Geelong 10.7 (67) def. Richmond 7.3 (45)
The goals flowed and Geelong claimed their first win of the AFLW season beating Richmond at Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo on Saturday.
The Cats and Tigers put on a high-scoring game with 17 goals and plenty of inside-50s but it was the second-year Cats who took their chances, especially in the second term where they scored 35 points to build a match-winning lead.
While the Cats' 22-point win was impressive, there will be attention on a high tackle on Richmond skipper Katie Brennan late in the third term from Cats midfielder Jordan Ivey which forced Brennan off for the final term although she was walking around post game.
Brennan was first to get low and go for the football and Ivey's late arrival saw her turn her body side on and make contact with Brennan's head. It was reckless at best.
Last round the win-less Tigers made big improvements in the second half and they were again firing in the late third term kicking the last four goals to cut the margin to 18 points at three-quarter time but they would get no closer.
The Cats had plenty of winners led by Olivia Purcell (20 possessions, one goal), Meghan McDonald (16 possessions) and key forward Rochelle Cranston (15 possessions, two goals).
While the Cats were potent in attack with 33 inside-50s to 18 for the Tigers, Richmond star midfielder Monique Conti (28 possessions, five tackles) was again exceptional with some excellent creative play while rebounding defender Renae Monahan had 20 possessions and was constantly around the ball.
Tigers key forward Courtney Wakefield kicked three goals and was a force when the ball was in the forward line.
Richmond's hopes of a first win are fast running out but they are making improvement while the Cats will aim to take the confidence from this win and continue to attack the goals in their remaining match-ups.
With Richmond firing in the third term, Geelong's Jordan Ivey went into a contest with Richmond captain Katie Brennan and appeared to get the Tigers star high on the head as she had already gone low to get the football. Ivey will likely be cited for the contact by the match review panel. Brennan didn’t not return after medical staff opted to sit her out.
Katie Brennan is laid bare.Credit:Getty Images
HOME TOWN GOAL
Bendigo product Kodi Jacques has shown some good signs for the Tigers in her first AFLW season and she snapped a lovely goal in the third term on Saturday and the Bendigo Thunder product lapped up the moment in her home town.
FIRST TIME GOAL
Geelong debutant Anna Teague kicked a goal in her first game after a 50-metre penalty sent her deep into the forward line in the second term, Cats midfielder Renae Garing also kicked her first AFLW goal after 12 games when she bagged a major.
GEELONG CATS 1.3 7.4 9.7 10.7 (67)
RICHMOND TIGERS 1.1 3.1 7.1 7.3 (45)
Goals: Geelong Cats: G Clarke 2 R Cranston 2 A Teague D Higgins J Crockett- Grills K Darby O Purcell R Garing. Richmond Tigers: C Wakefield 3 C Bernardi K Jacques L McClelland S Frederick.
Best: Geelong: Purcell, Cranston, M. McDonald, Clarke, McWilliams. Richmond: Conti, Monahan, Jacques, Wakefield, Brennan.
Official Crowd: 4,906 at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
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