In a career-best haul of goals for the young Tiger, Tayla Stahl was paramount in her side’s win against the West Coast Eagles at Mineral Resources Park.
Braving the heat of Perth that impacted both sides throughout the match, Stahl contributed to Richmond’s second win of the season as she put up a ferocious performance in the dramatic 23 point win.
The 27-year-old was on fire as she bagged three goals, a leader for Richmond’s goalscorers this time around, along with two marks and four disposals.
After Stahl burst through the scene to score the first goal for her side and the game in the first quarter, Richmond took advantage of a quiet start from the Eagles. Right from the first bounce, the Tigers had full control of the game which left West Coast struggling to overcome a strong defence.
Richmond’s composure was on full display as the end of the first quarter rolled around having 67 disposals, 16 tackles, and 5 clearances recorded in comparison to the Eagles who had 37, 12, and 5 in that order.
West Coast’s best efforts to break through Richmond’s defence was on show however despite an increase of the depth of kicks which followed an increase in handballs, it still wasn’t enough to push past Richmond’s efforts and led to the margin extending to 27 points.
By the second half, the pressure had become ramped up by both sides yet Richmond had continued to dominate on the scoreboard. Monique Conti (one goal), Katie Brennan (two goals), and Ellie McKenzie (one goal) displayed their magic as they contributed to the scoreboard with goals to each of their names.
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Missed opportunities for Eagles to capitalise on errors made by Richmond on-field saw the margin extend further to 35 points by the third quarter.
A much-needed late surge from West Coast was seen in the fourth, particularly from Dana Hooker who managed to rack up 24 disposals and a snap at goal from powerhouse Kellie Gibson (one goal, six disposals).
However, the late surge proved costly as it was too late to prevent the Eagles from falling short of the win by the sound of the final siren with the scores ending on 10.8 (68) to 7.3 (45).
Richmond’s win was even more sweetened by Akec Makur Chuot’s shot at goal which marked the first for her career.
The Eagles night was soured with Maddy Collier being spotted with ice on her foot after the game had ended.
West Coast goes into preparations for the next round and looks for their second win of the season as they prepare to take on the Brisbane Lions.
Meanwhile, Richmond has the challenge of the Geelong Cats next week.
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