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2018 Player Review: Brad Sheppard

Best of 2018 - Sheppard Brad Sheppard may have had his season cut short, but before then he was regularly taking responsibility for the opponents most dangerous small forwards

West Coast’s go-to shutdown man was having one of his best years to date before an untimely hamstring injury ended his year just 20 minutes into the Eagles’ finals campaign. Sheppard blanketed some of the competition’s best forwards throughout the year, including Fremantle’s Michael Walters, Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray and Hawthorn’s Luke Breust just to name a few. The reliable defender set new career benchmarks for average marks (6.4), rebounds 50s (3.1) and disposal efficiency (84.7%).

Standout performance: A derby to remember

Sheppard was in the box seat to claim the inaugural Glendinning-Allan Medal following a stirring first-half performance against Fremantle in the Round 20 derby, but teammate Elliot Yeo came home strong to claim the best afield gong. Regardless, Sheppard was dominant against the Dockers, seemingly everywhere on the field. He finished the contest with 26 disposals, 12 marks, eight score involvements, seven intercepts, five rebounds 50s and four inside 50s.

Season averages:

Disposals: 16.2
Marks: 6.4
Intercepts: 5.2
One percenters: 3.4
Tackles Inside 50: 2.5
Score involvements: 2.5
Tackles: 2.3
Disposal efficiency: 84.7%

2018 AFL statistical rankings:

10th: Total marks, effective disposals % per game