AFLW Match Reports Round 2 Richmond vs Melbourne

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Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 7, 2013
AFL Club


Demons survive early scare to tame Tigers​

Gemma Bastiani

A FIVE-GOAL second term has put Melbourne up 2-0 to start the season, with a much-improved Richmond unable to slow the Demons' run as they cruised to a 16-point victory at the Swinburne Centre on Friday night.

The Demons have now won seven out of their past eight games, despite the Tigers showing some newfound bite in the 8.6 (54) to 6.2 (38) contest.

Second year player Alyssa Bannan put in her bid for goal of the year, as she received a handball near the centre circle and turned on the jets. Bannan kicked a second just moments later, while Kate Hore also registered two for the quarter.

The second-quarter onslaught came despite a fast start for the Tigers, with a quick clearance leading to Tessa Lavey's first goal in the game's opening minute, with another Richmond goal coming just moments later courtesy of captain Katie Brennan.

Richmond was conscious not to allow Melbourne find runners through the corridor, with the Tigers sure to keep a forward deep to prevent any easy turnovers, as Monique Conti continued her impressive start to the season, running through stoppages and finding the footy with ease.

But once the Demons found a little more composure around the ball, their quick, direct attack put a Tigers defence - missing the important Sarah D'Arcy - under the pump.

Tayla Harris put her body on the line, as she is wont to do, while Eliza West's pressure around the ball played a big part in Melbourne getting on top.

Brennan worked hard in the second half to give her side opportunities to score, moving freely around the forward 50 arc to spot up teammates closer to goal, but the Demons' ability to read the ball proved too much.

Bannan's got wheels

As the Demons found their groove in the second quarter, Alyssa Bannan got on her bike. Receiving a quick handball from Lily Mithen near the centre circle, Bannan engaged the speed she's known for, evaded a few Tigers and settled for a clean shot at goal directly in front. It's one that will be hard to beat for goal of the year votes this year.

A star continues to rise

Monique Conti's 29 disposal performance last week had the footy world talking, and she's backed it up this week. Registering a game-high 25 disposals and kicking her first goal in the yellow and black, Conti proved hard to stop. Using her speed to split packs and clean hands to gather the ball with ease, no Demon was able to go with her.

A forward line that is hard to stop

Even without Shelley Scott up forward, Melbourne's marking targets plucked the ball out of the air with ease. Taking 10 marks inside 50 compared to the Tigers' three, they were able to find their forwards in space, or back them in to beat direct opponents. Without Sarah D'Arcy in the side, Harriet Cordner and Rebecca Miller were stuck one-out more often than they would have liked.

Say what?

"We're pleased we kept our nerve, we were under the pump a little and their tackle and pressure game was excellent, they were finishing their work in front of goal. I thought the end of that first quarter we just started to wrestle it back on our terms, and I think that gave the group a little bit of confidence." Melbourne coach Mick Stinear

"I thought the first quarter we could have been more up at quarter time, we were playing a really good brand of footy - hard and tough and getting some run into the game. The territory game was our way. The third and fourth quarters were a real arm wrestle, with momentum swings. I don't know what it looked like from the stands or on the telly, but from my vantage point it was a real quality game of footy. I do feel like we're a better team tonight than when we rocked up at the start of the game." Richmond coach Ryan Ferguson

What's next?

Richmond will be back at the Swinburne Centre to take on the hubbed Fremantle Dockers, while Melbourne will head home to Casey Fields for the first time to play St Kilda.

RICHMOND 2.1 2.1 4.1 6.2 (38)
MELBOURNE 1.0 6.3 7.6 8.6 (54)

Lavey 2, Brennan 2, Dargan, Conti
Melbourne: Harris 2, Hore 2, Bannan 2, D. Pearce, Paxman,

Lavey, Brennan, Conti, Seymour
Melbourne: L. Pearce, Paxman, Birch, Hanks, West

Melbourne: Nil

Reports: Nil

Crowd: 1,517 at the Swinburne Centre
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Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 7, 2013
AFL Club
JANUARY 14, 2022

Melbourne fought off a ferocious Richmond by 16-points on the back of Kate Hore masterclass, winning back-to-back games to start the season.
In the first game for points between the Tigers and Dees at Punt Road Oval in 59-years, Richmond jumped out of the blocks to kick the first goal just 20-seconds into the game courtesy of a Tessa Lavey snap.

The Tigers’ pressure and attack on the ball caught the Dees off guard, and when Katie Brennan added Richmond’s second goal they looked set to push Melbourne all the way.

But an eight-minute onslaught at the start of the second term from Hore dragged the Dees back into the game and ignited her side.

A five goal to zero quarter, which included one of the goals of the young season kicked by Alyssa Bannan, took the game away from Richmond.

A mini-fightback in the third quarter cut the margin to 16-points, but Richmond was never able to get closer as the Dees answered every punch the Tigers were able to throw.

Monique Conti did her best to get her side over the line and finished with a game-high 25-disposals, seven clearances, six tackles and a goal.

Eliza McNamara made a successful return to the Dees’ side (17-disposals and five tackles), while Karen Paxman (23-disposals, two clearances and a goal) was back to her best and Tyla Hanks (20-disposals, four tackles and four clearances) was more than serviceable.

Best-on-ground Hore kicked 2.3 and had 14 touches, three tackles and three clearances.

Kate’s quarter

Trailing by a goal at quarter-time after being stunned by Richmond’s ferocity, the Dees needed someone to step up in the second term.

Enter Hore.

The first four scoring shots of the quarter came from the 26-year-old’s boot, kicking 2.2 inside eight-minutes to kickstart Melbourne and give her side the ascendancy.

Richmond’s defenders couldn’t get near Hore as she attacked the scoreboard in all manners, reading the ball off packs, winning a brave free-kick, and finding space to mark and convert from a set shot.

Bannan’s Beauty

Bannan kicked one of the best running goals AFLW has seen when she was released by Lily Mithen in the middle of the ground.

At the 11-minute mark of the second quarter Bannan received a handball from Mithen between centre-wing and the centre-circle, before harnessing her background in athletics and taking off.

The 19-year-old took two bounces, ran to 30m from goal before steading and slotting the goal.

And for good measure Bannan kicked her second goal two-minutes later.

The Richmond Way

It was a passage of play that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a highlights package from Richmond’s three AFL premierships.

Ryan Ferguson has the Tigers playing the Richmond way and it couldn’t have been more evident than eight minutes into the first term when Richmond broke through the middle of the ground, shooting out of a stoppage with a chain of handballs before Lavey pumped the ball inside 50 to Brennan.

Brennan was able to turn her opponent and come back to the ball, marking strongly 40m out from goal. Her shot missed, but it was the ease at which the Tigers progressed the ball that caught the eye.

TIGERS 2.1 2.1 4.1 6.2 38

DEES 1.0 6.3 7.5 8.6 54


Tigers: Conti, Seymour, Lavey, Brennan, Cordner.

Dees: Hore, Paxman, McNamara, Hanks, Mithen.


Tigers: Lavey 2, Brennan 2, Dargan, Conti.

Dees: Hore 2, Bannan 2, Harris 2, D. Pearce, Paxman.


Tigers: nil.

Dees: nil.

Swinburne Centre

Crowd: 1517


Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 7, 2013
AFL Club


Melbourne Demons win second AFLW game, beating Richmond by 16 points at Punt Road​

Posted Fri 14 Jan 2022

Melbourne Demons have overcome significant COVID-19 disruption to defeat Richmond by 16 points at Punt Road, starting their AFLW season with back-to-back wins.

The premiership favourites were forced to omit Maddi Gay, Shelley Scott, Sarah Lampard, Casey Sherriff and Shelley Heath under the league's health and safety protocols.

And, after withstanding an early Tigers blitz, the Demons responded fiercely, kicking six goals in a row before running out 8.6 (54) to 6.1 (38) victors on Friday night.

Richmond were also impacted by COVID-19, with Sarah D'Arcy, Maddie Shevlin and Tayla Stahl all forced to sit out the match, as well as Emelia Yassir (concussion) and Poppy Kelly (knee).

Kate Hore, with 14 disposals, was instrumental in turning the tide in Melbourne's favour, kicking the first four scoring shots of the second quarter to give the Demons the lead for the first time.

Veteran Karen Paxman was also influential, with 23 touches and a crucial goal just before three-quarter-time, to stifle the surging Tigers.

Monique Conti was the standout for Richmond, with 25 disposals (15 contested), seven clearances, six tackles and a magnificent goal from 40 metres out on the boundary.

The Demons enjoyed a huge advantage in ball control, with 48 more disposals (228-180) and 31 more marks (50-19) to take over the contest after quarter-time, shading the Tigers in clearances (22-19) and inside 50s (20-13) in the final three quarters.

Demons' champion, Daisy Pearce, moved up forward in the second term, after a quiet opening down back, and was also pivotal in helping the visitors open up a commanding 26-point lead at half-time.

And while Richmond refused to hoist the white flag, kicking four goals to two in the second half, Melbourne's class and experience prevailed.

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