Phillip Matera

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Phillip Matera
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-11-27) 27 November 1975 (age 43)
Original team(s) South Fremantle (WAFL)
Debut Round 4, 21 April 1996, West Coast Eagles
vs. Geelong, at Subiaco Oval
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2005 West Coast 179 (389)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Phillip Matera (born 27 November 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer.

Career[edit]

Beginning his career in 1996, the 171 cm forward pocket was one of the Australian Football League's best small forwards.

Matera is the brother of former AFL players Peter and Wally, the third of the Matera brothers to player for West Coast. He won the club's goalkicking for the second time in 2002 and his speed and ability to apply pressure often created scoring chances. He hit back strongly after a midseason form slump. In 2003 he was in good form and won All-Australian selection for the first time after kicking 62 goals. In 2004 he just missed out on All-Australian selection after kicking 61 goals, as the selectors opted to play an extra midfielder. In 2005 injury hampered his input but he still managed to kick 39 goals from 19 games. He was a late withdrawal from the 2005 AFL Grand Final due to injury.[1]

On 23 November 2005, Matera announced his retirement from AFL football due to a chronic back injury. He was West Coast's most prominent goalkicker for his final years in a team which struggled for quality key-position forwards, scoring 389 goals from 179 games, the fourth-highest number of goals in the club's history.[2] He has since, as of December 2009, become an assistant coach at Claremont.[3]

Statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
1996 West Coast 33 5 8 6 30 16 46 11 6 1.6 1.2 6.0 3.2 9.2 2.2 1.2 0
1997 West Coast 33 19 30 23 182 66 248 74 30 1.6 1.2 9.6 3.5 13.1 3.9 1.6 0
1998 West Coast 33 14 13 13 93 49 142 32 25 0.9 0.9 6.6 3.5 10.1 2.3 1.8 0
1999 West Coast 33 24 51 20 188 91 279 66 37 2.1 0.8 7.8 3.8 11.6 2.8 1.5 4
2000 West Coast 33 19 49 30 164 55 219 57 26 2.6 1.6 8.6 2.9 11.5 3.0 1.4 4
2001 West Coast 33 16 31 22 111 43 154 48 20 1.9 1.4 6.9 2.7 9.6 3.0 1.3 1
2002 West Coast 33 21 46 16 136 66 202 63 36 2.2 0.8 6.5 3.1 9.6 3.0 1.7 1
2003 West Coast 33 19 62 27 136 35 171 53 15 3.3 1.4 7.2 1.8 9.0 2.8 0.8 2
2004 West Coast 33 23 61 42 155 48 203 65 32 2.7 1.8 6.7 2.1 8.8 2.8 1.4 1
2005 West Coast 33 19 38 28 121 40 161 47 22 2.0 1.5 6.4 2.1 8.5 2.5 1.2 1
Career 179 389 227 1316 509 1825 516 249 2.2 1.3 7.4 2.8 10.2 2.9 1.4 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ I thought I could play, Matera
  2. ^ West Coast: Injury forces Phil Matera retirement
  3. ^ "Exciting Young Mix at Tigerland". wafootball.com.au. 11 December 2009. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Phillip Matera stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 4 October 2019.

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