West Coast Eagles are looking to solidify top spot against St Kilda at home

A Perth Hotel Manager has left a heartfelt message to all players and officials of St Kilda FC, ahead of their AFL Indigenous Round clash with West Coast at Optus Stadium.

Novotel Langley Perth General Manager Grant Alchin left the below note for travelling Saints in each hotel room; thanking the club for their contribution to Australian sporting history, specifically WA’s Nicky Winmar’s famous stand against racism in the 1990’s.

“25 years on, this remains one of the most courageous and inspiring images in the history of Australian sport,” Alchin wrote.

“One of WA’s favourite sons and a St Kilda champion changing the narrative for the nation through pride and passion.”

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Meanwhile, the West Coast Eagles moonwalk into this round off the back of a big 15-point away win over the Hawks last weekend, further solidifying their spot on top of the AFL ladder. Sharp-shooter Josh Kennedy finished with three goals, while Andrew Gaff shone with 35 disposals and a goal.

This weekend, the Eagles return to their home turf to take on St Kilda on Saturday. A couple of team changes for the Eagles, the big one being the return of Luke Shuey! He returns from a hamstring injury and comes into the side, along with Jackson Nelson, for Chris Masten (injured) and Dom Sheed (omitted).

St Kilda come into round 11 after a 28-point defeat at the hands of the reigning Premiers Richmond last week. Despite the loss, Jade Gresham stood out for the Saints, kicking six goals straight. Jack Steven, Seb Ross and Jimmy Webster were also impressive, all finished with 35+ possessions. Two changes for the St Kilda squad this week, with Maverick Weller and Rowan Marshall coming into the side for Luke Dunstan (injured) and Jake Carlisle (suspended).

I think the West Coast Eagles are going to secure another big win this week. At this point, everything is in their favour, and we may forget that their most recent victories were without the ball-magnet Luke Shuey. With Suey coming in, plus the home ground advantage, I think we can safely say that the Eagles are well and truly the favourites heading into this one.

I’m tipping the West Coast Eagles to beat the Saints by 40 points.

Let us know you #AFLEaglesSaints predictions at @TweetPerth and @EmmaPaynes

Photo cred: @WestCoastEagles

-with Ryan Northover

Emma Payne
Emma is a sports enthusiast with extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. She is a sports presenter at 91.3 Sport FM reporting on sporting news from around the world, with an emphasis on Australian sport.