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2018 Player Review: Jamie Cripps

Best of 2018 - Cripps Jamie Cripps achieved a career high this season for goals kicked and stamped himself as one of the best pressure forwards in the competition

The seemingly indefatigable pressure forward had his best year in blue and gold in 2018, ranking first in the competition for total tackles inside 50 and seventh for total goal assists. Cripps was another class performer across the finals series and was particularly potent in the preliminary final against Melbourne, where he collected 24 disposals, six tackles and three goals at Optus Stadium. Reward for effort also came in the form of fourth place in the John Worsfold medal count.

Premiership play: Crippa sparks West Coast’s comeback
It was the goal that gave West Coast fans hope of an extraordinary come-from-behind victory. After an early goal to Josh Kennedy and a quick response by Mason Cox, West Coast were still down by 12 points early in the third term. But moments later the Eagles created an opportunity in their forward half. Willie Rioli pounced on a loose ball and spun past a would-be tackler. Cripps, who had been tracking the play for about 20m, bobbed up on the boundary side, reeled in the handball from Rioli and snapped truly on his right boot to get West Coast within a goal of the Pies.

Season averages:
Disposals: 15.9
Score involvements: 6.3
Marks: 4.9
Inside 50s: 3.4
Tackles inside 50: 2.0
Intercepts: 2.0
Goals: 1.5
Clearances: 1.3