Cordner injured in Richmond’s AFLW loss

Oliver Caffrey |

Kiara Bowers ensured Fremantle stayed unbeaten in the AFLW with a 30-point win over Richmond.
Kiara Bowers ensured Fremantle stayed unbeaten in the AFLW with a 30-point win over Richmond.

Richmond’s 30-point AFLW defeat against red-hot Fremantle has been further soured by a suspected ACL injury to key defender Harriet Cordner.

Despite taking it up to the undefeated Dockers in the first-ever clash between the teams, the Tigers came off second best in an entertaining contest at the Swinburne Centre on Saturday.

In a game packed full of dazzling goals, Fremantle extended their perfect record to 3-0, running away from the Tigers with five last-quarter goals to win 11.11 (77) to 7.5 (47) in hot conditions.

After leading by just 10 points at three-quarter-time with the game seemingly still in the balance, Fremantle put their foot down to finish with the second-highest score in the club’s AFLW history.

The Tigers are the AFLW’s most improved team this season but their bid for more wins will not be helped by Cordner’s expected long-term absence.

The former Melbourne tall went down in the second quarter clutching her right knee in what seemed to be innocuous circumstances.

She took no further part in the game and will have scans to determine the damage.

Three of the AFLW’s premier players – Bri Davey (Collingwood), Kate Lutkins (Brisbane Lions) and Isabel Huntingon (Western Bulldogs) – have already been ruled out for the season after suffering knee injuries in round one.

Midfielder Monique Conti continued her electric start to the season to again be the Tigers’ best, while Kate Dempsey was another solid contributor for Richmond.

Reigning league best-and-fairest Kiara Bowers will be almost a lock for the three votes after collecting 28 touches and nine clearances for Fremantle.

Kara Antonio and Gemma Houghton both kicked two goals for the Dockers in an impressive attacking display.

Fremantle are facing an extended stay in Victoria due to the Western Australian government’s decision to keep the state’s borders closed.

The Dockers are scheduled to play Collingwood in a mouth-watering round-four match at Victoria Park, while the Tigers will travel to the Gold Coast for a Friday night contest against the Suns.