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2017 season review: Jack Darling

Ben Roberts  October 10, 2017 2:30 PM

Darling 2017 highlights The Eagles key forward had a number of highlight plays in the 2017 season
Jack Darling celebrates a goal against the Blues in round 21

Jack Darling celebrates a goal against the Blues in round 21

Jack Darling does more than kick goals; he chases, tackles and pressures opponents. In fact, at the halfway point of season 2017 Darling was ranked No.1 in the AFL for turnovers from pressure acts. 

In addition to his 43 goals for the year, Darling averaged 12 disposals, more than five marks and just shy of three tackles per game in 2017.

2017 season highlights:

Disposals: 18 vs Western Bulldogs – Round 15

Kicks: 13 vs Brisbane Lions – Round 19

Handballs: 10 vs Western Bulldogs – Round 15

Marks: 9 vs Brisbane Lions – Round 19

Tackles: 7 vs Port Adelaide – Round 16

AFL Fantasy: 97 vs Brisbane Lions – Round 19

Memorable matches:

Round 13 v Geelong

Darling was unfairly treated after a quiet game against the Gold Coast in round 11, but following the birth of his son, Max, and the AFL bye, he bounced back strongly. Darling came out against Geelong in round 13 and set the tone for physicality against the Cats. Darling had 14 disposals, took seven marks, laid four tackles and kicked two goals in a strong display.

Round 23 v Adelaide

This game was special on so many levels, but Darling’s heroics in the final term we long be remembered. With the Eagles needing a four-goal win, Lewis Jetta put the Eagles back into the finals with a memorable goal. Then to seal the deal, Darling launched himself back into the unknown with eyes only for the ball and marked on the goal line, crashing into the goal-post in the process. He kicked the ensuing goal, which guaranteed the Eagles' third-successive finals appearance.

Elimination final v Port Adelaide

Darling ran out for his 150th appearance in the elimination final against Port and was a huge part of the Eagles’ win. Bursting out of the blocks with two goals in the opening term, Darling helped set up West Coast’s 20-point lead at quarter time. His impact wasn't limited to the scoreboard; Darling finished the game with 10 contested possessions, seven tackles and three contested marks.