Elliot Yeo

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Elliot Yeo
Personal information
Full name Elliot Yeo
Date of birth (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 23)
Original team(s) East Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft No. 30, 2011: Brisbane Lions
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Utility
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 6
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012–2013 Brisbane Lions 27 0(1)
2014– West Coast 64 (39)
Total 91 (40)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of rd7 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Elliot Yeo (born 1 October 1993) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was originally drafted by the Brisbane Lions in the 2011 AFL Draft, but after two seasons with Brisbane was traded to West Coast at the end of the 2013 season. Yeo is a utility player who has spent time in the midfield and on the half-forward and half-back flanks. He is often compared to players of similar build and athleticism, such as Nat Fyfe and Marcus Bontempelli.

Early life[edit]

Yeo was born in Perth to Craig and Wendy Yeo, and attended high school at Aquinas College. He has an older brother, Corey, who currently plays for Williamstown in the VFL.[1] The family surname is Cornish and is pronounced "YO".[2] Beginning his career at the Booragoon Junior Football Club, Yeo represented Western Australia at the 2011 AFL Under 18 Championships (where his teammates included Jaeger O'Meara and Stephen Coniglio), and also played 14 games at colts level for East Fremantle in the WAFL.[3]

AFL career[edit]

Brisbane Lions[edit]

Yeo was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with the 30th pick overall in the 2011 AFL National Draft. He made his AFL debut in round nine of the 2012 season, against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.[4] Despite recording 16 disposals, he was omitted for the next game and did not return until round 16, after which he played seven out of Brisbane's last eight matches. Yeo had a promising second season in 2013, playing 19 games and averaging 14.5 disposals and four marks.[5] However, at the end of the season he requested to be traded back to a team in his home state.[6] The West Coast Eagles were always the leading contender for Yeo's services, and eventually finalised a deal with the Lions in which he would join the Eagles in return for a second round draft pick (pick 28).[7] Yeo played 27 games in total for Brisbane, kicking one goal.[5]

West Coast[edit]

On 24 October 2013, Yeo was officially traded to the Eagles. He received the #6 guernsey, which had been vacated by the retiring Mark Nicoski.[8] Yeo played his first game for the Eagles in round one of the 2014 season against the Western Bulldogs.[5] In a bizarre incident in round 10, 2014, he collided with the shoulder of Collingwood defender Jarrod Witts, causing his two front teeth to snap off.[9] Yeo later broke his hand in round 13 against the Gold Coast, due to which he missed nine weeks of the season and did not return until round 23. He reinjured the hand in preseason training in November 2014, requiring additional surgery.[10]

Yeo had a breakout season in 2015, playing all but one of his team's 25 games (including the grand final loss to Hawthorn). He missed round nine after being suspended for making high contact on St Kilda's Jimmy Webster.[11] Yeo kicked 18 goals for the season, including four in one game against Gold Coast (along with 29 possessions and nine marks). He was awarded one Brownlow Medal vote for that game and five in total, which were the first of his career.[5]

In 2016, Yeo showed flashes of brilliance but was criticised for inconsistency.[12] He has so far had a blistering start to the 2017 season in a new role across the half-back flank, and has surged into contention for the Brownlow Medal, with the TAB slashing his odds from $201 to $34 by round seven.[13] Yeo recorded 32 disposals in the round six Western Derby against Fremantle (his first time past the 30-disposal mark), and in the first eight rounds recorded 10 or more marks in five games, something he had done only once before.[5]

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