West Coast Eagles AFLW defender Ashton Hill to miss 2021 season, Peel Thunder product Demi Liddle signs on
West Coast defender Ashton Hill will miss the entire 2021 AFLW season as she continues to recover from a knee reconstruction.
The club’s doctors adviser Hill not to rush her recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament she sustained in the second quarter of the Eagles’ historic round one clash against Collingwood in February.
She has been put on the inactive list for the 2021 season.
West Coast head of female football Adam Selwood said the decision was made with Hill’s health and wellbeing at front of mind.
“Although we are bitterly disappointed that Ashton will not available to play in the upcoming AFLW season, she is a highly valued member of our football program and a player we must protect for long-term interests,” Selwood said.
“It is our hope that West Coast fans will get to see a fully fit Ashton running around for the Eagles in 2022.”
West Coast have signed Peel Thunder defender Demi Liddle as an injury replacement after the Busselton-product helped the Thunder to the WAFLW premiership and earned a berth in the All Stars game at season’s end.
A former state basketballer for the South West Slammers, Liddle has the ability to shut down tall and small forwards.
Selwood said he expected Liddle to grab her unexpected opportunity with both hands.
“It is terrific that we are able to provide a wonderful opportunity to Demi, who has shown real promise throughout the 2020 WAFLW season,” Selwood said.
“Demi has been a steady and consistent performer over the past six months and we feel she has adapted to the game quite well since crossing codes from basketball four years ago.
“We expect Demi to support the program to the best of her ability and make the most of the development opportunities she will have by training at an increased intensity.”
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