Richmond has finished its 2021 NAB AFLW campaign with a 13-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in their final-round clash at VU Whitten Oval.

After trailing by three goals at half-time, Tigers skipper Katie Brennan tormented her former side with two of her three goals coming in the third quarter to trim the deficit to just four points.

But despite being held goalless in the third term, the Bulldogs reasserted themselves in the final stanza, booting two of the last three goals to seal their win, 7.3 (45) to 5.2 (32).

Brennan (14 disposals) stood out for the Tigers, and she was well supported by Harriet Cordner - who shut down star Dogs forward Izzy Huntington - Kate Dempsey and Rebecca Miller.

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AFLW R9: Skipper caps off the season with three

Highlights of Katie Brennan's Round 9 match against the Bulldogs.

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Kirsty Lamb was the Bulldogs' best player with 23 disposals, seven tackles, four clearances and a goal, while Elisabeth Georgostathis (10 touches) did a magnificent tagging job on the usually prolific Conti (12).

Brooke Lochland (23 and a goal) and Ellie Blackburn (20) were also instrumental to the victory.

The Bulldogs made the most of the strong breeze in the first quarter, doubling Richmond for inside 50s (10-5) and tripling them for marks inside 50 (6-2), to kick four of the first five goals.

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AFLW R9: Ferguson post-match

Ryan Ferguson speaks to the media after the Round 9 match against the Western Bulldogs.

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Two of those were booted by Kirsten McLeod, one of which was a magnificent running effort from 52 metres out after taking the intercept mark on the wing and taking two bounces.

Kicking into the wind in the second term, the Dogs set up cleverly defensively, making it hard for Richmond to get it out of their backline, and not even a mark-of-the-year contender from Ellie McKenzie over Lochland could inspire the Tigers to cut the three-goal deficit by half-time.

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AFLW R9: McKenzie flies high

Ellie McKenzie takes off with a massive intercept mark.

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Richmond dominated the third period but despite Brennan's best efforts in the second half, she was not able to drag her side over the line as the Doggies held firm.

WESTERN BULLDOGS     4.0     5.0     5.3     7.3     (45)
RICHMOND                     1.0     2.1     4.2     5.2     (32)

Western Bulldogs: McLeod 2, Lochland, Morris-Dalton, Huntington, Lamb, Toogood
Richmond: Brennan 3, Stahl, Wakefield

Western Bulldogs: Lamb, Blackburn, Lochland, Brown, Morris-Dalton, Ferres
Richmond: Hosking, Seymour, Brennan, Dempsey, Stahl

Western Bulldogs: Nil
Richmond: Nil