AFLW 2021: West Coast Eagles injuries force club to look outside of squad to field a team for round three

West Coast coach Daniel Pratt says he could have to look at recruiting gamers from outside of their squad to field a team in round three because the club’s injuries proceed to mount.

Ruck Parris Laurie (knee), Niamh Kelly and Andrea Gilmore (each fingers) had been all casualties of the Eagles’ 2.11 (23) to 2.2 (14) loss at Fremantle Group Financial institution Oval in the present day.

West Coast had been already compelled to make 4 modifications earlier than the match having misplaced reigning club champion Dana Hooker after she had surgical procedure on her foot following an accident within the kitchen.

Maddy Collier (concussion), Brianna Inexperienced (ankle) and Demi Liddle (again) had been additionally dominated out following the Eagles’ round one loss to Adelaide.

Niamh Kelly dislocated her finger in the second quarter.
Digital camera IconNiamh Kelly dislocated her finger within the second quarter. Credit score: Paul Kane/Getty Pictures by way of AFL Images

“We’re just about going to have to usher in gamers from outside the listing if she’s (Laurie) not out there together with a couple of different women,” Pratt mentioned.

“We checked out it at the beginning of the week and we had two, three or 4 women coming again who had been medically cleared to play however hadn’t received a likelihood to practice this week.

“We had been just about compelled to play them so we may go into the sport and sadly that’s simply the situation in the intervening time. I’m simply in all probability extra involved about their welfare.

“We had to handle some of their minutes with two on the bench on the finish, so it received fairly tough. I in all probability wasn’t involved about profitable ultimately, I used to be simply extra nervous about ensuring these women play subsequent week.

“We’ll simply have to wait and see what it’s like tomorrow and work out what we’re going to do subsequent.”

Laurie might be the largest casualty of the loss, with the star ruck happening within the third quarter holding her knee after touchdown in a marking contest.

Pratt mentioned early indicators pointed in the direction of a dangerous cork after Laurie got here again on within the final quarter to play as a ahead.

“She’s a chief within the group and she or he put her hand up to go and play once more,” he mentioned.

“I didn’t need to put her within the ruck, she was comfortable to go ahead. However she ended up placing herself again within the ruck in order that in all probability exhibits the standard of her character.”The AFL are probably to announce a round three fixture tomorrow, with Pratt saying he hoped they might play Sunday to enable for a seven-day turnaround.