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Rhys Dickinson  October 13, 2017 11:00 AM

Sheed 2017 highlights The young midfielder had an injury free season and it showed in some of these memorable on-field moments
AFL 2017 Round 16 - West Coast v Port Adelaide

Dom Sheed is poised for a breakout year in 2018

Dom Sheed showed why he is such a highly regarded member of West Coast’s midfield in 2017. The Kalgoorlie product achieved career-best marks for key statistics, including average disposals (22.3), contested possessions (8.9), marks (5.0), inside 50s (3.6), clearances (3.6), stoppage clearances (2.4) and metres gained (351.1m).

The 22-year-old reaped the benefits of working in the engine room with Brownlow medallists Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell on a week-to-week basis and now has the foundations and knowledge to help lead the Eagles’ on-ball division in 2018 alongside the likes of Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff, Jack Redden and Mark Hutchings.     

Season 2017 highlights:

Disposals: 31 v Greater Western Sydney – Round 10

Contested possessions: 13 v Gold Coast – Round 11

Score involvements: 9 v Adelaide – Round 23

Marks: 9 v Collingwood – Round 18

Inside 50s – 8 v Brisbane – Round 19

Clearances: 7 v Greater Western Sydney – Round 10

Tackles: 6 v Melbourne – Round 14

Memorable matches:

Round 11 v Gold Coast

Sheed started the season slower than desired but started to hit his straps midway through the year. He racked up 31 influential touches against Greater Western Sydney at home, but turned in his best performance to date against the Suns at Metricon Stadium. The 22-year-old amassed 30 disposals, eight marks, seven score involvements, six tackles and five clearances. Sheed couldn’t drag the Eagles over the line against the resilient Suns, but it was the beginning of a solid block of play for the Kalgoorlie product.

Round 15 v Western Bulldogs

West Coast needed to bounce back following heartbreaking final-minute loss to Melbourne at home and Sheed appeared up and about from the first bounce at Etihad Stadium. Although he was busy early, Sheed was central to West Coast building a sizable lead in the third quarter. He slotted a classy snap from 20m to gift West Coast a 34-points-to-two advantage in the quarter and combined with Andrew Gaff to win 26 disposals and plenty of drive through the middle in the penultimate term.

Round 19 v Brisbane

Sheed was on top of his game heading into the club’s home clash with the league’s bottom team. The in-and-under midfielder played a part in West Coast’s second goal – combining with Sam Mitchell, Josh Kennedy and Luke Partington in a coast-to-coast play resulting in a Jack Darling major. He bobbed up midway through the second term when he scooped up a bouncing ball and pierced the tall posts with true drop punt to gift the home side a 22-point lead. He was all-conquering in the second stanza, amassing nine disposals (including eight kicks) and a game-high 15 touches for the match at that point in time. He got more reward for his effort late in the penultimate period, getting on the end of a midfield blitz to kick his second major of the afternoon. He finished the contest with 29 disposals, eight inside 50s, six clearances, six marks and two goals.