Recruited from: Claremont
West Coast recruited players with backgrounds in Gaelic football, netball and rugby ahead of its inaugural season, but Bella Lewis will be the first athlete with a trampolining skillset to join the Eagles. The Claremont product, who trampolined at a national level until just two years ago, possesses a tremendous tank, sharp turn of speed and has the capacity to play in a variety of positions if required. She only managed to play three WAFLW games in 2020 and missed Western Australia’s AFLW All-Stars match due to an ankle injury, but her recovery is progressing well and she looks on track to be ready for the start of pre-season training next month.
What head of female football Adam Selwood had to say:
"Bella has really impressed us over the last two seasons with her consistent approach to footy, her work rate and ability. She is a player we feel can run through the midfield but also play as a pressure forward as well. She’s developed her game really well with her skill level, but also in the contest. We’re excited to be able to bring her in with the first pick in the Western Australian pool of the draft. We think she’s got a really long and successful career in front of her."
What she said:
“It’s really surreal. It’s been a long road winding up to this point and I’m just really excited to be here.”
On training with the West Coast Eagles High Performance Academy earlier this year:
“I loved it. It gave me a real sense of what it would be like to be on am AFLW list. It’s such a step up from the WAFLW environment and you guys were really welcoming and really wanted to get down to it when it mattered.”