Sidelined Eagle Willie Rioli noticed at Lengthy Stroll

2021-06-05 14:58:00

Sidelined West Coast Eagles star Willie Rioli has returned to Optus Stadium as a part of immediately’s Lengthy Stroll, noticed amongst marchers clad in a black hoodie.

After crossing Matagarup Bridge from the WACA together with the 6000 robust crowd, the 26-year-old stopped to take selfies with followers within the shadow of Nicky Winmar’s iconic statue.

Rioli final month pleaded responsible to drug possession after being caught with 24.2 grams of hashish in a bundle hidden inside his shorts.

West Coast has stood by the 2018 premiership participant, who’s serving the ultimate months of a two-year AFL suspension for tampering with a urine pattern in August 2019.

He’s slated to return to Eagles coaching on June 20.

Willie Rioli pictured at the Long Walk before the Dreamtime game.
Digicam IconWillie Rioli pictured on the Lengthy Stroll earlier than the Dreamtime recreation. Credit score: Provided/Provided

Former West Coast Eagle Ben Cousins was additionally seen at Optus Stadium assembly followers earlier than the sport. Cousins has just lately returned to soccer after a 10-year absence, taking part in for Queens Park within the Metro Soccer League, however suffered a hamstring harm in his second recreation with the membership.

Ben Cousins pictured at the DreamTime game in Perth, with a fan.
Digicam IconBen Cousins pictured on the DreamTime recreation in Perth, with a fan. Credit score: Joel Pleydell/Instagram/Joel Pleydell/Instagram

The Lengthy Stroll motion was began by Essendon champion Michael Lengthy, who famously walked from Melbourne to Parliament Home in Canberra in 2004 to boost consciousness about Indigenous points.

Lengthy and Essendon’s Gavin Wanganeen, led the march alongside Premier Mark McGowan.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Michael Long lead the Long Walk from the WACA to Optus Stadium during the round 12 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium on June 05, 2021 in Perth, Australia.
Digicam IconWest Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Michael Lengthy lead the Lengthy Stroll from the WACA to Optus Stadium throughout the spherical 12 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium on June 05, 2021 in Perth, Australia. Credit score: Paul Kane/Getty Pictures

Talking to The West Australian, Lengthy stated it was a “incredible turnout”.

“We by no means knew how many individuals had been going to be right here, but it surely’s been incredible,” he stated.

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