A fortnight after the Tigers drew with North to grab the double likelihood from them, the Kangaroos fired again for a convincing 11.8 (74) to six.2 (38) semi-final win and arrange subsequent week’s preliminary last in opposition to Melbourne. North Melbourne kicked their highest rating of the AFLW season within the 36-point victory over Richmond, with Jasmine Garner main the way in which.
Richmond ahead and farmer Courtney Wakefield, a mother-of-two who drives 1200km and 7 hours every approach to attend Richmond coaching, was chaired from the sphere on Saturday at Punt Rd after what was clearly her final AFLW recreation.
A fortnight in the past, an enormous key to Richmond’s draw was the laborious tag that Meg Macdonald placed on Garner. However the North star was supreme within the re-match, racking up 22 possessions, seven tackles and 7 clearances, in addition to kicking two targets, in a best-afield efficiency.
Solely 2439 followers attended the sport, regardless of a uncommon delicate spring day for sodden Melbourne. The Tigers generated loads of debate by the week by exercising their proper to play the semi at dwelling, regardless of low crowd-capacity.
North have been infamous for his or her inaccuracy by the season, however every week after kicking simply two targets within the elimination last win over Geelong they went on a scoring spree. The indicators had been ominous early for Richmond – after Katelyn Cox kicked her first AFLW purpose to place them on the board, the Kangaroos put by the following three.
Macdonald began on Garner, as anticipated, however the North ace shortly broke the tag. The Tigers rallied with the final two targets of the time period to path by solely two factors on the first change however North broke the sport open once more within the second time period with 5 targets to 1.
Macdonald wanted strapping on her left knee at quarter-time and Garner ran her ragged, going ahead and kicking her two targets within the second time period. Richmond shifted Sarah Hosking onto Garner initially of the second half, conceding the tag that labored so effectively in spherical 10 was now not viable within the semi.
Hosking set the tone initially of the third time period for Richmond with a few crunching tackles, plus a fierce bump on Mia King which despatched the Kangaroos participant to the bench with sore ribs and is bound to convey video scrutiny.
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Tigers captain Katie Brennan kicked the primary purpose of the third time period and when fellow star Mon Conti kicked one other, they’d a sniff. However North responded, and when Isabella Eddy kicked her second late within the quarter, they’d a wholesome five-goal lead.
Brennan thought she had given Richmond the right begin to the final time period with a snapped purpose, nevertheless it was dominated touched. Teammate Emilia Yassir then had a shot for her third purpose and missed. Maybe inevitably, the ball ended up on the different finish and Alice O’Loughlin kicked the sealing purpose.