K rock Football

Ruthless Roos tame Tigers

NORTH Melbourne has kept itself in touch with the AFLW pace-setters by thumping Richmond by 35 points at Punt Road Oval.

A week after kicking the first six goals against Geelong, Richmond was brought back down to earth with a thud, conceding the first six goals to the Kangaroos.

North Melbourne set up the 10.7 (67) to 5.2 (32) victory in the first half as it ran amok while holding Richmond goalless, making it apparent this was a game between a premiership contender and a side that has now won only once in 12 games.

Richmond was already heavy underdogs heading into the clash, but their task was made even tougher when star midfielder Monique Conti pulled out late with a hamstring injury.

And the Tigers’ headaches might not end there, with forward Courtney Wakefield likely to come under scrutiny from the match review officer for a crude trip on Ashleigh Riddell in the first quarter.

The emphatic result made it two wins on the trot for North who have tightened up the logjam at the top of the ladder, with just one game separating the top six heading into the weekend.

Save for the third quarter, when Richmond kicked three goals and held North scoreless, the Kangaroos owned the contest, convincingly winning the disposals (266-181), marks (80-33) and inside-50s (40-18).

Emma King was the dominant force on the ground in the first half, with an impressive display in the ruck which included two goals, while Jasmine Garner had 22 touches and one goal.

Riddell (25 disposals), Ellie Gavalas (19 disposals) and Daisy Bateman (two goals) were also influential.

Ellie McKenzie was Richmond’s best with 16 possessions, while Conti’s late replacement Christina Bernardi made an impact with two goals.

Despite kicking into the breeze in the first quarter, North blew Richmond away to boot the opening three goals after dominating play with a staggering 46 more disposals (81-35) and 26 more marks (33-7).

North did not let up in the second term as the lopsided affair continued, and unlike the Tigers, the visitors made the most of the wind advantage, kicking another three majors, including a pair to King, to take an unassailable 39-point lead at halftime.

Only two Tigers had more than five disposals to their name heading into the second half, and while the hosts were able to turn the tables in the third period to trim the margin to 21 points, the Kangaroos reasserted themselves, booting four of the final six majors to cap off a commanding display.

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NORTH MELBOURNE 3.2 6.5 6.5 10.7 (67)

RICHMOND 0.1 0.2 3.2 5.2 (32)

Goals: North Melbourne: D Bateman 2 E King 2 D Bannister E Kearney G Hammond I Eddey J Garner S Abbatangelo. Richmond: C Bernardi 2 C Wakefield K Brennan T Stahl.

Umpires: Andrew Mitchell, Lucinda Lopes, Leighton Rowe.

Venue: Swinburne Centre.