Written off by the critics, especially those in the eastern states as a bottom four side, the Eagles with a young list and a rookie coach faced a monumental task to prove the doubters wrong. But they did and how.
A finals campaign and more importantly, the respect of the football world were the result of hard work, dedication and inspirational coaching from club legend John Worsfold.
The Eagles are big and strong and aggressive and just about unbeatable at Subiaco.
After a couple of years in the wilderness, the story of the West Coast in 2002 could best be described as a stepping stone to future success. Led by the exciting Ben Cousins and backed by veterans Glen Jakovich, Ashley McIntosh and Peter Matera who have found a new lease of life, a return to the glory years of 1992 and 1994 is just around the corner.