hard for him. Nic Nat is ageing and Jackson is a major upgrade as a second ruck until he inevitably takes the number one mantle. I would trade pick 2 and maybe some players to Melbourne (Andrew Gaff & Bailey Williams) and I feel that is fair value. I would say the more likely scenario though is that Jackson picks Freo and West Coast with pick 2 should select the best player available. This goes for the remaining picks as well.


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