|Full name||Thomas Barrass|
|Date of birth||8 October 1995|
|Original team(s)||Claremont (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 43, 2013 national draft|
|Debut||Round 17, 2015, West Coast vs. Sydney, at Subiaco Oval|
|Height||194 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|Current club||West Coast|
|2015–||West Coast||127 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of rd 9 2023.
|Source: AFL Tables AustralianFootball.com|
Thomas Barrass (born 8 October 1995) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He has played as a key defender since his junior career with Claremont. Barrass was drafted by West Coast with pick 43 of the 2013 national draft, but did not make his senior debut until round 17 of the 2015 AFL season. He was nominated for the 2016 AFL Rising Star and won a premiership with West Coast in 2018.
Barrass is the son of journalist Tony Barrass.He grew up in Western Australia and played for Scarborough Junior Football Club. After the club was unable to field an under-17 team due to a lack of players, he started playing for his school Hale. Barrass underwent a growth spurt and was recruited by Western Australian Football League (WAFL) club Claremont. He suffered two injuries which restricted him to three games for Claremont's colts (under-19s) in 2012.
Barrass rebounded to captain Claremont in their 2013 colts premiership.He recorded 18 disposals in Claremont's six-point grand final victory over South Fremantle, and believed he was close to lining up for the senior side before dislocating his finger. Barrass played for Western Australia in the 2013 AFL Under 18 Championships, where he was mentored by fellow backman and then-West Coast captain Darren Glass. He recorded an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank above 98 and contemplated attending university to study medicine.
Barrass was drafted by West Coast with pick 43 of the 2013 national draft, their third selection.On arrival at the club he expressed interest in eventually filling a leadership position. In January, prior to the 2014 AFL season, Barrass underwent an arthroscopy to repair a torn hip joint, ruling him out of training for three months. He returned in April to play his first game for East Perth reserves (West Coast's WAFL affiliate). Playing slightly over half the match, Barrass amassed 17 possessions. He played a further seven reserves games for the year.
Barrass made his WAFL senior debut against Peel Thunder in round 5 of the 2015 season, recording nine marks.Gavin Bell, West Coast's Head of Development, was impressed with Barrass's performance and noted his marking and ball use as standouts. Teammate Josh Hill likened him to fellow defender Jeremy McGovern for his intercept marking and ability to "read" the play, a comparison later echoed by teammate Mark LeCras. In July, coach Adam Simpson said Barrass was ready to play at AFL level, but noted the backline was "pretty settled" and it would be hard for the defender to claim a spot. After McGovern hurt his left hamstring against Collingwood, Barrass replaced him in the senior side against Sydney in round 17 of the 2015 AFL season. On debut, he recorded 15 disposals and five marks. Simpson was happy with Barrass's performance, saying "it's good to get exposure in such a big game", and noted the side's scarcity of key defenders after Will Schofield injured his calf. Fellow backman Xavier Ellis praised his efforts to play on dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes. Barrass played two more matches to end the year; round 18 versus Gold Coast and round 22 against Adelaide.
Barrass missed the first half of the 2016 AFL season but replaced Eric Mackenzie in round 12 after the defender fell ill. In July he was named as one of West Coast's key players under 23 by AFL.com.au journalist Alex Malcolm.He retained his spot for the majority of the second half of the season, culminating in a 2016 AFL Rising Star nomination after a twenty-nine point win against Adelaide in round 23. Barrass recorded seventeen disposals at 94.1% efficiency, ten spoils and ten marks, six of them interceptions. He polled one Brownlow vote for the performance. Barrass said he had been galvanised by his previous match against Adelaide in 2015, when he had been outplayed by their forwards. He went on to play in his first AFL finals series, but only managed an elimination final after West Coast were knocked out by the Western Bulldogs. Barrass had eleven disposals and took six marks; his performance was rated a 6 out of 10 by AFL.com.au journalist David Reed, who noted he improved after a slow start on Tom Boyd and took several crucial marks. Post-season, Barrass won West Coast's Rookie of the Year award.
Ahead of the 2017 AFL season, Fox Sports journalists Riley Beveridge and Ben Waterworth named Barrass 'the rising star' at West Coast and a 'lock' in their defence.He returned to pre-season training in improved condition after feeling 'pretty fat' near the conclusion of the 2016 season. Barrass signed a contract extension prior to the 2017 JLT Community Series, tying him to West Coast until the end of 2019. During pre-season training, Barrass fell awkwardly after a marking contest and was dazed for roughly a minute, but returned later in the week on a lighter program. After missing round 1, he played the next eight rounds of the season before being demoted to the WAFL after a poor performance against Essendon. Barrass returned against Geelong in round 13 and played the remaining games of the season, including the elimination and semi-finals.
Barrass played on Sydney forward Lance Franklin in round 1 of the 2018 AFL season and conceded three goals in the opening term.West Coast captain Shannon Hurn was confident Barrass was not shaken by the experience. In June, during West Coast's round 12 bye, Barrass injured his back while using a dustpan and missed the next six rounds. He returned for West Coast's finals campaign and played on Mason Cox in the qualifying final. Cox did not score and was restricted to four kicks and two marks. In the grand final, Barrass again played on Cox; the match-up was named one of three key match-ups for the grand final by Terry Wallace prior to the game. Barrass outplayed Cox to half-time, restricting him to just one possession. However, Cox improved in the second half and finished with seven marks and two goals, while Barrass recorded ten marks and 17 disposals. Barrass signed a contract extension until the end of 2022 after the grand final. He was ranked as 'elite' (in the top ten percent of defenders) by Champion Data ahead of the 2019 AFL season.
Barrass kicked the first goal of his AFL career in the first round of the 2022 season, his 100th game.
Correct to the end of the 2018 AFL season .
|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)|
Donald Lachlan Pyke is a former Australian rules footballer who is an assistant coach at the Sydney Swans. He was formerly the senior coach of the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played for the West Coast Eagles from 1989 to 1996.
Quinten Peter Lynch is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Collingwood Football Club and the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally from Grass Patch, a rural farming community near Esperance, Western Australia, he played for the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before being recruited to West Coast with the 19th pick overall in the 2002 Rookie Draft.
Mark Nicoski is a former Australian rules footballer who previously played with the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). From Perth, Western Australia, Nicoski first played for Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), before being recruited by West Coast in the 2003 Rookie Draft. Promoted from the rookie list prior to the 2004 season, he made his debut for the club in round five, and became a regular in the side the following season as a half-back flanker, playing in West Coast's grand final loss to Sydney. In 2006, Nicoski fractured an ankle midway through the season, and thus missed out on playing in the club's premiership victory. Over the next seasons, shoulder and groin injuries restricted his time on the field, but in 2011 he took up a different role in the team, kicking 41 goals playing as a forward. Nicoski also represented Australia in the 2011 International Rules Series. However, after serious injuries, including a torn hamstring during the final of the 2012 pre-season tournament, he did not play at AFL level over the following two seasons. Having played 112 games for West Coast, Nicoski retired from the AFL at the end of the 2013 season.
Mark LeCras is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was predominantly used as a small forward, though he has occasionally played in the midfield. He won an AFL Premiership with West Coast in 2018, his last season.
Will Schofield is an Australian rules footballer who formerly played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). At 196 centimetres tall and weighing 92 kilograms (203 lb), he is a versatile defender who has played key-position and half-back roles throughout his career. He was drafted by West Coast from the Geelong Falcons with pick 50 in the 2006 national draft, and debuted in round 17 of the 2007 AFL season. Schofield has played in two AFL Grand Finals: a loss in 2015 and a victory in 2018. He achieved life membership at West Coast in 2016 after playing 150 games for the club. He retired following the 2020 season.
Ryan Edwin Turnbull is a former Australian rules footballer who represented the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Turnbull was a member of the Eagles' 1994 premiership side, and was the club's first-choice ruckman for much of the 1990s. He also played with the Claremont and East Perth Football Clubs in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), and was awarded the Sandover Medal in 2001 as the best player in the competition, as well as winning the Simpson Medal in 2001 and 2002 as the best player in the league's grand final. In State of Origin football, Turnbull represented Western Australia in five matches between 1992 and 1999, and captained a Western Australian representative team in 2003.
Chad Jonathon Jones is an Australian rules footballer currently listed with the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), having previously played for the Kangaroos and the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). From Perth, Western Australia, Jones made his debut for Claremont in 2003, and was recruited to the Kangaroos in the 2003 National Draft. Over three seasons at the club, he played six games, kicking a single goal, before being traded to West Coast prior to the 2007 season. At West Coast, Jones played seven games over two seasons before being delisted. Remaining with Claremont where he played as a key forward, Jones led the club's goalkicking in 2009 and 2010, also winning the Bernie Naylor Medal as the competition's leading goalkicker in both seasons. He went on to play in Claremont's 2011 and 2012 premiership sides, having also represented Western Australia in two interstate matches.
Zachary Beeck is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the East Perth and Peel Thunder Football Clubs in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), as well as one match for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is known more for his Cricketing Career than his AFL career. He travelled around England in the early stages of life with a young Australian team and averaged 90 in his batting career as a number 3. He had a tough choice to make between AFL and Cricket and stuck to AFL much despite his better cricketing path.
Bradley Sheppard is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected seventh overall in the 2009 National Draft.
Ashley Smith is an Australian rules footballer who previously played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Making his debut for the club during the 2010 season, he played 45 games as a midfielder and running defender before being delisted at the end of the 2014 season. From Victoria, Smith was recruited from the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup, and has also played at WAFL level for both Perth and East Perth.
Scott John Lycett is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Jeremy McGovern is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is a tall key-position player who has spent most of his career as a defender, although he occasionally plays forward.
Tom Lamb is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Jackson Nelson is an Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is a defender, but has played in the midfield. In his youth career he played for the Geelong Falcons, and represented Vic Country at the AFL Under 18 Championships. Nelson was drafted by West Coast with pick 51 in the 2014 national draft, and made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2015 AFL season. As at the end of 2022 he had played 102 games for the club.
Kurt Mutimer is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Liam Ryan is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is a small forward who is known widely for his vertical leap and high-marking ability.
Daniel Venables is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was the youngest member of the Eagles 2018 premiership side.
Imahra Cameron is an Australian rules footballer who played for West Coast in the AFL Women's (AFLW). Throughout her career, she has taken on a mixture of forward and midfield roles. She was West Coast's first female draftee, debuting in the club's inaugural AFLW team in the opening round of the 2020 season.
The West Coast Eagles are an Australian rules football team based in Perth, Western Australia. Their 2021 season was their 35th season in the Australian Football League (AFL), their eighth season under premiership coach Adam Simpson, and their second season with Luke Shuey as captain. Having finished in the top eight every season since 2015, it was expected that West Coast would do the same in 2021. They won eight of their first thirteen matches, including an unexpected win against Port Adelaide, and a 97-point thrashing by Geelong, placing them seventh on the ladder before their midseason bye. They continued on to lose seven of their remaining nine matches, including a 92-point loss to Sydney, and their first Western Derby loss since 2015, causing them to finish ninth, missing finals.
Callum Jamieson is an Australian rules footballer, playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).