2005 started with the Eagles loosing the
the Wizard Cup.
They led the competition for most of the season,
surrendering Number One to the Crows in the last game of the regular season.
They won two close home finals to make the Grand Final against the
Misfortune struck early with the failure of
their main goal kicker, Peter Matera, to prove his fitness. They also suffered
an injury to Daniel Kerr early in the game. In one of the closest and most dour
Grand Finals of recent years, the Eagles failed to win by four points, with the
Swan's Leo Barry taking a mark on the Goal Line with only seconds to play.
Despite the loss Chris Judd was the worthy
winner of the Norm Smith Medal for Best on the Ground. Coversplease also
released a cover for the
Norm Smith Medalist