Tigers find fight but are denied again as Blues storm to win

CARLTON
0.2 4.2 7.3 8.3 (51)
RICHMOND
3.0 4.1 5.1 7.4 (46)

GOALS:
Carlton: Prespakis (2), McEvoy, Harris, Vescio (3), Stevens
Richmond: Stahl (2), Wakefield (3), Brennan (2)

BEST:
Carlton: Prespakis, Vescio, Harris, Egan, J. Hosking, Moodie, Downie
Richmond: Wakefield, Brennan, Seymour, Frederick, Brancatisano, Stahl

CROWD: 2212

Richmond have suffered their 10th straight loss and remain winless in the AFLW following a five-point defeat to Carlton at Ikon Park on Saturday afternoon.

After a 34-point loss to the Blues in last season’s opener, the Tigers, in their second clash against Carlton, needed to show how far they have come since their inaugural AFLW game.

Following a dominant performance against the Saints last week, the Blues, who ran out in orange socks, to signify the club’s commitment to gender equality for the prevention of violence against women, weren’t going to give the visitors their first win.

Darcy Vescio of the Blues, left, is tackled by Hannah Burchell of the Tigers during round four. Credit:Getty Images

Having made just one change to their line-up, naming defender Jess Edwards in place of skipper Katie Loynes, the Blues were rendered goalless in the first term, Courtney Wakefield booting two of Richmond’s three goals. The Blues’ usual fast play was nowhere to be seen initially, which looked to continue into the second with veteran Katie Brennan booting one straight from the siren.

Courtney Wakefield celebrates a goal for the Tigers. Credit:Getty Images

Reigning league best and fairest winner Madison Prespakis ascended, slotting two for the Blues, fellow Carlton young gun Lucy McEvoy and Tayla Harris added to the tally, leaving the locals one up at half-time.

When the going gets tough, Darcy Vescio gets going and with a spectacular hanger and three goals in the third, Carlton’s two-time leading goal kicker handed them a 14-point lead at the final break.

Darcy Vescio, right, and Harriet Cordner compete for the ball. Credit:Getty Images

Richmond’s Tayla Stahl and Wakefield booted their second and third goals, respectively, leading to an arm wrestle in the dying moments, but Nicola Stevens wouldn’t allow it on her home turf and added one for the ladies in blue, leaving the Tigers licking their wounds and dreaming of an elusive victory.

25 FOR CONTI
Richmond star Monique Conti marked her 25th AFLW game with a clinical midfield performance and 26 disposals.

The 21-year-old AFLW All-Australian is a premiership player, in which she was named best on ground. The former Bulldog also has a best and fairest award to her name from each of her AFLW clubs.

SIBLING RIVALRY
Jess Hosking earned her sibling bragging rights after lining up against identical twin, Sarah for the first time in their AFLW careers. Jess was named at half-forward and tallied 19 disposals while Sarah racked up 15 against her former side.

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