The West Coast Eagles have settled on one change for Saturday’s history-making RAC Derby at Optus Stadium.
Versatile utility Kate Orme has been brought into the starting 21 to replace defender Ashton Hill, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Collingwood last weekend.
It will be a fairy tale debut for the 30-year-old, who has been employed as the club’s social media producer for the past five years.
After working closely with the AFL team for the first three years of her tenure at West Coast and witnessing the rise of women’s football in Western Australia, Orme – an accomplished athlete in her own right – decided to take up the game and joined Claremont’s WAFLW outfit in 2018.
She quickly became a mainstay of Claremont’s league side and in 2019 the Sydney product was voted into the club’s leadership group alongside Eagles teammates Parris Laurie and Emily Bonser.
Orme was a member of West Coast’s High Performance Female Academy before being recruited to the Eagles’ inaugural women’s squad with pick No.70 in the 2019 AFLW Draft.
Having worked at more than 10 AFL RAC Derbies, she will be familiar with the atmosphere tipped to be generated at Optus Stadium on Saturday.
Confirmation of the starting side ensures that seven Eagles – Dana Hooker, Parris Laurie, Kellie Gibson, Courtney Guard, Ashlee Atkins, Belinda Smith and Beatrice Devlyn – will lock horns with their former Fremantle teammates.
Inside midfielder Emily Bonser and classy defender Cassie Davidson have been named as emergencies for the fixture.
Bouncedown is 4.10pm at Optus Stadium on Saturday.
Tickets are still available for the contest and can be purchased here.
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Fund to assist the Australian bushfire disaster recovery.