18/04/2024
Bella Lewis

How much growth is there left this season for Bella Lewis and the Eagles? (Picture: West Coast Eagles)

On Saturday night, Bella Lewis and West Coast will line up ready to wear its inaugural Pride guernsey with the prestige it deserves.

After not wearing a special Pride guernsey last season, the debut at IKON Park against Geelong will be extra special for Lewis and the Eagles girls.

“It’s super exciting, obviously our inaugural Pride jumper, it’s something we think is very special within this playing group, so we’re super excited to come out on Saturday and face Geelong,” she told The Inner Sanctum at the Pride Round launch.

While Geelong is one of the big improvers in AFLW season seven, the young brigade at the Eagles has been growing with confidence every week.

Lewis says its coming from the club itself, in the Eagles’ fourth season in the competition.

“The club has given us young girls a lot of belief in being able to play our role within the team, it’s something that we’re super grateful for,” she said.

“I take a lot of ownership in being able to help those younger girls as well so I think for me, that’s helped my form.

“Having a couple years experience in terms of my prep, and how I can perform for my team has [also] kind of helped me find my feet.”

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Another young Eagle, Charlotte Thomas, was reaching new heights in the past week by receiving the Rising Star Award.

Lewis provided an insight into what makes the young star tick.

“I think for her, it’s a lot of a mental game. She’s got the skills to be the best player she can be, so for her, it’s about finding the right balance and composure in the backline,” she said.

“She played a lot of wing, and a little bit forward last year, so settling in the backline has been very good for her, and I think she’s just enjoying her footy a lot more.”

The growth the Eagles are showing is evident, and although they have been on the wrong side of close results multiple weeks in succession, Lewis is quick to highlight plenty of positives outside of landing the four points.

“I think, improving, that’s what you’ve got to look at, like where we’ve been improving, coming leaps and bounds in terms of our game plan, and our trust and belief in the connection, between lines,” she said.

“I think definitely we’ve come a long way, and although losses hurt, I think it’s really good to look at the positives.”

West Coast and Geelong do battle at Ikon Park starting at 5:40 pm.

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