Shuey playing for West Coast in April 2018
|Full name||Luke Shuey|
|Date of birth||June 2, 1990|
|Original team(s)||Oakleigh Chargers / Marcellin College|
|Draft||18th overall, 2008 (West Coast)|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|Current club||West Coast|
|2009–||West Coast||177 (128)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of end of 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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 runner-up in the AFL Rising Star award in 2011. Shuey won the John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest player in 2016, and finished third in the award in 2014 and 2017. He played in the club's victory over Collingwood in the 2018 Grand Final, and was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground.
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. Outside of school football, Shuey played his junior football for Bulleen-Templestowe. 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.
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 to pursue his career. 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. Shuey later said his injuries were in part due to playing too much football during the previous year. After a strong pre-season, Shuey made his AFL debut in round one of the 2010 season, against the Brisbane Lions. He scored a goal with his first kick. 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. He eventually returned for West Coast's last three games of the season, as well as two WAFL matches for East Perth.hjfestablished 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). He was nominated for the 2011 AFL Rising Star award in round two, after a 27-disposal and three-goal game against Port Adelaide. 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. 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.
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. 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).
After a career best season in 2016, Shuey was named in the initial All-Australian 40-man squad, though he did not make the final team. He also won the John Worsfold Medal as the club best and fairest.
In September 2017, Shuey kicked a goal after the siren against Port Adelaide to win the first elimination final at Adelaide Oval. It was the first after-the-siren goal in extra time in AFL history.
Shuey won the 2018 Norm Smith Medal for his brilliant performance against Collingwood in the AFL Grand Final, recording 34 possessions and a goal. He received eleven out of twelve possible votes from the four judges. His team, the West Coast Eagles, won the premiership.
Honours and achievements
- 1x AFL Premiership Player: 2018
- 1x Norm Smith Medallist: 2018
- 1x All-Australian 40-man Squad: 2016
- AFL Rising Star runner-up: 2011
West Coast Eagles
In February 2009, Shuey's younger sister Melanie was struck and killed by a motorcycle while walking. He was given indefinite leave from football after her death, and stayed in Melbourne for six weeks before returning to Perth.
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