The VFLW Tigers have recorded a commanding 48-point win over Carlton at Ikon Park on Saturday afternoon.
The 10.9 (69) to 3.3 (21) victory marked back-to-back wins for the Tigers, and was an important opportunity for the side to consolidate their position within the top six.
The Tigers were met with slippery conditions at Ikon Park as the first bounce came with a drizzle of rain.
The wet and windy conditions were not conducive to scoring and both sides remained goalless for the first quarter.
But the gloomy weather did not dampen the Tigers’ spirits. Richmond returned after the first break rejuvenated and ready to pounce.
Key forward Courtney Wakefield got the ball rolling for the Tigers, securing the first major of the game early in the second term.
Tayla Stahl built on Wakefield’s momentum with two goals within two minutes.
Stahl was prolific, finishing the game with three majors, four marks and six tackles.
A late goal to Tiger debutant Teagan Brett stretched Richmond’s lead to 24 points at half-time.
Brett, a Murray Bushrangers product and Vic Country representative, had an outstanding first game in the Yellow and Black, booting three goals from 11 disposals.
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The Tigers attacked the third quarter with a flurry of four goals in a five-minute period, courtesy of Monique Conti, Tayla Stahl, Jenna Colwell and skipper Jess Kennedy, holding Carlton goalless for that term.
The final term opened with a goal by Hannah Ibrahim before Carlton snagged two consecutive goals.
But thanks to Richmond’s rock-solid defence, led by Phoebe Monahan, the Blues were kept to just three goals for the entirety of the match as the Tigers secured a convincing win.
Monique Conti starred as she led the team for disposals (26), tackles (7), clearances (8) and inside-50s (5).
She created opportunities for Richmond’s forwards and provided excellent delivery inside 50.
The Tigers dominated hit-outs (52-13), with Alice Edmonds stellar in the ruck as she gave Richmond’s midfielders first use.
Kennedy racked up 11 disposals and three tackles, as well as a left-foot goal in the third term.
Richmond VFLW coach Tom Hunter commended her for excelling both in her leadership and in her performance on the field.
“I’m really proud of the way JK’s been playing. She leads us in and around the contest,” said Hunter.
“She’s been doing very well and we’re very proud of how she’s leading the girls, but also how she’s playing herself."
The VFLW Tigers will return home to the Swinburne Centre next Saturday, 17 August to face the Western Bulldogs at 12.30pm.
The Tigers met the Bulldogs in Round 9, where the Bulldogs were victorious by a narrow six points.
Hunter said the Tigers look forward to the opportunity to play the high-contest side again.
“I envision it’s going to be a high-contest, high-tackling game, so we’ll really embrace that and look forward to that,” Hunter said.
“We learned a lot of lessons the last time we played the Bulldogs, so it’s going to be a really great opportunity.”