Richmond AFLW returned to organised football for the first time since March last year with a 60-minute intraclub hit out at the Swinburne Centre on Sunday.

Twenty-four AFLW Tigers took the field, and a handful of train-on players in a game of “Yellow” against “Black” played across three periods.

Senior coach Ryan Ferguson said he was pleased with the key elements of the game.

“It is fantastic to now have some grounding to work off. We will look at the game and mark some improvements and really figure out where we can get better as a team,” he said.

“It was good to be back playing. The girls have not played a game of footy in a long time, so they really embraced the day, and it was a solid hit out.”

Ferguson said he looked forward to seeing how the Tigers would adapt to their next challenge, an AFL sanctioned practice match against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.

“We will continue to keep pulling everything together and get another look at the girls playing in the roles we need them to play,” he added.

“It’s all still very exciting, and we can’t wait to keep working towards round one. There was a lot to like today.”

A host of new Tigers made their first appearance in the jumper with Sarah Hosking, Harriet Cordner and Sarah D’Arcy all featuring strongly throughout the contest. First-year Tigers Luka Lesosky-Hay and Hannah McLaren each also had their first game with the AFLW team.

Richmond will start its season at the Swinburne Centre against Brisbane on January 31.