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LeCras caught one short at West Coast

By Justin Chadwick 19/07/2010 05:37:29 PM Comments (0)

West Coast sharpshooter Mark LeCras has come up with a new nickname for himself after his inspirational 12-goal haul against AFL rivals Essendon on Saturday night.

"He's already called himself 'The Baker', so he's getting a bit ahead of himself but that's Lecca for you," team-mate Sam Butler said with a laugh on Monday.

Although a baker's dozen usually entails 13 items; you get the gist.

But it seems midfielder Andrew Embley was quick to get in on some of the praise.

"Embers keeps telling everyone he had six (goal assists), so he reckons he deserves half those goals," defender Shannon Hurn revealed.

"A few boys have been giving him (LeCras) a bit of ribbing but if you get him with a good one he always comes back and says 'well have you ever kicked 12 goals?' He's good like that Lecca."

All jokes aside, LeCras' heroics have provided a rare shining light for the last-placed Eagles in what has been an otherwise dismal season.

But it has also left the coaching staff with a tough decision to make.

LeCras has now booted 108 goals in his past 36 games and is on track to earn a maiden All-Australian selection after being controversially snubbed last season.

But the 23-year-old has also shown plenty of promise as a midfielder, with many at West Coast believing he would be of more use to the team in the thick of the action rather than up forward.

However, Butler believed LeCras was better suited close to goal.

"I think he could be a great a midfielder, but the thing is how many people do you have that can kick 12 goals?" Butler said.

"You've got to have people to kick goals and he's one of the best in the business.

"So keep him down there.

"He might be able to give four or five goal assists during the game in the midfield but someone still needs to kick them.

"No one's kicked 12 for a while.

"He should have made All-Australian in lots of people's opinion last year, and he's on track to do it this year, so if you're doing that a couple of years in a row, you're a star."

West Coast could climb as high as 12th on the table with a win over Carlton at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night, and Hurn said the team gained huge confidence from the 32-point win over Essendon.

"We played four quarters of footy, we put pressure on the footy and used the ball quite well so we'll take a lot of that going forward," he said.

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