AFLW results: Hore masterclass keeps Tigers at bay


Melbourne fought off a ferocious Richmond by 16-points on the back of Kate Hore masterclass, winning back-to-back games to start the season. 

In the first game for points between the Tigers and Dees at Punt Road Oval in 59-years, Richmond jumped out of the blocks to kick the first goal just 20-seconds into the game courtesy of a Tessa Lavey snap.

The Tigers’ pressure and attack on the ball caught the Dees off guard, and when Katie Brennan added Richmond’s second goal they looked set to push Melbourne all the way.

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But an eight-minute onslaught at the start of the second term from Hore dragged the Dees back into the game and ignited her side.

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A five goal to zero quarter, which included one of the goals of the young season kicked by Alyssa Bannan, took the game away from Richmond.

A mini-fightback in the third quarter cut the margin to 16-points, but Richmond was never able to get closer as the Dees answered every punch the Tigers were able to throw.

Monique Conti did her best to get her side over the line and finished with a game-high 25-disposals, seven clearances, six tackles and a goal.

Eliza McNamara made a successful return to the Dees’ side (17-disposals and five tackles), while Karen Paxman (23-disposals, two clearances and a goal) was back to her best and Tyla Hanks (20-disposals, four tackles and four clearances) was more than serviceable.

Best-on-ground Hore kicked 2.3 and had 14 touches, three tackles and three clearances.

Kate Hore set the game alight. Picture: Getty Images

Kate’s quarter

Trailing by a goal at quarter-time after being stunned by Richmond’s ferocity, the Dees needed someone to step up in the second term.

Enter Hore.

The first four scoring shots of the quarter came from the 26-year-old’s boot, kicking 2.2 inside eight-minutes to kickstart Melbourne and give her side the ascendancy.

Richmond’s defenders couldn’t get near Hore as she attacked the scoreboard in all manners, reading the ball off packs, winning a brave free-kick, and finding space to mark and convert from a set shot.

Bannan’s Beauty

Bannan kicked one of the best running goals AFLW has seen when she was released by Lily Mithen in the middle of the ground.

At the 11-minute mark of the second quarter Bannan received a handball from Mithen between centre-wing and the centre-circle, before harnessing her background in athletics and taking off.

The 19-year-old took two bounces, ran to 30m from goal before steading and slotting the goal.

And for good measure Bannan kicked her second goal two-minutes later.

Bannan celebrates a goal to remember. Picture: Getty Images
Bannan celebrates a goal to remember. Picture: Getty Images

The Richmond Way

It was a passage of play that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a highlights package from Richmond’s three AFL premierships.

Ryan Ferguson has the Tigers playing the Richmond way and it couldn’t have been more evident than eight minutes into the first term when Richmond broke through the middle of the ground, shooting out of a stoppage with a chain of handballs before Lavey pumped the ball inside 50 to Brennan.

Brennan was able to turn her opponent and come back to the ball, marking strongly 40m out from goal. Her shot missed, but it was the ease at which the Tigers progressed the ball that caught the eye.

TIGERS 2.1 2.1 4.1 6.2 38

DEES 1.0 6.3 7.5 8.6 54

MOTTERSHEAD’S BEST

Tigers: Conti, Seymour, Lavey, Brennan, Cordner.

Dees: Hore, Paxman, McNamara, Hanks, Mithen.

GOALS

Tigers: Lavey 2, Brennan 2, Dargan, Conti.

Dees: Hore 2, Bannan 2, Harris 2, D. Pearce, Paxman.

INJURIES

Tigers: nil.

Dees: nil.

Swinburne Centre

Crowd: 1517

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JAMES MOTTERSHEAD’S VOTES

3 K. Hore (MELB)

2 K. Paxman (MELB)

1 E. McNamara (MELB)

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