18/04/2024

Richmond Tigers came out on top in the gritty win against the Gold Coast Suns. (Image: @aflwomens - Twitter).

Richmond young gun Emelia Yassir’s quick thinking has led the Richmond Tigers to extend their winning streak, after a thrilling win over the Gold Coast Suns.

With the Tigers trailing the Suns, Yassir snuck in and booted a goal to help get her side back into the lead. The goal was gained through a free kick won by Grace Egan.

This was despite the Suns who held onto the lead for the majority of the final term until Yassir’s goal gave the Tigers the win.

For the first time in their history, the four-point win meant that the Tigers now have four wins to their name this season.

It was a tight-scoring affair at Punt Road which delivered a game of intense pressure and grit. A combined total of 153 tackles were made.

Jess Hosking headlined as Richmond’s best with 11 disposals to her name. Her teammates Yassir, Monique Conti and Meagan Kiely also contributed well with tackles. Gold Coast’s tackling beasts were Charlie Rowbottom (eight), Lucy Single (seven), and Shannon Danckert (seven).

A goal from Katie Brennan in the opening quarter saw Richmond hold control of the game. Their defence was enough to leave the Suns without a major until the second quarter. The Tigers took advantage of a few errors made by Gold Coast, including a missed attempt at goal.

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The Tigers may have a case to make at the tribunal following an incident involving Kodi Jacques. The eighteen-year-old was reported after she made a high bump on the Suns Lauren Ahrens.

Gold Coast was noticeably bringing the pressure, as were Richmond. Although the Tigers midfield had managed to fare much as very few Suns players could make possession of the ball.

Much of Richmond’s win is as a result of a fired up Monique Conti. With 23 touches to her name, she continued her impressive season so far and made significant contributions for the side. Grace Egan and Eilish Sheerin also made strong contributions for the Tigers with 16 and 12 disposals respectively.

While for the Suns, Charlie Rowbottom was a complete standout with 24 disposals.

Claudia Whitfort (17), Elizabeth Keaney (16), Viven Saad (16) and Ellie Hampson (13) all impressed for Gold Coast. Along with Tara Bohanna who scored a goal that was much welcomed. However, the efforts weren’t enough to stop being outrun by the Tigers.

The win for Richmond did ultimately come at a cost, with Maddie Shevlin taken off the ground in a stretcher. The Tigers will be waiting to see the result of a suspected leg injury sustained during the last remaining seconds of the game.

Question also remains over the absence of Jess Hosking who left the ground during the final quarter and remained out for the remainder of the game.

Richmond will be looking to continue their winning streak on Friday night, when they take on West Coast at Lathlain Park. Meanwhile, Gold Coast’s next challenge will be at Henson Park where they will be taking on the Sydney Swans on Saturday.

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