Luke Shuey

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Luke Shuey
Luke Shuey 2015.jpg
Shuey at the 2015 AFL Grand Final parade
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-06-02) 2 June 1990 (age 26)
Original team(s) Oakleigh Chargers / Marcellin College
Draft 18th overall, 2008 (West Coast)
Height / weight 183 cm / 88 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 13
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– West Coast 138 (114)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of rd3 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Luke Shuey (born 2 June 1990) is an Australian rules footballer who is the current vice-captain for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Shuey was recruited from the Oakleigh Chargers with pick 20 in the 2008 National Draft. After a series of injuries, he made his AFL debut during the 2010 season. He was nominated for the AFL Rising Star award in 2011, and eventually finished runner-up to Dyson Heppell. Shuey placed third in the John Worsfold Medal (West Coast's best and fairest award) in 2014, and was a member of the team that lost to Hawthorn in the 2015 AFL Grand Final. He won the John Worsfold Medal in 2016.

Early career[edit]

Shuey was raised in Melbourne and attended Marcellin College, playing for the school football team. One of his teammates was David Zaharakis, who was also drafted into the AFL.[1] Outside of school football, Shuey played his junior football for Bulleen-Templestowe.[2] In 2008, his final year of high school, he was selected for the Oakleigh Chargers, a TAC Cup team. He also represented Vic Metro at the 2008 AFL Under 18 Championships, winning the team's best and fairest award. Shuey placed fourth in the beep test at the 2008 AFL Draft Camp. At the 2008 National Draft, he was selected in the second round, taken by West Coast with the 18th pick overall.[3]

AFL career[edit]

As part of West Coast's affiliation with the West Australian Football League (WAFL), Shuey was allocated to East Perth upon his arrival in Perth.[4] However, he did not play senior football at all during the 2009 season (in either the WAFL or AFL), suffering a series of injuries which included osteitis pubis, a broken leg, and two hernias.[5][6] Shuey later said his injuries were in part due to playing too much football during the previous year.[7] After a strong pre-season, Shuey made his AFL debut in round one of the 2010 season, against the Brisbane Lions.[8] He scored a goal with his first kick.[9] However, after just three games at AFL level, Shuey suffered a knee injury. He was due to return midway through the season, but then contracted a virus which was eventually diagnosed as glandular fever.[10][11] He eventually returned for West Coast's last three games of the season,[12] as well as two WAFL matches for East Perth.[13]

Shuey established himself in West Coast's midfield line-up during the 2011 season, playing in all 25 of his team's matches (one of only seven West Coast players to do so).[14] He was nominated for the 2011 AFL Rising Star award in round two, after a 27-disposal and three-goal game against Port Adelaide.[15] He eventually finished runner-up to Essendon's Dyson Heppell in the award, with Heppell polling 44 votes and Shuey 37 votes. This was the best finish by a West Coast player since Chris Judd was runner-up in 2002.[16] Shuey also polled 12 votes in the 2011 Brownlow Medal, and including three votes in the round-18 Western Derby against Fremantle (although Dean Cox won the Ross Glendinning Medal). In the round-nine game against the Western Bulldogs he had kicked a career-high five goals and recorded 27 disposals, but was only awarded two Brownlow votes.[12] During the 2012 season, Shuey was suspended on two occasions – for one week after striking Fremantle's Paul Duffield in round nine, and for two weeks after striking North Melbourne's Lindsay Thomas in round 15.[17] He polled 11 votes in the 2012 Brownlow Medal, including best on ground performances against Greater Western Sydney in round three (25 disposals and five goals) and against Gold Coast in round 14 (32 disposals and three goals).[12]

After a career best season in 2016, Shuey was named in the initial All-Australian 40-man squad[18] and he won the John Worsfold Medal as the club best and fairest.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2009, Shuey's younger sister Melanie was struck and killed by a motorcycle while a pedestrian. He was given indefinite leave from football after her death, and stayed in Melbourne for six weeks before returning to Perth.[6][20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The two of us: Zaka and Shuey", AFL Players Association, 2 September 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Young Eagle Luke Shuey favourite for Rising Star Award", Herald Sun, 29 June 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ Selection 18: Luke Shuey, West Coast Eagles, 29 November 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  4. ^ WAFL reverse order draft results, TAC Cup, 3 February 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  5. ^ "West Coast Eagles youngster Luke Shuey goes under the knife once more", The Adelaide Advertiser, 4 November 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b "The Shuey struggle", The Age, 29 May 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  7. ^ "West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey a stronger player after family tragedy", Herald Sun, 30 July 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Luke Shuey to make his debut for West Coast", Perth Now, 25 March 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  9. ^ Players who Goaled on Debut with their first kicks, Footystats. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Another setback for Shuey", The West Australian, 2 June 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Glandular fever scare rocks the Eagles", The Age, 2 June 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b c Luke Shuey, AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  13. ^ Luke SHUEY (East Perth), WAFL. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  14. ^ West Coast 2011 Player Stats, AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Shuey the round two Rising Star", West Coast Eagles, 5 April 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Essendon's Dyson Heppell wins Rising Star ahead of Eagle Luke Shuey", Perth Now, 7 September 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Desire to win footy not what it was, West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey says ahead of Brisbane Lions match", Fox Sports, 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  18. ^ Beveridge, Riley (29 August 2016). "All-Australian 40-man squad announced". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Quartermane, Braden (6 October 2016). "West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey caps his finest season by winning his first John Worsfold Medal". Perth Now. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "Eagle heartbroken after young sister killed", WAtoday, 11 February 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2016.

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