World News – AU – Sheppard’s AA Comes Years Late


West Coast fans should give a collective sigh of relief when Brad Sheppard finally dons an All-Australian jacket for the very first time

In this week’s episode of Duff and Quarters podcast, Sunday Times sports editor Glen Quartermain and special guest of senior Western Australia reporter Steve Butler believes the Eagles could be heavily represented

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Sheppard is one of four Eagles players in contention and is expected to take a spot on the half-back line

« I think Brad Sheppard is definitely getting his first All-Australian which, in my opinion, is a disgrace in many ways, » said Butler

The pair believe Sheppard could have had as many as three All-Australian jackets, but has flown under the radar for much of his 11-season career, on the East Coast at least

Sheppard’s best chance may come in 2020, but statistically the defender has done better in recent years

The reliable backman is averaging one mark less, three less assignments, and one less than 50 rebound per game compared to last season, while also losing kicks, contested possessions and the 1950s interior

But Sheppard is seventh in the league for middle marks and a contender to win his club’s Best and Fairest award this year

« I think he could win the John Worsfold medal this year as well. I think he had an incredibly consistent year Brad Sheppard, » Butler predicted

« When the chips were low he put his hand up, kept playing well, kept the West Coast in the chase, » Butler said of Ryan’s season

« Even when he went forward for those two games he did a really, really good job, not in the role he usually plays, so I think Liam Ryan will definitely have his first All- gong. Australian « 

The boys praised Ryan’s ability to distribute the ball and adapt to new roles, with Quartermain wanting the little striker to advance higher up the pitch

« He almost played the role of Willie Rioli too I think if he continues to build this tank I would like to see him more in midfield, » he said.

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World News – AU – AA’s Sheppard come years late



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