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Season 2019: Eagles milestones

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Shannon Hurn of the Eagles leads his team out during the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/AFL Media)
Captain Shannon Hurn is just two games shy of making his 250th appearance in blue and gold

Season 2019 promises to be a special year for the club.

Not only will we mount our premiership defence following last year’s epic grand final win, but we could be celebrating up to 11 player milestones throughout the campaign!

Premiership captain Shannon Hurn is set to make his 250th AFL appearance this year.

He is only two matches shy of becoming the eighth Eagle to reach the milestone.

Josh Kennedy is just one game away from registering his 200th appearance in blue and gold after playing his 199th match as an Eagle in last year’s season decider.

The three-time all-Australian is set to become the 21st Eagle the reach the 200-game mark.  

Another Eagle on the cusp of playing his 200th game is Chris Masten.

The hard-running midfielder is just two games shy of reaching the milestone mark.

Norm Smith medallist Luke Shuey and grand final hero Will Schofield are also a chance to register 200 games, but they’ll need everything to fall their way this year.

Shuey needs to take the field 23 times to reach the milestone, while Schofield is currently 24 games short of the mark.

Only one Eagle is set to reach the 150-game mark, thus earning him life membership with the club, and that is premiership forward Jamie Cripps.

The 26-year-old will have to suit up 22 times to reach the milestone in 2019.

Two other players are closing in on playing 100 games for the club this year.

Mark Hutchings is five games shy of ‘raising the bat’, while Dom Sheed could notch his ton in blue and gold if he makes 22 appearances in the senior team.

As for half centuries, there are a host of Eagles who could play their 50th game for the club this year.

Lewis Jetta is just three games shy from playing 50 games in West Coast’s revered wings, Jackson Nelson is eight games away from the mark and Nathan Vardy has 18 games to go.

Tom Cole and Willie Rioli would have to play 23 and 26 games respectively to join the 50-game club.