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West Coast's Matera retires from AFL

23/11/2005 09:15:33 PM Comments (0)

West Coast Eagles goalsneak Phil Matera has announced his shock retirement from AFL football due to chronic injury.

Matera, who missed this year's grand final loss to Sydney through a groin complaint, ends his career as the second highest goalkicker in Eagles history.

Matera, who turns 30 on Sunday, struggled with a chronic hip problem in season 2005.

The younger brother of former Eagles Wally and Norm Smith medallist Peter also missed the entire pre-season due to shoulder surgery and a bout of shingles.

Matera's 389 career goals for the Eagles from 179 AFL games are second only to former West Coast full forward Peter Sumich, who kicked 514 majors in his career.

Standing just 171cm tall, Matera led West Coast's goalkicking on five occasions, in 2000 and 2002-2005.

Despite playing just 19 games, Matera still topped the Eagles' goalkicking with 38 this year, including a season-high six against Melbourne in round 13.

West Coast coach John Worsfold paid tribute to Matera, but said the club would be able to cover for his loss.

"He has had an absolutely outstanding career," he said.

"But we're very confident we will be able to cover the loss of his goalkicking powers."

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