Richmond have overcome an early deficit to win an exciting first AFLW Dreamtime recreation in opposition to Essendon at ETU Stadium in Port Melbourne.
The Tigers held out a surging Bombers by two factors – 3.8 (26) to three.6 (24) – in a conflict that was on the road proper into the ultimate minute on a moist and windy Sunday afternoon.
In such tough taking part in circumstances elite gamers got here to the fore, and that was definitely the case with Richmond on-baller Monique Conti, who regularly impressed her teammates.
Conti had 15 possessions and laid 9 tackles. And she or he kicked a telling aim from a superb snapshot close to the boundary line early within the third quarter to what was essentially the most tough finish to attain, given the breeze.
It appeared the Tigers had achieved sufficient to win with a six-point lead at three-quarter time and kicking to the southern finish with the wind within the final time period.
However Essendon threw every little thing at them in a bid to grab a late victory. When Bomber Amber Clarke’s fast kick bounced by the unguarded aim, it reduce Richmond’s result in only one level with 68 seconds left.
On the essential centre bounce, considerably, it was Conti who gained the ball and the clearance to spear a cross to Sarah Hosking that nearly iced the sport.
“In that state of affairs, we all know they are going to do something to get the ball down (their finish), so I am simply glad I took it (mark),” Hosking stated.
“We all know Essendon is a fourth quarter facet they usually pile on the scores. So, we knew they have been going to return again and to our credit score we held them out. It was an awesome contest.”
Hosking had performed a important function within the Tigers’ triumph too, limiting Essendon’s good midfielder Maddie Prespakis to simply 11 possessions whereas accumulating 14 touches herself.
Essential to the competition was how every workforce would greatest use the southern finish.
Essendon had the possibility first and took an early lead when Bonnie Toogood goaled after a excessive sort out, however that was their solely scoreboard success with the wind regardless of a lopsided 11-1 inside-50 benefit.
Richmond gamers made higher use of the breeze at their backs, significantly with Conti bursting from the centre a number of occasions to drive them deep into assault.
Courtney Wakefield twice marked on the prime of the goalsquare and every time transformed from shut vary to propel the Tigers into the lead on a day when targets have been uncommon.
Richmond ruck Gabby Seymour’s 25 hitouts arrange centre takeaways and the Tigers have been effectively served by the rebounding work of Eilish Sheerin, with 20 possessions, and Tessa Lavey (13) throughout half-back.