The Melbourne Demons weathered major COVID-19 disruption to defeat Richmond by 16 points at Punt Road, beginning the AFLW season with their two back-to-back wins.
Favorite prime ministerial candidates have been forced to remove Maddie Gay, Shelley Scott, Sarah Lampard, Casey Sheriff and Shelley Heath under the league’s health and safety protocols.
And after holding out at the start of the Tigers attack, the Devils responded with force, scoring six goals in a row before losing 8.6 (54) to 6.1 (38) victorious on Friday night.
Richmond has also been affected by COVID-19, with Sarah Darcy, Maddie Schifflin and Tila Staal forced to sit in the match, as well as Emilia Yasser (concussion) and Bobby Kelly (knee).
Kate Hoare, with 14 dismissals, was instrumental in turning the tide for Melbourne, kicking the first four shots in the second quarter to give the Devils the lead for the first time.
Veteran Karen Paxman was also influential, with 23 touches and a decisive goal three-quarters of time, to stifle the Tigers’ soaring.
Monique Conte was the lead with Richmond, with 25 eliminations (15 disputants), seven passes, six tackles and a superb goal from 40 meters on the border.
The Devils had a significant advantage in ball control, with 48 more kicks (228-180) and 31 more marks (50-19) to dominate the competition after the quarter time, shading the Tigers in clearance (22-19) and into the 1950s (20-13). ) in the last three quarters.
The Devils champ, Daisy Pierce, surged forward in the second quarter, after a quiet opening, and was also pivotal in helping the visitors open up a massive 26-point lead in the first half.
And while Richmond refused to raise the white flag, scoring four goals to two in the second half, Melbourne’s team and experience prevailed.
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