Richmond will head north this weekend for its first interstate match to face fellow expansion side Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
Both sides will be vying for their first AFLW win, after the Tigers suffered a 34-point season opener loss to the Blues last week and the Suns were beaten by GWS by one point.
WHERE AND WHEN:
Saturday, February 15
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- It will be a historic occasion for the Suns, who will play their first ever home game since entering the AFLW competition. With the stadium being their home ground, expect them to understand and play the conditions well. It will also be a day of firsts for the Tigers, with the match being their maiden interstate outing.
- The Suns will seek to impose their trademark high pressure around the contest. Gold Coast laid a total of 81 tackles in their first match, outperforming the Giants who laid 55. Gold Coast midfielder Jacqui Yorston led from the front with 12 tackles, and will be key for the Suns on their home deck.
- Gold Coast will be guided by the experience and leadership of co-captains Leah Kaslar and Sam Virgo. The former Lions have plenty of big game experience, both having played in an AFLW Grand Final. Similar to the Tigers, the Suns’ list also contains lots of youth and academy signings.
- The game will be watched with intent by all clubs to see how Gold Coast’s game style changes on the expected dry Metricon deck, in contrast to the torrential rain the team experienced against GWS last week.
The midfield battle between Katie Brennan and Jamie Stanton will be intriguing to watch. Both players were the first AFLW signing for their respective clubs and it will be the first time they come up against each other in their new colours. Stanton topped the Suns for disposals against GWS with 15 and was named in her side’s best, while Brennan was also a strong Round 1 performer, racking up 10 touches and providing plenty of midfield support.