AFL 2016 West Coast Eagles footy stamps
The West Coast Eagles 2016 AFL Footy Stamps are sure to delight footy fans and stamp collectors alike. Each pack contains 20 x $1 stamps and tabs, with the tabs featuring 20 players from the current West Coast Eagles squad.Read more
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The West Coast Eagles 2016 AFL Footy Stamps are sure to delight footy fans and stamp collectors alike. Each pack contains 20 x $1 stamps and tabs, with the tabs featuring 20 players from the current West Coast Eagles squad.
Featured on the back of the pack is the full 2016 squad and some of the key milestones beckoning for some of the players.
At the end of 2014, West Coast Eagles fans had good reason to expect improvement in 2015. Despite the retirement of skipper Darren Glass, the Eagles could look to Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown to build a solid defence. By the end of round one, however, both Mackenzie and Brown had succumbed to ACL injuries and would miss the rest of 2015. The Eagles and coach Adam Simpson could have justifiably lowered expectations for the season. Instead, the club put that disappointment and a round one loss behind it to win 16 of the next 21 games to finish just half a game shy of top place, with Jeremy McGovern excelling in the key defensive post. The Eagles then defeated Hawthorn and North Melbourne in qualifying and preliminary finals before falling to the Hawks in the 2015 Toyota AFL Grand Final.
The challenge in 2016 will be to take the next step profiting from the Grand Final experience. The Eagles were busy during trade period, picking up speedster Lewis Jetta from the Swans, Jack Redden from Brisbane Lions and Jonathan Giles (ex-GWS GIANTS and Essendon) as a back-up ruckman,after the departure of Callum Sinclair to the Sydney Swans. Luke Partington, a hard-working medium midfielder who played with Norwood in the SANFL last year; Tom Cole, a mid-sized half back; another midfielder in Kirk Mutimer from the Dandenong Stingrays; and Matthew Allen, a tall forward option from Glenelg, came via the Draft. With Nic Naitanui giving first use to a strong midfield, led by Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis, the Eagles forward line – stacked with talent including Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras and Josh Hill – is sure to be productive. And with Mackenzie and Brown returning to further stiffen the backline, the West Coast Eagles are ready to go that extra step.