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2017 season review: Elliot Yeo

Rhys Dickinson  October 7, 2017 8:00 AM

Yeo 2017 highlights The best plays from the 2017 John Worsfold Medallist
Elliot Yeo had a breakout season in 2017

Elliot Yeo had a breakout season in 2017

Elliot Yeo capped off his finest AFL season to date by earning maiden all-Australian honours and taking home the 2017 John Worsfold Medal.

The electric utility emerged as one of the game’s most damaging players by proving he has the ability to impact games from the back, middle or attacking end of the ground.

Yeo registered career-best statistics for average disposals (23.7), contested possessions (9.9), marks (7.0), intercept possessions (6.9), inside 50s (4.0) and metres gained (465.1m) and ranked ninth in total marks, 12th in total intercept possessions and marks per game and 13th in metres gained per game across the league this year.

Season 2017 highlights:

Disposals: 32 v Fremantle – Round 6

Intercepts: 17 v Sydney – Round 4

Contested possessions: 16 v Port Adelaide – Round 7

Marks: 14 v Fremantle – Round 6

Score involvements: 11 v North Melbourne – Round 1

Inside 50s: 8 v Geelong – Round 13

Rebound 50s: 7 v Port Adelaide – Elimination Final

Tackles: 7 v Geelong – Round 13

Goals: 3 v Gold Coast – Round 11

Metres gained: 648m v Fremantle – Round 6

Milestone moments:

Round 1 v North Melbourne

Yeo started the year with a bang by playing a big part in West Coast’s 43-point demolition of North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. The then 23-year-old was dominant while stationed in the back half, reeling in 10 intercept possession, and even more dangerous up forward. He hit the scoreboard midway through the penultimate quarter with a long bomb from 55m and picked up his second major of the day with a crafty left-foot snap to gift the visitors a 34-point lead ahead of the final term. He finished the contest with 26 disposals, 14 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, five inside 50s, five clearances and two goals.

Round 4 v Sydney

Yeo continued his strong start to 2017 with an eye-catching display against Sydney. He found his feet in the first quarter of a contested battle but exploded in the second term, racking up nine disposals and an incredible 215m gained. He amassed 29 disposals, 17 intercepts, 11 contested possessions, 11 marks, 5 contested marks and five score involvements. Yeo was adjudged equal best afield alongside teammate Luke Shuey during the HMAS Sydney II contest.

Round 6 v Fremantle

Yeo showed no mercy against the side he followed as a child in the 45th instalment of the Carlton Draught Derby. Influential from the outset, the burgeoning swingman produced his best work in the penultimate quarter, amassing 10 disposals and three intercept marks. He finished the contest with 32 possessions, 14 marks, 11 intercepts, six tackles, four inside 50s, all the while keeping tabs on 2015 Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe. He would have gone close to claiming the Ross Glendinning Medal, but Eagles’ spearhead Josh Kennedy took that honour following a brilliant six-goal haul against West Coast’s bitter rivals.

Round 22 v Giants

Yeo had another brilliant game in his return bout with Greater Western Sydney goal sneak Toby Greene. The talented pair locked horns in another intriguing battle that was probably halved by the time the final siren sounded. Greene ended the game with 17 touches and three goals, but Yeo collected 30 disposals, 14 intercepts, 11 contested possessions, eight marks, five one percenters and four tackles.