Where and when: Mineral Resources Park, Saturday, November 4, 2:05pm
TV: Live on 7mate, 7plus, Fox Footy, Kayo and the AFL and AFLW Live Official apps.
Last time we met: West Coast 1.3 (9) def. by Adelaide 6.6 (42) at Punt Road Oval (Swinburne Centre), round three, 2022.
A young and developing West Coast side came up against an experienced Adelaide outfit on a scorching day out at Punt Road. The Eagles showed fight across all four quarters, staying strong in the last when both sides were obviously fatigued, and despite the loss, West Coast displayed promising signs of improvement and maturity against one of the competition’s best sides. Dana Hooker was one of the Eagles’ best, finishing with 18 disposals and four clearances, while Aisling McCarthy (18, four) also played an important role.
What it means for the Eagles: Saturday draws a close to the Eagles’ 2023 campaign, which has ultimately been a challenging season. The Eagles have recorded two wins, over Port Adelaide and Essendon, with multiple winnable games slipping through their fingers. Second-placed Adelaide will be a tough task for the young Eagles side, but they will want to turn up with a fighting spirit and fire in their bellies to finish out the season positively in front of their home fans, family and friends. Despite the outcome of the game on Saturday, if West Coast can stay competitive for a full four quarters, and take learnings from their opponents, it will be a beneficial experience to carry forward into next season.
The stat: Emma Swanson is set to become the first Eagles AFLW player to reach 1000 career disposals, requiring just 18 touches on Saturday to reach the milestone. Currently in her eighth AFLW season, Swanson is sitting on 982 disposals from 54 games (including 13 games at Greater Western Sydney), and she is currently averaging 21.4 per game.
Oppo in focus: Adelaide midfielder Anne Hatchard will be one to watch this week, coming into this game on the back of a 32-disposal (game-high), six-mark, three-tackle and five-clearance (team-high) outing in her team’s three-point win over the Kangaroos last round. Fellow midfielder Ebony Marinoff has also impressed all season, with another dominant display against the Roos, finishing with 29 disposals, seven marks, nine tackles (team-high) and three clearances.
It’s a big week for: Rohan McHugh
Eagles’ caretaker coach Rohan McHugh will lead the team for the final game of 2023, after stepping into the head coaching role ahead of the Western Bulldogs game in round nine. The players have embraced the new voice and fresh perspective of McHugh, but unfortunately couldn’t get the win in his first game in charge last weekend. McHugh has been loving his experience at the helm so far, and regardless of the result against the Crows on Saturday, will want his team to remain competitive, produce a consistent four-quarter effort and put on a good show to wrap up the season.
Big call: Kellie Gibson, who has kicked a career-high 10 goals this season, and one third of West Coast’s goals in total for the season, will add another three goals to her 2023 total on Saturday in her 50th AFLW game.