AFLW 2021: West Coast Eagles may be forced to recruit for round three as injuries mount

West Coast coach Daniel Pratt says he may have to have a look at recruiting gamers from outdoors of their squad to discipline a crew in round three because the membership’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 at present.

West Coast had been already forced to make 4 modifications earlier than the match having misplaced reigning membership 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.

“We’re just about going to have to herald gamers from outdoors the checklist if she’s (Laurie) not accessible together with a few different women,” Pratt mentioned.

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 Photos by way of AFL Images

“We checked out it firstly of the week and we had two, three or 4 women coming again who had been medically cleared to play however hadn’t obtained an opportunity to prepare this week.

“We had been just about forced to play them so we may go into the sport and sadly that’s simply the state of affairs in the mean time. I’m simply most likely extra involved about their welfare.

“We had to handle a few of their minutes with two on the bench on the finish, so it obtained fairly troublesome. I most likely wasn’t involved about successful in the long run, I used to be simply extra anxious 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 may be the largest casualty of the loss, with the star ruck taking place within the third quarter holding her knee after touchdown in a marking contest.

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

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

“I didn’t need to put her within the ruck, she was joyful to go ahead. However she ended up placing herself again within the ruck in order that most likely reveals 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.