Midfielder Grace Campbell will make her AFLW debut against the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in what will be Richmond’s first interstate match.
Campbell joined the Tigers’ inaugural AFLW list as an academy signing last July. She produced an impressive 2019 VFLW campaign which included an average of eight tackles and 14 disposals per game and third place in Richmond’s best and fairest.
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The 24-year-old, who was unavailable for Richmond’s season opener due to a hip complaint, will be a welcome addition to the Tigers’ line-up. She’ll add plenty of grunt to the midfield, her tenacity one of her biggest strengths.
The Bendigo product dons guernsey number 43, a number that holds particular significance to her and has popped into her life on many occasions.
When she first attended a Richmond talent ID day, she was given number 43. It was also the street number of the first block of land she purchased and the number on her VFLW guernsey in 2019.
Campbell will replace Holly Whitford, who suffered an eye injury in Round 1 last Friday night.
It will be a milestone match for forward star Sabrina Frederick on Saturday afternoon, who will play her 25th AFLW game.
Head of Women’s Football Kate Sheahan said it was an impressive achievement considering the length of AFLW season.
"Twenty-five games is a wonderful effort to this point in AFLW and great reward for Sabrina’s durability across the first three years of her career," Sheahan said.
"Sabs is still so young, and we look forward to seeing her play many more games for Richmond in the future.
"It’s great that she will be able to celebrate the milestone in front of some of her close friends and family, including her fiancée Lili."
Richmond’s two emergencies for the Suns clash are Ella Wood and Ciara Fitzgerald.
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The Tigers will face the Suns from 4.10pm AEST, with both sides vying for their first AFLW win.
Tiger fans in Queensland are welcomed to come along to an open training on Friday afternoon at Metricon Stadium from 2.45pm.
Richmond’s Round 2 team:
B: 15. Rebecca Miller, 28. Gabrielle Seymour
HB: 18. Sarah Sansonetti, 2. Phoebe Monahan, 34. Akec Makur Chuot
C: 10. Kodi Jacques, 3. Katie Brennan, 9. Hannah Burchell
HF: 14. Sabrina Frederick, 8. Courtney Wakefield, 24. Tayla Stahl
F: 6. Christina Bernardi, 16. Laura McClelland
Foll: 11. Alice Edmonds, 4. Monique Conti, 13. Alana Woodward
I/C: 7. Lauren Tesorerio, 12. Laura Bailey, 1. Sophie Molan, 5. Maddy Brancatisano, 43. Grace Campbell
Emg: 17. Ella Wood, 26. Ciara Fitzgerald
In: Grace Campbell
Out: Holly Whitford