Tigers' 2022 report card

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Stan Judkins

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 14, 2018
2,062
3,660
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Richmond
AFL Womens, Sarah Black, 1/04/2022
Tigers' 2022 report card: Steady improvement but a long way to go
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Richmond players celebrate victory over GWS in R9, 2022.

RICHMOND finished one spot lower on the ladder this season than it did last year, but its improvement was unmistakable.
There are still a lot of things that need work, and the mounting injury toll did hurt, but the potential of the Tigers was on show in 2022.

Coach: Ryan Ferguson

Leadership group: Katie Brennan (captain), Harriet Cordner, Sarah Hosking (Monique Conti captained in round 10 in the trio's absence)
2022 home and away finishing position: 11th, three wins and seven losses, 81.3 per cent.

Best team performance: Richmond 7.4 (46) defeated GWS 6.2 (38).
Round nine marked the first time in nearly three seasons Richmond beat an inaugural club.
The Tigers kicked five goals in the first quarter to set up the win, holding off a fast-finishing Giants side to record their third victory for the season.

Best individual performance: Monique Conti surely wrapped up the first three-vote effort of the year in the season-opener against St Kilda.
The Tigers star recorded 29 disposals, 17 contested possessions, nine clearances and seven tackles in an outstanding match.
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NAB AFLW Rising Star nominations: Nil

Debutants: Meagan Kiely, Meg Macdonald, Stella Reid, Emelia Yassir (AFLW debuts), Jess Hosking, Poppy Kelly, Beth Lynch, Maddie Shevlin (club debuts)

Retirees: Yet to be announced

Delistings: Yet to be announced

Most improved: Key defender Bec Miller would have been planning on working in tandem with Harriet Cordner, but when the latter tore her ACL in round two, Miller became virtually the sole tall back.
She rose to the occasion beautifully, showing good composure and a strong set of hands.
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Star recruit: Draftee Emelia Yassir was precisely what Richmond needed, a small pressure forward with the ability to push further up the ground if required.
She added a different dimension to the attack, working well with Brennan, Christina Bernardi, Courtney Wakefield and Tayla Stahl.

Unsung hero: She does receive some recognition, but Tessa Lavey's extraordinary season saw her simultaneously playing WNBL and AFLW, captaining Bendigo and playing a crucial wing role for Richmond.
Her importance to the Tigers' structure was laid bare when she would miss matches for basketball.

What worked:
Richmond's attack was one of the most efficient in the competition once the ball was inside 50.
The team was able to play with pace, isolating forwards and subsequently hitting the scoreboard at a much better rate than last year.

What needs improvement:
The flip side of Richmond's frenetic attack was it was often caught out of position on the rebound.
The Tigers conceded the third-most points, ahead of only West Coast and Gold Coast.

Part of the issue was a lack of clean disposal out of defensive 50.
Errors by foot were often made, making life difficult for players further afield.
Injuries meant Sarah D'Arcy – usually a conduit out of defence – had to play a lockdown role, and was shifted out of her rebound position.

The gap between Richmond's best players and the rest is still too big.
The difference is slowly being adjusted, but it's going to take time to build depth in the list, particularly during another round of expansion.
A key defender to cover for Cordner should be top of the list.

Early call for next season: Hard to see Richmond making huge strides in just a few months when the next season rolls around.
Greater consistency across the season and tightening up defence should be the goal, and then more wins will come.

Season rating: 4.5/10
 

RunningBounce

Premiership Player
Jun 12, 2013
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Hard to disagree with any of that. Goes alright, Sarah Black.

"The gap between Richmond's best players and the rest is still too big.
The difference is slowly being adjusted, but it's going to take time to build depth in the list, particularly during another round of expansion.
A key defender to cover for Cordner should be top of the list."

It's not going to be easy to find those steady depth players in an expansion year, let alone a ready made KPD.

Thought Phoebe Monahan played well for Brisbane in the prelim. Former Tiger who would have been handy for us - could have helped cover Cordner and improved our ball use out of defensive 50.
 

Stan Judkins

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 14, 2018
2,062
3,660
AFL Club
Richmond
Hard to disagree with any of that. Goes alright, Sarah Black.

"The gap between Richmond's best players and the rest is still too big.
The difference is slowly being adjusted, but it's going to take time to build depth in the list, particularly during another round of expansion.
A key defender to cover for Cordner should be top of the list."

It's not going to be easy to find those steady depth players in an expansion year, let alone a ready made KPD.

Thought Phoebe Monahan played well for Brisbane in the prelim. Former Tiger who would have been handy for us - could have helped cover Cordner and improved our ball use out of defensive 50.

yeah you're right RunningBounce
i wonder how different our season would have been if Cordner & Wakefield weren't long term injuries (Hannah McLaren could have been Cordner's replacement but alas was unavailable)

Sarah Black is the best AFLW journo, really knows her stuff
her comment of "The gap between Richmond's best players and the rest is still too big.", is spot on

this trade period, i'd be surprised if we get any decent players in, but i'm hoping we will
this time around, it might be a draft only scenario

but our No 1 priority is to keep our best players from expansion teams & get another good midfielder, or put Yassir in the midfield & get another tall fwd and defender

we'll know what we're dealing with soon enough, with preseason supposed to start in June by what Ferguson said

whatever happened with Phoebe Monahan to be delisted, i'm pretty sure it wasn't her football ability
but it's just my opinion, i don't claim to have any knowledge one way or another
 
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Bojangles17

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Monique Conti becomes the first AFLW player to win 4 club B&F's

Winning B&F's at AFLW clubs
1x: 28 players
2x: 9 players
3x: 8 players
4x: Monique Conti (3 at Richmond, 1 at Western Bulldogs)
Phenomenal effort , she’s a real little champ , so pleased she’s a tiger , hope she’s some reward and we climb the ladder sooner than later
 

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