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Relevant events for the week Wednesday 2 March 2022 - Tuesday 8 March 2022 (Prev|Next)

Wednesday 2 March[]

Thursday 3 March[]

West Coast formally announced the signing of tall forward Hugh Dixon as a supplementary rookie selection, after the ex-Docker was a standout in the heavy loss to his old side.

Meanwhile, inaugural AFLW Eagle Courtney Guard announced her retirement, with the popular defender to focus on her teaching career and starting a family.

Friday 4 March[]

West Coast named defender Beth Schilling to make her debut against the Bulldogs, one of four inclusions alongside Guard, Grace Kelly and Melissa Caulfield. Kellie Gibson, Lauren Gauci and draftees Courtney Rowley and Emily Bennett were all omitted.

At a live-streamed AFL season launch, the club awarded six new life memberships - premiership players Jeremy McGovern and Elliot Yeo, former chairman Michael Smith, legal counsel David Grace QC, marketing manager Deane Pieters and communications manager Gary Stocks.

Saturday 5 March[]

West Coast's horror AFLW run continued with a heavy loss to the Bulldogs under lights at Perth Stadium, losing prime midfielder Dana Hooker to a shoulder injury in the process. The Eagles were once again held scoreless for the entire first half, finally breaking through with a Hayley Bullas goal in the third term as the visitors waltzed to victory. Defender Evie Gooch was her side's best with 22 possessions.

Sunday 6 March[]

West Coast were defeated by Fremantle in another pre-season clash held behind closed doors, this time at Perth Stadium, but the depleted Eagles put in a much better effort than the previous week, staying in touch with their opponents throughout to lose by just 13 points. Tim Kelly starred while midfielder Tom Joyce and Patrick Naish, the latter having only arrived in the State a few days earlier, put in strong auditions for a supplementary rookie spot.

Monday 7 March[]

West Coast's Round 1 side continued to take a battering with defender Alex Witherden receiving a one-match ban for rough conduct against Docker Andrew Brayshaw.

Tuesday 8 March[]

West Coast opened up additional supplementary rookie spots after moving defender Tom Cole and prized draftee Campbell Chesser to the inactive list, with the pair expected to miss several months with serious ankle injuries. Somewhat surprisingly, Jack Darling was not made inactive despite appearing no closer to a resolution on the issue of his vaccination status.

Meanwhile, the club confirmed that Hooker would miss the final match of the 2022 AFLW season, although in better news the inaugural club champion avoided the need for surgery on her injured shoulder.