Tigers hold off Eagles in historic Punt Road win

RICHMOND 2.2 3.6 4.9 5.12 (42)
WEST COAST 0.1 0.2 3.3 5.4 (34)

Richmond stared down a challenge from the West Coast Eagles on Sunday to become the first Tigers senior side to win a game at the famous Punt Road Oval since 1964.

The rain-soaked win came in the face of a comeback from the fellow fast-improving Eagles.

A Richmond top-tier side last won at Punt Road on July 25, 1964 when the men’s team beat South Melbourne.

Richmond’s Katie Brennan, left, celebrates a goal. Credit:Daniel Pockett, Getty Images

It was also Richmond’s first win in Melbourne, their previous two coming in Geelong and Queensland.

Katie Brennan was fantastic again kicking two goals as did Tayla Stahl, while Christina Bernardi kicked one.

Monique Conti dominated the midfield with 24 touches, three marks and two tackles while Ellie McKenzie had 22 disposals.

The Tigers endured a winless debut season in the AFLW in 2020 but have shown significant improvement in 2021.

Both sides had won two of their last three matches coming into the game.

West Coast’s Kellie Gibson, left, passes the ball. Credit:Daniel Pockett, Getty Images

The Eagles did not kick a goal in the first half with Richmond booting three, but a three goal to one third quarter in favour of West Coast set up a tense finish.

Brennan’s goal in the final term was enough to stave off the fast-finishing Eagles in the end.

McKenzie said it was special to get the side’s first win in Melbourne.

“For us it has been a big thing to play four quarters. I don’t think we came out at half-time and played our best,” she said.

“There definitely was pressure [on McKenzie as No.1 pick] coming into the season, but I was lucky to come into a club where everyone was really supportive.

“I was just trying to focus on playing good footy and having a good time as well.”

Richmond: Stahl 2, Brennan 2, Bernardi
West Coast: Bowen 2, G.Kelly, Cameron, Pope

Richmond: Conti, McKenze, Stahl, Brennan, D’Arcy
West Coast: Bowen, Collier, N.Kelly, Lewis, Gibson

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