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Buti's Call: Class of '92 and '94 feature heavily on an Eagles All-Star team

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11.06.2019

Last week I selected my best ever Fremantle Dockers’ 22 to mark the 25th year of the club’s existence in the AFL competition.

So even though this season is not a special anniversary year for crosstown rivals the West Coast Eagles, I thought it would be interesting to also pick that clubs All-Star team over their 32-year history.

This is a more difficult exercise than last week, not only because the Eagles have been in existence seven more years, but because of the success of the club.

The Eagles 32 years is glittered with success: four premierships (1992, 1994, 2006, 2018), three Brownlow Medallists (Chris Judd (2004), Ben Cousins (2005), Matt Priddis (2014)) and five Norm Smith Medallists (Peter Matera (1992), Dean Kemp (1994), Chris Judd (2005), Andrew Embley (2006), Luke Shuey (2018)). Many great players will not be able to squeeze into my Eagles best 22.

Backs: Shannon Hurn (Vice Captain), Darren Glass, Jeremy McGovern

Touching moment: Jeremy McGovern with brother Mitch McGovern at the 2018 Grand Final.Credit:Eddie Jim

Shannon Hurn: The 2018 Premiership Captain is a tenacious defender and exquisite kick, penetrating the lines with long precision kicks to team mates often in congested confines.

Darren Glass: 2006 Premiership and All-Australian full-back who was forever reliable as the deep defensive lynchpin in the sides he played in.

Jeremy McGovern: Oh what a player; the intercept king who opposing teams seek to navigate around, usually unsuccessfully, in the quest to score.

Half Backs: Guy McKenna, Glen Jakovich, John Worsfold (Captain)

Former Eagles Glen Jakovich, Peter Sumich, John Worsfold with football's most sought-after prize. Credit:Sebastian Costanzo

Guy McKenna: A calm and polished defender who would vie with Carlton’s Bruce Doull and Ken Hunter and Hawthorn’s Luke Hodge as the best half backs in the VFL/AFL in the last 35 years, gaining three All-Australian jumpers and two premiership medals.

Glen Jakovich: The Rock of Gibraltar on the famed half-back line of McKenna, Jakovich and Worsfold, who retired after 13 seasons and 276 games for the Eagles with two premierships, two All-Australian team selections and four times club........

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