Gold Coast stun Richmond in AFLW thriller
Oliver Caffrey |
Gold Coast have recorded back-to-back AFLW wins for the first time in their short history after upsetting Richmond by five points in a thrilling contest.
The Suns, who hadn’t played for two weeks after their round-three match was cancelled because of COVID-19, took the lead late in the last quarter before holding off a frantic final charge from the Tigers.
The 5.9 (39) to 5.4 (34) win at Metricon Stadium puts last year’s wooden spooners just outside the top-six, only behind reigning premiers Brisbane on percentage.
Gold Coast endured a winless 2021 season, after an encouraging two-win debut campaign in 2020, but are a far more polished unit this year.
After trailing by eight points at three-quarter-time, the Suns rallied to storm over the top of the fading visitors.
Adelaide premiership player Sarah Perkins played an integral role in the final term, setting up both of the Suns’ goals to Kate Surman and Cheyenne Hammond.
Tara Bohanna, who was overlooked in multiple AFLW drafts, was the star up forward with two goals and 16 possessions.
Alison Drennan and Jamie Stanton impressed in the midfield for the Suns, while No.1 draft pick Charlie Rowbottom continues to shine in her debut season.
Star midfielder Monique Conti (21 touches) and captain Katie Brennan (two goals) tried hard for the Tigers but were unable to get their side over the line.
After winning their opening encounter against St Kilda convincingly, the Tigers have dropped three-straight games.
Their performances in defeats to Melbourne and Fremantle were encouraging but a loss to another developing team would be bitterly disappointing.AAP