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2017 season review: Luke Shuey

Ben Roberts  October 8, 2017 12:00 PM

Shuey 2017 highlights The gun Eagles midfielder finished third in the John Worsfold Medal count for season 2017
Luke Shuey ices the elimination final with a pure set shot after the siren

Luke Shuey ices the elimination final with a pure set shot after the siren

Luke Shuey,  one West Coast's midfield stalwarts, again had a fine season in blue and gold. His breakaway pace and power inside the contest are hallmarks of his game, while his elite finishing sets him apart from most others in the game.

Shuey averaged a career-high for disposals (26.3) per game, in addition collecting more than five tackles, four inside 50s, five clearances and 10 contested possessions each time he stepped foot on the park in 2017.

2017 season highlights:

Disposals: 33 vs Hawthorn – Round 5

Kicks: 20 vs Hawthorn – Round 5

Handballs: 20 vs North Melbourne – Round 1

Marks: 10 vs Port Adelaide – Round 7

Tackles: 11 vs Port Adelaide – Elimination Final

AFL Fantasy: 151 vs Port Adelaide – Elimination Final

Memorable matches:

Round 2 v St Kilda

The Eagles started slowly against the Saints and needed someone to lift them back into the contest. Enter Luke Shuey. After some straight goal-kicking kept them in the contest following a white-hot St Kilda start, West Coast gained the ascendancy and the Eagles’ midfield started to feed its forward line with supply. Shuey was one of the best with 30 disposals, 11 tackles, five inside 50s, seven clearances and two goals, taking home the three Brownlow Medal votes.

Round 4 v Sydney

West Coast faced a big test when the fired-up Swans came to town on a balmy Thursday night, and the Eagles' midfield - led by Shuey - set the tone early. Shuey’s physicality around the stoppages was evident as he willed the ball forward for his team, eventually earning himself another three Brownlow votes. The Eagles’ joint vice-captain finished with 30 disposals, seven tackles, four inside 50s, six clearances and a goal.

Elimination final v Port Adelaide

Luke Shuey racked up 32 disposals, 11 tackles, five clearances and booted two goals, the last of which gives the Eagles a two-point, after-the-siren, extra-time win. Say no more.