Where and when: Mineral Resources Park. Sunday, March 15 (2:10pm AWST)
TV: Live on Channel 7, Fox Footy and the official AFLW app
What it means for the Eagles: After facing off against foundation clubs through the first five rounds, the Eagles now get a crack at a fellow expansion team. West Coast played their first two home games at Optus Stadium and Leederville Oval and finally get to run out on their home deck at Mineral Resources Park.
The stat: Over the past three rounds Mikayla Bowen has averaged 12 disposals and a touch under five tackles a game. The Swan Districts’ product has outperformed lofty expectations and the Eagles should be rapt with the first-year player’s output.
The matchup: Imahra Cameron v Jordann Hickey
Cameron started the year amassing disposals in the center of the ground, supporting star players Dana Hooker and Emma Swanson as the midfield’s third fiddle. Against the Demons, a position change was required and the Eagles’ first round draft choice was moved to full-forward. After moving around the field some herself, Hickey has settled into her role as a ball-winning fullback for the Suns and is likely to match up against the dynamic Eagle.
It’s a big week for: Belinda Smith
Smith played valiantly in an under-siege backline against the Demons, gathering a classy 12 disposals as the Eagles’ main outlet into neutral territory. The fourth-year player’s ability to link up on handball chains out of defense has been invaluable for West Coast and she will continue to be relied upon while her less experienced teammates grow into their roles.
Imahra Cameron finds her form as a forward and makes a big impact in front of goal.