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Best Eagle afield: Brad Sheppard

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Brad Sheppard of the Eagles kicks the ball during the 2019 AFL round 16 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at the Optus Stadium on July 06, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Brad Sheppard of the Eagles kicks the ball during the 2019 AFL round 16 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at the Optus Stadium on July 06, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos)

Those voting for the Glendinning-Allan Medal had a difficult task with six or seven players in the mix for best-on-ground honours in Derby 50.

Historically, the selection panel generally gets it right, and that was the case again with Brad Sheppard joining the list of luminaries to have claimed the distinction.

Sheppard was matched up on the dangerous Michael Walters when he was playing forward and his mix of athleticism, aerial capabilities, defensive skill and football nous meant Walters kicked just one goal.

He had 25 possessions and seven marks and was part of a defensive unit that was supreme, holding the Dockers to just two goals (albeit they also kicked 19 points) and standing firm even though the Eagles lost the inside 50 count 60-50.

In conjunction with Shannon Hurn, who had won the medal three times from the previous four derbies was again outstanding, along with Jeremy McGovern, Tom Barrass, Liam Duggan, Lewis Jetta and Jackson Nelson.

As a collective the defence would feel well satisfied after being pivotal in the result.