The Saints took a spray on the first change, and it saw them kick into high gear in the second term. But despite winning the inside 50 for the quarter, 5-4, they only managed one behind, as the Pies extended their lead against the momentum with a late goal.
While the Saints were much more competitive in the clinch after halftime, the Pies again added to their lead with the only major of the third term, and when they posted the sixth major to start the final stanza , it appeared they were on their way to guard the visitors aimlessly.
But the hard-fought Saints managed to grab the game’s final two goals to end the competition on a high note.
Fowler’s suspected concussion, suffered late in the game on the wing when she was crushed in a loose ball contest, leaves her in doubt to face Geelong next Friday night, while Barnett left the pitch in the final minutes showing his left ribs. and no longer took part in the game.
The Saints, whose coach Nick Dal Santo watched from home in isolation, remain winless for two rounds and face an unbeaten Melbourne next weekend.
COLLINGWOOD 3.3 4.4 5.5 6.5 (41)
ST KILDA 0.0 0.1 0.2 2.2 (14)
Collingwood: Sheridan 2, O’Dea, Chaston, Newman, Cann
St Kilda: McDonald, Shierlaw
Collingwood: Chiocci (Achilles) replaced in the selected team by Barnett, Fowler (concussion)
St Kilda: None
Collingwood: Bonnici, Lambert, Cann, Butler, Rowe
St Kilda: Vesely, Phillips, Lucas-Rodd, Priest, Dillon
Demons spoil Richmond’s first AFLW outing at Punt Rd
Melbourne beat Richmond by 16 points in a hot contest at the Swinburne Center under Friday night lights.
With both teams keen to keep up the momentum of first-round wins, it was a physical contest seeing neither team leave with anything in the tank.
As will likely become the norm this season, the two teams each made five changes to their first-round winning squads, with the Demons all due to AFL health and safety protocols, Richmond is a combination of COVID rules -19 and injuries. Both sides were forced to train on players in an emergency due to limited player availability.
Richmond set the tone early, with Olympic basketball player Tessa Lavey scoring her first AFLW goal moments after the first rebound, defending Australian center half Katie Brennan following that up with a major set piece.
Richmond pressure dictated the game, 17 tackles to 10 in the first term as star midfielder Monique Conti continued her momentum from last week’s clinical performance, with three handballs and seven eliminations.
Big name rookie Tayla Harris got the Demons on the board before the siren, cutting the lead to seven points by the quarter.
Melbourne turned the tables after the first break, All-Australian demon Kate Hore tied the scores, then netted a second to edge them.
At this point it was six to one clearances, with Melbourne managing to shield the ball in their front 50, seeing two goals in a row from Alyssa Bannan.
Demons skipper Daisy Pearce earned a free-kick and gave them their sixth major in a row, five-time All-Australian Karen Paxman had a slower game last week but notched 16 eliminations and eight handballs at the half time.
Then, at the main break, clearances were nine-for-three and a similar difference to the inside 50 gave the Demons a 26-point lead.
The ladies in yellow and black saw Brennan feed Tessa Lavey her second for the night, Sarah Dargan got them back on 16 points but not before experienced Demons Pearce and Karen Paxman fired back.
A spectacular goal into Mon Conti’s boot gave the Tigres a glimmer of hope in the last term, but
Demon Harris wouldn’t have it, playing football.
Brennan scored with four minutes remaining but they couldn’t beat the clock as Melbourne showed why they remain Premier’s favourites.
HISTORY MADE AT THE SWINBURNE CENTER
Richmond’s very first game was against Melbourne on the same oval. On Saturday May 2, 1908, Richmond rushed to the Punt Road Oval for their first league game, against neighboring side Melbourne. Now, over a century later, the club’s AFLW team got their chance in early January 2022, at what is now called the Swinburne Centre.
MACDONALD’S FANISM MONTH
Tiger debutant Meg Macdonald has had a whirlwind month after being recently elevated to the main roster with Ilish Ross deemed inactive for the season. Macdonald was playing for the Casey Demons before he got the call from Punt Road just before Christmas, to a delighted Macdonald family who have been one-eyed Richmond supporters all their lives.