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Tigers stars stand tall in win over Eagles

Richmond skipper Katie Brennan has continued her amazing goal-scoring run as the Tigers snapped a five-match losing streak with a 23-point AFLW win over West Coast.

The Tigers booted four unanswered goals in the opening term to set up the 10.8 (68) to 7.3 (45) triumph in stifling heat at Perth’s Mineral Resources Park on Saturday.

Brennan finished with 2.1 from 15 disposals, marking her 13th consecutive game that she has kicked at least one goal.

“I think it’s just her consistency in her work rate,” Richmond coach Ryan Ferguson said of the streak.

“She keeps putting herself in positions where eventually at some point in the game she’ll get a goal because she keeps pounding away.

“It’s a great standard to set for the rest of the team.”

Midfielder Monique Conti (24 possessions, nine tackles, one goal) and forward Tayla Stahl (three goals) were also crucial in helping lift Richmond to their first win since their 38-point flogging of St Kilda in round one.

Ellie McKenzie tallied 19 disposals and a goal in her third game back from a calf injury.

West Coast skipper Emma Swanson was her side’s best with 22 disposals and two goals, while Dana Hooker (24 disposals) also battled valiantly.

Eagles forward Aimee Schmidt booted two late goals to finish with three for the match.

The temperature was still hovering at about 35 degrees at the first bounce, and it was Richmond who produced the sizzling moments in the opening term.

The Tigers’ dominance in the air proved crucial, with the marking stat reading 17-4 in favour of the visitors as they slammed through 4.2 to no reply.

Stahl had booted just a single behind from her past three matches but she bounced back strongly with two early goals to set the tone.

“We’ve been wanting it, we’ve been challenging her,” Ferguson said of Stahl.

“She made a couple of changes this week and said, ‘You know what, I want to be better’. It was great to see her get the reward.”

West Coast held their own after quarter time but the damage had already been done.

“Our starts in games have been poor,” Eagles coach Michael Prior said.

“We’ve got to look at our warm-up. I just said to the girls they’ve got to look at what they’re doing pre-game, take ownership of their preparation as well.

“It’s a massive concern.

“The other thing that didn’t help us today were the free kicks we gave away inside our D50.

“We gave them five goals from free kicks.”

Eagles midfielder Maddy Collier was on crutches after the match due to an ankle injury.

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